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Title: A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon
Author: Sarah Hawley
Publication Date: March 7, 2023
Page Count: 395
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Mariel Spark knows not to trust a demon, especially one that wants her soul, but what’s a witch to do when he won’t leave her side—and she kind of doesn’t want him to?
Mariel Spark is prophesied to be the most powerful witch seen in centuries of the famed Spark family, but to the displeasure of her mother, she prefers baking to brewing potions and gardening to casting hexes. When a spell to summon flour goes very wrong, Mariel finds herself staring down a demon—one she inadvertently summoned for a soul bargain.
Ozroth the Ruthless is a legend among demons. Powerful and merciless, he drives hard bargains to collect mortal souls. But his reputation has suffered ever since a bargain went awry—if he can strike a bargain with Mariel, he will earn back his deadly reputation. Ozroth can’t leave Mariel’s side until they complete a bargain, which she refuses to do (turns out some humans are attached to their souls).
But the witch is funny. And curvy. And disgustingly yet endearingly cheerful. Becoming awkward roommates quickly escalates when Mariel, terrified to confess the inadvertent summoning to her mother, blurts out that she’s dating Ozroth. As Ozroth and Mariel struggle with their opposing goals and maintaining a fake relationship, real attraction blooms between them. But Ozroth has a limited amount of time to strike the deal, and if Mariel gives up her soul, she’ll lose all her emotions—including love—which will only spell disaster for them both.
A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley is a paranormal romantic comedy novel. The story in A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon is a standalone novel that is told by changing the point of view between the main characters.
Mariel Spark is supposed to be the most powerful witch in her family for centuries but she just can’t do anything to please her mother to save her life. When yet another spell goes wrong for Mariel she finds herself face to face with Ozroth the Ruthless, a demon she’s accidentally summoned.
No matter how hard she tries Mariel can’t get the demon to leave and let her go back to her spellwork but when her mother shows up things really get complicated. Not knowing what to tell her mother Mariel claims Oz is her new boyfriend to hide the fact he’s a demon after her soul.
First I should admit I have a huge soft spot for fake dating romances so seeing that A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley had that trope mixed with a little fantasy I was intrigued. I found this one to be quite the fun story with likable characters, even our big bad demon! With plenty of laughs mixed with the witchy magic and demon determination the pages flew right by with the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Sarah Hawley is an author of romance and fantasy novels. She was a winner of #RevPit 2018, and her short stories and articles have been published by Hooked, Slackjaw, the Belladonna Comedy, and Points in Case. She cohosts the Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast about romance fiction, which was featured on Entertainment Weekly. Sarah has both a BA and an MA in archaeology.
I love this title and this sounds like a delightful premise. Thanks for sharing this review!
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