Review: The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark

Release Date: Dec. 27, 2011


Goodreads Summary:

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.

Beverage: Tough Cookie (Tassimo skinny double latte with sugar free chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate syrup).

Music: Dia Frampton – Red

The Short Of It: A delightful combination of academia, magical lore and romance. Think Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery Of Witches mixed with Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels. Highly recommended.

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REVIEW: Devil’s Due (Red Letter Days #2) by Rachel Caine

Release Date: Feb. 1, 2013 (UK Market)


Goodreads Summary:

The psychic world will never be the same again…

Lucia Garza is trapped in a supernatural power struggle. To save a friend she agreed to work for sinister psychic organisation The Cross Society. But after a death threat that almost succeeds, she’s starting to think they want her out of the way. Forever.

Worse, as Lucia uncovers the society’s most dangerous secrets, she discovers that she’s being used as a pawn between two warring paranormal factions. Caught in a battle no-one can win, Lucia’s only choice could be to go against long told prophecy to destroy both the Cross Society and its sworn enemies. But what are the consequences of defying destiny?

Beverage: Terry’s Taster (Tassimo skinny decaf latte with sugar free orange and chocolate syrup).

Music: Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married

This review contains major plot spoilers.

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REVIEW: Devil’s Bargain (Red Letter Days #1) by Rachel Caine

Release Date: 2005 (US Market); 2012 (UK Market).

Goodreads Summary:

Jasmine “Jazz” Callender is on the downhill slide to ruin. Once a decorated homicide detective, she’s lost it all: her former partner’s been convicted of murder, she’s been cashiered out, and she’s drinking away what little self-respect she’s got left.

But Jazz has a talent for trouble, and somebody knows it. When a mysterious, sexy stranger comes looking for her with a fateful red envelope in his hand, she’s about to make the deal of her life…for good or bad.

The deal requires her to enter into a partnership with a stranger and investigate cases that arrive in special red envelopes…which is odd enough, but gets weirder as she and her new partner Lucia realize that they may be working for someone with supernatural abilities.

And maybe they’re not on the side of the angels anymore.

Beverage: A Salty Frenchman (Tassimo skinny decaf latte with sugar free French vanilla and salted caramel syrup).

Music: fun. Some Nights

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Delicious Discoveries: Her Royal Spyness Series by Rhys Bowen


I just finished the first novel in the series and am eagerly reading the second. Set in the 1930s, this series follows Lady Georgiana, a minor royal and cousin to the King. Penniless and unmarried at 21, Georgie is trying to make her own way in London. This proves difficult as she has no skills and is easily recognized by her peers. It’s a delightfully witty book and full of rather funny passages. Witness our protagonist’s description of her royal lineage:

I sup­po­se I should in­tro­du­ce my­self be­fo­re I ven­tu­re any furt­her. I am Vic­to­ria Geor­gia­na Char­lot­te Eu­ge­nie, daugh­ter of the Duke of Glen Garry and Ran­noch—known to my friends as Geor­gie. My grand­mot­her was the least at­trac­ti­ve of Queen Vic­to­ria’s daugh­ters, who con­se­quently never ma­na­ged to snare a Ro­ma­nov or a Kai­ser, for which I am truly gra­te­ful and I ex­pect she was too. Ins­tead she was hit­ched to a dreary Scot­tish baron who was bri­bed with a du­ke­dom for ta­king her off the old queen’s hands. In due time she du­ti­fu­lly pro­du­ced my fat­her, the se­cond duke, be­fo­re suc­cum­bing to the sort of di­sea­ses brought on by in­bree­ding and too much fresh air. I never knew her. I never met my fear­so­me Scot­tish grand­fat­her eit­her, alt­hough the ser­vants claim that his ghost haunts Castle Ran­noch, pla­ying the bag­pi­pes on the ram­parts (which in it­self is stran­ge as he couldn’t play the bag­pi­pes in life). By the time I was born at Castle Ran­noch, the fa­mily seat even less com­for­ta­ble than Bal­mo­ral, my fat­her had be­co­me the se­cond duke and was busy wor­king his way th­rough the fa­mily for­tu­ne.

My fat­her in turn had done his duty and ma­rried the daugh­ter of a fright­fu­lly co­rrect En­glish earl. She gave birth to my brot­her, loo­ked around at her ut­terly bleak High­land su­rroun­dings, and prom­ptly died.

The Nitty Gritty:

Her Royal Spyness Series on Goodreads

Rhys Bowen’s Official Website