The Demon Lover

The Demon Lover

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By (author) Juliet Dark

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 437 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 30mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345510089
  • ISBN 13: 9780345510082
  • Sales rank: 341,141

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"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"

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Juliet Dark is the pseudonym of an award-winning and critically acclaimed literary suspense writer.

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By Sarah Elizabeth 19 Dec 2012 3

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley.)
Callie McFay is looking for a teaching position at a college after getting her PhD, and publishing her first book (Sex Lives of the Demon Lovers). She goes to an interview at Fairwick College, but has no intentions of taking the job until she falls in love with a house nearby (Honeysuckle house). The realtor seems reluctant to even show her the house, but eventually she does, and Callie buys it.

Once in Fairwick, Callie finds herself visited by a demon lover, a man who appears to be made of moonlight, who visits her and has sex with her every night. It also seems that this demon lover is the very same one who visited the house's previous occupant Dahlia LaMotte, who was also an author.
In a case in the attic, Callie discovers all of Dahlia LaMotte's original drafts for her books, and decides to use the work to write her own next book.

Callie has more than just her demon lover to contend with though, when secrets are revealed to her about Fairwick College, and her colleagues, and a new man comes into her life.

What exactly is going on at Fairwick College? What are these nights with her Demon Lover doing to Callie? And can she trust the new man in her life?


I'm slightly torn over this book. It was okay, and I even liked it in parts, but it had its little issues as well.

Callie was an interesting character, although she did seem to make quite rash decisions at times. She told her boyfriend that she would delay accepting a position at Fairwick until she heard from the college in New York where she actually wanted to teach, then turns around and accepts the position and buys a house all in the same breath! Not surprised that the boyfriend wasn't impressed about this.

Callie's reaction to the demon lover was also a little strange to me. He was basically turning up every night and raping her, but she liked it! He basically forces himself on her, and instead of being upset or scared, she looks forward to it! She also realises that her lover is the same one who has been doing the same thing to the previous occupant of the house, but this doesn't seem to put her off either.

When she eventually decides that maybe all this sex with a demon might not be good for her, she then tries to summon him to tell him to go away. Does anyone else think that this is a bad idea? I can't honestly say that I don't think summoning a demon is ever a good idea, especially to tell him to go away. I mean how does that even go - 'I summon you demon!', 'I'm here what do you want?', 'I want you to leave me alone!', 'But you summoned me here!', 'Yes, and now I'm telling you to leave.' - make up your mind.

The thing is though, that even once Callie had decided to ditch the demon, she was still very much in two minds about it - she wanted rid of the demon, but at the same time was quite enjoying the attention. Maybe these feelings are totally normal for someone who knows that was they want is bad for them, I get that, but maybe she shouldn't have tried to banish the demon if she wasn't 100% sure about it? Especially when she's told that she has to want the demon to go for the spell to work.

There was a lot of paranormal stuff in this book, not just demons, and we met witches, fairies, incubi, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful things, so there was no lack of variety. There was also more than one mystery to solve, and several other side-line stories, with twists that I couldn't guess.

I think the strangest thing about this book though, was the fact that 'the demon lover' storyline was missing from a big chunk of this book - and isn't that what the book is supposed to be about?
The storyline went - demon lover, decision over demon lover, banish demon lover, big load of other crap going on, romance, mystery, big load of other stuff happening again, demon lover, the end. It was almost as if the whole demon lover storyline was forgotten about for a large part of the story, and then touched briefly upon at the end again, so much so, that you could almost forget that the demon lover part had ever happened. Bit strange.

I will say that overall I enjoyed this book, but at times I felt that the story dragged, and the above issues were a little annoying at times. Would I recommend this book? I'd say borrow rather than buy this one personally.
6.5 out of 10.

By Alaiel Kreuz 25 Jan 2012 4

Cailleach McFay is a teacher whose speciality is folklore. And she is good, her book, Sex Lives of the Demon Lover (an adaptation from her thesis) had become a best-seller. And this combined with her Ph.D had brought her offers from New York University and other small colleges like the one in Fairwick where she is right now.
But she is not ready to accept a job there, far from it, her whole life was supposed to be in NYC, finally together with her boyfriend of eight years, Paul. Both had decided that their careers were first and agreed that their goal would be to move to New York together. So now she had to find a way to delay her answer to the .

And she was perfectly happy until she set her eyes upon Honeysuckle House, a marvelous victorian house that compelled her to live there... to buy it and make it hers... to give up her future with Paul and begin a life in Fairwick.
And so she did. She bought the house and discovered that not only it had been the house of Dahlia LaMotte, a novelist whose books had been about young girls with no parents that ended up in the hands of Byronic heroes who threatened their virginity, but that the house came with unpublished novels and a secret that changer her world: there was a succubus in that house, one that somehow, had visited her when she was little after losing her parents and told her fairytales to help her sleep.
But now his visits where far from innocents... and Cailli finds herself torn between the decision of making him go away with the help of her new supernatural friends or keeping him with her and continue their sex live together knowing that it might kill her soon...

In a small town where everything seems normal and peaceful Callie is about to discover that supernatural creatures are real, that she might be one of them, that her students are beginning to look sick and weak and that her love life is about to get really complicated.
Thanks goodness there is massive magic library below the New York city library and she has access to it now.

Personal opinion:
For me it's been the first time I've read about succubus or incubus and it was by mistake, I thought The Demon Lover was a YA book but I blame the cover xD
Saying that I have to say that I enjoyed it. I had a little information about incubus thanks to TV series and this book offered a lot of light into the succubus mythology.

The book combined the perfect quantity of tension, fairytales and mystery that it needed. I mean, who wouldn't want to study in a campus where maybe vampires, witches, succubus, faeries and other creatures are the teachers or students? I think that this is what I liked the most: a supernatural college inside a common college.

The plot itself is, maybe, a little obvious once you reach a certain part of the story but that won't stop you from continuing, far from it, you will wonder how is it going to happen and if everyone will be okay at the end.

The ending was bittersweet but it makes sense since there's going to be a next book so I'm not to worried about it. Will I be reading the next book? You bet. I can't wait to know how is the author going to continue Calli's journey.

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"[Juliet] Dark develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.""--Publishers Weekly"