Wednesday, 6 April 2011

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE REVIEW: Dark Hunter 1: Fantasy Lover - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Release Date: 07/04/11


It might sound like a man's favourite fantasy - to live forever, destined to be the lover of thousands of women. But for Julian of Macedon, it's a nightmare. Once he was a proud Spartan general; now he's a love-slave, his essence magically held captive in a book, cursed to spend all eternity pleasing women. Then, one day, Grace Alexander summons Julian to fulfill her passionate dreams - and sees beyond the fantasy to the man himself. Long years as a sex therapist, listening to other people's bedroom problems, have taken a lot of the fun out of the physical side of love for Grace. But with or without sex, the rules of the enchantment cannot be changed - Julian is hers for the next month. And, as their time together slips by, Julian and Grace find more to share than sympathy and conversation and they begin to wonder if love might be within their grasp. That leaves only one question. Is love enough to break a 2,000-year-old curse?


Last month I had the chance to read Christine Feehan’s First novel in her Dark Carpathian series and I was a little surprised when the first in Sherrilyn’s Dark Hunter landed. Not that it’s a bad thing but when you’ve had to jump into a series feet first and you’re not sure if the waters going to be deep enough to break your fall you do get a little worried especially when you get the chance to dip your toe in a while later.

What unfurls within this, the first book, is a story of love, of soul searching questions and above all else a quest to discover that the freeing of one can lead to the freeing of all in an altruistic sense. It’s cleverly written, the characters have an appeal that many readers will enjoy and perhaps best of all it’s a title that is quite easy to slip between the sheets with. Back that up with a solid understanding of overall story arc, some decent prose and good characterisation and the reader will be in for if not a treat, something that will leave them sated.

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