Monday, June 24, 2013

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dr. Grace Alexandar & Julian of Macedon

Fantasy Lover (Dark Hunter book 1)

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Blurb:
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 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 

I know I'm about a decade late to the Dark Hunter party but better late than never right?

Out the gate I wouldn't say I am wow'd as I had expected to be with this first book, Fantasy Lover. In fact it was a big fat "meh" for me. I found the character's emotions to be over the top and highly descriptive. It seemed like Grace's eyes were always stinging with tears or she somehow managed a scream. Grace was too dramatic of a character for me to take. Her parents die and she shrines them for years. She gets her heart broken in college when she loses her virginity so she has banned men from her life forever. Now I found this adverse action an entire contradiction because as it turns out Grace is a sex therapist. If anyone needed a therapist I would say it was Grace. 

I felt the villain in the story was a last minute decision and he seemed out of place. Rushed. Oddly inserted into the story. Maybe the first draft didn't have enough drama so the author decided to create that silly story-line of a crazy client. There was no depth to the his part of the plot and he was in and out of the story quickly. 

Julian's character was creative and I really did like the actual story of how he came to be and I enjoyed all the Greek Mythos back-story. To me that was the saving grace of this novel and promptly put my book rating from a 2 up to a 3. 

I think I am going to regret that I have slowly purchased this entire series over the past year. Yep. I have every book. I was sure I was going to fall in love with this series since it is so highly rated. I am going to try book 2 right away because I am totally in the mood for an awesome paranormal fantasy story. That is why I decided to start reading this series now. I really hope that the books get better than this lack luster beginning. 

Teasers: love slave, sexy deadline, chick magnet, showers 


Julie said...

This book is NOTHING like the other books in the series. The reason for this one is that you will be encountering Julian quite often in later books. I know this one is hokey but there is something about it I really loved. I actually re-read this book right after finishing it the first time. Sometimes I just need a sentimental over the top book set is a great world and this one does it for me every time. I am looking forward to seeing what you think of the rest of the series. I have many to go too so you're not alone ;)

Unknown said...

I am not so sure that this series is for me. Finished Night Pleasures and I liked it less than this one :(

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Oh no! Sorry you aren't loving them. I'm one of those that's completely smitten with the series and couldn't read it fast enough a couple years ago when I found it. One of my favorites was book 4 (Zarek's book) I think that was the one that finally pulled me in completely. Stinks when you've been waiting to read one like that and it just doesn't do it for ya.

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