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Friday, May 8, 2009

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter, #1)
Dark Hunter #1
Published: 2002
Pages: 337

Even a chocolate lover can have too much of a good thing. This was a highly sensual, sweet read, best taken in small tasty morsels not devoured in one mouthful. Be warned, if gutsed you risk implosion!!

"Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day..." Julian of Macedon

In spite of earning status as Athena's greatest general, Julian has led a tragic life. Abandoned by his mother Aphrodite, & cursed by his half brother Priapus, Julian's essence is held captive in an ancient tome, cursed to spend all eternity pleasing women. When he is summoned by a woman chanting his name 3 times during a full moon he must spend the next month satisfying her every desire, only to disappear back into the book at the next full moon.

Grace Alexander is a tender-hearted sex therapist, mourning the deaths of her parents. When her best friend Serena decides Grace needs a little help in the romance department, Julian is summoned & actually appears, much to their amazement. To Julian's amazement, this is unlike any other summoning but you'll have to read this one yourself to find out why.

I totally adored the main characters, Grace & Julian & the secondary characters were not overlooked, Aphrodite, Eros, Priapus & Psyche were well developed & an intrical part of the story. The scenes involving Eros tickled my funny bone & any cheesy, kitsch moments managed to amuse rather than annoy. Tears welled as both Grace & Julian share the story of the loss of their loved ones, their unselfish love made my little heart do flip flops.

A breathtaking blend of romance & mythology, I was completely enthralled with my visit to the Ancient Greek Pantheon. All there is left to say is "Julian of Macedon, Julian of Macedon, Julian of Macedon."

Sherrilyn Kenyon is an international phenomenon and one of the founding authors of the current paranormal craze. Writing as Kinley MacGregor and Sherrilyn Kenyon, if you'd like to read more about this wonderful author, visit her amazing website


Sharon said...

WOW. That is a unique concept for a book! I like this review.

Elena said...

This was a very enjoyable read I found. Like you, I like the mix of history and mythology Kenyon has used for the series.

In a way though, I found Fantasy Lover to be the odd one out in the Dark Hunter series.

Wendy said...

Great review, I liked Fantasy Lover too. :)

Teddyree said...

Elena ~ yes, I've heard that too, it's more of a prequel to the series apparently

Kara said...

Yes...It is a prequel and so is Dragonswan...then you get into the hunters. I love all her books but Fantasy Lover was the first I picked up and it is one that I reread.

The Book Resort said...

Love this take on mythology. I LOVE the cover, too.

Elena said...

It's definitely a good start to the series, and it's a series that I just keep buying (and re-reading in many cases).

Linda Ellen said...

Great review. I want to read it! Sounds like my kind of book. =)