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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
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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.
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Beth F.
Nov 07, 2008 Beth F. rated it really liked it
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
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Julianna
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
Pam
3.75 wishful stars
Blessed by Aphrodite’s divine touch, he 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. Or denied.



Fantasy Lover is the first book in the Dark Hunter series, a delicious paranormal take on the genie in the lamp, except instead of rubbing the lamp you make a birthday wish, substitute a Greek love-slave for th
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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
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Sarah

This was an okay paranormal romance, but it dragged a bit.

Grace was a woman who didn’t have much experience with men, but knew that she didn’t need one, no matter what her best friend told her. I liked that she didn’t immediately drag Julian to bed when he showed up, even though she was attracted to him.

The storyline in this centred on Julian trying to break his curse, and Julian and Grace slowly falling in love. That being said, although they spent time together, it still seemed like one moment
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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
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Jilly
Nov 20, 2015 Jilly rated it liked it
The best part of this book? Grace's dinner: Four pieces of pizza, two Hostess cupcakes, and four glasses of wine. Now, that's something I can relate to. Conjuring a Greek-god sex slave that finds the normal, slightly chubby Grace irresistible? Not so much.


Considering how much this guy has been around....

Anything Greek mythology related and I usually love it. There was a little bit of mythology, along with some Roman and Greek history. *But*, there was mostly a romance that included a lot of "hea
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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.
bibliophile (Romance Addict)

Dear Julian,

I must admit, I'm a fan of tormented sexy heroes. Hot smexy dudes is my thing. Yet I must wonder, why didn't I feel sympathy for you at the first 50% of the book? Yes, you were sexy, but you had your walls up. I wanted to understand you, but I couldn't. Women love you, or at least the author said so, but I wish I loved you the same way they did. You just wanted sex. It was obvious! I can make an excuse for you since the sex is part of the curse. You know how you are a sex slave and a
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
Alex is The Romance Fox
Fantasy Lover is the 1st book in The Entire Dark-Hunterverse Series and whilst it was not one of my favorites, I did enjoy reading it.

One of the things I liked about it was the main character, Julian –son of a legendary Spartan general becoming commander of the Macedonian army.
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Betrayed and angering the Greek gods, he was cursed for all eternity, trapped inside a book and released once a month to be used as a sex slave by whoever opened the said book.

Now, that doesn’t sound too bad!!!! To be u
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
May 06, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans, SK fans
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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
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
23/8/2016
Yeap... I'll re-read the whole series!!

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Dark Hunter is a very loved series for me. Being Greek I grew up with the legends and myths the series is based on and that just makes the series extra special.

Growing up I had this set of books(eight of them) that were the re-telling of Greek Mythology written in simple words and illustrated for children. I loved those books. Since kindergarden my mother would read them to me every night. I remember b
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Maria Clara
Pues la verdad no sé qué decir... La historia está bien, me ha gustado, pero hasta ahí; no hay más tras cerrar el libro. Supongo que leeré alguno más, a ver si soy capaz de enamorarme de esta serie. :)
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
WOW I love love love it!!!! Great book I would give it more than 5 stars I cant wait to read the rest of the series
Stacia (the 2010 club)
This is going to be a comprehensive review for my thoughts on the 13 books and novellas that I've read in the series up to this point, so this review could be on the long side. Since I spent the past couple of weeks plowing through several of these books, I wanted to get some of my thoughts down on the series as a whole (so far) instead of writing out long reviews for each book, especially since many of my thoughts overlap from book-to-book. I might get up some mini-reviews/notes on the other bo ...more
Valerie
Aug 15, 2008 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Marulett
OH MY GOSHH!!!! Thanks to Aly, Ive 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, its not cheesy AT ALL.

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



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





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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
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Dina
Aug 07, 2011 Dina rated it liked it
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
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Carmen
Jul 30, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
I read this because after reading The Pleasure Slave by Gena Showalter, everyone told me that her book was a pale imitation of this one.

Not so.

While I found Showalter's novel to be silly, funny, and sweet, this one seemed dark, sad, and clichéd. (All romance novels are clichéd...but this one was worse than normal, IMO).

I expect one or two problems in the novels - personal problems that the characters have - that will be solved by love and good sex. However, instead of presenting me with a manage
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Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
really enjoyed this one, excited to start the dark hunter series!
Anastasia
Un cliché bien hecho. Un libro excelente para descansar de lecturas largas. El final un poco apresurado pero bueno, me he conformado con eso. Leer sobre la mitología griega en una versión explícita después de Percy Jackson...no lo negaré... me sentí rara xD.
¡No puedo esperar a seguir con los libros de Sherrilyn!

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Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
So, I'm reading this with my book gals as a buddy read, as well as the entire series. I like this story, but didn't love it. It kinda reminded me of a typical PNR with your tortured hero ending up with your beautiful heroine with low confidence that just needs that nudge to bloom. I think it's worth a read for anyone undecided on this series.

I'll give it a 3.5.
Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it it was ok

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
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Crystal
Mar 12, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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
JenBee
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
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