Published in: 2011
Edition read: E-Book
Book #: Fairwick Chronicles #1
Genre: Fantasy, paranormal romance
Callie McFay has always been a little strange. After a car accident claimed the lives of her parents when she was young, she would turn to the stories that they used to tell her, to comfort her as she mourned, told by a shadowy figure would visit her at night. As she grew older, the figure stopped visiting, until Callie accepts a job in a new town as a teacher in a college. In this strange new town, drawn to a strange little house, her nighttime visitor returns from her childhood, but the visits are not as innocent as they once were, with the visitor fulfilling her every desire until morning, leaving until the next night returns.
What Callie doesn’t know is that she is part Fae, part Witch, and a doorkeeper of the worlds. Her nighttime visitor is not just a dream, he is a figure of legend and he is trying to become mortal once more. Callie’s colleagues aren’t just normal humans, they are made up of the figures from literature that she teaches in her classes, and one of them might be responsible for slowly draining the students and faculty of their lives.
I started this randomly at the airport in Paris while waiting for our flight home, and let’s just say, it’s not the greatest thing to start reading in a crowded airport. It’s a tad explicit. But that aside, wow. This book, it is just… it’s really interesting. It’s got some serious scenes going on, but they don’t linger in detail like some of the other books out there, and the sex is actually contributing to the story, rather than just being “oh, it’s been 10 pages since our characters last screwed, lets chuck in another sex scene” that seems to dominate certain books in this genre (Anita Blake series, I’m looking at you here).
Callie is a decent character, she’s not the best person in the world nor the worst, she’s trying to figure a lot of things out along with the reader, she isn’t described as being anything that makes you scoff and go ‘yeah, unrealistic’. She’s just a normal sounding person thrown into a very unnormal circumstance. You feel both for her and for the demon who is invading her bed, because she manages to make him sound human as well, but as her feelings are conflicted, so are yours. This author has done a tremendous job in making the reader feel like the character does, and it sucks you in.
I’ll be on the lookout for more books in this series, I am curious to see how Callie grows into her powers, and if the demon will ever be able to come back, after his selfless act that just turned him from bastard to hero, in my eyes.
Demon Lover rating: 8/10. Solid story and written very well. For a first book in the series, it doesn’t suffer a lot of ‘first book explaining’, which is refreshing.
Would I re-read it? I would, it was a good read, even if it wasn’t exactly appropriate to read in a crowded setting!
Who would I recommend it to? I was deceived into thinking this was a YA book, do not fall for that! This is about a woman in her mid-20’s, and there is adult scenes in it, so please, 18+! Also, a very female-aimed book, so I don’t think it’s one for the blokes (Sorry guys).
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