Release Date: December 27th, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance (I guess…though this is debatable)
Source: I own it.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: Originally, I had no intention of reading this book. It was one of those books I was on the fence about. And unless a book sounds really intriguing to me these days, I usually pass. But because I accidentally requested the sequel not knowing it was the second book in the series, and then I got approved, I felt guilty and forced myself to read The Demon Lover. Oh, I am so glad I have a guilt complex because I would have missed out on a fantastic storyline.
It’s not a perfect book by any means. The writing leaves a lot to be desired–more on that a little later–and the characters are pretty flat. (Incidentally, I have been finding almost every book I read lately has flat characters. Maybe it’s me?) What it does have though is a great plot written by an author that excels at rich storytelling. I never thought of upstate New York as a place that could harbor a town full of fantastical creatures, but the author can make you believe it’s true. The town of Fairwick is loaded with fairies, demons, brownies, witches, and many other species you can only find in your dreams. And it felt like a real town. That I wanted to live in. The plot itself is moderately paced with a few slow spots, but for the most part, because I was so fascinated by the goings on in this town and all of its inhabitants, I kept turning the pages.
As for the writing, well you can’t win them all. It is rare that you find an author that excels at weaving a story but can’t write their way out of a paper bag–and well, this is ALMOST one of those cases. The writing wasn’t quite that awful, but there was a lot of word repetition and flow issues that managed to yank me right out of the narrative. It’s like she wasn’t privy to a thesaurus while she was writing. For me, this is one of the things I notice right away when I am reading because I look for those spots when I am editing. In some ways, this has affected how I read now, and I try not to let it when I read for fun, but once your brain is set to do something, there are some things that are impossible to change. At any rate, I don’t think it is something that someone who is a casual reader would notice. And even if you do read as often as I do, you may even not notice it then. Because really, it’s not that bad.
So now we get to the fun part. Our lovely protagonist. There were a few occasions while reading where I just wanted to BRAIN her with a baseball bat. She wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and while I didn’t hate her, I did think she was a moron a couple of places in the book. Unfortunately, I cannot talk about those plot points because what I have to say is spoileriffic, but just know there may be occurrences where you will be annoyed over the heroine’s stupidity.
Still though, even with the few complaints I have, if you are looking for an atmospheric story in a town full of wonder–with a little romance and steamy sexytimes thrown in–this may be your book. Just don’t go in expecting this to be loaded with love scenes. I did. Ha. If you do, you will be disappointed. Because while there are some, they are short and not very often. With a title like Demon Lover you would think otherwise, but this book really caught me by surprise with how different it was from my expectations. Look for a review of The Water Witch soon.