Series: Dark-Hunterverse #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on February 18th 2002
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Urban, Fantasy, Adult, Mythology, Supernatural
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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 onto the world. She taught me to love again.
But I was not born to 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
“You know, I would date if I could find a man worth shaving my legs for. But most are such a waste of time that I’d rather sit at home and watch reruns of Hee Haw.”
I’ve been interested in reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books for awhile after hearing lots of good things about them. I’m glad I finally checked it out. After reading two of the books in her Dark-Hunterverse, I can say that they remind me of another favorite series of mine, J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. In her first novel Fantasy Lover, we’re introduced to Grace Alexander. Grace is an accountant who has decided that it’s better to play it safe and steer clear of love than risk her heart. When her best friend gets her drunk and convinces her to summon a love slave, Grace jokingly agrees only to learn that the jokes on her. Before she knows it she’s babysitting a Spartan General who found himself trapped in a book, and longs to be free. Both have a lot of baggage, but find themselves falling for each other.
I really enjoyed these two characters. Grace is a likable character who I found myself relating to a lot. She’s a career woman who’s kissed a lot of frogs, and yet has not found her prince. So she’s begun building her life without one, often preferring to spending a quiet night at home with a good book and a glass of wine, then hitting the club scene looking for a mate. I also thought Grace was very principled, and it showed in how she treated Julian. Though a warrior, Julian is charming and sweet. He’s very gentlemanly than what I would have expected a man from his time to be. He treats Grace and her friends with chivalry and respect in a way that led me to believe it was ingrained in his personality, and not out of duty for his position as a genie like love slave. Even though these two have an insta-love relationship, their personalities and the plot made it work for me.
This story is set in New Orleans, which was the perfect place for a paranormal romance. With its vast history with the occult, New Orleans added a richness to the story that might not have existed otherwise if the book was set in a different city. Plus, Grace’s best friend is a tarot card reader with a magical family, which opens the series up to the paranormal world Kenyon planned to create to unfold. If you enjoy paranormal romance, then you may want to check this out. Julian isn’t a vampire, but they do exist in later books, as do other supernatural creatures. There is action in the novel, but also well-developed characters and wonderful world building. Definitely worth checking out if you need a good series to dive into while on vacation this summer.