Author: Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1
Published by: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Source: Publisher for Review
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.
Confession time! For some unknown reason, when I started reading The Demon Lover, I thought it was more of a young adult book. Jokes on me! While I read the very beginning, I kept thinking to myself how there was no way I’d feel comfortable giving the book to a 15 or 16-year-old (even though I would have read it at that age). So, just for those of you who are clueless like me and didn’t actually read the description of it, this is an adult book. Actually, it’s a very good adult book.
The Demon Lover kept me up until 2am, because I couldn’t stop reading it. It was kind of addicting. The story moves along quickly for being over 400 pages, and I really didn’t feel like there were any parts that dragged. The story revolves around Callie, a young woman who recently obtained her Ph.D and is in need of a teaching job. Her choice of subject? Gothic literature. In fact, she even wrote a bestselling book called Sex Lives of the Demon Lover. Who wouldn’t want to read that?! When she accepts a job at Fairwick College, and moves into an old Victorian style house on the edge of the woods, her demon lover begins to visit her. He would visit her when she was younger, but it has gone to a whole other level now…. a very intense, sexual level. It doesn’t take long until she figures out that her demon lover is very much real, and there is way more to their connection than just the dreams.
Again, I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t all of the different creatures in the town – witches, fairies, Norse divinity, etc. I was just as surprised as Callie was. I really like how there’s a lot of mythical history tied to Fairwick, and all the little connections in the story were interesting. The Demon Lover isn’t just Callie rolling around in bed with an incubus, though. There’s a lot going on in that little town, and she’s in the midst of it.
There were quite a few characters in this book, besides Callie. Some were funny, some were jerks, and some were just plain weird, but they made a very interesting mix. I look forward to more of them in the next book.
If you want a book with a paranormal-fantasy-mystery-adult thing going on, with some nice sexy time, then you should try The Demon Lover. This was a great start to a series that I think will get even better.