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Not a complete waste of money but not great!
on 21 January 2012
Fantasy Lover is the story of a Greek God trapped in a book for eternity. He is released only for a month at a time to act as a love slave by the woman who summons him. When Grace calls him they both start to fall for one another but have to fight against the pain they both have from previous heartbreak and against Julian's curse.
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.