In Romance, Sci-Fi Paranormal


Author: Juliet Dark
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy (Erotic-ish)
Format: Print, E-Book
Publisher: Random House/Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Recommended Reading: 18+



THE GIST: Demon Lover (Not my favorite name, but GREAT cover) is an enchanting story that takes the reader on a journey to a world filled with magic, mystical creatures and a lot of small town charm, while steaming up the pages with a dark and sexy romance. It was thrilling, heartbreaking and completely addictive, ripe with flawlessly written oddball characters. At times the story dragged (only slightly) and I had a few issues with how the story played out, but overall this tale drew me in, stole my breath and left me wanting for so much more.

SYNOPSIS: “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 in my breath 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 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.” (Random House – NetGalley)

THE LOWDOWN: The name of this book immediately turned me off. It brought about images of a woman sheathed in chiffon, walking zombie-like through the halls of a Gothic castle searching for the red-faced demon looking to ravage her before devouring her whole. Boy am I glad I did NOT judge a book by its name, because the writing in this story is wonderful, the characters charming and I walked away needing more. The author made me feel as though I was a resident of Fairwick, the tiny town at the center of this incredibly imaginative story. She painted each character vividly, each with their own very distinct voice and personality.

From the outset of the story I felt as though I understood exactly what Juliet Dark envisioned. Every breath the incubus sucked from the protagonist Callie felt like as though it was being drawn from me and every story told and heart-broken left an impression as well. The weaving in and out of the fictional past and the magical reality felt real and organic to the plot. So much so that by the end I was a believer.

Callie, the lead protagonist was strong, yet vulnerable. Although I thought she was a little slow to catch on to the big picture, my frustration only made the big reveal that much more gratifying. I was pleased that she was not innocent and chaste to the night caller, but I didn’t really understand her reactions in the final chapters (I don’t spoil, so I won’t divulge anymore). What I can say is, I didn’t like how she distrusted her own emotions and her constant need to go back and forth between her feelings. It made her character, at times, a little too wishy-washy for my taste.

Liam on the other hand was such a tremendous character. (Book crush? Absolutely!) I loved the mystery surrounding his past and the way his brazen nature fought his gentleness. Besides being a poet with a dark past, he was also clearly in love with Callie and unabashedly so. However, what I really fell in love with were the peripheral heroes. The city folk, the magic lurking in the forest and the mouse…yes the mouse.

This self-reflective, redemptive and captivating story brought me to the brink of every emotion and I loved it. Check out Demon Lover and soon because the sequel The Water Witch (#2) comes out soon!

Just a quick warning – the love scenes that generally take place within dreams are explicit (just a minor blush – nothing too dirty)

Sara O'Connor
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