Dec 22, 2011

Review: Demon Lover

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.
 
As my readers know, the paranormal genre is one that is close to my heart and I am always looking for new to me authors to follow.  As I am unfamiliar with Juliet Dark DEMON LOVER fit the bill to the tee.  And I just loved the setting of Fairwick College and Callie herself.  The character of Callie itself is very well done.  She is very realistic and reminds me of one of my college professors.
 
Unfortunately the other characters including Liam, who is the main love interest, are very two dimensional.  This was rather disappointing to me as this book is peopled with some very interesting secondary characters that I would have loved to see fleshed out more.  Also I found that DEMON LOVER was lacking in that certain tension that will take a good from simply okay to excellent.

All in all, DEMON LOVER is book that I don't regret reading however it isn't one that I recommend rushing out to buy.  Of course, mileage will vary and you might find that you absolutely love DEMON LOVER.  

I rate DEMON LOVER by Juliet Dark a 2.75.

I did receive this book from NetGallery in exchange for the review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.

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