How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days

Saranna DeWylde
How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days
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Publisher
Brava
Release Date
August 2012
ISBN
9780758269157
Genre
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

SUMMARY
GOT DEMON?

Grace does. She's got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she's got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She's also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue. See, her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend didn't take kindly to her smutty Mephistophelean contract. It's not that she's conspiring with fiends; that was his idea. It's that she's conspiring against him with outrageous devilry that runs the gamut from embarrassing to a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul.

One should never trust demons, let alone shag them. They don't have hearts. Yet Grace is buying hers some slightly tarnished armor and hoping that once he's been shoveled into it, kicking and screaming, he'll find it's just his size. This damsel in distress needs a dark knight for a Happily Ever After.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Nov 17, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
99 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a very vocal reader, and it takes quite a lot to get me to laugh out loud while reading. This book was one of those rare exceptions that had me giggling in public. Even better, I was engaged in the main story and each of the subplots from beginning to end. Though I did have issues with some of aspects of the story, there's no getting around the fact that this book is devilishly entertaining and sexy as hell.

Grace Stregaria has had enough. Four years after leaving her abusive, sadistic boyfriend, Michael Grigorovich, he still hasn't let her near her son, and even a powerful witch has her limits. But when Grace's plans to summon a demon to help her get revenge on Michael lands her a Crown Prince of Hell, she realizes she may have gotten more than she ever imagined. Caspian is otherworldly handsome, a stunningly good lover, and Grace is realizing that she likes having him nearby far more than she should. So even when Michael gives her ten days to get rid of her new demonic boy toy or face a worse punishment than she can imagine, Grace realizes that she hasn't even begun to fight dirty.

But Michael's plan is far bigger and far darker than Grace could ever imagine, and he isn't about to let one measly demon stand in his way…that is, until that demon begins forming a relationship with the one woman he can't seem to forget. Suddenly, everything seems so much more complicated. Instead of one nefarious plan, Michael is now caught up in a humiliating, painful game of one-upman-ship with Caspian and fending off attacks from Grace's legendary Grandmother, who is none other than the Baba Yaga of Russian fairytales in the flesh. Add to the mix a dead hooker-turned-dominatrix, a recently reborn dark witch with a score to settle, a few unexpected angels and charming demons, and you have a recipe for chaos on an epic scale.

This was a wild, raucous, audacious and laugh-out-loud-outlandish book, and a perfect antidote for a rough workday. The broad, almost slapstick nature of many scenes was a fun change from many of the books I've been reading, and made me even fonder of each of the crazy characters. But it was because I liked them so much that I wanted more from them. The moments of poignancy in this story are very strong (partly because of the humor around them), but there wasn't enough focus on those moments, or enough balance between them and the humor. Caspian's relationship with Grace was beautifully heartfelt, and I loved watching them grow together. I just wished I had more of a chance to explore the depth of their relationship, as much as the humor of their antics.

There is a great deal going on in the course of this book, from Grace's quest with Caspian and her grandmother Seraphim's machinations (and love affair of her own!) to Michael's demonic quest and his mother's own pursuit of glory. It got a little confusing at times to recall all the details of each plot thread, and I found each so fascinating in their own right that I wouldn't have minded another few chapters to flesh them out a bit more, or seeing some of the plot lines continue into other books.

Having been raised with stories of the Baba Yaga, I thought the mythical elements of the story were sensational. This is definitely a fresh spin on angels, demons, witches and devils alike, and the imagination and energy that went into creating them all made the book that much more enjoyable for me. As before, I would have liked a little more room in the book devoted to learning the world and its rules, especially as it's one in which I would love to spend more time exploring.

I can't wait to read the next book in Saranna DeWylde's series, as this was definitely some of the most fun I've had with a debut in a long while. While there is room for improvement in some areas, the fact remains that this is a sexy, fun and constantly surprising book, and a world apart from any other paranormal I've read this year.
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