Review| A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon – Sarah Hawley

I think I’ve said it before, but I’m a fan of witchy books. I love anything magical really. A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon sounded like a book that fit the mark perfectly, so I was excited when I got an eARC on Netgalley. I’m finally starting to catch up with reading and reviewing, so today I want to tell you about this book and what I thought! Keep on reading to find out more.

A big thank you to Berkley for providing me with an eARC to read and review.

Mariel Spark knows not to trust a demon, especially one that wants her soul, but what’s a witch to do when he won’t leave her side—and she kind of doesn’t want him to?

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 bargain 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 with their opposing goals and maintaining 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.


If I hear fake dating, I need to read it, so A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon had to be added to my want to read list. I was so thankful for an eARC of this book and I really enjoyed reading it. Sarah Hawley created a world with this book that I’m excited to read more about and I’m looking forward to the next book of this series.

Our main character had a prophecy of being the most powerful witch in centuries, but was more interested in gardening and baking. I have to say I relate to this character. Her mother wants her to improve her magic before she’ll give money for her to study what she wants. Her spell casting doesn’t go as planned and she’s able to summon a chicken and a demon! A few of these moments had me laughing out loud.

When Ozorth’s summoned he thinks he’s there to bargain a soul. Instead he ends up fake dating a witch! It was interesting to see Ozorth discovering the human world and hanging out in it longer than he expected. He ends up loving it and developing feelings for Mariel. He definitely became more human and looked at life a bit differently.

Of course, the two of them fake dating has some repercussions and doesn’t always go smoothly. Them falling for each other was so interesting and this book gets more steamy than I was expecting, but it was well balanced. There was banter, characters learning what they want and standing up for themselves, and an amazing romance that comes from fake dating. I highly recommend this witchy book!

A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon was such a fun read. The next book in this series, A Demon’s Guide to Wooing a Witch, releases in November and is one I’ll definitely be reading. Have you read any witchy books lately? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for recommendations.

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