Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Fantasy Lover
Series: Dark-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: February 1, 2002
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0739423150
ISBN-13: 9780739423158

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 was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and into the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to know love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace - the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

— Julian of Macedon

My rating:

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 completely non-existent sex life. The book was a gag gift from her best friend, Selena. When the two, quite tipsy, decide to “summon” the sex-slave and nothing happens, Grace relegates the myth to nothing but mumbo-jumbo. Until Selena leaves and the yummy book illustration comes to life in her living room.

Both Grace and Julian are in foreign territory. She finds it hard to believe someone might want her (curse or no curse), while he struggles with the notion that Grace is not interested in him that way.
The therapist in her kicks in and she doesn’t see a cursed sex-slave but a man with a tormented soul and dark past, while she teaches him the lesson that no all women are the same. She takes him out of the bedroom and shows him the world.

Though both know it will not last, they cannot help but wonder at the “What if?”.


This was a delightful book to read, a magical blend of drama, breathtaking romance, action, comedy, and mythology.

Julian is the kind of hero every woman would like to call her own—sweet, caring, with a protective streak a mile wide, and his inner turmoil over the betrayals he's suffered through his life cries out to even the most hardened heart.

Grace is your average modern-day woman, a little insecure and self-conscious, but capable of anything to protect those she cares for and loves.

There is one important question at the heart of this delightful romp of a book. Does true love really heal all wounds?
And the answer is—absolutely.

For two people who never knew real love, they’ve both been scorned by the people they loved, Grace and Julian along with us readers learn this lesson accompanied by laughter (the Greek gods have never been funnier) and tears as the story draws to an end.

All in all a great read that I'd recommend to anyone who just wants to sit back and enjoy a well-written romance with just a hint of what's coming next...