A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon
Grade : A-

A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon is unique, funny and romantic, with solid world-building and a lot of great banter.

Mariel Spark was meant to be a witch. A powerful and great witch, one of the most fearsome in a dozen generations of Sparks witches, or so the prophecies say. Her mother puts pressure on Mariel to study the dark arts, but Mariel doesn’t crave power; instead she wants to be left alone to live in happy domestic bliss, growing plants and making potions and practicing natural magic instead of hexes. Since she is not magically apt, a simple spell – such as one intended to summon flour – goes awry. Instead of a baking aid, she conjures Ozroth the Ruthless – a powerful demon.

Ozroth the Ruthless – also known as Oz -- is a demon with something to prove. He was once known for his relentless ability to extract human souls at the maximum price with the minimum effort, but with a bad bargain behind him he’s become something of a laughing stock in the demon world – he’s stuck with a soul of his own, and hates it. If he manages to make a deal with the powerful-though-she-doesn’t-know-it Mariel, then his reputation will be mended, and he’ll have respect on his side again. But Mariel doesn’t want what she hasn’t got, and would rather not give up her soul. Oz refuses to leave until she says yes, and Mariel is forced to explain away his presence by telling her family that she’s dating him. They maintain the fake relationship while Oz tries to talk her into a bargain. Grumpy and sunshine soon manage to fall in love with one another, but Oz only has a limited amount of time to claim Mariel’s soul before he’s banished back where he came from - and his mentor promises terrible consequences should he fail.

This is just good old-fashioned light-hearted romantic fun. Oz and Mariel are a classic grumpy/sunshine couple, the romance flows excellently, the sexual tension is a lot of fun, and it’s easy to care about them,

The worldbuilding is really well done, and the writing is great. Anyone can relate to the parental pressures that both leads experience here.

A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon is a great little treat and is bound to delight and enchant readers worldwide.

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Reviewed by Lisa Fernandes
Grade : A-
Book Type: Fantasy Romance

Sensuality: Warm

Review Date : March 11, 2023

Publication Date: 03/2023

Recent Comments …

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Lisa Fernandes

Lisa Fernandes is a writer, reviewer and recapper who lives somewhere on the East Coast. Formerly employed by Firefox.org and Next Projection, she also currently contributes to Women Write About Comics. Read her blog at http://thatbouviergirl.blogspot.com/, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thatbouviergirl or contribute to her Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/MissyvsEvilDead or her Ko-Fi at ko-fi.com/missmelbouvier
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