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.Kindle Edition, 450 pagesPublished December 27th 2011 by Ballantine Books
Callie isn't sure why she is wasting her time interviewing for a teaching position at Fairwick college. The plan is for her to land a job teaching in New York City so she and her long time boyfriend Paul can finally be together. She has no desire to live in a podunk town like Fairwick. Yet, she is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious hundred year old Victorian mansion known as Honeysuckle House. Before Callie can blink, she is offered the position and she is purchasing the old house. The house seems to have a life all its own and Callie soon learns that there are some big secrets hidden in the town. Her new neighbors and colleagues aren't exactly normal, and neither is her house. Callie finds herself in a mysterious world inhabited by fairies, witches and more, but the worst part is she is losing her heart to an incubus. Can Callie save herself from her demon lover?
What I Liked:
- I was completely surprised by The Demon Lover. This book starts out with an eerie, creepy small town and it is full of suspense. There are plenty of moments when the characters are giving each other knowing looks, and you get the feeling that something just isn't quite right in Fairwick. To me, it had a bit of a Stephen King type feel, as the locals appear to be hiding some big and possibly sinister secret. Add in the incubus demon lover who resides at Honeysuckle House and you have a bit of an Anne Rice Witching Hour feel. The tension mounts, and then suddenly the book takes a completely different turn about midway. The town begins to reveal its secrets and the book has a entirely new feel. It becomes a bit more friendly as you learn that many of the citizens of Fairwick are actually paranormal. I like when a book takes me by surprise and I was very much impressed with this read.
- I am always a fan of all things paranormal, so I was pleased to find that Ms. Dark created a town completely bursting with all things supernatural. There are so many different types of creatures in this little town from fairies, witches, vampires, incubus and sucubi, brownies, nymphs and more. My personal favorite was the little mouse familiar named Ralph.
- I loved that this book always kept me guessing. You never had a clue as to what someone would reveal themselves to be. Even the seemingly normal, sports fanatic professor who comes off a bit annoying in the beginning has his own big secret. There were lots and lots of fun reveals in this one.
- I am always drawn to books with a cozy small town setting, and I was pleased to find that this book incorporated a wonderful tight knit community, I was certainly not expecting to find that the small town of Fairwick bursting with charm. It is a place where everyone knows everyone, and it has a long, long history, and many of the inhabitants have been around for hundreds of years. If you are a fan of books with lots of small town charm, pick this one up.
- This book has a big complex plot with many story lines. Some were more appealing to me than others, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the entire book. I especially appreciated the world building, detailed writing full of lovely descriptions and great characters. I am very happy to have discovered another great paranormal adult series.
And The Not So Much:
- Of course, the main focus of the book is on Callie and her demon lover. At first the whole scenario appealed to me, but then I found myself growing tired of the constant struggle with the incubus. There are lots of steamy scenes with the demon, but on a whole they didn't appeal to me. Luckily, there is plenty more to the book than just the demon lover aspect, so I was entertained.
- As I mentioned earlier, this book has many story lines knitting together. I always enjoy multiple plot lines, but in this case I felt like this book lacked a bit of focus as it took on too much. There are so many sub plots and secondary characters that is hard to keep everything straight. This is definitely a book that you want to stick with as if you put it down, you may be confused.
- I was frustrated that there was not more detail on Callie's history. Callie was orphaned at a young age and taken in by her grandmother. It isn't even revealed exactly how her parents died, and her grandmother remains a mystery. It appears that Callie does not have a close relationship with her grandmother. I felt like I was missing a bit of something when it comes to Callie.
The Demon Lover was a pleasant surprise for me. I found a book full of paranormal entities and a complex plot. I adored the small town setting and the imaginative characters. I was especially pleased with the gorgeous writing and the detail. I can happily say that I will be continuing with this series.
"You've got a lot to learn about women, pal. There's more to love than being good in the sack,"
"Is a lie really the worst thing if it's told out of love?"
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.