The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark 416 pages Expected publication: 12/27/2011 Buy at Amazon I received this ebook from Netgalley, thanks to Random House.
Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.
But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.
**Forewarning anyone who doesn’t like sex in their books: This one is loaded with it (hence the summary with ravishing, erotic, and toe-curling), but really no more than what would be in a romance novel.
I was the victim of falling for a beautiful cover and a title I loved. I really had no idea what I was getting myself in to and in the end, I thank my lucky stars for requesting The Demon Lover.
I hadn’t read the summary, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that not only were there demons, but fairies, brownies, witches, mermaids- you name it this book has it (except werewolves, it doesn’t have them…yet). I really enjoyed the supernatural creatures and it was fun to see who was demon, who was fae, who was just plain old human. The history of the characters (including the incubus and Honeysuckle House) was fascinating! I absolutely loved reading about it.
The heroine Callie isn’t too bad, but it really bugged me that she was staying with her boyfriend Paul (who really played no role) when she basically had no feelings for him. At one point she said she would marry him if he asked her to, she would move back the city, and live an unhappy existence. I didn’t like that she made decisions based on someone else, thankfully this doesn’t happen too often. Our demon lover is exactly what you’d find in a historical romance, brooding eyes and all. He was sexy, if you can call a shadow sexy, and while I may disapprove of his seduction skills (not like he asked her for sex) he was interesting…up until the point where he disappears and I’m left crying, “What happened?!” Because all of a sudden, Mr. Sexy Poet Liam is new in town and Callie starts lusting after him and it really ground my bones until I found out why- not that I minded all the lusting.
I’m also surprised with all the secrets and not once did I guess anything right. There are so many things that you won’t expect to happen and it will. The author does such a good job making you wonder what exactly is going on. There’s nothing better than being unable to find out whodunit and being shocked at the end.
I’m eagerly awaiting book two, The Water Witch which is set to publish in later 2012, and desperate to see what happens next!