Sue’s Review – The Demon Lover, by Juliet Dark + 5 Book Giveaway!!
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.
A very good friend, whom I trust immensely, had asked if I’d read this book — of course, I said yes before I even knew what I was getting myself into.
Don’t get me wrong — I like paranormal romance – at one point, I could not stop reading paranormal — Feehan, Kenyon, Ward – I immersed myself in the sub-genre, so much so, that I lost track of what else was being published. Since then I’ve been reading more mainstream books, so to delve back into the unknown worlds of darkness and pleasure — this book would have to be pretty damn good to hold my attention.
Boy, & hold your attention . . oh yea, DEMON LOVER does just that — I will agree with most of the reviews on this book and that it is a bit slow to start. Callie as a young girl has always had some intense sexual dreams. As she got older they waned. She went off to college, met Paul (her mortal boyfriend) & anticipated at some point they would become engaged and marry. Graduated from college looking for a teaching job she becomes an instructor at Fairwick College. Fairwick was not at all what it seemed and as the weeks went by she noticed odd things . . .but more importantly, her demon lover came back. As the story unfolds you see many different angles develop. Callie herself realizes she is not the mortal she thought she was, nor was her family & neither was dear grand-mama in particular. Very cleverly written, intertwining historical facts with fiction and so forth. A nice mystery woven to the end, leaving you hooked for the next book. Although witches are the primary character type, incubus, demons, shifters and other worldly creatures make an appearance giving lots of depth to the story.
DEMON LOVER is a romantic story, but not a classical romance — at least not how you or I would categorize it. It is sexy, Callie has romantic encounters but everything is edgier, which really was a nice change for me —- I did not have to forgo my favorite elements of a romance book as DEMON LOVER included them plus a whole lot more.
Caution — although not a Happy Ending, it was satisfying . . or understandable. But, by the time you get to the end, you’re ok with that so it does not detract from the story.
So here’s my take, this is a book for you if you answer yes to these questions —
This might be the book you’ve been waiting for — Let me know what you think? What is it about paranormal romance that makes it a must buy for you?
5 book giveaway! comment below – winners announced at the end of the day — good luck!
Amazon Reviewers – excerpted comments:
Demon Lover is the grown-up’s [insert any hot YA paranormal romance]; it’s like the coolest lit professor ever decided to teach a class on gothic novels, then slipped in folklore on fairies, witches, vampires, and other magical creatures. There were references to Twilight, The Mysteries of Udolpho, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Dracula, The Faerie Queene, Tam Lin, and (what won my devotion) an outright homage to the queen of gothic romances, Victoria Holt. [Holt also penned a novel called The Demon Lover, which I don't think is a coincidence. And yeah, I own a copy.]
The Demon Lover was dark, delicious and oh so addicting. It’s like your favorite piece of decadant Dark Chocolate; melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more long after you devoured it. I will admit that the beginning was kind of slow, but when the story picked up, boy did it pick up in a big way.
Donna S http://www.romanceatrandom.com/sues-review-the-demon-lover-by-juliet-dark-5-book-giveaway/#comment-41646