Fantasy Lover (The Dark-Hunter World) Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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"'By turns funny and touching, FANTASY LOVER is a compelling story that will make you laugh out loud. The gods haven't been this much fun since Xena!' Susan Krinard" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In FANTASY LOVER, international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has penned a highly original novel inspired by Greek mythology that it is utterly captivating and completely unputdownable.See all Product Description
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Grace, however, isn't a believer in casual sex; her only previous experience was with a man who hurt her very much and then made fun of her publicly afterwards. She's not, therefore, about to jump into bed with a perfect stranger, no matter how attractive he is or how sexily he talks to her. Julian, on the other hand, is compelled to want her as a result of the curse which put him inside the book, and he also recognises that she needs someone to teach her to enjoy sex. And he's determined to do just that!
I thought at this point that the book was going to be a pure romp. But in fact it ended up being very much deeper. Julian is a tortured soul; he had a loveless life before being cursed, and ever since he's been treated abusively by the women who summoned him, in some cases chained to their beds, never allowed anywhere except their bedrooms, and frequently having to plead for food as a reward for sex. To them, he was a body, not a man.
Grace is determined to treat him better than that; he is determined to help her overcome her distrust of men. But even if both manage to achieve their objectives, there is still the hard fact that at the next full moon Julian will disappear back into the book, to be trapped there until the next time someone summons him.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
After this point, however, Kenyon has added a new element. Grace has been very much hurt in the past, and has a thing about being used as a sex object, or indeed doing the same to anyone else. To Julian's stunned amazement (part of his 'gift' is supposed to be that he is irresistible to women) Grace will not have sex with him. After the first night, they find out that there is a way to break the curse. One that will cost the both of them. Julian his sanity, and Grace her heart. Another compelling element about the book is Kenyon's obviously substantial research into Spartica / Greece history and myths. There are also genuinely comic moments such as Julian's brother Eros and Grace's rather eccentric best friend. These touches lift the book from the ordinary and bring emotional depth to the tale. Julian has been badly damaged by his human past as much as the curse.
How the two make a connection, and the necessarily slow burn of the sexual side of their relationship, combine to lift this book from the ranks of the ordinary and give it that something special.
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This was a good start to a series that has been highly recommended. I will try to make this a quick review, while it is still fresh on my mind (considering most of you have already... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jodie cook
Never read one of these before so I thought I'd give it a go. Without giving away the story - she was with the guy for 30 days and the countless incidents were just a bit... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. S. E. Heath
Awesome. I read this one a few years back and fell in together. This time was just as great. The writing was perfect in every way, the characters delightful and story a wonderful... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Claire
In ‘Fantasy Lover’ we meet Grace and Julian. Julian has lived thousands of years due to a curse which made him a love slave. For many many years, he was forced to seduce woman. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MaureenB
I had no idea how the plotline of a 2000-year-old sex slave curse and a modern day therapist was going to turn out, but oh my goodness I loved it! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Samie Sands