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 goodGrace Alexander doesn t believe in much of anything But when her psychic girlfriend talks her into performing the spell as a joke on her birthday, the last thing she ever imagines is it working But work it does Now, she finds an ancient Greek general in her living room and trapped in her life for the next month Worse, they learn too late that part of the spell means Grace will lose her sanity should he return to his captivityNow it s a race against time to free him Something much easier said than done, since it was the ancient gods who cursed him to his fate And the last thing they want is to see him go free of the punishment the gods believe hedeserves It s man against the gods, and a race against time 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 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 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 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 used as a sex toy and you don t even get to choose if you want to or not Hell, that does not sound good to me The poor guy is about to give up when something or someone good comes along into his life That someone is sex therapist, Grace Alexander, who has gone off men forever After giving men a miss for a while, she is given the most outlandish present ever by her best friends who has been worrying about Grace s manless situation A Greek sex slave who is known to be good at what he does wink wink How could any sane woman refuse such a present So, is Grace the one who will break Julian s curse Will she accept the world he lives I enjoyed the flashbacks to Julian s history in ancient Greece and Rome This being the first book, there s very little world building some interesting secondary characters that will have their own books in the future.There were some funny moments Um, Dr Alexander, there s a couple out here who say they re related to you They um they re biker people Nurse Hey, Julian Tell Attila the Hun here that we re okay so we can come and ooh and aah over the babies Eros You have the optimism of a child Julian Peter Pan all the way Grace Cupid, you worthless bastard, I summon you to human form Julian Gee, I can t imagine why he wouldn t respond to that Grace I m happy that I read this book.how the Dark Hunters world begins 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 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 The characters as well as their actions were unbelievable Take for instance our heroine Grace Despite the fact that she was a successful sex therapist, she seemed to have little to no sexual knowledge she kept talking about feelings she never knew that existed, both mentally and physically She also kept bringing up personal and vulnerable topics with the hero while in the presence of others Privacy anyone Oh and the cherry on the cake was that this supposed sex therapist had her own untreated sexual trauma, a fact that makes you project your own problems on your patients and therefore makes you a bad therapist The big trauma was that she was deflowered at 24 by some guy who didn t care for her And 5 years later she was still all shaken up about it Booo fucking hoo Argh, this book had me rolling my eyes constantly The dialogues and inner monologues at times seemed to be competing for the prize of cheesiest lines ever If it wasn t for my compulsion to finish stuff I started and the fact that I wanted to know what the Kenyon fuss was about, I would have thrown the book out No, maybe ritually burnt it I m told that the Dark Hunter series is good so I m actually willing to spend money on the second book I hope I won t be sorry 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.HimJulian of Macedon is an ancient warrior of the Macedonian variety hence the name Julian of Mace 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.HimJulian of Macedon is an ancient warrior of the Macedonian variety hence the name Julian of Macedon His mother was Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love So obviously he s smoking hot Blonde Has killer blue eyes And big muscles And he s also amazing in the sack To use one of the heroines phrases, I wouldn t toss him out of bed for eating crackers Well said, Grace, well said When Julian was 32, he seduced a virgin he had no business seducing and was cursed to spend eternity as a love slave And what, pray tell, is a love slave Well A love slave exists solely to pleasure whatever woman summons him to her secret chambers From one full moon to the next, Julian fulfills his masters every sexual fantasy For an entire month, he is compelled to want her To crave her pleasure Every man s dream, right Right Except the gods seem to have taken away his ability to have an orgasm Poor thing 2,000 years laterHerGrace Alexander, 29, has only had sex a couple times and wasn t overly fond of it Despite these odds, she is a sex therapist At the start of the book, she admits that she has been celibate for four years The therapist in her needs to help people and realizes that there isto life than sex So when she summons Julian the love slave to her side as a joke, Grace is far too practical to believe in something so silly as a Macedonian love slave and he actually shows up gasp , Grace makes it her mission to help Julian break the curse and give him back his humanity Saved by Grace indeed CheeseI desperately wish I d written down all the references to cheese in this novel Who knew one would find so many references to cheese, eating cheese and playing with cheese in a smut novel To be perfectly honest, cheese is one of my favorite things Ever Cheese will single handedly be the reason I am destined to walk around for the rest of my life with a little extra padding on my curves and I m perfectly comfortable with that knowledge So the cheese references really spoke to me and sold me on Sherrilyn Kenyon s bizarre sense of humor mild spoilers after this point Breaking the Curse1 Love Slave 1 Born Again Virgin Sex Therapist the following conditional statement if they want to break the curse, they can t have sex for a whole month SexUh, yeah There s a lot of it Sherrilyn Kenyon is a total perv and I love her for it To break the curse, Julian and Grace can t have at it for an entire month, but they re both highly creative people who find all kinds of ways to have sex without actually doing it The voyeur in me was highly satisfied with this arrangement And once they finally had at it, I was so happy I cried Okay, that s a lie But I was very happy for them and was laughing so hard over the last few pages that I was near tears and am pretty sure the other people in the cafeteria were wondering what I was on because I was laughing Quietly But definitely out loud Laughed so Hard I Cried and Almost PeedCupid Julian s brother makes his appearance in this novel as a biker dude and Psyche is his blonde, biker bimbo Both Athena and Aphrodite also show up and both make comments about kicking ass or say kick his ass which is the absolute last thing on Earth I would have expected to hear from Greek goddesses I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.I ve queued up another Kenyon novel to my account with booksfree.com and can t wait So, what s your style preference For what I have in mind, nudity works bestFantasy 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 letSo, what s your style preference For what I have in mind, nudity works bestFantasy 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 him join her in bed like that Sure you could.No I can t Please Hush, self, let me think.But eventually her steadiness saves Julian She is honest, perceptive, and always gives regards to Julian s feelings She has a strong empathy for him, she understands him, sees him as himself, not only his perfect appearance She was the first woman to see him Not his looks, not his body, not his warrior s prowess She saw inside his soul I love Julian, I feel so sorry for his sufferings both in his human life and in the immortal one Despite his incredibly cruel childhood, and past, Julian managed to remain a gentle, caring man.Sherrilyn Kenyon has a special talent to write heart wrenching lines She doesn t simply give a description of emotions, but she is also able to make you feel them Though there is no Dark Hunter in this novel, Julian will appear in the following books, which isthan welcomed Fantasy Lover is a really great start to the Dark Hunter series