Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter companion novel)
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Fantasy Lover (The Dark-Hunterverse 0.5)

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Dear Reader,

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.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I w
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Mass Market Paperback, First, 337 pages
Published February 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mel
I couldn't wait to finish this book... but for all the wrong reasons. Even a 2 star rating seems generous.

Back in 2002, when this book first came out, it was probably fresh and exciting. But from then on a lot has evolved in UF/PNR-land and I think I've been 'spoiled' with good quality writing.

The writing was extremely simplistic, repetitive and annoying. The POV changing wasn't done well at all. The story was (I know: even for a PNR about a 2000 year old Spartan demi God) totally unrealistic....more
Beth F.
Nov 07, 2008 Beth F. rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't feel the need to take romance novels seriously
With a title like “Fantasy Lover” I was not expecting this book to be so riotously funny! Gorgeous man, yes. Sexual tension, for sure. Hot sex, hell yeah. But comedy? Who knew?!? HAHA! I’m on the verge of busting out into one of those snorting, wheezing laughs that makes your cheeks hurt just remembering the hilarious heinosity (I realize that isn’t a real word) that filled the pages of this book.

Him
Julian of Macedon is an ancient warrior of the Macedonian variety (hence the name “Julian of Mace...more
Julie (Mom2lnb)
Fantasy Lover is the first full-length novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon that I have read, and I absolutely loved it. It was packed with thoroughly romantic moments and beautiful sensuality that was sheer perfection for me, and that was even without the hero and heroine actually having sex until the very end of the book. I consider myself to be a very girly girl, and I find that Ms. Kenyon's writing style has a very feminine quality that is very appealing to me. I like the balance that she finds between...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Well, this is the first book from the Dark Hunter series, and I have to say there wasn't any dark-hunting in this one XD As is with all the first books, we get to see the introduction in this whole new world the author created (Greek gods! I mean - YUMMY!) I was always fascinated with mithology, and this one is right up my alley :)

Julian is a half-god, cursed in a book to be a love-slave through eternity. He is immortal, and has been cursed for two thousand years (!!!). One night, Grace and her...more
Vilda
Re-read: March 13-15, 2013
First read: February 10-11, 2011

Oh boy, I think I might have loved this one even more the second time! I had to raise it from a 4 to 5, which says something as a re-read. Gosh, I'd forgotten how much I love these two. I absolutely adore this series and can't recommend it enough! Lovelovelove.

It definitely was exactly what I needed after struggling some with my past reads this month! I really doubt it'll be the last time I re-read this or any other book of the series. I...more
Jen
The only way this book is even remotely tolerable is to read it aloud with a friend so that you can truly appreciate the ridiculousness of it. It is repetitive, stupid, and horribly written. I can't believe this woman is being published, and is a best-selling author on the NYTimes list. It's kind of scary. This books also takes the prize for being the worst book I've ever read in my life, and that includes that ones I read during my 8th grade romance novel phase.
Buggy
Opening Line: "Honey, you need to get laid."

This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book and honestly it was a struggle to get through. All I could think was what am I missing? I mean the Dark Hunter series is SO popular there must be something wrong with me because this, well this was a grind.

Fantasy Lover has its moments, the premise is unique and intriguing; an ex Spartan general cursed to spend eternity as a love slave trapped inside a book. He’s released every so often to be the sexual playthin...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
What a great book. Definitely an A+. Sherrilyn just has a gift for making characters that you shed tears for and fall in love with. Julian really touched my heart and I felt for him in his pain. SK also has a great way with telling ancient history so that you're riveted. I admit I'm a history buff anyway, but she just brings it to light in a vivid and interesting way. And she seems fairly accurate in a way that Xena and Hercules aren't always. Her books make me want to go out and buy a book on a...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Valerie
Fantasy Lover is a book rooted solidly in ancient Greek history. I quote:

Blessed by Aphrodite's divine touch, he [Julian of Macedon:] grew into such a man that no woman could deny him her body. For when it came to the Art of Love, he knew no equal -- his stamina far beyond that of any mere mortal man. His desires hot and wild, he could never be tamed.

Who knew mythology could be so hot interesting? I especially appreciated the capitalization used for emphasis in "the Art of Love". That's when I k...more
Arlene
One moment while I confirm my blush in the mirror…. Yup… I’m still crimson after reading this book. Holy Greek GAWDS this book was steamy, but definitely a helluva lot of fun to read. :D I loved the two main characters Julian and Grace. Their dialog, their interactions with each other, their moments… wow!! All very squee-worthy and exciting.

Fantasy Lover is definitely not my normal read, but every now and then, I enjoy putting some spice into the mix and this book definitely delivered. It’s fast...more
Dina
This was my first book by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I've read (and liked) some of the books she wrote under the name Kinley MacGregor, but I didn't know if I could use them as a reference because authors who change their pen names usually do it to establish different writing styles. Anyway, this couldn't be "bad" because, WTH, it's still the same person writing the books, right?

Well... I liked this book but didn't love it. I had some laughs - which weren't always from laughing with the story, but from l...more
Marulett
OH MY GOSHH!!!! Thanks to Aly, I´ve found a new series to obsess about :)



I was hooked to this story right from the start, I thought the story was going to be SUPER cheesy with all the guy steps out of a book and ends up falling for the girl...but NO, it´s not cheesy AT ALL.

Grace is one of my fave heroines from this point on...and Julian, oh my...he is to die for!!!!



I´m in love with this series, and I hope this level of epicness goes on and on!!





Holly
5++ Stars
*All Time Favorite Book List*

Not officially considered a DH book, this was the one that not only got me hooked on Sherri's writing, but also the pararomance genre itself.

Sherrilyn has a knack for taking a seemingly ridiculous concept (Basic storyline of Fantasy Lover: an ancient Greek god is cursed into a book and he ends up being the willing sex slave of any woman who conjures him out of it, for the period of one month), and some how makes the characters and situations believable and c...more
Mojca
Julian of Macedon’s life sucks. He’s spent centuries trapped in a book because of the jealousy of the god of fertility that envied Julian’s prowess with women. Hmm.
The only way the ancient general can get out of his book is if a woman summons him to fulfill her every sensual desire… for a month.
Though that might sound swell – in a very guy frame of mind –, but after two thousand years even a weathered Spartan can grow weary for such an existence.

Enter Grace Alexander, a sex therapist with a comp...more
Tilly Slaton

Fantasy Lover is the story of Julian and Grace Alexander. Julian was cursed to spend an existence imprisoned in a book. His only brief escape, when a woman would summon him, binding him to her for one month as her love slave. Unfortunately for him, the curse has far too many downsides than perks.

Before being cursed, Julian lived a harsh life in the world of Sparta. Torture, starvation, beatings, betrayals and having his family taken from him in the most horrendous of ways, he just isn’t a happy...more
Crystal
Well book girls around the world I can honestly say I have found my fictional husband. Yes Julian is hot and he oozes sex but he won the position by buying Grace books. Yes you heard me he bought her books, and not just any books but he replaced her whole collection when they were destroyed by a maniac. *swoons while waving nerd flag* This awesome scene makes the book 5 stars for me but let me tell you about the rest. Julian of Macedon is trapped into a book by his brother Priapus. The whys of t...more
Jenny B
Grace Alexander is a sex therapist who has heard everything and nothing can shock her anymore. Yet she has not had a relationship herself for years since she was hurt by her first love in college. Grace is a likeable character who seemed to me to come across as very genuine and down to earth, happy enough on her own for now at least. Her best friend, Selena, however has other ideas about Grace’s love life.

Selena has an unusual present for Grace’s birthday, an ancient book she claims holds sex sl...more
Miss Kim
Aug 26, 2008 Miss Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miss Kim by: The Purvettes
I found Fantasy Lover to be a light and fun read. Son of Aphrodite, Julian of Macedon angered the Gods and was cursed 2000 years ago to be a ‘love slave’. He is kept inside a book until a woman wishes to call for him. When she says his name three times, he will appear and be at her mercy for whatever erotic fantasies she wishes for 30 days. Selena thinks her friend Grace needs help in the sex department, so she gets the book for her friend. After maybe a few too many drinks one night, they call...more
Edna Lyn
I know PNR gives free range to have worlds and characters that are unrealistic but this book truly went over my head.The beginning was a bit ridiculous and I almost put the book down. A sex slave trapped in a book for two thousand years and the only way to break the curse is to have an all night sex marathon? Seriously? Though, to be fair, I was asking for it since it's clear in the description what this novel would be about. The plot was quite predictable the entire way through. I thought the G...more
Leigh
Woo-hoo! I finally began the Dark Hunter's, and while I have been told that Fantasy Lover is really different from the rest of the Dark Hunter books, it totally lived up to all the hype for me!

I LOVED this book!! I loved Julian, I loved Grace, and I thought they were a fabulous couple!! This was a very sexy, fun read, and I really enjoyed every minute of it. I liked the concept of gods and goddesses, and I look so forward to reading the rest of the series!
Vera
Grace Alexander, a personagem feminina desta história é ao contrário de muitas outras baixinha e com uns quilinhos a mais, contudo é uma mulher inteligente e perspicaz que para terapeuta sexual tem uma vida bastante monótona sem paixão nem surpresas. A sua melhor amiga Selena preocupada, convence-a a convocar um escravo de amor no dia do seu aniversário, aproveitando o facto de terem bebido um copo de vinho a mais e Grace estar mais sugestionável pois de outra maneira a nossa heroína jamais fari...more
Exina
"So, what’s your style preference?"
"For what I have in mind, nudity works best."

"Fantasy Lover" is an awesome opening book of the “Dark-Hunter” series, with stunning fictitious Greek Mythology, breathtaking heroes, and devastating emotions.

“Fantasy Lover” is the story of Julian and Grace.
Julian, who was the most feared Macedonian general of his time, was betrayed and cursed to be a love slave for all time. Grace is the only one who is able to break this curse.

Grace is always rational, maybe too...more
P.A. Lupton
You know what they say, better late than never. This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book and though I’m about a decade late, I am so glad I discovered her. What a fantastic author, and a fantastic book. I loved Fantasy Lover. Love, Love, LOVED it!

I’ve read a few of the reviews that criticize this book because of the simplistic writing, POV changes, or even that it was not believable (that one makes me laugh, it's fantasy). Honestly, I didn’t notice any of that. What I did notice is that I got suc...more
Inara
Actually Grace Alexander has only just for the fun of it and in maudlin mood at her birthday agreed to her best friend Selena´s suggestion to summon Julian of Macedon out of a book. What she doesn´t know is Julian was cursed by the gods to submit as a sex slave to every woman who calls for him for the time of a month and after that leave this world again to wait for the next call. Grace never really though that Julian would appear and start to seduce her..
Well, I can´t say this book swept me off...more
Jennifer
Fast and easy read. Good sex scenes.

I had no trouble suspending my disbelief when it came to the Macedonian General coming to life out of the book to be a sex slave, but I do not like when the mundane is unbelievable. Specifically, the main female protagonist is supposed to be a modern day sex therapist (focusing on relationships, not sex with clients), but I could not believe for a second that she was a good therapist. It pulled me out of the story because I did not like or believe that charact...more
Charlene
I know I'm very late to the party on this one, but I really enjoyed this first book of the Dark Hunters. Total fantasy...man (and not just any man, a Greek God)being wished out of a book for a month of non-stop loving...hmmm...what a thought! Loved both characters in this book: Grace, a modern, caring and strong woman and Julian the ancient Greek God with a body to match. Such a sweet story of finding true love after spending thousands of years suffering (literally). I think I've found another a...more
Iva
Aside from the mountain of 'cheese' and the very rushed ending, this book was probably the most heart-breaking story I've ever read. Seriously. The man's history is nothing but bad luck and pain. I loved the angst and all the emotional moments.

Can't wait for Kyron's story!
Selin
Çok beğendimde sanki başka serilere de çok benziyordu... ama. Yazarın tarzı çok hoş espirili güzeldi
Filipa
O melhor cenário para nos preparar para uma série estrondosa.
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