The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
Date Read: September 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Magical
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.
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Blackstone Audio Inc.
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1
Listened for Fun (Audible)
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
Overall Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Demon Lover was a really intriguing story and I am looking forward to continuing the series.
Story Thoughts: The Demon Lover was a story recommended to me by several people who knew I loved the Deborah Harkness series. They weren’t wrong. This has the same feel of epic storytelling that you can just fall be engulfed by. I was entranced by the tweaks on the standard fae, witch, vampire, and ghost folklore. The setting had a very gothic type of feel allowing me to get swept up into the story and have a small little shiver while reading. Overall, this is a world that I am intrigued by and will be exploring further.
Character Thoughts: While The Demon Lover had a fantastic world “setup”, I admit it took longer for me to care about the characters. There are so many of them and in the end, I felt only connected to a few. Even the lead character, Callie, was hard to warm up to. I enjoyed her journey but it took awhile for me to like her as a person. About 1/2 way through the book though the character/story finally clicked together and the characters were much stronger in the 2nd half. I am now invested in their journey.
Narrated By Justine Eyre / Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
Justine is a very good narrator. She has a voice that resonates with you and sticks. She is perfect for the gothic feel of The Demon Lover. I will be continuing this series on audio. As always please listen to a sample before buying an audio book. Not everyone has the same tastes in narrators.
Final Thoughts: The Demon Lover gave me a world and setting that I am excited to learn more about!
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