Series: Fairwick Chronicles, #1
Author: Juliet Dark
Pages: 432 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 27, 2011
I received an ARC from NetGalley.
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.
This book has a great premise, and I was expecting a sort of dark, mystery that was also sexy, since it involves an incubus. Instead I was pretty bored, but somewhat intrigued...but still bored. I'm actually kind of conflicted on my feelings towards this one. I really like some parts, but they were interspersed with a lot of boring parts.
Callie has studied demon lovers in folklore her whole life, and she's also had dreams of her very own demon lover. When she moves into a small college town, the dreams become more frequent, more real, and even more erotic. She believes it's because of the old house she's purchased, where one of her favorite authors once lived and wrote Gothic Romances. Perhaps reading those unedited drafts have gone to her head? I was very intrigued about the connection between Callie's dreams and the house/manuscripts, but everything that happens outside of that was extremely dull. And it took far too long for something exciting to happen!
There are several subplots woven along side with Callie's demon lover, but at some point they almost took over. Despite the title, the demon lover doesn't have that many scenes, but he seems to always be in the background. I would have liked him to be in the forefront more often, since the other plots simply didn't interest me that much. They also seemed to have nothing to do with the demon lover, and sometimes felt like filler until it started to all come together at the end. However, these extra plots certainly showed that Fairwick holds a ton of secrets.
The Demon Lover had a lot of potential, but in the end it fell flat. It had its suspenseful moments, as well as some sexy moments, but those glimpses couldn't overcome the rest of the drab story. In fact, the most interesting parts were the snippets from the Dahlia LaMotte manuscripts; plenty of quivering thighs and pulsing manhoods!