SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Best keep your door locked, Miss.My Thoughts:
THE DEMON LOVER is a unique story - definitely more of an erotic Gothic fantasy than a paranormal romance. It's told from the point of view of Callie McFay, an author who takes a teaching job at Fairwick College. Callie's field of expertise is Gothic literature and its fairy tale/folklore influences. She's particularly drawn to the myth of the incubus, writing about him in her book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers.
To Callie's delight, she buys Honeysuckle House, the former home of Dahila LaMotte, a reclusive Gothic romance novelist who died in 1934. Even more exciting - Dahila's journals on writing and first drafts of her novels were left in the house. They gave Callie a shocking glimpse at what was really going on in Honeysuckle House all those years ago.
Callie's parents died when she was young, and as a teenager, she was visited by a fairy tale prince in her dreams. He kept to the shadows of her mind, offering comfort in her times of grief and loneliness. Being in Honeysuckle House seems to have brought him back, only now Callie's encounters with her dream man are very erotic. Could he be a real incubus like the ones she wrote about in her book? If so, she must find a way to get rid of him before he drains her life force and leaves her for dead.
I had mixed feelings about this book. First, the positives. The writing was excellent. I loved the author's voice. She created the perfect eerie Gothic atmosphere for this story. The world building was also a strong point. I loved how the college was a refuge for many mythical creatures, each one very unique. Honeysuckle House was an intriguing character, too.
On the flip side, I had trouble connecting with Callie. Maybe her personality could have been stronger. I just never cared for her that much. I'm hoping she'll come into her own in the next book. I also thought the plot could have been tighter. The first part of the book was about Callie and the demon lover, but then the focus changes to the side characters. The ending was not what I expected (a cliffhanger, of sorts), but since the story continues in THE WATER WITCH, I won't get too upset. 3½-stars!
Review copy courtesy of NetGalley.