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Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover: A Novel by Juliet Dark
Paranormal, Literature, Fae
Trade Paperback $15.00 (448 pages, BALLANTINE)
Ebook $9.99

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.

Author Site: julietdark.com

A Must-Read for Urban Fantasy Dabblers (5 stars)

Raised by parents obsessed with fairytales and folklore, writer Callie McFay came by her obsession naturally. Being raised by her stoic grandmother after their deaths she's a contrast in classy New Yorker and eccentric professor. When she accepts a job teaching at Fairwick College she finds herself buying the neglected Victorian house once occupied by another writer who left a collection of unedited drafts for her Gothic romances. As Callie begins reading them she finds that there's one thing the final versions all left out, a mysterious demon lover. Her own hauntingly real dreams of a similar shadowy figure leave her at the center of a world she never knew existed.

Callie quickly discovers that not only is her nightly visitor real, all of the creatures of myth she once thought were stories are too. Surrounded by demons, witches, and fae, Callie's eyes are opened to the truths she must know to not only protect herself, but the community she has grown so fond of. Her incubus must be sent away before he consumes her completely but can she cast him out knowing the painful fate he will be banished to?

Don't get me wrong. I love a proper paranormal romp that ends with a definite hero and heroine's happily-ever-after. Even moreso do I enjoy a butt-kicking heroine with fancy weapons and a questionably practical wardrobe to do it in. But THE DEMON LOVER takes great elements of each and softens the stuffiness of literature with them in a masterful blend of myth, mystery, and sensuality. Admittedly there were times I rolled my eyes because I felt it went too far into trying to be intellectual and chic but for the most part the balance of elements worked to create a really great read.

If you love cozy mysteries for their small town feel this has a great community built into it. It was easy to connect with the town and the professors, wanting to see what would become of them. Family curses, different mythological beings trying to get along, and mysterious attackers in the woods round out the incubus banishment plot nicely. Callie has moments she seems much older than she is, her voice not ringing true to someone so young. Occasionally she comes off as downright snobbish and yet most of the time I liked her in spite of it.

I think this would be a great read for Urban Fantasy fans who would like something less violent than the norm and for literature readers who feel like indulging their paranormal guilty pleasure with something not stashed in the Young Adult section.

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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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