Review: The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman)

    The Demon Lover
 (Carol Goodman); Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: December 27th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group
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.

Thank God!! A paranormal romance written by an adult meant to be read by an adult (and that doesn’t mean X-rated, just so we’re clear…part of being an adult is having the maturity necessary to look at yourself, see yourself fully as the human being you are, and accepting and embracing all of you). This book is about a young woman, and a demon lover – that in itself seemed clue enough to me that there’d be some making love involved. Enough said.

This has been one of my favorite paranormal romances read this year; for one thing, it’s blessedly about a grown up woman having a grown up life. I am, as always, a strong believer in the words “to each his own”, but my own isn’t always a blurb that starts with “Seventeen yo bla bla…”, “Sixteen yo bla bla…”, “Eighteen yo” – (btw, you’re legally an adult from any and all points of view at 18 where I am, and the legal age of consent is 16, so, you know, I have a different perspective on things [ trivia: in Japan the legal age of consent is 13, did you know that? It can be prohibited by prefectures through ordinances to have sexual relations with someone younger then 18, but still, in their penal code, the age of consent is 13. It took me by surprise when I found out. ])
Don’t get me wrong, young adult romance is ok, but I’d really hate to think that we’re treating it as a must, if a book is a PNR, it must be YA too or something. It really really shouldn’t always be anything, diversity is what makes life interesting. Diversity.
And we get heaps of diversity in this novel, from the paranormal creatures that are involved in the story, to their own individual natures, to the environments, to the couples, the name of the game is diversity. And I loved loved loved it, I can’t tell you how much!!

I found Callie to be one of the best written female MC’s that I’ve had the pleasure to read about in a while, strong and yet vulnerable, preciously delicate and somewhat demure while charmingly stubborn and independent, a delight. The rest of the characters are interesting, intriguing, though I felt I would have loved to somehow see more of them in places and less in others; and there were some characters I won’t name (the Queen, the Queen!!) that should have been hit lightning, multiple times and at short intervals. I’m just saying.
The demon lover, I’m still pondering on; what was he after really? What did he feel? There was this air of ineffable about him, I’m totally curious about him in the worst of ways. I want to read more about him, more, more! Possibly now? Pwetty pwease?

Charmed as I might have been about characters in this beautiful story, I was completely seduced by the prose I must admit. Clear, beautiful writing, that builds this magnetic atmosphere around you and sends these thrills up your spine every now and then; the absolute cherry on top for me was the description, especially when it came to the Honeysuckle House and the shadow man, materializing from shadows and moonlight…I mean, I was holding my breath each time he made an appearance, the writing was that good.

And, I won’t hide it, I’m totally besotted with the cover. I mean, it’s absolutely gorgeous! And you’ll have a better understanding of its meaning when you’d have read the end of the book. Of course, this is a series from the “(Fairwick Chronicles #1)” hint, so I really hope this isn’t the end of this story, but the ending in itself was a complete 5 butterflies moment. I will admit I didn’t expect it to be the way it was…and yet I loved it especially because it surprised me. I’m not explaining anything about that, read it for yourself and see 😛

So if you’re not set on only reading YA PNR books, I think you should definitely give this a try, it’s a beautiful book.



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