Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted 21 April, 2011 by Amanda / 3 Comments

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter Prequel) [A-]
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Finished reading: 4/20/2011
In six words: Definitely a quick but fun read.

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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 knew 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
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

I read this book because Tara (25 Hour Books) told me I had to.  In fact, she is requiring me to read not just this book, but also a couple more books from the Dark Hunter series before I render my final opinion.  I was a little skeptical about whether I would like this book or not.  Sometimes I think should trust Tara more.  I did end up liking this book, though I’m not exactly sure how it all fits in with the rest of the series.  I guess I will find out.

A More In-Depth Look

I was really very curious about how this ‘little’ curse would be broken.  It didn’t seem possible.  I enjoyed Sherrilyn Kenyon’s writing style (other than the constant reference to Julian smelling like sandalwood which I found a little distracting for whatever reason) and how we came to know Julian as a man at the same time as Grace.  His character seemed to unfold across the pages, and I found him to be far more interesting and complex than Grace (though I liked her just fine).  This was a quick read, but it never felt rushed.  In fact, I think that because there was a set limit to the amount of time Julian was allowed out of his book (a month), it lent itself to a more realistic time frame to fall in love (opposed to a few days or a couple weeks in some books).

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

I feel like I would be better able to answer this after a) I’ve read more in this series or b) I’ve read more paranormal romance books.  Talk to me then.  It does read like a general romance book, though, for whatever that is worth.

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