Dreams she begins to fear as well as anticipate She learns that her home - a Victorian cottage at the edge of a wood she bought on a whim - is supposedly haunted. And then her new - and rather strange - colleagues tell her a local legend about an incubus demon with a human past who was enchanted by a fairy queen Hugely enjoyable and highly recommended, Incubus gets the Fairwick Chronicles off to a great start - leaving this reviewer already looking forward to the next instalment of this series". I very much enjoyed reading this book and without a doubt can say that Goodman's Fairwick Chronicles have a lot of potential for future reading". Then read Carol Goodman's new vampire thriller, Incubus ".

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Its popularity is understandable and undoubtedly irresistible due to the time honoured enjoyment of dark romance and gothic fiction that surfaces every now and again into a new generation.

The enjoyment comes from our deep rooted fantasies and simply gaining pleasure from the combination of terror and lust. Addictive is definitely the word for it Most of these stories have something in common: a dark stranger seducing a young, beautiful and virginal girl and eventually turning her desires against her. In addition, these stories often have a horror element that serves as the allegorical consequence of succumbing to temptation.

Carol Goodman knows this and uses this to her advantage - successfully bringing together a welcome injection of gothic mystery back into a supernatural romance story.

She begins her new job teaching folklore at the college, makes new strange friends and a voice inside tempts her to buy a beautiful but very isolated cottage on the edge of a dark wood. Along with the magic of Fairwick, Callie unlocks a power inside her and in doing so it releases a creature from her dreams that continuously tempts her into vividly erotic fantasies.

Sounds great, but the problem with this is that the titular incubus is slowly draining her life away. Can Callie resist this Dark Stranger? Or will he ultimately pull her down into the darkness he now inhabits? The characters as well as Callie are intricately crafted by Goodman who shows evidence of not only knowing what she is doing in terms of writing gothic fiction, but gets a lot of enjoyment out of it too.

The only thing a little off with Incubus is the pacing of the story. It could be a clever intention by the author or an oversight because you could say that the reader is being lulled into a romantic and seductive trance. This is not unlike what Callie experiences with her incubus in the first half of the book.

Callie obviously has no idea about the existence of the supernatural in the beginning of the book and believes that supernatural creatures only exist in literature. However, when she finds out that this is not the case she seems to accept it right away with little or no explanation as to why.

I felt a little like an outsider looking in as opposed to letting the story become part of my imagination. Callie herself is a strong and a well written personality who is easily lovable and can be connected with from the get go. Her character is the typical heroine for these sorts of stories e. The erotica holds up, but I wonder how many ways that someone can describe an orgasm before it starts to get a little silly. I can also say that I understand that Goodman perhaps may have needed more subtle sex scenes and not a vulgar blow by blow account.

She observes that the atmospheric mystery and allure of sex is more enticing than the act itself, staying faithfully true to gothic conventions.

The older, classic novels Jane Eyre, Dracula provide an anchor to the themes in the story but it seems as though Goodman is a little nervous to stand on her own two feet in this genre with other authors who have their feet planted firmly within the paranormal ground. The setting of Incubus has a seamless cohesion between our world and the paranormal, as well as fantastic descriptive language that transports the reader into a very life-like environment. To be honest, the language methods that Goodman chooses to weave her story with are much more to my liking than a Sookie Stackhouse novel.

Although I love the show and admire Harris for her creativity, the novels are a little too simplistic for me to get fully into. Goodman solves this by adding a bit of descriptive complexity into everything Callie may interact with or see as part of her day to day life. It may have also added to the problem of pacing so I guess that an author can only work with one or the other.

Review by Penelope Glen. Incubus Fairwick Chronicles: Book 1 8. Ever since moving to Fairwick to take up a teaching post at the local college, Callie has been having vivid, erotic dreams about a man made out of moonlight and shadows. I found this book very interesting. It's the perfect thing for me to read when I am having a little bit of Thomas Time. I want my very own incubus now. Can I have one for Christmas? I have been a good little boy. I can't wait for the next book!! Highly recommended if you like this genre, can't wait for book 2.

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Sophie from London Highly recommended if you like this genre, can't wait for book 2. Sue from Sheffield Excellent!


Incubus by Carol Goodman

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The Demon Lover 4. I should Carol Goodman. Despite it being her second choice she finds herself talked into accepting a job offer from the Folklore Department to teach a class on demons and vampires. She also finds herself drawn to an old house in the woods where Gothic novelist Dahlia LaMotte used to live and buys it on a whim, despite the seeming reluctance of the estate agent to sell it to her. But on the night of her job interview, she had a very vivid erotic dream about a man made out of shadows and moonlight, and this dream becomes a regular occurrence when she moves into her new home. Callie starts to feel like a heroine in one of the gothic novels she teaches as slowly it dawns on her that things at the college - and in her home - are not what they seem.

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