Dark Hunter/Were-Hunter prequel
This book is part of the Dark-Hunter universe, but does not feature any Dark-Hunters, For that it's considered an introduction to the series hence the #0.
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
I've had this book sitting around collecting dust on my book shelf for little over a year now and I recently picked it up and decided that enough was enough...time to get her read. I'm kicking myself for waiting as long as I did to read this book! What the heck was I thinking?!
Alrighty then...Our main heroine is Grace Alexander, who happens to be a sex therapist who thinks that she's heard and "seen" it all and that nothing can shock her anymore. Yet there has been MANY years since her last relationship, or I think it's safe to say relationshit. Since she was really nothing more than a game to her first love. I really liked Grace....she seemed to come off as a very genuine character with a pretty wicked sense of humor, especially when she's been partaking in "adult beverages." But it's Grace's BFF Selena who has other idea's for Grace. Selena thinks that Grace's love life is in desperate need of something other than nothing at all.
Selena gives Grace an ancient book that she claims hold the sex slave Julian of Macedon. Once Julian has been summoned he has to serve the woman who called him for 30 days. The image of the man pictured in the book looks a LOT like a Greek God....meaning wicked HOT and UBER YUMMY! Naturally Grace thinks it's nothing but a bunch of BS and in a drunken stupor jokingly calls Julian...Over course she doesn't actually expect him to show up at her house...much less NAKED!!
Julian has spent what feels like forever (literally) in the book since his last summons, which was sometime in the late 1800's, but doesn't really expect anything out of the norm to take place when he is summoned by Grace. Boy does he ever get the shock of a lifetime!
At first I thought that Julian's character was pretty stereotypical...just what you would imagine a sex slave to be. But the further I got into the story the more Julian's character developed and you learn that before the curse he actually had a life and his character becomes much deeper. I especially enjoyed the flashbacks to his time in the military...were he eventually became a General.
As time goes along it becomes harder for Grace to resist Julian. But when Ero's is summoned he explains that there is a way to break the curse. That's were Julian starts feeling really dejected.
(SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD) The only way to break the curse is for a woman of Alexander to summon Julian but they can not consummate the relationship until the very last day. This only makes Julian feel worse until Grace tells him, "Julian, my name is Grace Alexander."
I especially loved that there were a couple of fight scenes in the book. My personal favorite was the one at the end between Julian and the God who cursed him. Very interesting.
This isn't my first book in this series and so far of the few that I have read I am really enjoying them. So naturally I can hardly wait to read more. I really like how Sherrilyn writes. It's a style that I really enjoy.
"I don't think it's the business of my patients wether 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."