A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon

Berkley. Mar. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780593547922. pap. $17. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Mariel Spark is a witch, albeit a lousy one. One day, while trying to summon a bag of flour during baking, Mariel mixes up her words and instead summons the demon Ozroth the Ruthless. Now she has a demon in her kitchen, and he won’t leave until she gives him her soul. Ozroth’s last bargain with a tricky wizard backfired, planting the wizard’s soul into Ozroth, who previously had none. Now he’s stuck with this imperfection that makes him feel things. Mariel is powerful, and Ozroth realizes that by taking her soul he might reclaim his reputation after the wizard debacle. His new soul has other ideas, however, and starts to fall for the quirky witch instead. But as Mariel and Ozroth fall in love, there’s still that pesky matter of a soul trade to deal with.
VERDICT While Hawley confronts the emotional and verbal abuse that Mariel has endured from her family, overall this romantic comedy is witty and fun, with plenty of humor balanced with the sexual tension between the protagonists.
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