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- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749936134
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Grace is a woman after my own heart, after the heart of many of Sherri's reader I think. Grace is among other things a prolific reader. listed among her favourite books is S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. I love that book, like Grace it is my favourite book form high school. I like Grace well enough, her confidence and whole self-made me smile. Julian was of his time. Yeah, he was a bit problematic but he was a few centuries old and has in a book that whole time, he's a demi-god not generally a good thing for his humanity. He has a great arc though.
There are indicators of what is coming for those who want to see them. There is a prophecy in play from the Oracle of Delphi, she is never wrong, she sometimes misdirects but she is never wrong. There are pretty of other gods and goddesses popping in. Athena was a welcome introduction given wider contexts. Eros and Psyche were brilliant, Eros in particular. He was not what I expected. But it did make me wonder what Sherri could do with Eris. I enjoyed the writing. It was just as funny as I expected.
This is not the first book in the Hunter verse, rather it is a prequel and Julian doesn't fit any of Sherri's usual Hunter types. The honour of the first book belongs to the next book Night Pleasures with hero Kyrian of Thrace and heroine Amanda Devereaux. I know Kyrian and Amanda's sister Tabby from Chronicles of Nick which is set some time before and possibly in a alternate timeline to Night Pleasures (look sorry it all gets a little hazy, I know there are connections but Nicky is a dangerous boy and the whole point of CoN was to figure out what he was going to be, our saviour or our destruction). Sunshine who was introduced briefly in this book is the heroine of book 3 Night Embrace, it's the normal pattern for romance novel series but works well.
I will suggest that people read this with caution. There are some triggering scenes in here for those with the wrong history. It's not the best Hunter-verse book but it does deserve respect. It takes effort to write recent levels of intimacy without resorting to sex.
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Or until a beautiful soul would set him free.
Enter the lovely Grace. Down on her luck in the love department - ironic as she’s a sex therapist. Her best friend thinks she has the perfect cure: a love slave!
Begrudgingly, Grace performs the ceremony, and is overcome with horror (and desire, and nerves and giggles and... just wow!) when a naked guy appears in her house. Julian.
Together they must work together, learning a new kind of intimacy neither has ever really known in order to break the curse. They must face obstacles on all sides: Gods, jealous humans, siblings, stalkers! They must face themselves...
An amazing start to the DarkHunter universe. Amazingly clever too - this book opens the world up to us without actually mentioning dark hunters, but because it’s the first one (and so brilliant) we immediately want to know more of this diverse and magical universe.
A must read.
After a night of Wine with Selena, Grace summons Julian of Macedonia, a second century Spartan General who was feared and envied by everyone who came across him. But after 2000 years of imprisonment in a book where he can be summoned, a month at a time only to satisfy his mistress, Julian encounters Grace who doesn't want Julian just for his body, she wants to get to know him and help him to be free. But when dealing with ancient Greek gods and goddesses there's always a catch and as things progress the two grow closer together, where Julian opens up to Grace about his life and his horrors whereas in the past nobody has treated him like a human. But throw in a Ex-Stalker who has set his sights on Grace and a pissed off Half God brother who wants him dead and other members of this crazy family it's one big battle royale.
I loved every bit and will be reading more by Sherrilyn very soon. This book was funny, exciting, hot and steamy, had the past and the future fit perfectly with battles, love, lost, heartbreak, betrayal, revenge and so much more.
When reading this genre, I need my female main character to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful, self-reliant and have plenty of gumption; Grace ticked every box and more. She was a beautiful soul with a wonderful wit. Julian was a male that ticked all my boxes too; he had depth and deserved the love that Grace had for him.
Due to the sexual content, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by scenes of this type who enjoy romance stories about the complexities of family relationships, insurmountable odds and soul saving love.
I can't wait to read more from Ms Kenyon.
What a fantastic story line. I really couldn’t put it down.
Trapped in a book for two thousand years only to be called as a sex slave every full moon. Julian has lived one of the worst lives imaginable.
Grace a sex therapist. Oh the irony.
Doesn’t believe in any Gods, magic or any mumbo jumbo. She called Julian to keep her best friend quite.
She didn’t bank on Julian.
Can she free him from his curse?
I can not believe I haven’t found these books before. I have a new addiction
The first part of Fantasy Lover was dreadful. It seemed as though it was written for teenagers but with added pornography. The 'love' scenes were cringe worthy; "he gently massaged her nub with his thumb. 'ooo...' Grace moaned". They veered towards something out of a tacky romance novel rather than a modern 'romantic fantasy'. Julian the love slave is supposed to have learnt English and about the modern world by listening in to the world from inside the book. His supposed reactions to the modern world were also unlikely and at times embarrassing "He watched strange boxlike things that must be automobiles move past". The story took a while to gain any momentum and the characters seemed very one dimensional.
Having said all that I persisted with the book (mainly because I hate to think that I have wasted my money!) and it did improve as it went on. As the reader learns about the tragic events of Julian's life and his harsh upbringing it is hard not to come to feel some sympathy for him. Grace was also more of a likeable character as she started to care for him and to show him the pain she had experienced in her life. The story was greatly improved by the reemergence of some of Julian's Greek God family with their powers and their family quarrels. The end even had a little action with a sweet outcome.
I bought Fantasy Lover hoping that Sherrilyn Kenyon might be a good alternative to JR Ward whose books I have exhausted. Sadly this book did not inspire me to seek out any of her other titles. There was no comparison to even Wards weaker books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood or Fallen Angels series. The second half was OK but the story, the characters and the style of writing was just not strong enough.
Julian is half-god, rejected by his Goddess mother and brutally raised to be a soldier by his Spartan father. When another God curses him, he's trapped within a scroll, only allowed to experience life whenever a woman summons him from the book... and then the curse compels him to pleasure his 'mistress' for a month before he's trapped inside the book again. He's spent thousands of years being treated as a sex object, or buried alive inside his prison.
When Grace accidentally summons him, she refuses to use Julian as callously as she herself was used. A powerful attraction springs up between them, but it's one they must fight if they are to break the curse. And even if they manage it, Julian will be sent back to his own time.
This novel is powerful, poignant and sexy. There are funny moments too, especially the opening scene with Grace and her friend Selena. Grace is celibate, Julian very sensual, yet both these wounded characters battle feelings of being 'unlovable' after being sexually 'used' and then cast away. Julian's confusion about being treated as a person for the first time is touching. It's fun watching him adapt to the modern world and fall in love with Grace, even though he believes he'll never be free from the curse. And it's lovely seeing Grace begin to believe she could be happy with a man.
This novel really gets you hoping for a happy ending. It's a great example of how fantasy/paranormal romances can be emotionally powerful as well as entertaining.
What attracted me to the book was the Greek mythological element and I leapt on it.
To me, it's quite a short read, but that could be because I read fast and well. The second time around, I took it slow, savouring the delicious descriptions, and well planned characters. The plot moves along fast and I found it was even more... well... more-ish. The characters are deep, and I love Julian's backstory. There are moments where we think, it's a little 50 Shades of Grey, with Julian being a sex-slave, but it is nothing like that!
The sexual acts are not rough and hardcore, but passionate and leave your mouth watering and wanting more! Not just of Julian, but the dear Grace Alexander, our female heroine and sex therapist!
My only issue with the book, is that it is setting it up for the rest of the series, and we're fed a lot of information about the world of the Dark Hunters, followed by an entire cast of characters that could easily be lost - bearing in mind they're all Greek, near enough!
If you like your men sexy, your women brainy, and your sex steamy, pick this up!
It took me quite a while to get around to discovering this series as when you look up Sherrilyn Kenyon on Amazon and these books in list order it actually shows Dragonswan as being the first book (but it's not) and Dragonswan is never ever available to buy! As a girl who likes to read all books in a series and most definitely the first one in a series, thinking that I couldn't get the first book did actually stop me starting the series. I have only just discovered that the first book is actually Fantasy Lover, read this and have now proceeded to order the rest of the series:)
This is the first book in the series and features Grace Alexander who's friend is determined to help her find love and purchases an ancient book with a picture of a really, really good looking Macedonian man in it. Grace ends up saying the inscription (thinking it's daft) after having a few drinks and out pops her very own real live hunk - Julian. Julian of Macedonia is son to Aphrodite and after a lets say disagreement with this god brother is cursed to the book where he can only come out through the centuries when women bring him out to perform as their ... slave.
So begins a lovely tale of romance that I just couldn't put down, Sherrilyn manages to add that humour as well that makes a good book into a really good read. It is sort of similar to Gena Showalter's The Pleasure Slave (although I don't know who had the idea first) but is still different enough. Sherrilyn has now joined the ranks on Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole on my favourite authors list and I can't wait to read the next one.
I've heard people raving about the Dark Hunters series for a long time now, in fact I bought the first 4 books in the series about 2 years ago but still hadn't got around to giving them a try. Now I'm kicking myself for not picking this up sooner! If Fantasy Lover is any indication this is going to be a series I love and I can't wait to get started on the next book. I have to admit from the description I was expecting the story to be nothing but a sex fest (which would have been fine as I do love some well written smut occasionally) so I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was much more to the story. Don't worry if you're a smut lover though - there was enough of that to keep me happy too.
I really liked both of the main characters, Grace has been hurt in the past and hates the idea of just using Julian for his body and then letting him be sucked back into the book to wait for the next woman to call on him. Julian has suffered endlessly since he was cursed, alternating between loneliness inside the book and being used by women who are only interested in sex when he called on. Even before the curse he didn't have the best track record with love so he has become disillusioned about romance and never expected to meet someone like Grace. Seeing what life could be like with her he feels hope for the first time but is there any way that they can be together? The two of them make a great couple and I enjoyed watching their feelings develop throughout the book.
I loved the smattering of Greek mythology and hope to see more of that in the rest of the series. I can't wait to actually get to know the Dark Hunters now - although this novel is in the Dark Hunter series we haven't actually met any of them yet. If you're a paranormal romance fan and haven't started this series yet I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. I'm sure Sherrilyn Kenyon is soon going to join my list of favorite authors!
I truly enjoyed this book. I was not sure what to expect but given my love of Kenyon novels I had high hopes -and those hopes were realised long before the end of the book. I read this straight through with little pause and loved it. Its quirky, humorous and yet has enough emotion and back story to give it a serious edge. The characters are enjoyable, interesting and have excellent chemistry.
I have nothing negative to say about this book - except that I wish it had lasted longer, not that its all that short, just that the story kept me glued to my kindle, something many books fail to do for me these days.
Whether you're new to the series and author or not i'm sure you'll enjoy this.
This book is the introduction to the "dark hunter" series but it can be enjoyed on its own and it is a masterpiece in it's genre