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Fantasy Lover

(Hunter Legends #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  87,976 ratings  ·  3,763 reviews
Cursed into an eternity of slavery by his own brother, Julian of Macedon has spent centuries in hell, where the only respite he knows is measured in a handful of weeks whenever he’s summoned through an arcane spell. With the modern age, those summonings are becoming fewer and fewer, and he lives in fear of the day when they’ll stop for good.

Grace Alexander doesn’t believe
Mass Market Paperback, First, 337 pages
Published February 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Press (first published February 2nd 2002)
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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.
Nov 06, 2008 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.

Julian of Macedon is an ancient warrior of the Macedonian variety (hence the name “Julian of Mace
"So, what’s your style preference?"
"For what I have in mind, nudity works best."

Fantasy Lover is an amazing prequel to the Dark-Hunter series, based on Greek Mythology, the love 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 rational: she tries to find sense even in lust.
She couldn’t very well let
This is not my first book by this author and I actually started off with this series by reading the sequel of this story. I know, strange, but it worked for me. I liked the sequel enough to read this story. And I love, love, loved it!!! The story is a mix of greek ancient time, where gods still rulled the world and the present time where the gods sadly still rule but more so in the background. But it's not just gods and myths, there are also some other supernatural beeings that make the plot rea ...more
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-slav
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
Nov 20, 2015 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
Em Lost In Books
somewhere between 2.5 to 3.
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
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
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.
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!!
Sometimes i ask myself why i don`t read more of Sherrilyn Kenyon`s lush romantic novels,because they meet my expectations everytime.I loved her "Night Pleasures" and "Night Embrace."Fantasy Lover" is the introduction to the "Hunter Legends"-series about the Greek cursed love-slave Julian of Macedon who gets summed up by the modern sex therapist Grace Alexander.As always he have one month to give in to her every desire,but what both Grace and Julian never expected was that they soon wouldn`t be a ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fantasy Lover is the first romance book I ever read. So I guess I should blame this book for my addiction to romance. I have never stopped reading the genre once I started and I doubt I ever will, I am too in love with love after all.

Back then, I was used to other kinds of literature and writing stiles, so even though I liked it I did found it poor and weak. Also, since I didn´t know better, I remember that I thought it idealistic, everything in the end was too ideal and perfect; I felt like I
Sarah Elizabeth

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
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
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans, SK fans
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No matter how much I tried, i couldn't take this book seriously. I don't think it was intentionally funny... ...more
5 'sparkling' stars🌟

Phenomenal book! It's been a long time since I enjoyed a PNR this much.

It captivated me from the beginning! Totally loved it!
Feb 01, 2014 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
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
Aug 13, 2008 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
Writing reviews on my phone today because I’m so busy at work 😫

Anyhoo this book was a bit better than the previous ones in this series. However, I was getting some Disney Hercules vibes which is probably why I was enjoying it so much 🤷🏻‍♀️

In Fantasy Lover, you will meet Julian. At one point you feel bad for him because of his life being curse. Of course, it all had to deal with him doing something stupid and forbidden..but details. You’ll probably end up loving him towards he end of the book bec
Ronak Gajjar
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, 2018, buddy-reads
BR with Manju
I was literally afraid when Manju suggested this as our first Buddy-Read but surprisingly I ended up liking it to continue the whole series! (**PNRs are literally addictive!)
Concept: 3.0/5.0
Execution: 3.0/5.0
Characters Bespoken: 3.0 /5.0
Cover: 3.0/5.0
Overall: 3.0/5.0
As for Julian and Grace:
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Yeap... I'll re-read the whole series!!


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
Feb 03, 2009 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
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR lovers :)
Recommended to Marulett by: Aly (Lothaire) Daciano
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!!

Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
4 Stars

Fantasy Lover should be read before Night Pleasures if you want to read them in order. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the reading order and all the worlds.

Julian isn’t a Dark Hunter, but he’s part of the Dark Hunter world if that makes sense. To my surprise I liked this one a lot more than Night Pleasures. Although the steam in this one isn’t as great, but I think it really fit the tone and pace of the book.

Julian is a love slave. Crazy right? This one has a lot of Greek Mytholog
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