DescriptionI 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.
Right from the start this book grabbed my attention. I love the mad mixture of magical creatures, past references, and modern romance.
Callie McFay is “almost” in love with the man of her dreams, literally. He started coming to her after she lost her parents as child and has been all she’s really wanted since. The trouble is he’s just a dream. Or is he? As it turns out he’s an incubus who may very well be sucking the life right out of her. When she was a child, he just told her stories to help her feel less sad. As an adult, in Fairwick, his visits are far more dirty. Now by dirty, I don’t mean extremely graphic, but trust me, it has just enough to really pique your interest.
The dirty romance between Callie and her incubus are just a part of this book. When she arrives in Fairwick to work at the college, Callie soon realizes it isn’t your typical small town. She’s moved into an old Victorian house that basically insisted she buy it in a town that’s full of witches, vampires, fairies, magical mice, and so much more. If you’ve ever read about it in a fairy tale or Gothic novel, it’s in this book. Which is part of what makes it so cool. I love a book with supernatural twists and mystery and that’s exactly what I got with this book. I knew relatively quickly what was going on, but it was still fun to get to the point where I was proved right.
It really all comes down to one question, can you love something that is dark by nature? Maybe. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out. I really hope so, because honestly, just like I usually pull for the tortured vampire, this time I’m pulling for my…..I mean, Callie’s incubus.
Did I like the book? Yes
Would I recommend the book? Yes
Overall Rating: Really Good
Favorite Quote: “What came once here will never come again, no matter monument nor memory; all sunwarmed green succumbs to winter’s wind. And you my love were also my best friend.”