Callie McFay has her PhD in Folklore and Fairytales which means jobs aren't just jumping out at her. She's interviewed for a position at NYU but she's not heard from them. Currently, she interviewing at a small school about 3 hours from the city, Fairwick College. Though small, it has a lot of specialized classes and a lot of special students.
For some reason unknown to Callie, she's drawn to the town, especially Honeysuckle House; a large Victorian house across the street from the Bed and Breakfast Callie is staying in. Callie has no intention of staying in Fairwick nor does she need such a large house as her plan is to buy a large apartment in the city to share with her long distance boyfriend, but she just has to see Honeysuckle House. As she walks through the house, it's as if she knows she should live there so without too much thought when offered the teaching position, she takes it.
Another strange thing is happening to Callie. As a child, after her parents died, she dreamed of a shadow man who came and told her stories like her parents did. For years this shadow man came to Callie. The night before she visits Honeysuckle House, this shadow man comes to Callie and gives her some of the best sex she's ever had. But, is it cheating on your boyfriend when the one you are cheating with has no substance?
Soon, Callie moves into the house, classes are to begin and her shadow man is making regular appearances. Callie's not sure what to do but soon she finds that not everything is as it seems. Fairwick has a large population of magic beings and Callie has her own powers which she didn't know about. That would be enough to adjust to but she has a couple of things she feels she must figure out. One of the student's family's has a curse put on them. She has until the girl turns 18 to figure out how to break it. The other problem is many of the students and Callie are unusually tired. Is someone draining their life essence out of them?
This is a definitely unique book. It is written in the first person so you only get Callie's perspective on the events. Yet, it feels as if you are getting a bigger picture as the story goes on.
The world that has been developed is complex and interesting. There are many different mythical being living in and around Fairwick. It has been that way for centuries as there is a door between the realms located in the woods by Honeysuckle House. As the world changes, the work that the different beings does changes as well. The college is a place for learning and both magical and non-magical students attend though many of the professors are magical. Fairwick embraces the differences but Callie learns that the club her grandmother belongs to, The Grove, does not.
The characters are fantastic. Callie has no idea that she has any sort of magical powers or that beings from folktales even are real. Her grandmother believes Callie has no powers because her mother, a witch, married a man who had fairy blood. There are suppose to cancel each other out. So, Callie is learning how to come into her powers. To help her are her neighbors, the dean and her co-workers. Some are witches or brownies or some other type of being but one is the Queen. Each brings something unique to Callie's life. However, the one to bring the most unique thing to her life is her shadow lover, an incubus.
There is more than just Callie learning about herself. She works hard to discover how to lift the curse that is plaguing a local family for over a century. She only has a few months before the current generation will begin the decline that will happen if it isn't lifted. Also, who or what is draining the student body of their life essence? Could it be the incubus? Does Callie want him to leave?
This story is unlike any other I've read. It draws you into its world and makes you believe that it could be real. The characters are so unique and interesting that you look forward to seeing what they will do next. I felt myself falling in love with Callie's incubus and hoped that he would not be found to be the one behind the student's problems. I longed for a happy ending but realized that I might not get one. I did get some very interesting sexual scenes though!
Though this book is long, over 400 pages, it's so complex that it needed all of those pages. Now, that I've finished them all, I wonder if there will be more books about this wonderful place.
This dramatic book has all the right stuff; unique characters, terrific setting, life and death issues and passion. This book is not a romance but it is the stuff that fairytales are made of.
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 writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds 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: He’s 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 incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.