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Review of THE DEMON LOVER by JULIET DARK

BLURB

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.

“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 


REVIEW

Genre: fae,vampires,witches,review-copy,paranormal,demons,new adult,romance
Rating: 4 wings

In naming her book ‘The Demon Lover’ Juliet Dark has established the assumption for the reader that the demon is the predominant paranormal character. However as Juliet dark extends the world of Fairwick further her reader is introduced to a myriad of otherworld beings, and for me the story’s interest increased. With its intricacies of plot and numerous twists ‘The Demon Lover’ could have been overly complicated and confused but Juliet Dark chooses to tell her story intelligently and with sensitivity to her reader. She constantly builds an atmosphere of tension and anticipation which make the plot compelling.

The book’s main female character is Callie, the author of ‘Sex Lives of the Demon Lovers’ and newcomer to Fairwick, by way of her position as a lecturer at the college. Callie chooses to buy the empty Honeysuckle House, which was owned by a late Gothic author, hoping that she and her boyfriend can settle there. However as Paul chooses to stay in New York her company at night is provided in the guise of her demon lover.
Juliet Dark’s descriptions of these moments are not ’50 Shades’ explicit because of her YA target audience butt I think the more mature reader will appreciate the freedom of imagination this allows!
I enjoyed all of the characters in ‘The Demon Lover’ as Juliet Dark provides her reader with such a variety, including witches and vampires, but she does not write within paranormal stereotypes. They all have a vibrancy and real personality. I hope that many of them appear in the sequel, including Callie’s grandmother, FrankDelmarco, Anton Volkov and even Liam!
I recommend this book to fans of paranormal fiction. I am so excited to be able to read ‘The Water Witch’ next.


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