Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

  • Pub. Date: December 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Arc 
  • Pages: 448
  • Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1

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 in my breath 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 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. ""

Review: The Demon Lover was not what I expected. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis looked very promising but it turned out be a very uneven paced read for me. It starts off very slow and took a while for me to get into. Than you have moments where everything becomes very fast paced and I found myself flipping through the pages only to be greeted with more slow moments where I actually started skimming through quite a few pages since I felt it did nothing to move the plot along.

Honestly the main concept of The Demon Lover was interesting which is why I still stuck through it and read it but there were alot of parts that could have been taken out and way to many sub plots. Not to mention not much was explained but after learning that there will be more books published in the series I can understand why the author left so much still a mystery.

What I really did enjoy was reading about the Incubus. Pretty much all the exciting page flipping parts were when the incubus was involved. And lets not forget Liam, he made the second half of the book interesting , of course once I found out who Liam really was it made sense why he was the only other character who I really cared for in this entire novel.

Now as far as the main character Callie goes I didn't feel any connection with her and for me to really get into a novel I have to feel something for the main character. Instead I found her odd. Callie for one did not show a bit of shock or surprise when she found out about the supernatural world or that most of her co-workers were otherworldy beings, and for someone who has a PhD in folkolore who has also written a book about the sex lives of various demon lovers she was very clueless.

I did love the mystical setting of The Demon Lover, and I could definitly envision the gothic feel of it all. Also there was  a lot of hot and heavy sexual scenes which I would define as erotic but tastefully done.

Overall my feelings for this novel is mixed. I loved some aspects of it while still finding myself frustrated and at times bored.

1 comment:

  1. I love this cover. It is really beautiful but I don't think this is a good fit for me.


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