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What a great idea!
on 24 July 2002
Pretty Bizarre this romance by Sherrilyne Kenyon; it opens with the recounting of the ancient Greek legend of Julian of Macedon, brother of Cupid and beautiful Son of the Goddess Aphrodite. Priapus, his half brother, jealous of his prowess manages to have him cursed for all eternity to a fate worse than death - sex. He is trapped in the dark pages of an ancient book unable to move or speak until summoned by whoever happens to possesses the magical literature and utters his name three times under a full moon. When summoned he is driven by an irresistible force make mad passionate love to his temporary mistress for one lunar month at the end of which, his is recaptured in the dark pages immobile, for perhaps centuries until called again. Yes, you guessed it, love god became sex slave.
Kenyon keeps her tongue firmly in her cheek as we watch thoroughly modern, hopelessly cynical Grace Alexander, stumble through said procedure to please her superstitious friend and accidentally find a naked Spartan demi god in her living room. Of course from their on in we have every woman's fantasy unfurling before our very eyes. Julian is incredibly attractive and sensitive, firm and of course is... how shall I put this delicately? Constantly ..ehem ... at the ready to fulfil his obligations as a sex god. The story lies in Graces desire not only to have his body but free him from the pages of the book that denies him his liberty.
Kenyon certainly can rival Johanna Lindsey for coming up with ideas that make her storytelling refreshingly unusual. I can't say she has as much talent, though the humour is there, the situations and responses are a tad too predictable to surprise a genuine laugh out of you, but you certainly smile. The plot gets a bit tangled as greek god and goddesses pop in and out of thin air but it does make you want to brush up on your greek literature. The sex or rather the foreplay (you'll see what I mean when you read the book..) is pretty darn hot but lacks perhaps the sensuality of say Karen Robard or Julie Garwood (historical). Nevertheless, this book is entertaining and sexy and certainly pricks your imagination (no pun intended)... sex god in my living room, humm ... what a great idea, the possibilities are endless!!