January 3, 2012

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark: Review

Publisher: Random House (December 27, 2011)
NetGalley: 416 Pages
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
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From Goodreads. 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 writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds 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: He’s 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 incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.

Review by Kate
THE DEMON LOVER, by Juliet Dark, is a paranormal romance that kept me glued to the pages from the start. I never read anything by Carol Goodman (Juliet Dark being a pen-name) and when I saw this book was available from Netgalley I just had to read it.

In the beginning, I had my doubts because I was a bit confused on where the plot would take me. Initially, Callie was having erotic dreams about a man that she never met and she accepted a job at a university in the middle of nowhere, then bought a house in said nowhere. I felt like the pieces of the puzzle came together a bit too easily in the beginning but as each chapter went on I fell deeper into the story and I just had to know how everything was connected!

For an intelligent woman, I felt Callie was a bit daft at times. There were many times that I knew exactly where Dark was leading her heroine but the girl seemed to be in denial 99% of the time and questioned everything before ending up where I thought she was going to. I liked the story but I wanted more from the main character than what I got.

I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the book more than anything. I was completely engrossed in knowing who everyone was and what their role was in the Fairwick society. I was very interested in the incubus and I blamed a lot of Callie's daftness from being under his spell.

Overall, I liked this book. It is a thick book but I felt that the story was complete and I am very interested in reading the rest of the series as soon as I can get my hands on the next book!

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