Grace is a woman scorned. Her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend kidnapped her son and has refused to let her see him in four years. A woman can only take so much before she reaches a breaking point, especially when that woman is the granddaughter of one of the most powerful witches to walk this earth. Grandma didn’t raise no fool, so Grace knows exactly what she’s doing when she summons Caspian, one of the Crown Princes of Hell. She refuses to take his word, forces him to sign the contract in blood, and even keeps from slapping the smug off his face when he names his price for helping her: in order to exact vengeance, Grace must sleep with Caspian. Problem is, Grace’s ex threatens to kill their son if she doesn’t get rid of her demonic lover in ten days. What’s a girl to do when she’s stuck between a rock and a hard demon?
The main focus of How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde is on Grace, Caspian, and their struggles to gain custody of Grace’s son. (Warning: if you’re cursed with Mommy Emotions, this whole plot arch is going to make you scream to the heavens in agony.) We also have the typical romance element of several other relationships developing throughout the main storyline that include a sadistic mob boss and the dead hookers who no longer love him, an undead evil witch and her lover, and Hades and his heart of tarnished gold, among others. Each one added to the flow of the story and the development of the characters, but their epilogue was a little too cute for me. Keep in mind: I laughed my sizable ass off with the demonic crabs went after a character’s nether regions, so I’m a dark and twisted mind. Just because cutesy isn’t my thing doesn’t mean it won’t be yours.
My one complaint—yes, just one! it’s a miracle!—is in the whole Vulcan Mind Meld thing. In the beginning (imagine me with a big, booming voice), Caspian could hear some of Grace’s thoughts because she “thought loud.” When this would have come in handy, he can’t hear a damn thing. It’s a tiny thing, really, but it made me throw imaginary popcorn at the screen in my mind and yell, “Oh no she didn’t! Girl, tell him how you feel!”
How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days is not your average romance. Sure, there’s a snarky heroine, an antihero, plenty of Big Bads, and some breath-taking love scenes, but don’t let that fool you. Underneath that glimmering sheen of romance lays a dirty, laugh-until-you-can’t-breathe novel full of tongue-swelling, sex-toy-killing, heart-stopping action that will change your religion. Be prepared for hot sex, multiple orgasms, forked tongues, grandmas who get more action than we do, and a love story that spans multiple planes of existence.
A few of my favorite passages:
“Fine. I love you. Get me the hooker.”
“Just because I’m female and you give great orgasms doesn’t mean I’m going to get all anime-eyed.”
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758269153
- ISBN-13: 978-0758269157