Fantasy Lover: He Was Everything She'd Ever Dreamed Of by Sherrilyn KenyonFantasy Lover: He Was Everything She'd Ever Dreamed Of by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover: He Was Everything She'd Ever Dreamed Of

bySherrilyn KenyonAs told bySherrilyn Kenyon

Mass Market Paperback | February 18, 2002

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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 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

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries...
Title:Fantasy Lover: He Was Everything She'd Ever Dreamed OfFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.96 inPublished:February 18, 2002Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and quick read! A great weekend read, go curl up with your favorite blanket and hot beverage and immerse yourself in the fantasy and romantic world of Ancient Greek Gods in modern times with supernatural beings and more. It was a difficult book to put down and I read it cover to cover! (also did that with the second one!!) A must read for any fantasy/romance enthusiast!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Lover This series is very well written, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Lover Great start to a wonderful series.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The beginning of my love for Paranormal Romance loved the witty characters. I feel like I know them after reading anything by Kenyon. Its like losing someone close to me when I realize that their story is over...until I open the next book and realize that they are a part of the next one!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your typical romance novel! If you want romance with a twist Fantasy Lover is a great start. I am a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and her novels, owning all of the Dark/Were/Dream Hunter novels and Chronicles of Nick. I would start with Fantasy Lover first and if you like it I'm sure readers will enjoy the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from KENYON IS PERFECT Great beginning to a perfect series! I love Kenyon and everything she has ever written!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to the series this is book number 1 in the Dark Hunter series. After this book I fell in love with the author and found myself getting the rest of the series for both the DH and her other pen works.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 I am re-reading the entire Dark Hunter Series all over again, and it feels like I am reading them again for the first time. Julian and Grace got me hooked to the work of Kenyon (and paranormal romance in specific). This series (especially this book) will forever hold a special place in my heart - and on my book shelf.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun this book gave me exactly what I wanted out of a book at the time. Light, Fun and entertainment. Went right out and bought the next in the series for when I next have the craving, I will definitely turn to this series over and over again. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! WOW! The chemistry between Grace and Julian was so deep, I was crying toward the end, and holding my breath, hoping against all odds for their relationship to work. It was so real, and human. I also loved how Grace was actually a little overweight - might seem weird to like that aspect, but I often find that in romance stories, if there are overweight characters, it's always about them losing weight to find love, and I truly hate that. In this story, while she has low self-esteem about her body image, eventually, I feel that she came to be fine about it because Julian thought she was beautiful just the way she was, just like she appreciate his physical appearance, but didn't just see a breathtaking body, but a person. The story was amazing, and always had enough background information to understand the characters and their past without it being an information dump or cluttered. Even the secondary characters were believable and fun! Will definitely buy this in paperback!
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Lover I found this book wonderful, sexy, erotic and a lesson in ancient history. Loved it. Can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy lover I enjoyed this book. It was really easy to read. The characters were likeable. Some action, tragedy and, of course, love.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy lover Really good. Novel and enjoyable story that's well written.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invigorating I was enthralled the whole time. Loved the stubbornness of both Grace and Julian. Selena reminds me of an over excited, eccentric bird. Love her too.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love sherrilyn kenyon I have all of her books and every knew one is always amazing. I work in a book store and have recommended her books to a few people who keep coming back for more
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love sherrilyn kenyon So good!!! This book got me hooked on sherrilyn Kenyon's books and I can't get enough of them. They get better and better with every book!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Lover Love it :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little rushed at the end This more just a prequel that just introduces the "modern" gods. No hint of the hunting. The ending though seems a little rushed, with no exposition on what Aphrodite has done that could cause all and sundry to be in an uproar.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy lover Awesome book the second time round
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wacky and fun... (In the event the Chapters/Indigo website deletes my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) Overall I enjoyed this one. It was a bit 'kooky' but fun. Good points: It was a light, fun romp. I liked the characters and could therefore relate to them sufficiently to be able to root for them. The world building was fun and did not seem to be completely innacurate in terms of the history, although I'll admit that I'm no historian (a person more knowledgeable about the history and mythology of ancient Greece may have more negative things to say about this aspect). Bad points: I will say that, while I enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars, this is because I didn't expect it to be more than 'fluff'. I would venture to guess that anyone expecting more than that from this novel would be quite disappointed. That said, it was quite good fun. Other books I recommend: -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh -The Demon In Me, by Michelle Rowen -The Shadow Reader, by Sandy Williams -The Better Part of Darkness, by Kelly Gay -Once Burned, by Jeaniene Frost -Blood Trinity (Book 1 of the Belador series), by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad, but not the best I have read I was recommended to try reading Kenyon's stuff, so I decided to give her a try. I found the beginning to be a little slow. Julian is sexy, yes, but I think the sexual tension was a little overdone. I probably would have liked his character better if there was a more normal interaction between him and Grace. PROS: sexy main character, ok plot. CONS: a bit of a shallow story, too much sexual tension over character development. OVERALL: I started to enjoy the book towards the end, so I may read the next book in the series just to give it one more try.
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely AWFUL I had to force myself to finish this book. It was brutally bad. I enjoy supernatural romance and someone suggested this book to me. I won't be listening to their suggestions again. The time line of the book was all over the place. One day takes fifty pages to talk about, they go to bed and suddenly it's weeks later! It made no sense and was annoying to follow. There were incorrect and bizarre usages of words all over the place. Ridiculous situations that, unlinked to anything supernatural, were stupid and unrealistic. The mistakes in reference to history and mythology were glaring and impossible to ignore. The characters were one dimensional and boring. Their dialogue was pointless and uninteresting. Even the sex scenes lacked steam. Overall, a terrible book that I do not recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My First Kenyon, why did I wait so long! Julian is a demi god that ticked off the wrong people. His punishment is that he lives in a book and is only allowed out when called to be a sex slave. Julian has lived this way for 2000 years. Grace is a sex therapist who needs a life. Her best friend gives her a book as a birthday gift thinking that if she got some loving then she would get out of her rut. Both have been hurt in previous relationships, but when they figure out that Grace can help Julian break the curse the couple vow to do just that. For one month the couple cannot have sex. Grace and Julian learn about each other and their pasts come out. Each find that they are drawn to the other in a way that they have not for anyone else. In the end to break the curse both will have to learn to trust and love again. This is the first book in the Dark Hunter series and it was my first Kenyon. It was great! I sat down and devoured it in a couple of hours. I thought it was great that they two had to get to know each other before actually falling in to bed, not that they don’t find other things to do. It was a great love story and very hot. I had this book for quite a while before I picked it up, now I am wondering why I waited so long. Loved it! I have the next three here, guess what I am reading next. ;)
Date published: 2010-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spartan. Love. Slave. What more do I need to say? A Spartan general trapped into an enchanted book after pissing off a Greek God. Now he is only able to come forth from the book one every full moon and until the next full moon is destined to be the love slave of the woman who summons him until the next full moon. Gotta love it. I did!
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining Fantasy Lover is a prequel to Kenyon's wildly popular Dark Hunter series. Although the male lead, Julian, is not a dark hunter himself, the story introduces some characters that are later seen in subsequent DH novels. I have read a few books in the DH series and have truly enjoyed them all. Sure they may be a bit formulaic, but they are always an entertaining way to spend a few hours. Julian of Macedon was a great warrior and general. Born the son of a goddess and a Spartan warrior, he was destined to live a life never quite fitting in anywhere. In a cruel twist of fate, Julian is bound for eternity in a book . His only freedom comes when a woman finds him and calls him forth at midnight on a full moon. Once called, he can spend until the next full moon free from the confinement of the book. The catch? He must perform the duties of a sex slave for his summoner. Blessed with a touch no female can ignore and no male can compete with, Julian is driven to satisfy his summoner or risk being driven insane. But what happens if the women doesn't want his touch? Grace Alexander is a sex therapist who hasn't "practiced" her craft in years. Hurt by the first and last man to touch her, she's unwilling to lose herself to anyone again, especially someone who is only going to leave her. On a drunken lark, and at the insistence of her eccentric friend Selena, she calls Julian forth from his book. Of course, she didn't really expect it to work. Now she's stuck with a drop dead sexy love slave that just wants to please her. Too bad that she wants nothing to do with him. As far as I'm concerned, Kenyon wrote a winner here. Yes, it's a bit of predictable fluff, but who cares? It's sexy and a lot of fun but even so, the lightheartedness of the plot gives way to a rich, interesting and heartbreaking story of love and loss. Kenyon does a great job of pulling you along through a complex web of tangled emotions. The tension surrounding Grace and Julian is quite palpable and I liked that the book actually portrays the building of their relationship over time. Sure there might have been instant lust, but the love they eventually feel has a more realistic vibe to it because it wasn't any of the usual 'fated love' or 'love at first sight' drivel you often get in this type of book. All in all, Fantasy Lover is a fast-paced read that will tug at your heartstrings with its wonderfully romantic couple, Julian & Grace, and a delightful supporting cast of gods, goddesses, and best friends. I plan on reading the entire DH series (in order if possible) over the course of the next few months. 2010-063
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's All Greek For Me!! Fanasty lover is the first book in the dark-hunters seris and the first book that I have read by Sherrilyn Kenyon. After reading the first 5 chapters I was skeptical of this book being any good, but after that 5th chapter, well let me tell you, things really picked up! Grace Alexander is a woman with a firm head on her shoulders. She is a sex thearpist and all day she listens to peoples sexual problems and all the while she is thinking she wish she had sex problems because it's been 4 long years for her. Enter her best friend selena, selena is a fortune teller who has a little booth in the trendy part of New Orleans and let's just say she's a little out there! Selena is worried about her friend, ever since she was humiliated by her long last boyfriend she has never been sexual again but that is all about to change. It's Graces birthday and selena arrives at her house with a bottle of wine and a book. This is a very special book (one I would love to get my hands on)(just saying!) The story goes that if you say the guys name in the book 3 times on a full moon he pops out of the book and becomes your personal sexual slave for 30 days, well grace doesn't buy it but after more wine and the pushiness of selena, she goes outside, looks at the moon and says "Julian of macedon" 3 tmes AND.....nothing happens! Disappointed, selena goes home and when she does grace is just about to go to sleep when she see a flash of light and then a naked man in her living room, a VERY naked man! Once grace recovers from the shock and releaises that this huge,hot man in front of her is the very man from the book the questions start flying. She asks him how it's possiable and if he could please go back into the book which makes Julian cringe. He can't understand why grace doesnt want him, in over 2 thousand years all the woman that have summoned him have jumped his bones as soon as he arrived but not her. Julian keeps trying to please grace but when she set's down the ground rules he obeys. So first thing first, julian need's clothes, so when they go to the square to get some and a flock of woman attack him grace know's that he is going to be a problem, but at the same time she is secretly gasping with joy that he is with her. Over the next few weeks julian continues to play with grace. a hot kiss her a little bit of that there but that's it which is a good thing too because when they find out from julians brother,none other than cupid that the curse can be lifted if he doesn't have sex with grace until the full moon and then upon that day they must stay inside one another until sunrise well easier said than done. Julian and grace have fallen in love with each other but not one of them dares to tell the other for they have both been so hurt in the past, and to hope does them nothing but hurt. So now while they are trying to resist each other grace learn's more about Julian's life, what he was, what happened to his famil and how he ended up in this book and so on and when time comes down to the wire, well you'll just have to read it to find out!! This was a funny book with some tear shedding moments, if your are planning to read this book just remember what I said, the first few chapters are dull and you will probably want to put it down, but don't, trust me it is well worth reading it, it's very,very hot,steamy and making you want more of yummy Julian. 2010-004
Date published: 2010-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mmm. Not a bad start to a series! Officially Fantasy Lover is the first book of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series (I’m going by what it says on the inside of the book flap which I deem official), however, Kenyon readers have also told me that it is unnecessary to read this book first if at all – although why you would purposely choose NOT to read this and its wonderful sexy time, is beyond me! That being said, this book is definitely directed towards those who enjoy paranormal romances even though this particular tale is knee deep in Greek mythology! For the most part, this book has three characters: Our lead lady Grace, a sex therapist whose been through a few hurdles, one being of a sexual nature, and who is reluctant to really put herself out there; then we have Julian of Macedon, the son of Aphrodite who was a brave warrior who fought in many wars successfully in Ancient Greece but who has since been cursed as a love slave who is forced to pleasure a woman for a month before being sent back into the darkness of the book he is summoned from by said woman; and finally our quirky little side character Selena, the best friend of Grace who finds the book and convinces Grace to summon Julian as a means to get Grace back into the dating/sexual game. Selena also provides a good portion of comic relief. There are other characters as well, some being human, and some being immortal and of a god/goddess type nature, all playing there parts well. Essentially Grace is convinced to summon Julian via Selena, but of course she thinks all this magic stuff is a bunch of mumbo jumbo as she likes to call it, and doesn’t believe that it will actually work. Well fortunately for us readers, the summoning does work and now us readers get the joy of having Julian join the modern world and stir the pot a little! Of course Grace is more than a little shocked at finding this super hot gorgeous naked man standing in her living room, but Julian proves to be even more shocked when Grace essentially doesn’t totally cave to his seduction and pushes him away. Julian refused by the woman who summoned him… Huh, whaaaaa…Let’s just say he’s not used to it. Clearly not willing to simply jump his bones and stuck with the man too for a month, Grace decides to get to know him and treat him like a human being, which clearly he hasn’t been in a REALLY long time. In doing this she also wants to free him of his curse (especially after learning some of the details and consequences of his curse), but to do so proves to be quite challenging. This book doesn’t have a lot of action action, but spends its bulk building their relationship from strangers with crazy insecurities and issues on both sides, to a comfortable couple-type place where there is a clear show of love and support for one another even though they can’t technically have sex (read the book to know why). They also refuse to acknowledge their feelings to one another for the longest time and (in my opinion) for dumb reasons. And let me tell you that as the month nears its end, more and more complications arise, all of them coming from every which way possible. Those last fifty pages, I began to wonder whether they would get a HEA or not. I was feeling anxious and stressed, thinking to myself, “What now? Come on now! More hurdles, what the hell…” It almost drove me bananas! Overall, it was a really good read. I wouldn’t call it a favourite, but it is a solid romance that most should enjoy. There was solid humour, and drama, and when there were fight/action scenes they were good and not too drawn out. I am definitely encouraged to continue reading the series and get into the thick of Kenyon’s Dark Hunters. Enjoy 10*2
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thouroughly Entertaining Book 1 in the Dark Hunter Series, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Oh. My. Goddess! Sherrilyn Kenyon is a master of the written word! This author has an amazing talent for drawing the reader into a story so thoroughly that you can actually "feel" the emotions with such intensity! Burning anger, passionate desire, tragic sadness, Ms. Kenyon's words made this reader feel every moment! Her touch was his salvation; her kiss had the power to drive him over the edge into uncontrollable madness.... Grace Alexander: A 29 yr old sex therapist without an romance to call her own, doesn't have much of a social life. Hurt beyond measure by the loss of her parents and the brutal treatment at the hands of a man she thought she loved, Grace has no desire to trust her heart to anyone. She just can't face the thought of have it ripped out of her chest and stomped on again. Julian of Macedon: Son of Aphrodite; renowned Spartan General; and, because of a viciously jealous brother, cursed to be nothing but a love slave for 2000 years, sentenced to always be sued to pleasure but those who summon him, but to never find a release of his own. Full of desperation, intense hunger and thirst, Julian never wanted anything but someone to love and who would truly love him, not his body, in return. For her birthday, Grace, is duped into an "itty bitty" chant by her best friend, Selena. Did I mention that this itty bitty chant was supposed to bring Grace her very own God-Like Love Slave that she could have for a whole month?! Woot woot! Hot tamales it worked! Julian of Macedon, cursed to serve those who summoned him for the past 2000 years, popped into Grace's living room and turned her world upside down! So beautifully masculine, Julian is the epitome of every woman’s sexual desire and it takes every ounce of Grace's control to NOT make love to him. You see, Grace was brutally used the night she lost her virginity and she just couldn't bring herself to treat another that way, no matter how hot he was or how much she wanted too! For Julian, not being able to pleasure a woman as his curse demanded, was a very dangerous thing, indeed. The intense physical and emotional pain of this rejection has the power drive him beyond madness into an eternity of lunacy in darkness, never to emerge again. But, no matter the cost, Grace and Julian decide together to fight the curse. With help from Julian’s brother "Eros" aka Cupid, they find the way. It's a long and sexually torturous way, but they have got to try! With Greek Gods and Goddesses, Gypsies, and everyday "Joes", this story has many twists and turns that promises to keep the reader turning page after page, well into the wee hours of the night! Fav Comical Quote, Page 46: "Because I'm not some alley cat with her tail up in the air waiting for the nearest Tom to come over, stick it in, and leave!" Fav Emotion Filled Passage, Page 306: Julian: Closing his eyes, he remembered the night Grace had summoned him. He remembered what it felt like to have no real identity. To just be the anonymous Greek love-slave. Long ago, he had lost himself in a painful place of dark obscurity, and yet Grace has found him. Through her strength and kindness, she had braved the worst of him and brought him back to humanity. She, alone, had seen into his heart and found him worthy. Couldn't put this story down! 5 Gold Stars to Ms. Kenyon!
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Run-of-the-mill romance I use this term lightly, but I feel that this novel was bottom-of-the-rung writing. It was cheesy, fluffy and a little boring. Although it did have some "hot-collared" scenes.
Date published: 2009-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book to start off the series This isn't really a darkhunter story, but it's an excellent start as the characters are mentioned in future books. This is such a unique idea for a story and what woman wouldn't fall in love with such a great sounding guy. Good looking, protective, kind and one heck of a history... what's not to love.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it This book had me laughing, lusting, and crying. Julian and Grace are both great character's who you hope will both have a happily ever after. With Julian cursed as a love slave and Grace who summons him but doesn't want what he offers because she was hurt in the past. They start to get to know each other and both like what they find.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked on Kenyon! This was my first Kenyon novel (first in the Dark-Hunter series) and now I'm a fan! It was so unique and romantic. The suspence kept me reading non-stop. Julian is hot! Can't wait to read the next in the series.
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing with a Hint of Seduction I will applaud this book on it's excellent for the simple fact that this was the first book I read after discarding reading for well over 10 years. I found it well written, creative and imaginative. Grace, the main character was very skeptical on the process of summoning Julian and when he actually came to form, her reaction was priceless and very believable. If you need something interesting, and something that makes you believe in literature again, this is for you. :)
Date published: 2008-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talk about HOT!!! I absolutely loved it. It exceeded my expectations to the max! The book was very well written and everything in it had a purpose. And the tie-in with Greek mythology was superb. The descriptions of Julian made me want him even more even though I realize he is a fictional character. This book is so good!!
Date published: 2008-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book got me hooked on the Dark Hunter Series ! I loaned this book from a friend and then decided I needed to have my own! I could not put the book down - Each chapter left me wanting to know more! I even went back through some pages to read a selection of the book again!
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hooked I have never been one for the romance genre, but when a friend gushed on about Kenyon I decided to give her a try. I have to admit the title threw me and I wouldn't let anyone see the cover when I started reading it. unlike what I thought romance was about this book had a great story line and even drew on some mythology. I was impressed and by the middle to end of the book I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep. After I finished the book I moved on to another and another. I became the friend who gushed about this author. All I have to say it is definitly worth reading, caution can be addicting.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Julian of my Dreams Cursed into a book as a sex slave, Julian of Macedon has spent 1,500 years pleasing women and if he can't find an out clause he'll spend eternity never getting any pleasure himself. Enter Grace Alexander, his out clause. This wonderful story has everything you want from a Romance and more. Plot, Characters and sex are all served up on a platter dying to tasted. This is officially the first book in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series and although the Bad Boys of Immortality don't make an appearance, I wouldn't skip this one over. I love the DH's but Julian is the ultimate hero. Sexy and charming, masculin and prederatory there is just something about him that will have you reading and re-reading his sultry story. Grab some chocolate and make a date with your ultimate Fantasy Lover!
Date published: 2006-06-02

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Chapter One "Honey, you need to get laid." Grace Alexander flinched at Selena's overly loud voice in the small New Orleans café where they sat, finishing up their lunch of red beans and rice. Unfortunately for her, Selena's voice possessed a lovely octave that could carry plainly through a hurricane. And it was followed by a sudden hush in the  crowded room. Glancing at the nearby tables, Grace noted the men had stopped talking, and turned to stare at them with a lot more interest than she cared for. Ah jeez! Will Selena ever learn to keep her voice down? Worse, what will she do next, strip naked, and dance on the tabletops? Again. For the millionth time since they had first met, Grace wished Selena could get embarrassed. But her flamboyant, often extravagant pal didn't know the meaning of the word. Grace covered her face with her hands and did her best to ignore the curious onlookers. An urge to slink beneath the table, followed by an even greater urge to kick her companion, consumed her. "Why don't you speak a little louder, Lanie?" she whispered. "I don't think the guys in Canada were able to hear you." "Oh, I don't know," the gorgeous brown-haired waiter said as he stopped by their table. "They're probably headed south even as we speak." Heat stole up Grace's cheeks as the obviously college-aged waiter gave her a devilish grin. "Is there anything else I can get you ladies?" he asked, then looked pointedly at Grace. "Or more precisely, is there anything I can do for you, ma'am?" How about a bag for my head, or a stick to beat Lanie with? "I think we have it," Grace said, her cheeks scalding. She was definitely going to kill Selena for this. "We just need our bill." "All right, then," he said, pulling their ticket off and scribbling across the top of the paper. He set it down in front of Grace. "Just give me a call if I can be of any further service." It was only after he left that Grace saw his name and phone number on the top of the bill. Selena took one look at it and laughed out loud. "Just you wait," Grace said, suppressing a smile as she totaled her portion of the food on her Palm Pilot. "I will get you back for this." Selena ignored the threat as she fished in her beaded bag for her money. "Yeah, yeah, so you say. If I were you, I'd hang on to that number. He is a cute little thing." "Young thing," Grace corrected. "And I think I'll pass. The last thing I need is to be locked up for contributing to the delinquency of a minor." Selena slid her gaze over to where the waiter leaned with one hip against the bar. "Yeah, but Mr. Brad Pitt look-alike over there might be worth it. I wonder if he has an older brother?" "I wonder how much Bill would pay to know his wife spent her entire lunch hour ogling a kid?" Selena snorted as she placed her money on the table. "I'm not ogling him for myself. I'm ogling him for you. It was, after all, your sex life we were discussing." "Well, my sex life is just hunky-dory, and not the business of the people in this restaurant." Tossing her money on the table, Grace grabbed the last bite of cubed cheese and headed for the door. "Don't get mad," Selena said, following her out into the busy crowd of tourists and regulars thronging Jackson Square. A lone saxophone played jazz above the cacophony of voices, horses, and car engines as a wave of Louisiana heat assaulted her. Trying her best to ignore air so thick it could barely be inhaled, Grace wended her way through the crowd, and vendors' booths that were set in front of the wrought-iron fence surrounding Jackson Square. "You know it's true," Selena said as she caught up  to her. "I mean, goodness, Grace, it's been what? Two years?" "Four," she said absently. "But who's counting?" "Four years with no sex?" Selena repeated loudly in disbelief. Several onlookers paused to look curiously from Selena to Grace. Oblivious as usual to the attention they collected, Selena continued without pausing. "Don't tell me that you've forgotten this is the Age of Electronics? I mean, really, do any of your patients know how long you've gone without sex?" Grace swallowed her cheese and gave Selena a nasty glare. Did Selena intend to shout it out for every human, and every horse for that matter, in the Vieux Carré to hear? "Keep your voice down," she said, then added dryly, "I don't think it's the business of my patients whether or not I'm a born-again virgin. And as for the Age of Electronics, I really don't want to get personal with something that comes with a warning label and batteries." Selena snorted. "Yeah, well, to hear you talk, most men should come with warning labels." She lifted her hands up to frame her next statement. "Attention, please, Psycho Alert. Me, he-man, am prone to nasty mood swings, lengthy pouts, and possess the ability to tell a woman the truth about her weight without warning." Grace laughed. She'd rattled off that spiel about men who needed warning labels countless times. "Ah, I see, Dr. Sex," Selena said with an imitation Dr. Ruth accent. "You just sit there and listen to them spout off all the intimate details of their sexual encounters while you live like a lifetime member of the Teflon Panty Club." Dropping her accent, Selena added, "I can't believe after all the stuff you've heard in your sessions that none of it has ever gotten your hormones revved." Grace gave Selena a droll look. "Yeah, well, I am a sex therapist. It wouldn't do my patients much good for me to have la petite mort while they're in the middle of spewing out their problems. I mean really, Lanie, I'd lose my license." "Well, I don't see how you can advise them when you won't go anywhere near a man." Grimacing, Grace led the way back to the other side of the square, across from the Tourist Information Center where Selena's tarot card and palm reading stand was set up. When Grace reached the small card table draped with a dark purple cloth, she sighed. "You know, I would date if I could ever find a man worth shaving my legs for. But most are such a waste of time that I'd rather sit at home and watch reruns of Hee Haw." Selena gave her an irritated smirk. "What was wrong with Gerry?" "Bad breath." "Jamie?" "His fondness for mining nose gold. Especially during dinner." "Tony?" Grace just looked at her. Selena threw her hands up. "Okay, so maybe he did have a little gambling problem. But then, everyone needs a hobby." Grace glared at her. "Hey, Madam Selene, you back from lunch?" Sunshine asked from the next stand over where she hawked her sketches and pottery. A few years younger than them, Sunshine had long, black hair and always wore clothes that reminded Grace of a fairy princess. Her costume today was a wispy white skirt that would have been obscene if not for the pale pink leotard beneath it and a pretty peasant blouse. "Yeah, I'm back," Selena said as she knelt to unlock the doors on her metal wheeled cart that she secured every morning to the wrought-iron gate with a bicycle chain. "Did I get any interest while I was gone?" "A couple of guys took your business card and said they'd be back after they ate." "Thanks." Selena placed her purse inside the cart, then pulled out the dark blue cigar box she used to hold her money, her tarot cards that she kept wrapped in a black silk scarf, and a thin, yet humongous, brown leather book Grace had never seen before. Selena put her large-brimmed straw hat on her head, then turned and stood. "Did you get all your pieces marked?" she asked Sunshine. "Yes," Sunshine said as she grabbed her purse. "I still say it's bad luck. But at least if anyone wants to know the price for anything while I'm gone, it'll be there." A rough-looking biker pulled up to the curb. "Hey, Sunshine," he shouted, "get your butt over here. I'm hungry." Sunshine waved her hand dismissively. "Keep your chains on, Harry, and lay off or you'll be eating by yourself," she said as she walked slowly toward him. She climbed up on the back of his motorcycle. Grace shook her head at the two of them. Sunshine needed dating help a whole lot more than she did. She watched as they drove past the Café du Monde. "Ooo, I bet a beignet would be good for dessert." "Food is no substitute for sex," Selena said as she placed the cards and book on her table. "Isn't that what you keep telling--" "All right, you've made your point. But really, Lanie, why are you suddenly so interested in my sex life? Or more importantly, the lack thereof?" Selena handed her the book. "Because I have an idea." Now that was something that chilled her to her bones, even in this wretched heat. And Grace didn't frighten easily. Well, not unless it involved Selena and one of her cockamamie ideas. "Not another séance?" "No, this is better." Inwardly, Grace cringed and wondered what she'd be doing right now if she'd had a normal roommate her first year at Tulane instead of the flighty Gypsy wanna-be Selena. One thing was sure, she wouldn't be discussing her sex life in the middle of a crowded street. In that instant, she became acutely aware of their differences. She stood in the humid heat wearing a thin, sleeveless Ralph Lauren creme silk dress, her dark hair pulled back into a sophisticated chignon while Selena wore a long flowing black broomstick skirt with a tight purple tank top that barely covered her ample chest. Selena's shoulder-length frizzy brown hair was pulled up with a black leopard silk scarf and she had huge silver moon earrings hanging to her shoulders. Not to mention the silver mine she had strapped to both her wrists in the way of about a hundred and fifty silver bangles. Bangles that jingled every time she moved. People had always remarked on their physical differences, but Grace knew Selena hid her astute mind and insecurity behind her "exotic" attire. Inside, the two of them were far more alike than anyone would ever guess. Except for Selena's bizarre belief in the occult. And Selena's insatiable appetite for sex. Moving to stand beside her, Selena forced the book into Grace's reluctant hands and thumbed through it. Grace did her best not to drop it. Or roll her eyes. "I found this the other day in that old bookstore by the Wax Museum. It was covered by a mountain of dust, and I was trying to find this book on psychometry when I came across it, and voilà!" Selena pointed triumphantly at the page. Grace looked down at the picture, then gaped. Never had she seen such a thing. The man in the picture was riveting, and the picture absolutely shocking in its detail. If not for the deep impression marks on the page where it had been drawn, she would have sworn it was an actual photograph of some ancient Greek statue. No, she corrected herself--a Greek god. Surely no mortal man could ever look that good. Standing in full naked glory, the man oozed power, authority, and raw, animal sexuality. Even though his pose was a casual stance, he looked like some sleek predator ready to spring into action at a moment's notice. His very veins stood out on a body made perfect with the promise of a hard, lean strength designed purely for feminine pleasure. Her mouth dry, Grace trailed her gaze over his muscles, which bulged in perfect proportion to his height and weight. She followed the lean, hard muscles over the deep indentation that divided his pectorals, down the washboard stomach that just begged for a woman's touch. To his navel. And then to his . . .  Well, no one had bothered to put a fig leaf there. And why should they? Who in their right mind would want to cover up so nice a masculine package? For that matter, who would need anything with batteries around with that in the house! Licking her lips, Grace looked back at his face. As she stared at the sharp, handsome features that held just a hint of a devilish smile, she had an image of a breeze tugging at sun-kissed, tawny locks that curled around a neck made for suckling. Of steely blue eyes piercing in their intensity as he raised an iron spear over his head and shouted. She felt a sudden stirring in the thick, hot air around her, one that seemed to somehow caress her exposed skin. She could almost hear the deep timbre of his voice, feel strong arms wrap about her and pull her back against a rock-hard chest while warm breath tickled her ear. Feel strong, competent hands roaming her body, giving her delight as they sought out her most private places. A chill stole up her spine, and her body throbbed in areas she'd never known a body could throb. It was a fierce, demanding ache she'd never before known. Blinking, she glanced up at Selena to see if she'd been affected the same way. If she had, she gave no clue. Grace must be hallucinating. That was it! The spices from the red beans had finally seeped into her brain and turned it to mush. "What do you think of him?" Selena asked, finally meeting her gaze. Grace shrugged in an effort to subdue the slow burn of her body. Still, her eyes lingered on his perfect form. "He looks like a client I signed up yesterday." Well, it wasn't exactly true--the guy she'd seen had been fairly attractive, but nothing like the man in the drawing. She'd never seen anything like him in her life! "Really?" Selena's eyes darkened in a way that warned her she was about to begin her long lecture on kismet and chance meetings. "Yeah," she said, cutting Selena off before she could start. "He told me he was a lesbian trapped in a man's body." Selena's face fell. Grabbing the book from her and slamming it shut, Selena glared at her. "You know the weirdest people." Grace cocked an eyebrow. "Don't say it," Selena said as she took her usual seat behind her table. She placed the book down beside her. "I'm telling you, this"--she tapped the center of the book twice--"is the answer for you." Grace stared at her friend, thinking how true to form Madam Selene, self-proclaimed Moon Mistress, looked sitting behind her tarot cards and purple table with the arcane book beneath her hand. At that moment, she could almost believe Selena was a mystical Gypsy. If she believed in such things. "Okay," Grace said, giving in. "Quit stalling and tell me what that book and picture have to do with my sex life." Selena's face became gravely earnest. "That guy I showed you . . . Julian . . . is a Greek love-slave who is completely controlled by, and devoted to, whoever summons him." Grace laughed out loud. She knew it was rude, but she couldn't help it. How in the world could a Rhodes scholar with a Ph.D. in both ancient history and physics, even one with Selena's idiosyncrasies, believe in something so ludicrous? "Don't laugh. I'm serious." "I know you are, that's what makes this so funny." Clearing her throat, Grace sobered. "Okay. What do I have to do? Strip off my clothes and dance by the Pontchartrain at midnight?" The corners of her mouth lifted even as Selena's eyes darkened in warning. "You're right, I'd get sex all right, but I don't think it'd be from some gorgeous Greek love-slave." The book fell from the table. Selena jumped with a shriek and scooted her chair back. Grace gasped. "You pushed that with your elbow, didn't you?" Her eyes as round as saucers, Selena slowly shook her head no. " 'Fess up, Lanie." "I didn't do it," she said, her face deadly serious. "I think you offended him." Shaking her head at that nonsense, Grace fished her sunglasses and keys out of her purse. Yeah, right, this was just like the time in college when Lanie had talked her into using a Ouija board and Lanie had made it say that Grace would marry a Greek god by the time she was thirty and have six kids by him. Copyright ©2002 by Sherrilyn Kenyon. All Rights Reserved.   

Editorial Reviews

"Sherrilyn Kenyon has created an extremely sexy and wonderfully creative novel that will spice up readers' lives. Not only is the book sensual and exciting, but it is filled with poignant emotion and tender love. Quite a read!" - RT Book Reviews"Fun, fresh, and fabulous! Sherrilyn Kenyon's imagination is a bright as her future." - Teresa Medeiros, author if A Kiss to Remember"By turns funny and touching, Fantasy Lover is a compelling story that will make you laugh out loud. The gods haven't been this much fun since Xena!" - Susan Krinard, author of Secret of the Wolf