Thursday, November 17, 2011

Early Review : The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles) by Juliet Dark

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.

Knowing that the inclusion of the incubus in paranormal romance has been done many times before, "The Demon Lover" still manages to be an original and engaging read.  

I was immediately drawn in by the seductive lover in the shadows and the charming and mysterious Honeysuckle House that leaves you with the impression that it's more of a character than ancient architecture.

Callie McFay accepts a teaching position in the Folklore Department of a small college in Fairwick, NY. Once she begins, her circumstances and surroundings become increasingly a delightfully entertaining way.

As Callie attempts to establish her place in Fairwick, she stumbles upon secrets and curses and a disturbing fairy tale about a demon lover who lost his humanity when enchanted by an irresistible fairy queen.

With each new discovery and unlikely friendship, she slowly begins to uncover the hidden facets of her own past and family history. Before the story's conclusion, these discoveries will lead Callie down a path toward self-discovery where she not only uncovers secrets about the strange residents of Fairwick, but about herself as well.  

Juliet Dark wove a wonderful tale with a plot that was intricately layered. It's a highly entertaining read filled with mysteries that will keep the reader constantly guessing. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

*ARC provided by Netgalley


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