The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
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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.

“Vivid and enchanting . . . Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist (Top 10 SF/Fantasy)
 
“[Juliet] Dark develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.”—Publishers Weekly 




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About Juliet Dark

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JULIET DARK is the pseudonym of Carol Goodman, an award-winning and critically acclaimed literary suspense writer. Carol Goodman is the nationally bestselling author of five previous novels, including The Night Villa and The Lake of Dead Languages. She lives in Upstate New York.







Author Residence: Red Hook, NY







Author Hometown: Great Neck, NY
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 450 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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Literary gothic novelist Carol Goodman (Arcadia Falls, 2010, etc.) takes on a Mary-Sueish pen name for this contemporary fantasy about an academic who discovers the truth behind the myths she studies.

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Publishers Weekly

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Dr. Callie McFay, author of Sex Lives of the Demon Lovers, had no true intention of signing on as a professor of folklore during her interview at Fairwick College in upstate New York, but something about an old Victorian mansion off campus lures her to take up residence.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of The Demon Lover: A Novel

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The way that Dark uses LaMotte’s books and excerpts from those books to comment on and add to Callie’s experiences was very well done.

Dec 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Demon Lover: A Novel

Examiner

Callie is so enthralled by her dream lover that she doesn’t realize he’s an incubus, the demon lover she has studied for years.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The Demon Lover is a perfect book for reading in a big comfy chair with a roaring fire nearby, a soft, fuzzy blanket wrapped about your legs.

Dec 27 2011 | Read Full Review of The Demon Lover: A Novel

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Cocktails and Books

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, ...

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Grave Tells

I felt like the Demon Lover wasn’t really as big of a part of this book as I would have thought so I’m not sure if she plans to focus on a person’s story in each of the following books or if it will be more of a “happenings of Fairwick” type series.

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I was completely sucked into this book.

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