The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1)
by Carol Goodman , Juliet Dark (Pseudonym)
This book was gifted to me by the publisher, Random House . Thank You.
26-year-old Callie has written a book about demon lovers. She has always loved fairy tales and Gothic literature. She has a doctorate and teaches a class on vampires. Callie starts having dreams and visions of an incubus coming to her, an entity she has seen since she was a child who she called 'the fairytale prince'. While interviewing for a teaching position in a quaint New England town called Fairwick “a landlocked village in the Catskill Mountains”, Callie finds Honeysuckle House, a five bedroom Victiorian house, where a Gothic Romance writer Dahlia LaMotte used to live. Dahlia frequently wrote about demon lovers. Callie is offered the position of assistant professor of English and Folklore and buys Honeysuckle House. Boxes of Dahlia's notebooks are in the attic and there is a mysterious locked drawer in the desk. Callie immediately clashes with the American History professor Frank Delmarco. A strange foreign girl, Mara Marinca wants to take Callie's class so that she can learn to confront evil. Callie keeps meeting all these strange characters in the town and the professors at the college are really strange. Fiona Eldritch resembles the fairy queen in a painting. Soheila Lilly seems to be freezing in a warm room even though she is wearing layers of cashmere. Callie's handyman Brock seems to heal her with his touch. “I'd discovered that the man in my erotic dreams was a real incubus, that my boss was a witch and my next door neighbor an ancient deer fairy. My colleagues were demons, witches, and fairies. My favorite student was under a curse that was going to ruin her life.” This book is a Gothic, mysterious, romantic and erotic fairy tale and I was getting a kick out of it. 5 stars.