Oh my goodness, am I excited to tell you about this book!
For years I’ve loved Carol Goodman‘s work. You’ll even find her book, The Lake of Dead Languages, listed as one of my favorites on my Links page. Ms. Goodman’s stories usually fall into the genre of contemporary/mainstream literature, and her style is quite gothic and eloquent. So, suffice it to say I was delighted to discover she’d made a crossover, writing a gothic paranormal romance under the pseudonym of Juliet Dark.
And what a read it was! Goodman/Dark’s prose is enchanting, and her imagery is mind-boggling and rich. Every time I read her work, I find passages to read over and over for their lush beauty.
The same held true in The Demon Lover, in which a college professor with a background in the supernatural—vampires, fairies, incubi, and the like—found her way to an unusual college in the remote town of Fairwick, New York. Callie McFay has spent her life sharing her knowledge of supernatural creatures in literature, and something about the town draws her in. She is also captivated by an old Victorian home in the area, but soon finds there is something more to her love of the house than she realized. Callie has a demon lover, a man made of shadow who comes to her in her dreams and sucks her life breath in exchange for the love they share, and while she realizes the danger of their affair, she must find a way to separate her heart.
What I found delightful about this book—besides breathtaking love scenes and settings filled with beautiful detail—was the collection of other mythical creatures Callie finds in Fairwick. Callie learns a lot about herself as well as her supernatural studies through these people, and the relationships between the characters are natural and well-portrayed. In truth, when I finished the book and realized it was the start of a series, I decided I might very well have found my next Sookie Stackhouse collection. The difference between Charlaine Harris and Juliet Dark, however, is tremendous. Callie’s tale sits closer to the dark, gothic world of Thornfield Hall in Brontë’s Jane Eyre (another favorite!) than that of Sookie’s Louisiana world, and her story is far more serious.
I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it. I am a slow reader, but I found myself reading it everywhere—on the cardio machines at the gym, at stoplights, standing in lines, and for an hour or two every night—because the world Goodman/Dark creates is so detailed. She is an author able to make characters out of setting, breathing life into things as simple as snow, wind, and plant life, and thus it is no wonder I found myself as seduced by the shadowed incubus as poor Callie.
I highly recommend this one, folks. For now, I’m off to pre-order the second book.
Happy reading! 🙂
August 22nd, 2012 at 6:51 am
Hello there, I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can find details on my most recent post, thanks for blogging. I’ve either found your work insirational, or resourceful, so you’ve earned it. Keep up the good work.
August 23rd, 2012 at 6:36 am
Thanks, Nathan! I’m flattered! I will check it out! Congrats on earning it too. 🙂
August 25th, 2012 at 1:09 pm
I too was captured by this book from the first chapter! Couldn’t put it down! I can not wait until the Water Witch comes out. My sister and I both emailed to bed Ms. Goodman/ Dark to come to our bookstore. Joseph-Beth booksellers in Lexington, Ky. We promised we would camp outside the bookstore if she does!
The Demon Lover or luv-ah as we call it , is the best supernatural book I have read all year!
I have even recommended it to complete strangers browsing around the bookstore on numerous occasions. Thank you for the chance to express my gratitude and to tell everyone what a great book this is.
August 25th, 2012 at 7:52 pm
Kathy, you are so welcome! I’m happy to have provided it. Hilariously, I also referred to the book as The Demon Luv-ah to many of my friends! 😉 It was quite a beautiful piece (as are all of Ms. Goodman’s books, really), and I can’t wait for Water Witch either! I hope you get her to your bookstore, and I’d love to see her in mine as well. Have you checked out Black Swan Rising, under her other pseudonym, Lee Carroll? It is in my to-be-read stack and I imagine I’ll love it, too. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting, Kathy, and happy reading!