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Fantasy Lover is a tie-in to the Dark-Hunter novels and takes place two years before Night Pleasures. Readers are introduced to Julian of Macedonia and Grace Alexander, as well as learn about Kyrian of Thrace as well as other characters that play important roles in the Dark-Hunter world!
In Fantasy Lover, Grace’s best friend Selena is determined to help Grace leave her serious trust issues with the opposite sex behind and have a little fun. After Selena discovers a mysterious ancient book with a spell inside, she promises Grace a month of humorous fun if she follows the ritual inside. Even though she’s skeptic, Grace humors her free-spirited friend and summons Julian.
To everyone’s surprise, Julian appears, and Grace’s life-changing month begins. She discovers that Julian has been trapped for 2,000 years, cursed to serve his summoner for an entire month. He’s a demi-god, the son of Aphrodite, a Spartan warrior, and absolutely gorgeous.
But Grace isn’t so easily won or accepting of an ancient immortal warrior thrust into her world and life, and especially since it’s only for such a short amount of time. Transitory relationships of any kind aren’t what she’s after. As Grace gets to know Julian, she feels horrible for the suffering, loneliness, and darkness that he’s endured. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and Grace set her mind to finding a way to set him free from his brutal and eternal enslavement.
Julian grew up a Spartan warrior with a tough military father who tolerated no weakness and no emotion. Grace has to crack years of isolation and two thousand years of upbringing to make him feel something again. He initially finds her kindness to be unbearable, causing him to feel and think about things he had long ago locked away. But he soon learns what it is like to feel human again.
Grace and Selena encourage Julian to reach out to his immortal family to see if they can help him gain his freedom. Even though they haven’t answered him before, he gives it another try and when his brother Eros shows up, they learn that the Greek gods are alive and well and living among humans today. Julian and Eros, or Cupid as Julian likes to call him since his brother hates it, have an unexpected reunion (a lot of punches thrown) and Eros finally agrees to help. Especially since the curse was caused by the jealousy of their brother Priapus, who is the one who originally cursed Julian to an eternity of slavery.
But the road to salvation is not an easy one and it’s one that will risk both their sanities and their very lives. Julian tells her that he can’t ask her to do this for him, that he’s not worth saving. But Grace knows there is goodness in him and agrees to help. No one should be left alone to suffer.
As Julian and Grace navigate through their complicated relationship, Grace also has to deal with a lot in her professional life. One of her more dangerous clients, Rodney becomes obsessed with her and puts her life in danger as stalks her at her house. It’s a dangerous game and one that finally puts Julian at home as he’s used to dealing with vicious predators.
In the end, two people who aren’t used to relying on anyone for anything must find a way to put their faith in someone else. And together, they learn that while they are very strong alone, they are much stronger as a team, working together. And that together, they can face and defeat anything life throws at them, including crazy homicidal stalkers and even ancient gods bent on age-old vengeance.Favorite Quote
“Cupid, you worthless bastard, I summon you to human form.” (Julian)
“Gee, I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t respond to that.” (Grace)
We really need to talk about what kind of comments are appropriate in public. (Grace)
If you took me home, we wouldn’t have to worry about it. (Julian)
“I worry about the men of your time, Grace. They all seem to be great fools.” (Julian)
For the first time in over two thousand years he felt like a man again, and with that feeling came a longing so profound that it sliced through his heart.
“Since I’ve never known love, I wouldn’t know whether or not it hurts. But I can’t imagine how being loved could possibly hurt as much as not.” (Julian)
“You’re not going to get away from me, Julian of Macedon. You might have beaten back the Romans, but I assure you, they are wimps in comparison to me.” (Grace)
“No power from above can make one human love another. Love comes from within the heart.” (Julian)
“You know, I would date, if I could find a man worth shaving my legs for.” (Grace)
“Grace? Are you tipsy?” (Selena)
“Maybe just comfortably toasty. Pop tart toasty.” (Grace)”
“I waited two thousand years for you, Grace Alexander,” he whispered in her ear. “And you were worth every second of it.”Conclusion For more about the story behind Fantasy Lover, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
- If you were trapped by a curse for decades (or more!) at a time, what would you miss most?
- If you were tasked to help an ancient Greek deity to get used to modern-day life, what would you show and teach him first?
- If you were in Julian’s shoes, alone and riddled with jealousy, would you have been tempted to do the same thing he did to Iason and Penelope? What do you think would make you go through with it?
- The Spartan way of life is incredibly harsh and unforgiving. What are your thoughts about the way their culture and society?
- What was your favorite part of this book and why?
Stephanie Davis is a marketing manager at St. Martin’s Press, the company that publishes Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books! She loves reading, New York City, and TV.