The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles Series #1)

The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles Series #1)

by Juliet Dark

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ISBN-13: 9780345510082
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Fairwick Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 380,988
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.98(d)

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Juliet Dark is the pseudonym of an award-winning and critically acclaimed literary suspense writer.

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THE DARK STRANGER
 —Dahlia LaMotte, unpublished ms.
 
Best keep your door locked, Miss.
 
The housekeeper’s words came back to me as I readied myself for bed. It seemed a strange warning in a house as isolated as Lion’s Keep, where our only neighbors were sea and heath. Had there been trouble with one of the servants— perhaps with that impertinent groom with the roving eyes?
 
Or could it be the Master that Mrs. Eaves was worried about? Haughty, remote William Dougall, who had looked down at me from his horse with such icy condescension— a cold look which had paradoxically lit a spit of fi re from my toes to the roots of my hair. Surely not. The great William Dougall wouldn’t deign to bother a lowly governess such as myself.
 
I locked the door all the same, but left the windows open as it was a warm night, and the breeze coming off the ocean felt deliciously cool as I slid between the crisp lavender- scented sheets. I blew out my candle . . . and immediately noticed something odd. There was a crack of light at the bottom of the door. Had Mrs. Eaves left a candle burning in the hallway for my benefit? If so, I ought to tell her it wasn’t necessary.
 
I threw the sheets off and swung my legs over the side of the bed, preparing to go investigate, but froze before my toes touched the floor. The bar of light at the bottom of the door had been split in two by a shadow as if someone were standing there. As I stared at the door, seeking some other explanation, the brass knob silently began to turn. I opened my mouth to scream, but no sound came out. My throat was frozen with fear, as were my limbs, powerless to run from whoever was at the door. All I could do was watch as the knob turned . . . and stopped.
 
The door didn’t open. It was locked. The knob paused there as if whoever was turning it was deciding what to do next. Would he break the door down? Would he force his way in and then . . . what then?
 
But he must have decided that breaking down the door would make too much noise. The knob silently revolved back. The shadow disappeared from beneath the door and the light slowly faded.
 
I let out a shaky breath, my limbs reduced to quivering jelly now that the moment of crisis was over. Should I go find Mrs. Eaves and tell her what had happened? But tell her what? That I had seen a light, a shadow, a turning knob? Already I mistrusted the evidence of my own senses and I had no wish to look an hysterical child on my first day of service.
 
So I crept back into bed, pulling the sheets over me, but kept my eyes on the door. What if he had gone to retrieve a key? I lay like that, rigid beneath the crisp sheets, all my attention riveted to the door, for I don’t know how long. I was sure I would not sleep, but it had been a long day of weary travel and learning new faces and new duties, and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore below the cliff and the scent of saltwater mingled with honeysuckle from the garden were hypnotically soothing . . .
 
I must have drifted off because when I came to, the room was bright with light. I startled awake, thinking the light in the crack below the door had seeped into the room, but then I saw that the light came not from the door, but from the open window. Moonlight spilled in, white as cream, soaking the sheets and my nightgown—I was wet, too, from the heat—drenching the whole room except for a pillar of shadow that stood at the window . . .
 
A pillar shaped like a man.
 
For the second time that night I opened my mouth to scream, but my throat was as frozen as if the moonlight was a carapace of ice. I could not see the man’s features, but I knew it must be William Dougall. I recognized that arrogant bearing, those broad shoulders, the slim agility of his hips as he moved forward . . .
 
He was moving forward, slowly, gliding across the floor so as not to make a sound. He must think I was still asleep. I must let him go on thinking I was asleep. If he knew I was awake he might become violent.
 
The Master has his moods, Mrs. Eaves had said. Best not to get on the wrong side o’ them.
 
I clenched my eyes shut. Perhaps he had only come to look at me, as he had stared down at me from his mount earlier today. Perhaps I could bear it if he’d only come to look . . .
 
I felt a tug on the sheet that lay over me, a minute movement as if the breeze had lifted it, but then it began to slide down, dragging across my breasts, tugging the placket of my nightgown, which I’d left unbuttoned because of the warmth of the night. The cool air tickled my bare skin and to my acute embarrassment I felt my nipples harden beneath the thin cloth. I could feel his eyes on me, a prickling sensation that made the hairs on my legs stand up . . . my bare legs! My nightgown had ridden up around my hips in my sleep. Cool air licked at my thighs, my calves, and finally, as the sheet slipped away in a soft swoosh that sounded like running water, my toes. I lay still, barely daring to breathe, alert for the slightest sound or movement. If he touched me I would scream. I’d have to. But nothing happened. The breeze played across my skin, teasing the bare places— my breasts, the crook of my arm, the inside of my thigh. At last I couldn’t bear it— I risked a peek through slitted eyes . . . and saw nothing. The room was empty.
 
Had I imagined the shadow at the window? Perhaps I’d tossed the sheet off myself . . . but then I felt something touch the sole of my foot. A breeze warmer than the outside air, warm and moist as breath. The shadow was still there, at the foot of the bed, crouched by my feet, but whether man or dream I could no longer say. The pull it had on me seemed otherworldly. Why else would I lie silent as it breathed on my calf, its breath hot and wet? Why else would I stir only to widen my legs as its breath traveled up my leg? Why else would I close my eyes and give myself over to its rough warmth lapping inch by inch up my thigh? Like a wave lapping at the shore, leaving wet sand as it retreats, and traveling a little farther each time it returns. Insinuating itself into the cracks and crevices, wearing away the stony shore. I felt my own stoniness wear away as the warm tongue found its way into my very center and then licked deeper into the depths I didn’t know I had . . . deep underwater caverns where the surf rushed and boiled, retreated, lapped again, and fi lled me. Retreated, lapped again, fi lled me. I was riding the waves now, borne higher and higher. The room was fi lled with the smell of salt and the roar of the ocean . . . and then the wave dashed me down to the strand.
 
I opened my eyes and watched the shadow slip away like a retreating tide, leaving me wet and spent as a woman drowned. I knew at last what had happened to me. I’d been visited not by William Dougall— or any other mortal man— but by an incubus. The demon lover of myth.

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The Demon Lover: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 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 a...sex 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
Anonymous 11 months ago
A real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would recommend this to anyone that loves a great romance, a keep you guessing mystery, an edge of your seat thriller or anything Paranormal! I couldn't put it down, loved it! Buying the next in the series now and can hardly wait to see what adventures Callie finds herself drawn into this time!
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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.