The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles Series #1)

The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles Series #1)

by Juliet Dark
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The Demon Lover: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
Redonk Nutshell: PhD expert in folklore has explicitly intimate encounters with the subjects of her study upon moving to a small secluded Northeastern town to teach at a small college Though this cover is beautiful, it screams YA! to me. Note to all: THIS IS SOOOOO NOT YA. No, no, my fellow Raunchers. I was delightfully intrigued to find The Demon Lover was an enthralling sultry and intellectual story, a combination that reminded me of Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches, which attempted the same alchemy but didn't...quite...make it. Juliet Dark, aka Carol Goodman, bursts out the door running with her first supernatural erotic thriller. I ended up really enjoying this book and am likely going to list it in my top favorites for 2011. Dr Cailleach McFay is an independent brilliant woman who is interviewing for positions as a professor of folklore at several colleges. She's charmed by the small school town of Fairwick and ends up accepting a position. She falls in love with an enchanting Victorian home with something of a sordid past, and before long she realizes that things aren't quite what they seem in the small town of Fairwick. Her coworkers are a bit...unique. Her house is harboring demon. And Callie realizes she herself might be the key to something hidden deep in the thicket surrounding her home. Most romance novels are fluffy, fairly quick reads that are perfect for the beach or a quick getaway. The Demon Lover is too rich, too heady to rush through, and would be best relished on a cool rainy day with a cup of your favorite hot beverage. It's a fantastic Gothic treat. Callie's knowledge and experience with Gothic fiction and folklore add an intellectual perk to the dark and ravishing plot line, forcing the reader to slow down and process what's being thrown at them. There were moments where I checked out and had to go back and re-read, some details that didn't seem vital to the plot, but it didn't drag down the overall enjoyment of the book. Unlike A Discovery of Witches, this story was passionate and erotic while still maintaining an intellectual flair. Author Carol Goodman stretches her legs in the paranormal fantasy genre under the pseudonym Juliet Dark. I have not read anything else by her (yet), though I'll be keeping an eye out for it. I had previously thought to read The Watchtower, another paranormal fantasy by Lee Carroll, who I discovered is actually a team comprised of Carol Goodman and her husband Lee Slonimsky. Now I'm definitely going to add it to my TBR stack. Sexy, dark, and thrilling, I would consider The Demon Lover to be one of my favorite discoveries of 2011. The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark Rating: B+ Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. If you are into a good paranormal-type romance, this one certainly fits the bill. Warning -- this is NOT a book for the young. There are some graphic sex scenes that I certainly wouldn't want my young teen reading. For those a little older though -- might want to grab something to fan youself because it does get just a tad HOT!!!!! For those that gave bad reviews because they compared this to the Deborah Harkness trilogy, let me just say that I think the comparison is a little off. I just hate it when someone gives a bad review just because he/she did not like it as much as another book in the same genre. I like to give each story I read a chance on its own. I might like two similar books and like one more than the other, but I can still appreciate a different author's writing style and story line even if I prefer another author more. We all have our favorite authors/stories, but please try to be open to the idea that while some story lines may be similar, you don't have to hate one to love another. Give this one a chance -- I truly enjoyed it. I am off now to start book 2 -- Water Witch. -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Keeps you on your toes and wanting more. Would definitely recommend to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend to those who enjoy a good romance with not all "50 shades of gray".
Ihearit-Ireadit-Books More than 1 year ago
By reading the summary I had expected this book to be dark and light with romance but I had not expected how beautiful the story and the world the author describes in this book. I have not bad things to say about reading this book. It reminded me a lot of a mature Harry Potter world with all the supernatural and fairy tale creatures. It also had a spark of Pratical Magic with the witches and demons. The only thing I could say is that the beginning was a little slow but it picks up really quickly. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with all the surprises it has in this amazing magical world that is Fairwick, New York! I loved all the characters and unusual names the author writes. Every character has a story behind them and as soon as you read about them there's something that shocks you and leaves you in aww. There is so much uniqueness and beauty in each chapter that leaves you wanting more. I really enjoyed how the author made Callie have a real life breakup rather than just have you think everything was a dream. The way she ends up in Fairwick was so perfectly told and doesn't leave any details out. I loved how Callie was a writer of folklore and loved the supernatural things. The way the story has books and writers just made more enjoyable. I felt really attached to Callie and her relationship with the new Professor Liam, who you meet in the middle of the book. I really wanted to finally have someone be there for her and not just her being there for others. Callie is a lovable, friendly, strong, powerful woman that everyone in Fairwick, especially the students, look up to. The author did an spectacular job on the supernatural, action, suspense, shock value, love & sex part that just makes you devour this book.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
An enchanting read that will take your breath away. The hauntingly beautiful imagery set the stage for this imaginative new story. The setting helped to add to the enchanting storyline. It was an interesting read and had an air of mystery about it that I really liked. There were some twists and turns that kept me guessing a bit throughout the story and kept it exciting. Callie as a character was interesting and fun, but a tad naïve. I enjoyed her as a character and liked seeing the mystery through her eyes. She was no pushover that’s for sure and that was a good thing since she needed to be strong in order to overcome this monster. I liked the premise for this book and enjoyed getting to know some unique characters, but I wouldn’t really call this a romance. There were some romantic elements though that really brought out some intrigue in the story. Overall this was a fun fantasy mystery that I enjoyed reading.
Nikki_Jefford More than 1 year ago
Sucked in and loved every moment! This is like nothing I’ve ever read before. From page one I was pulled in. I mean, how could I not? A dark and handsome incubus appears by the light of the moon to ravish women and give them mind blowing orgasms! The Demon Lover is so much more than an adult fantasy or romance novel, though. Something very peculiar is going on in Fairwick, NY. Fantastical, often weather related, occurrences besiege the town and campus. Creatures hide in plain sight, some in human form. Someone, or something, is sucking the life force out of students and even faculty. One student is doomed by a decades old curse. Can it be broken? I absolutely adored this novel! I wasn’t expecting it to be a series so it came as a bonus to learn that book two, The Water Witch, releases NEXT month. Can’t wait! Demon Lover goes on my favorite read’s list.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Callie McFay has been meeting a shadow man in her dreams for years. After accepting a professor position, in the upstate town of Fairwick in NY her mysterious shadow dreams have returned full force. To make matters even more confusing, it’s seems that many of the fairy tales she has loved as a child have some basis in reality. Callie, quickly discovers that many of the people of Fairwick are not your average small town folk but witches and fairies. Callie also discovers she might just be one of them. Callie quickly realizes that if all these other creatures of the fairy tales are real that her dream lover is real as well. Can Callie save herself before her life is sucked away? Will she loose her heart in the process? The Demon Lover is a highly imaginative tale. Interesting twists and turns abound, as the story unfolds. This truly is an extremely original new storyline. It will be fascinating to see where this plot heads in the next book of the Fairwick Chronicles. I'm giving The Demon Lover 4 Stars. This copy of The Demon Lover was given to me by Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I didn't want to put it down and certainly didn't want it to end. I'm ready for her next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really glad I gave this author a try. Entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucked me into the story and made me forget everything else. I like
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in a little college town hidden away a woman finds that the house she lives in has a bit of history. Not only is there something haunting this house but that something might just have started targeting Cailleach McFay, it's new owner. Teaching in the large folklore department at Fairwick College, McFay finds that not everything is as it seems. Soon she is awash in the knowledge that the fairytales she was told as a child and loved might not be just tales. Real Fae are out there and some are actually quite nice. Unfortunately, the one that haunts her house and her bed might have less than pleasant intensions. I recommend this book to anyone who loves supernatural romance. You will not be disappointed in this trilogy. The characters are well written and the pacing is just right. I got all the romance and mystery I could ask for with Juliet Dark's The Demon Lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had a lot of good "bones" to it, however it lacked good story telling. There were a lot of loose ends. Not all of the story was necesary. There was a lot of useless information that didn't push the story forward. I made myself finish it hoping it would redeem itself in the end but it didn't. There were a few good character set ups but they all, and I mean all, fell flat. It was like watching reality tv, pointless. There was no goal to get to. Unless the goal was how to betray someone who loves you.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Slow beginning, but picks up toward the middle. Not what I expected at all – story has a lot more meat to it than appears at first. Some parts were scary, especially at the start. Callie is an intriguing protagonist. Recommended to paranormal romance fans. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
golfpaulig More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this read. In fact purchased the entire 3 books (The Water Witch, The Angel Stone). A little romance, witchcraft and great characters. A good read for the beach. A good read for a more mature individual, since there is some sexual content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was definitely something different! A fun quick read. I just ordered the second book! Can't wait to read that one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like stories of witches and witchcraft + throw in some good sex scenes and this works. I enjoyed this enough to get the next book. It is way too detailed and slow in spots but skimming gave me the gist. Worth reading this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I am buying the second book as I type this. I will be reading more from this author.
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2mc More than 1 year ago
Great read. Can't wait to read the next two.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Totally geared toward adults who love magic, romance and mystery. Read from March 05 to 06, 2013 BOOK 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 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  My Thoughts Decent beginning which became muddled towards the middle and then lost it's way towards the end. Weird thing is that it had great potential if the author had not chased so many "rabbits" instead of keeping to the main plot points. What I mean by this is that at times there were too many plot points to keep track of and even when they merged it was a bit confusing to me as I kept having to walk away from the book and do other things besides read so when came back to the story lost my train of thought, which was purely my own fault.  I finished and enjoyed the premise of this book much more than did not and point of fact am looking forward to continuing with book two The Water Witch , which was also available on Netgalley and graciously made available to me by it's publisher when I requested the opportunity to read it. The idea of Callie having been in contact with the incubus since childhood and he turned out to be her dream companion was not a new concept but in this instance was made fresh when the origins of the demon lover were revealed. One could not help but be sympathetic to his plight even though you know that in the end if she does not banish him her life would be forfeit to his lust. I think that if the other threads in the book had been a little less distracting and the reveal of exactly what was going on, including Callie's own heritage, had come in a more timely manner that this would have been an easier read for me. However it was still interesting to see the different cast of characters slowly be revealed for what each one was and how they fit into the scheme of the past history of Fairwick. It behooves me to point out that while there was quite a bit of back story to work through the main story about Callie and her demon lover is an above average paranormal romance that was enough to keep me sifting through the rest of the book to see how it worked out. As a lover of supernatural entities this stories diverse cast of characters were all ones I like to read about, from witches to vampires to fae everyone brought something different to the table. However my favorite was Ralph, who turned out to be very important to Callie and also a great tension reliever when he stole every scene he appeared in! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
RavenaierKP More than 1 year ago
I found this to be, while rather long (400+ pages), it was a book that was easy to read and enjoyable. I got an average of about 100 pages read a day while reading it, and I found myself looking forward to reading more. I can;t wait to read the sequel.  I feel bad for Callie, while she may be finding out things about herself, she's also thrown about into a world for paranormal that I'm not sure she is quite ready for. Her heart certainly isn't ready for it, and it causes much heartbreak towards the end. I'm glad certain characters made it through, and am looking forward to seeing how she progresses through the series.