Fantasy Lover (Dark Hunter, book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I loved Fantasy Lover and read it twice. However, this does not fit the series Dark Hunter. The Dark Hunter series actually starts with book two. Fantasy Lover is a stand-alone book with almost no connection to the rest of the Dark Hunter series. Now that that’s out of the way…

Grace is a sex therapist with deep issues about sex. Infact Grace needs a sex therapist of her own. In collage she lost her virginity to a careless man, who was only using her as a notch in a game between his friends to see who could nail the most women. So her first experience with sex was wham-bam-thank-you-mam, and she hasn’t opened up to another man since.

Grace’s friend Selena, who fancies herself a witch of sorts, decides she needs help Grace by summoning a love slave from the pages of an ancient tome. To Grace’s surprise the spell actually works, and she finds herself face to face with a devastatingly handsome man, who only wants to rock Grace’s world and fulfill her every sexual desire.

Julian is a demigod (a half man half god). Long ago he was tricked and trapped inside the book, able to listen to the outside world but unable to communicate until he is summoned forth to make love with whomever had summoned him. Unfortunately, Grace didn’t actually believe the spell would work and is not ready to use Julian in that way, and also does not want to be used herself. She doesn’t want to treat Julian the same way she had been treated.

With his only consolation taken away from him, Julian is determined to make love to Grace because in one month’s time he will be trapped in the book once more. Julian’s attempts to seduce Grace are hot and I really don’t know how she was able to resist. Julian is sex on a stick and I would have jumped all over that. =^_^=


Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning

Time travel is the theme of this series. Actually it’s more like unintentional time travel. 20th century women getting tossed back in time to meet barbaric, overbearing males who are unsure how to deal with the independent, strong-willed woman of the future. This sets up a tone of comedic interaction between the hero and heroine.

Playboy Hawk is a dangerous mixture of handsome, charisma, and arrogance. When the queen of the fey decides to make her king jealous, she boasts that no man can match Hawk in his prowess in the bedroom. Angered, the king sends Adam, his fool, to find a woman who can resist Hawk in every way.

Adrienne has just had her heart destroyed by yet another beautiful male. Apparently she only has eyes for the hot ones. Unfortunately, the hot ones are usually jerks. Adrienne is ripped from the 20th century by Adam, who believes she is the perfect woman to bring down Hawk’s ego.

Adrienne tries to resist, she really does. But, by the king’s orders (and a plan to force Hawk to finally settle down) she finds herself married to the brute. Hawk is surprised by how pleased he is with his new wife and is determined to woo her while she continues to push him away.

Adam interferes quite a bit, to try to keep Adrienne on track, and creates conflict between the lovers. Eventually, the queen’s game gets dangerously out of hand.

When characters start off at complete odds with each other, I get drawn in easily, but only if it’s written correctly, and Karen Marie Moning does a great job with Beyond the Highland Mist.