The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was one of those novels I have mixed feelings about. If I had to rate the first half of the book I'd probably give it a two but the second half was amazing (more like a four) so I decided to settle in the middle with my rating of three stars. I'm not sure it fits well in my mind as a romance, at least not to the fashion most romance novels are written.
Summary: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.
My Take: I'm not sure if it was the author warming up or just the story finally finding its stride but once I hit that half way mark I couldn't put it down. I actually felt like there was two different stories happening to the same woman. That was until the end, when everything ties together. I don't want to spoil the story for you so I won't go into too much detail but I'm sure if you read it you will know exctly what I'm talking about.
The author also had an interesting way to sneak some hot and heavy scenes into the mix. By adding the main character reading some Gothic erotica she was able to keep the sex scenes coming even when the main characters were at odds.
The Demon Lover was filled with an interesting cast of characters and I am going to be looking for the next book in the series.