I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Demon's Guide to Wooing a Witch by Sarah Hawley
Narrator: Helen Laser
Series: Glimmer Falls #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Audio on November 28, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Witches
Length: 12 hours 1 minute
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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Calladia Cunnington curses the day she met Astaroth the demon, but when he shows up memoryless, why does she find him so helpless . . . and sort of hot?
Calladia Cunnington knows she’s rough around the edges, despite being the heir to one of small-town Glimmer Falls’ founding witch families. While her gym obsession is a great outlet for her anxieties and anger, her hot temper still gets the best of her and manifests in bar brawls. When Calladia saves someone from a demon attack one night, though, she’s happy to put her magic and rage to good use . . . until she realizes the man she saved is none other than Astaroth, the ruthless demon who orchestrated a soul bargain on her best friend.
Astaroth is a legendary soul bargainer and one of the nine members of the demon high council—except he can’t remember any of this. Suffering from amnesia after being banished to the mortal plane, Astaroth doesn’t know why a demon named Moloch is after him, nor why the muscular, angry, hot-in-a-terrifying-way witch who saved him hates him so much.
Unable to leave anyone in such a vulnerable state—even the most despicable demon—Calladia grudgingly decides to help him. (Besides, punching an amnesiac would be in poor taste.) The two set out on an uneasy road trip to find the witch who might be able to restore Astaroth’s memory so they can learn how to defeat Moloch. Calladia vows that once Astaroth is cured, she’ll kick his ass, but the more time she spends with the snarky yet utterly charming demon, the more she realizes she likes this new, improved Astaroth . . . and maybe she doesn’t want him to recover his memories, after all.
I had a fantastic time with this book! I really enjoyed the first book in this series, A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon, and was excited to get the chance to read this newest installment. This book takes place shortly after the events of the first book but features a different pair of characters. The book could be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the series in order if possible since the events of the prior book play a role in this installment.
Calladia and Astaroth are enemies. At least they were enemies until Calladia, who is a witch, finds the demon Astaroth suffering from amnesia and appearing to be rather helpless. She decides to help him and as they join together on a quest, they both find that they are drawn to one another. Astaroth doesn’t remember much of his recent years and he seems like a whole new demon. As they both discover what really happened, they learn that things are more serious than they could have imagined.
I really liked the characters. Calladia and Astaroth were wonderful characters. Calladia had some pretty big issues with her mother to deal with and Astaroth’s mother was a bit of a surprise. I liked these two as a couple and thought that they had a lot of chemistry. It was obvious just how much they both cared for one another and I couldn’t wait to see them figure out a way to make things work.
I listened to the audiobook and thought that Helen Laser did a wonderful job with this story. I loved the voices that she used for the various characters which really helped to bring the story to life. I thought that she was able to add just the right amount of emotion to her reading to take this story to the next level. I do believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of this entertaining story.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others. I found this to be a very entertaining romance featuring wonderful characters. I loved that both had some extra abilities and seemed to understand and support each other. I hope to read more of this talented author’s work very soon!
I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.