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 sensual 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.
“Vivid and enchanting . . . Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist (Top 10 SF/Fantasy)
“[Juliet] Dark develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.”—Publishers Weekly
Dr. Callie McFay, author of Sex Lives of the Demon Lovers, had no true intention of signing on as a professor of folklore during her interview at Fairwick College in upstate New York, but something about an old Victorian mansion off campus lures her to take up residence. As Callie sets up her new home, she is simultaneously seduced by a promising research project and a sexual creature she encounters in her dreams but cannot see or believe in during daylight. Eventually realizing that she must drive the demon away, Callie reluctantly seeks assistance from her neighbors and colleagues. She also begins to uncover her own heritage, which may explain her attraction to Fairwick and the incubus. In this surprisingly literary paranormal, Dark (a pseudonym for a "critically acclaimed literary suspense writer") develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.
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I stumbled on this book at the book store and it became a favorite. Definitely worth reading. I've lent my copy to family and friends and they enjoyed it as well. :)
Well written, fun to read, and everything you'd expect from Carol Goodman.
The Demon Lover
Firstly, the price...what the? $11.99 for an ebook! And all the online bookstores charged this. This and many reasons are why I won't buy the next ( overpriced) book in this series. I read the sample before I bought and then "bam" instant steamy paranormal love scenes. Wow, I think it must be great! Sadly, not the case. If your going to offer a sample with lots of steamy sex in the sample don't disappoint the reader by offering a "sample" of whats seems a steamy love story and then pull the rug out from under us when we shell out the cash for the rest of the anti climatic novel. Bad form!
I love reading paranormal erotica so maybe I got my hopes up but this book didn't deliver on the romance and was at best pseudo erotica. As a paranormal story it was good. But if you're looking for a well developed gothic love story you'll be disappointed. The encounters with the demon were rushed and felt flat because off this. And, if a book has a title "The Demon Lover" I would think most of the book would be about him, a Demon, and their love story. This story needed much more than a few scraps of hot sex, not all these other extraneous characters who were only marginally if at all helpful toward furthering the plot.
There were too many subplots. I felt the story lost momentum and I had to back up too many times. Not good, not good at all. This annoys the reader and makes the author seem amateurish. The main characters weren't developed enough. We don't even know the heroines hair color until well into the book. I need to know this much sooner to connect emotionally to the character. Ironically, she didn't have any strong endearing qualities to make me connect with her anyway.
The end was ridiculous, like "wham" the end. I mean literally I kept swiping pages on my ipad looking for more. All I can say is what the...! Come one! For this price, I definitely expected much better editing on the writers and editors part. I kept thinking through-out the book "This could be so much better if..." Again not good to leave the reader feeling this way, not good at all.