Book Review: A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon

A Witch's Guide to Fake-Dating a Demon. Image courtesy Berkley.
A Witch's Guide to Fake-Dating a Demon. Image courtesy Berkley. /

If there’s one trend I never want to see go away, it’s witchy romance books. In particular, A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon is the perfect example of why it works so well.

There have been plenty of witchy romance books released within the past few years yet she rarely sees a pairing that isn’t two witches. That’s why I was so excited to try out A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley.

Let’s be honest, I was also drawn to this beautiful cover. I don’t know what it is but I just adore the colors and the illustration of the two characters on the front. Plus once you read the book, you can appreciate all of the small details that are featured on the cover, too.

Honestly, if A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon isn’t on your radar, I’m here to make sure you’re thinking about it.

A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon is a fun yet emotional tale.

The story begins with Mariel Sparks, who is poised to be an incredibly powerful witch but she can’t seem to get things right. No matter what she does, her spells never seem to work out correctly. Because of that, she ends up summoning a demon to her kitchen. Oz or Ozroth the Ruthless is known for stealing souls yet after a recent bargain, things are looking a bit different for Oz.

For Mariel, it’s less about the failure of her spell and rather about no one in her family believing she’s destined for great things. Her affinity is for natural magic like plants and animals while her family is more reliant on showier forms of magic. It’s so incredible to see what Mariel is able to do and how it ends up being a huge role in the story.

As it’s Mariel’s specialty, the destruction of nature is a huge part of the story, too. While the town is looking to get a tourist boost from a new spa, they don’t realize it’s putting a lot of plants and animals in jeopardy. While it helped to keep the plot moving, I will say that romance was easily my favorite aspect of the story.

Since Oz needs Mariel’s soul, the two are essentially attached at the hip. He goes everywhere with her including her job. With all that forced proximity, the sparks start to fly, and let me tell you, these two have explosive chemistry. Once they took the next step, it was so hot and steamy especially when Oz had his first time with Mariel. It was so sexy and I feel like it was a unique scene to start things off with.

With the two having to fake-date to cover it up for Mariel’s family, I adored watching these two try to sell it. There was no way they weren’t going to end up together. Plus we saw all the different ways Mariel tried to hide Oz’s horns in front of her family which was hilarious.

Honestly, there isn’t much negative to say about this one aside from the slightly predictable third-act conflict. I don’t think this story could have played out any differently, though. This book was a lot of fun despite some toxic moments with Mariel’s family and Oz’s mentor. This story was so well-plotted that I couldn’t help but fall into it and read it all in one sitting.

Overall, A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon was such a cozy read. The story is set in Glimmer Falls which is an idyllic small town. Add in Mariel’s magic and Oz’s unlikely love for her and this book is the perfect spring read. As it’s witchy too, I’d also recommend it for October. If you’re craving some witchy vibes or want all the feelings of a cozy romance, then this is it.

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A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley is out now wherever books are sold. 

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