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: 683,156
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 —Dahlia LaMotte, unpublished ms.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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 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 3 months ago
Interesting
jessibelle on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was expecting a lot more from this book based on the blurb. I was very involved in the book until about mid way through. After that, I didn't really like it anymore. It was a mix of the plot and they style of writing that turned me off.Callie is easily swayed by others. She really didn't make any real decisions on her own without input from others. She also probably wouldn't have done something that I think she will come to regret later on in the series. Other than having a brain overload of too much information at one time, this book was good. It just wasn't to my liking.
dearheart on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Dr Cailleach McFay has a PhD in folkore. Having done her thesis on The Demon Lover in Gothic Literature, she took part of her thesis and published a book titled ¿Sex Lives of the Demon Lovers¿ which is why she is offered a teaching position in the Folklore Department of Fairwick College. She¿s not sure if she should take the job in this second-tier college, until she sees a house for sale that had been owned, until her death, by reclusive historical romance writer Dahlia LaMotte. The house comes with all of Dahlia¿s notes and manuscripts which can¿t be removed from the house. Callie sees an opportunity for another book.Callie doesn¿t actually believe in witches, fairies, demons, vampires and incubi, but she soon has to change her mind. Not only did Dahlia write about a dark lover in her notes, but Callie must come to terms that her nightly visitor isn¿t just a dream but an incubus. Does she really want to banish him?This review is difficult to write without giving too much away. At ¼ of the way into the book you begin to wonder why it¿s called The Demon Lover when the story takes a different direction. But all of the parts do pull together and you¿ve got what appears to be the first book in an interesting new series. There¿s a lot for Callie to learn about what¿s real in folklore, what¿s different about the town of Fairwick and who and what she is.Callie doesn¿t always see what¿s obvious to the reader, but explanations are given as to why when she does figure things out. And it¿s written in a way that things aren¿t always obvious to the reader. We know there are a couple of problems and we are given some possibilities, but I still managed to be surprised by the end results either because of the ¿who and why¿ or by their actions. There¿s some really good sexual tension from the readings Callie does from Dahlia¿s stories, although considering the title of the book, we aren¿t being overwhelmed with explicit sex.There were a couple of times when I wondered where the story was going but I¿m really glad I stuck with it. Be prepared for some mythology and you¿ll have to decide for yourself if the outcome with the demon lover is good or not. And then there¿s Ralph. You¿ve got to love Ralph.As a side note, Charlaine Harris¿ Sookie series is mentioned a couple of times as part of the popular vampire literature so it was funny to read that a person¿s name in this book was Andre Bellefleur ¿ very similar to Harris¿ Andy Bellefleur. On purpose?Reviewed for Random House via NetGalley. The book will be released on 12/27.
pither on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I snatched this galley up for the beautiful cover and the fact it's about an incubus. What's not to love? All the allure of a vampire, none of the messy blood.I liked the character of Callie, with all her humour, faults, duh moments, and all. Juliet Dark did a good job with the characterization, making Callie emotionally believable without being contrived or overly dramatic. I also enjoyed how the house was treated as it's own separate character, neglected and lonely until it began to breathe again once Callie moved in.The plot and action moved well, and I enjoyed reading about all the different races and characters. We were introduced to them at a nice pace, picking up bits and pieces of the society rather than being tossed in at the deep end with the expectation of full suspension of disbelief. As Callie was slowly introduced to everyone's true natures with her inherent confusion, the reader learned about them as well.There were some confusing elements, namely the incubus. I read the book expecting it to be mainly about him and Callie, and was surprised to find so many other secondary characters running around. Enjoyable in its own way, but I would have liked seeing more of Ganconer rather than his form of Liam!The plot twists involving Liam and Mara were not totally unexpected, but still enjoyable! The smut scenes were excellent and definitely sizzling. I also enjoyed the subtle humour--"today he was wearing a red T-shirt with pictures of Marx and Lenin wearing party hats that read Join the Communist Party" made me grin and wonder where I could get my own shirt like that.Demon Lover was a good book, and I'm hoping Juliet Dark will be coming out with some sequels about Callie and the other inhabitants of Fairwick. Four out of five stars.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: As a dark, gothic novel The Demon Lover is a fairly good read, but since it is marketed as a paranormal romance, it was a bit disappointing.Opening Sentence: Best keep your door locked, Miss.Review:The Demon Lover was not what I expected. The book is labeled as a paranormal romance. Yes, it is paranormal but it is not a romance, at least in the general sense of romances.Callie McFay has lived her life hearing of fairytales from her parents but never actually believed they were true. Her parents died when she was twelve and ever since then she has dreamed of a dark male figure, a figure that never truly shows his face. He watches over her during the night and sometimes recites more fairytales to her when she is upset. Then life moves on for Callie, she would go on to college, graduate with a Ph.D., writes a best-selling book and has a long term, long distance relationship with her boyfriend Paul.Callie has plans for her future and when she interviews with Fairwick College she plans to turn down the job offer but then she sees a beautiful house hidden in the woods. The house was once owned by a gothic, romance writer. Callie is a fan of the writer, Dahlia LaMotte, whom helped influence her own work. The house also comes with Miss LaMotte¿s hand-written manuscripts. Callie kicks her plans out the door and impulsively buys the house. The night Callie moves in she is visited by an incubus. At first she believes that it is just a dream but it doesn¿t take long for her to realize that her dreams are all too real.Callie learns pretty early on that she is special and that her co-workers are also more then they appear to be. The town of Fairwick is a melting pot of fae, witches and demons. Of course, there are a few humans who don¿t know about the supernatural around them, so they must still hide their powers.The Demon Lover is plagued with a slow-moving and unclear plot. The incubus is banished fairly early on in the book, Callie¿s roommate goes insane, a good-looking teacher comes to town, the college is also afflicted with a sickness that makes quite a few people ill. Callie is also looking into lifting a curse on one of her students, and even more strange things happen in Callie¿s personal life with her boyfriend, most of which were predicable so I won¿t go into that.Callie inevitably ends up in a relationship with the new teacher. The relationship moves really fast. The only buildup is the one time that she thought he might kiss her, and then of course the actual kiss. She does pretend to hate him for a while but it doesn¿t last long, when she gives in they spend several weeks in bed together (which just happens to be winter break at college). I realize that for Callie this is a relationship that had been forming since she was a little girl so it may not move fast for her but it is hard to feel the love between these characters when they are just having sex and he is crazy obsessed with her.I did like the world-building in The Demon Lover. The world that Ms. Dark (aka Carol Goodman) created with all the different fae and other creatures living together was enjoyable. It is really nice how the town comes together to protect each other. The atmosphere was dark and gothic, it reminded me of the Victoria Holt novels that I read when I was much younger (just with a lot more sex), which is appropriate since she is mentioned several times in The Demon Lover. I am guessing she was a huge influence. The Demon Lover is strictly told from Callie¿s point of view, minus a few manuscripts that would be from Dahlia LaMotte¿s view.Overall, I would recommend The Demon Lover more for its¿ world building and dark, gothic atmosphere. I would not recommend this book as a paranormal romance. There is no HEA in this book. I would have thought this to be a self-contained novel but I did see a sneak preview for The Water Witch and it looks like it is narrated by Callie which makes me thrilled to know t
Bodagirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The premise of the story and all the folklore worked into the book were intriguing, but the transparent plot and the unengaging characters failed to hold my interest.
Jibar on LibraryThing 8 months ago
So, rating this book is rather hard in my opinion. But I'll just start with this: The beginning was too slow for me. I didn't really want to keep reading, and just forced myself to continue - especially the first 150 or so pages. Later that seemed to cease, but maybe I just became more engrossed in the story.Secondly, it was way too busy. Oh, vampires exist, and witches and wizards and faeries and incubi and succubi. And some of them hate each other, some don't, some are good, some aren't. It was way too much and I kept forgetting which character belonged to which race - which is a shame because the general plot wasn't all bad.Callie is visited by a succubus - and I don't know how I feel about that. To me it seems like rape, because the victims aren't even able to breathe on their own, let alone move. It seems like a glorified rape novel with the Stockholm Syndrome included. Maybe I'm a prude, but that is just ... sorry, no. To me it just wasn't consensual.I did like Liam however - which is odd in itself, if you've read the novel you know exactly what I mean - but he just couldn't pull the novel out of the gutter. Since I did like the last 100 pages it's not all bad, I liked reading the rest, after having accepted the fact that it was so busy and the incubi plus inconsensual sex was gone, so that's at least something.
JuneCat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Demon Lover is different than what I usually read. There was something about the cover that fascinated me, totally pulled me in. I had to read it. It looked Gothic and mysterious.Now, while there are erotic elements, they're sparse and tastefully done. The language is rather poetic and literary in it's sensibility. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It really takes the reader to another place, another world. The author excels at world building. The reader is encompassed in this magical, mysterious and sometimes, scary place. The demon lover/incubus was scary, sexy, pitiful, sad...all the above. There were a number of supernatural creatures embedded in the story. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but I'm looking forward to the sequel to find out what happens to this rather creepy, but spicy love affair. I don't think the demon lover is going to go away without a fight. There's a character I suspect is going to give him competition, but I may be wrong. I can't wait to find out!
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Cailleach McFay is a teacher whose speciality is folklore. And she is good, her book, Sex Lives of the Demon Lover (an adaptation from her thesis) had become a best-seller. And this combined with her Ph.D had brought her offers from New York University and other small colleges like the one in Fairwick where she is right now.But she is not ready to accept a job there, far from it, her whole life was supposed to be in NYC, finally together with her boyfriend of eight years, Paul. Both had decided that their careers were first and agreed that their goal would be to move to New York together. So now she had to find a way to delay her answer to the .And she was perfectly happy until she set her eyes upon Honeysuckle House, a marvelous victorian house that compelled her to live there... to buy it and make it hers... to give up her future with Paul and begin a life in Fairwick.And so she did. She bought the house and discovered that not only it had been the house of Dahlia LaMotte, a novelist whose books had been about young girls with no parents that ended up in the hands of Byronic heroes who threatened their virginity, but that the house came with unpublished novels and a secret that changer her world: there was a succubus in that house, one that somehow, had visited her when she was little after losing her parents and told her fairytales to help her sleep.But now his visits where far from innocents... and Cailli finds herself torn between the decision of making him go away with the help of her new supernatural friends or keeping him with her and continue their sex live together knowing that it might kill her soon...In a small town where everything seems normal and peaceful Callie is about to discover that supernatural creatures are real, that she might be one of them, that her students are beginning to look sick and weak and that her love life is about to get really complicated.Thanks goodness there is massive magic library below the New York city library and she has access to it now.Personal opinion:For me it's been the first time I've read about succubus or incubus and it was by mistake, I thought The Demon Lover was a YA book but I blame the cover xDSaying that I have to say that I enjoyed it. I had a little information about incubus thanks to TV series and this book offered a lot of light into the succubus mythology.The book combined the perfect quantity of tension, fairytales and mystery that it needed. I mean, who wouldn't want to study in a campus where maybe vampires, witches, succubus, faeries and other creatures are the teachers or students? I think that this is what I liked the most: a supernatural college inside a common college.The plot itself is, maybe, a little obvious once you reach a certain part of the story but that won't stop you from continuing, far from it, you will wonder how is it going to happen and if everyone will be okay at the end.The ending was bittersweet but it makes sense since there's going to be a next book so I'm not to worried about it. Will I be reading the next book? You bet. I can't wait to know how is the author going to continue Calli's journey.
kkisser on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Callie McFay finds herself at an upstate New York liberal arts college Fairwick College using her knowledge of gothic literature and vampires for more than teaching. The story intertwines folklore myths from many lands in this small sleepy college town. A great beginning to a new contemporary fantasy series with a steamy edge in the romance department that is sure to have something for everyone.
jdonnelly14 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
RECEIVED FROM: Net Galley for Review***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***Cailleach McFay is a novelist and teacher who has just landed a job at Fairwick College, a private university in upstate New York. But Fairwick isn¿t your average school Callie soon learns as she is drawn to a house she can¿t resist buying and soon begins spending her nights making passionate love with a man from her dreams. Except he isn¿t from her dreams, he¿s an incubus, a creature feeding from her life force and gaining substance from his interactions with her. Her love can make him human, but his attentions could mean her death. Her incubus isn¿t the only creature at Fairwick, she finds she¿s in a town surrounded by vampires, demons, fairies and witches with who knows what else living in the town. More she learns that she is the doorkeeper, the one person who can open the door between Faery and our world. But one of these creatures is feeding on the students and teachers of Fairwick and if Callie doesn¿t figure out who and send them back to where they came it isn¿t just the students who will suffer, but her as well. Can she navigate the secrets of these people, and cross the political lines to see who¿s the threat or will the mysterious creature feed until there¿s nothing left? I for one hope this book is part of a series because I want more for this character than what she¿s given. The Demon Lover is a well written first person account from a writer and teacher who upon taking a new job at a private college in upstate New York find herself haunted by an incubus and drawn into a whole new world only to discover she should have always been a part of it. The book has elements of a Gothic Romance which I know only because Dark points out Gothic Romance attributes during her book, such as the house that is almost a character in and of itself and the hero who is more of an anti-hero. I wouldn¿t particularly call it a romance, because those normally have happily ever afters, but it does have elements of a romance. The romance in this novel actually reminded me a lot of Danielle Steele¿s work. While I¿ll admit initially I found the piece to be extremely original by the end of the novel I started seeing similarities to other writers and works. The reason I say it reminds me of Danielle Steele that her romances are almost saga like and it¿s not the love story that¿s important but the journey to getting there. Steele lead¿s encounter multiple wrongs before meeting their right who usually only gets maybe a chapter of presence in the novel. While I¿ll admit Steele is a good writer I don¿t read her work that much because that always bugged me. Dark doesn¿t end the story with a brand new love interest but she also doesn¿t provide the happy ever after most romance novels do. Her romance is deep, complicated and filled with magic. To be honest I personally hope that it¿s not over yet. If this is how Callie McFay¿s story ends that I¿d have to say I¿m highly disappointed. The book has a kind of open ending so it gives me the impression that there¿s more to come, but as I haven¿t heard yet about it being part of a series there¿s no guarantee to that. Beyond being unhappy because of personal preference about the ending, I have to add that at some point the point of view she chose made the book uncomfortable for me to read. I don¿t like reading a sex scene in the first person; it¿s like having a friend tell you more than you want to know about their bedroom activities. Though most of the sex scenes are glossed over to avoid this, there are a few detailed scenes that made me a little uncomfortable to read. The aversion to it is probably why I¿ve never made it through more than a couple of chapters in a Sookie Stackhouse book even though I own the entire series. Someday I¿ll make myself read them, but that day is not today. Dark doesn¿t do the overly detailed first person sex scenes and have an intricate plot woven outside of the love story so that I did really enj
krau0098 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I got an eGalley of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. This was a wonderful paranormal romance/mystery with a dark and gothic feel to it. A great book to read over the holidays, as it takes place during the winter months and really has a wintery vibe to it.Callie McFay has been visited by a dark prince in her dreams since she was a child. When she moves to upstate New York to teach at a college there she is again visited by her dark prince, but this time the dreams are incredibly erotic (and disturbing) in nature. Still Callie is drawn to this sleepy town of Fairwick and soon finds herself buying a house there (without her boyfriend's knowlege). Callie soon finds out that there is more to Fairwick than she could have ever imagined and her dark prince is tied up to the other mysterious events that happen in this town.This book is not really paranormal romance, it is more of a contemporary fantasy with a lot of mystery and some erotic scenes in it....it also has a very gothic overtone to it. The mystery is set up very slowly and the pace of the story is fairly deliberate.I loved the writing style of this book; everything is described so beautifully that it is easy to imagine the scenery and to follow the mystery being woven. I loved the interesting characters and the way that the world of fairy was woven mysteriously throughout Fairwick's history.I am going to be honest initially I was very turned off by the numerous erotic scenes in the beginning of the book; I was thinking seriously is this was the book is about?! But as the mystery started to unravel I was more and more intrigued by the world built here, was curious to unravel the mystery of the Honeysuckle House, and I fell in love with the Gothic wintery setting. I also really enjoyed all of the literary references throughout and the snippets of poetry woven through the story.This is a deliberately paced book, if you don't like that then this isn't the book for you. The book starts with quite a bit of action and then goes through a tense lull where nothing much happens but, as the reader, you are just waiting for the next shoe to drop... I enjoyed it and thought it was well done, but I could see readers who like action-based novels being very frustrated with the pace. One of the "mysteries" in the story is very transparent...I was a bit disappointed that it took Callie so long to figure this out; still I think her blindness to this mystery was intentional and told the reader a lot about Callie's feelings and needs.The book ends without much resolved, this is the first in a series so there is more to come. This is also not a happy, happy book....think Gothic romance...so things end as you might expect them to in that sort of genre. Additionally there are also some very graphic sex scenes in this book...so definitely for adults only.Overall I ended up in love with this book. The beautiful writing and descriptions, the Gothic and wintry small town setting, and the wonderful weaving of fairy magic throughout all of this absolutely captured my imagination. I loved the literature references throughout as well. This is a very deliberately paced book, there are lulls while the tension builds but not much happens. One of the mysteries is also very transparent...so not the most surprising plot. Still I loved the writing and loved how it captured my imagination; I loved the dark and Gothic feel to it...it was very different from most of the paranormal that is out there. If you love dark Gothic romance with a touch of supernatural then this is the book for you. If you have trouble with very deliberately paced books then you may want to look elsewhere. I will definitely be reading future books in this series.
peptastic on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I discovered this pseudonym of Carol Goodman's last night while looking up book blogs about a childhood favourite of mine, Victoria Holt.I've only read Goodman's two books she co-wrote with her husband under the name Lee Caroll but those books share a lot of similarities with Demon Lover. The best and worst traits in fact. New York has an undercover world of faeries, ghosts, vampires, witches, etc.? Check. Dangerous lover who only digs her for being reincarnated for a past love? Check. Descriptions of delicious mouth watering foods? Check. More likeable side characters? Check. Dead mama? Check. I had fun reading it hence the four stars.The basic plot of this book is the protagonist Callie is offered a teaching job at a University in a cozy small New York town. She wrote a book about demon lovers, vampires, gothic romances, etc. Oh and after her parents died she used to be visited by a shadowy figure who used to tell her old faerie tales like Tam Lin.I'm also a sucker for cute animal sidekicks. This one is a mouse named Ralph who gorges himself on cheese and m&ms. Aww.I enjoy the Tam Lin retellings I've read in the past so I was hoping for more of that than Victoria Holt's worst book "the Demon Lover". The Tam Lin was barely touched on but there is a sequel coming out called "Water Witch".
NiinaC on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Superb gothic dark romantic novel! Dr. Callie McFay, is visited at night by a dream where a man enters her room in moonlight and continues to make love to her one erotic dream at a time. She should know what this means as she wrote her thesis on The Demon Lover in Gothic Literature: Vampires, Beasts and Incubi and is the author of the bestselling book Sex Lives of Demon Lovers, and has just been accepted to teach at Fairwick Collage teaching Gothic Literature. She knows what she dreams of is a Demon Lover, the same one who use to tell her fairytales at night when she was a child, but - are they real? And if they are, what else is¿ vampires? Witches? Faeries? Nymphs? She might just have to check all above on that one.I originally fell in love with the cover, but the story inside is so much better, it has the old as age feel to it, with dark woods, Victorian house, iron locks, libraries, snowed in darkness and the old books of a gothic writer who knew more than she let on.This is perfect for the winter to read in candle light and feel thrilled, spooked and all around creep out while Callie teaches and investigates what happens in the little town and how it¿s tide to her and her demon lover who is seduces her, makes passionate love to her and slowly drains her life away on big O at a time. She¿s determined to get rid of him, but it seems some things are there to stick and no feeble attempt will do. And just how strong is her resolve to be rid of him? "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. Moving flesh. I felt his chest rise and lower against mine, felt his hips grind into mine, his strong legs part mine¿"Dark and beautiful tale of love, passion, magic and danger ¿ all mixed together with the Honeysuckle House and it¿s surrounding of magical dark woods where even shadows are dangerous.The supporting characters are amazing, and they truly add to the story a dark twist and few moments of lightness!Trust me after you read this you want to move into the old Victorian Honeysuckle House! I¿m completely addicted and cannot wait till the two following books come out, because this just can¿t end like this! There is so much more that is needed. I haven¿t had a frustrated howl at the end of a book in ages, but this sure ends like a good book is supposed to with a lot of 'oomph'!