Audiobook Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

Posted October 3, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 24 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet DarkSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

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.

More Information:
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Blackstone Audio Inc.
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1

My Thoughts on


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.

Audio Thoughts:

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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24 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

  1. I read this book eons ago… well a year ago at least… and I didn’t realize that there were more written. I hate it when I lose track! Thanks for the reminder 😉

    • It isn’t too much (in fact really there were only 3 scenes) but I wasn’t expecting any so it caught me off guard. There is less in this book per number of pages than a standard romance.

  2. Sounds like one I would enjoy! Too bad about the characters – but I’m forgiving in first books, as long as the setup leads me to believe that future books will be better. I love the concept of this one and I’m excited that you liked the narrator as I’m always looking for good narrators I haven’t heard yet. Great review 🙂

    • In epic sweeping tales, I kind of expect that from the first book in the series. Most people have told that books 2 and 3 are freaking awesome. So I am hoping to get my hands on book 2, I have book 3 already.

  3. So glad you were at least able to connect to the characters in the second half Felicia! It’s always hard for me when there’s a large cast of characters, I just end up not really feeling like I know any of them, but this world does sound intriguing and the fact that the second half is much stronger has me thinking this will be on of those series that just gets better as it goes! Fabulous review:)

    • It does get better as it goes and the characters do start to flush out a bit towards the end. This is just a trilogy so I am guessing the next two books are character heavy now that the world has been built 🙂

  4. Good to know! I got this one a while back. I know it’s hard to connect with all the characters when the author introduces so many in the first book, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it; almost 4 stars is not bad, and it makes me feel better about my rush to purchase it just because I liked the cover..LOL
    Great job!

    • It is a beautiful cover (and I like the audio cover even more–I think it reflects the gothic feel more). The narration was very good even though it took me a minute to realize that the tone and cadence fit the story. Once I got that, I thought it was a perfect fit.

    • I think overall my feelings on this book will change after I finish the trilogy. I did really enjoy the world though and already have book 2 on my computer 🙂