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.Expected Publication date: December 27, 2011**
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The book is really deserving of a 3.5, but goodreads doesn't believe in 1/2 stars :P. Now the cover, it gets 10 stars... Yes, so the cover whore says!
So Callie moves to a town that is full of faries, witches, daemons, and much more magical creatures to teach at a local college, only she doesn't realize it. While there, she is being haunted by some pretty erotic dreams, but as it turns out, she is being possessed (literally and figuratively) by an incubus. When she realizes it, the local magical community come together to help her out, but things get stranger as a lot of the college students and staff are getting sick, there is a curse on one student who you want rescued, and there is a mystery with Liam Doyle and Frank.
So when I first started to read this book, I was like, "This is going slow...Where's the Incubus?" Then I figured out, "Oh, that is the Incubus". Then she does a spell to get rid of him, but it fails (but not to her knowledge... and you don't really know it until it is too late). Then you fall in love with Liam, but be crushed.
I loved Ralph the Doormouse, cute as a button, deserved some more page time. I would love to have a mouse just like him. I fell in love with Liam, wishing that he could be real and safe for Callie. Loved the scene where they are banishing the incubus, banishing Liam, and the final fight sequence with the real villain.
A little disappointed that I knew who the villain was within the first 100 pages (and there is technically 370 pages). But, it could be that I knew that because of the villain's name, because the meaning really screamed-- "VILLAIN!"
I HATED HOW THIS BOOK ENDS! First of all, Callie was such a strong character until the final 2 chapters where she becomes a GIANT wuss. She bends to her grandmother's will, even though deep down inside she realizes it wrong (or at least I hope so, otherwise she is a sucky heroine), and she is alone at the end of the book. She isn't content, she isn't happy, she isn't anything but realizing that she really did love her incubus. Yep, sucky! Second point, the incubus saves her from an evil demon/fairy/succubus/whatever you want to call it and yet, she still punishes him. How horrible is that? You want him to be rewarded for what he did, for her to actually work towards finding a way for them to be together without her dying. Honestly, the whole book left me feeling like there was no resolution-- the curse wasn't broken, no lovers were joined together for happily ever after, no good news at the end.
There were some slow parts, that I think could have disappeared, but overall, it was a great read. It is a descent book, and I think everyone should give it a chance.
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**Warning: There is some adult scenes. Not appropriate for all readers.