Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published July 21st 2011)Rating:5/5 Stars Description: I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.
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.
“Vivid and enchanting . . . Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”— Booklist (Top 10 SF/Fantasy)“[Juliet] Dark develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.”—Publishers Weekly Review:
***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
The Demon lover is a book as evocative and ravishing as its name sake, filled with Gothic themes and imagery and spiced with snippets of erotica.Although I liked Callie and found the other characters all very real and well defined, my favorite character was the mysterious demon lover. Like Callie, I loved this ‘wild creature of moonlight and shadow’ who seemed to be the very essence of passion. An extremely smooth and very easy-well written read, that I would recommend to any UF or Fantasy lover. A continuation was alluded to, but it didn’t leave too many loose ends or anything that would be construed as a cliffhanger. This is the only book listed under the pen Juliet Dark, who is actually seasoned author, Carol Goodman. I’ll be watching out for more to come.Written in first person POV, the beginning starts off interesting, but a little sluggish and not very original, with Callie McFay accepting a teaching position at a remote college in Fairwick, NY. Her nightly visits by a spectral or spirit from her childhood, returns when she first arrives at Fairwick for the job interview. After settling in, she quickly finds her nights occupied by the same erotic force. Not believing the visits to be real, she dismisses the occurrences as an overactive imagination and in response to her cooling long distant relationship.But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. 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 carry out something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.
I don’t want to give away too much, because you all need to read this one. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!!!-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime