Series: Dark-Hunter, 0
Pub: 2002, Piatkus (imprint of Little, brown Book Group)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Cat: paranormal romance
Format: paperback (small); 307 pp w/ 19 chapters
Whose: Julian & Grace
Age Range: adult
It might sound like a man’s favourite fantasy – to live forever, destined to be the lover of thousands of woman. 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 fulfil 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 month. And, as their time tighter 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?
This first book in the series is written like your normal first up romance, (really, I know this, I’ve looked it up). it’s may be an old ruling, but it’s set the way ones meant to be, high in tension and no real release until the end of the book.
That’s what happened here.... we meet Grace, a sex psychologist who is a being embarrassed about having a talk about her sex life—or lake there of—in a public place with her best friend, who has a habit of doing this to her.
This is one of the things that really gets me about the book, should it worry her so much? When she sits in a office listening to odd and detailed encounters of others sex life? When she’s meant to help them threw their sexual depravities, and obsessions?
Number two, and this one is more in lines with that whole ‘virgin’ thing people tend to like there heroine to be (for some reason, I don’t get), Grace has only had sex once, and it didn’t turn out well at all.
But enough about her, let’s move on.
Her like 30th birthday rolls around and her besty has given her a book that contains a sex slave, all she has to do is say his name in moon light and puff, he’s hers for a months, to give her all the pleasure she could ever desire (there are buts...but they don’t actually come up all that much, which is odd, isn’t it? I think so, especially towards the end, and yet, it’s totally understandable).
So we have a ‘virgin’ totally sexually deprived female who wants love she doesn’t think she’s ever going to get (more so she won’t let herself trust enough to get it, but that’s physco babble that she really should know about herself, being that she would have gone over this a little in her years of schooling to become what she is....yeah, sorta tell, it’s the job description that’s getting at me)
Next comes hotter than life demi god (which I love actually, at least there’s a solid reason behind his seductive good looks that makes people just drool over him)
Get them together, along with his need to fuck her—it’s the curse—and her need to not, I guess, be hurt by a man she’d falling in love with, even when she tells herself not to.
Again, it’s the perfect set up to your everyday romance.
A God who wants revenge for...actually, wait, it’s a little messed up but I think I should leave this one out, you read, get the ideas for yourself.
There tears and heartache, and beauty wrapped around love, lust and forever.
Oh, oh, and babies—another of those, must for romances, woman are suckers for babies....
I know that it seems as if I’m bitching, or...looking down at this book, I’m not, fuck I loved it, and after reading it, all I wanted was more, it’s just that once I read up on what should be writing in writing a good romance, that’s all I can see whenever I read, or think about this book.
But it’s the writing style, that mix of paragraph to paragraph of each character that’s never confusing. And you have something that makes you want to forget it as soon as it’s finished just so you can read it all over again without knowing the ending, that’s who good the book is.
One step into the Dark-Hunter world and you’ll never turn back....
[tb], Night Pleasure, Night Embrace, Dance with the Devil, Kiss of the Night, Night Play, Seize the Night, Sins of the Night, Unleashed the Night, Dark Side of the Moon, The Dream-Hunter, fear of the darkness, Upon the Midnight Clear, Devil May Cry, Dream Chaser, Acheron, One Silent Night, Dream Warrior, Bad Moon Rising, No Mercy, Redemption, The Guardian, Time Untime,
Related stories: The Beginning, Phantom Lover, Dark-Hunter Christmas, Winter Born, Second Chance, Love at First Bite, A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher, the Dark-Hunter companion, Blood Lite, shadow of the Moon, Dragonswan, in Other Worlds, Until Death We Do Part