A Witches Guide To Fake Dating A DemonAs part of our exclusive partnership with Orion Books, we’ve teamed up to bring you the very best Summer Tea & Book Pairings. Check back weekly for another fabulous book and Tea to try.
Although the weather is a bit dreary this week, we have one to curl up inside away from the rain, put on a cupper and enjoy ‘A Witches Guide to Fake Dating a Demon’ by Sarah Hawley, paired with our Tea Makers ‘Chai of Madagascar” – sweet and spicy notes to match this enemies to lover’s tale and warm you through on the chilli summers days we’re having.
About the Book
A rollicking romantic comedy featuring a witch who'd rather be baking than casting spells and the sexy demon she summons by mistake, Hawley's page-turning treat takes the fake dating trope to a whole new level.
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 deal 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 to maintain 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.
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 satirical articles have been published by Hooked, Slackjaw, The Belladonna Comedy, and Points in Case. She co-hosted the Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast about romance fiction, which was featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” as “a compelling reminder of why the oft-dismissed genre is a real force in cultural conversations about consent and desire.”
Sarah has an MA in archaeology and has excavated at an Inca site in Chile, a Bronze Age palace in Turkey, and a medieval abbey in England. When not dreaming up whimsical love stories, she can be found reading, dancing, or cuddling her two cats.
“Welcome to your new obsession, magic, mayhem and a whole lotta romance!
I loved this book so freaking good, a breath of fresh air that had me laughing out loud and swooning between pages. This book follows Mariel Spark, a witch who isn’t fully in control of her magic.
So much fun! This was a romantic romp that hit all the right notes. I really enjoyed the characters, especially the way the main couple worked so well together and also the family dynamic was really quite something....
"A fabulously fun read that delivers romance, spice and a decent plot!”
Thank you so much Orion Publishing Group and Net galley for the arc of A Witch's Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.