by Gwenda Bond
Publication Date October 5, 2021
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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Genres: Fiction / Occult & Supernatural, Fiction / Romance / Fantasy, Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
"Fun, funny, hot, and heartfelt...The apocalyptic beach read that everyone needs." - Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award-winning author
A paranormal romantic comedy at the (possible) end of the world.
From New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond, Not Your Average Hot Guy is a hilarious romantic comedy about two people falling in love, while the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
All Callie wanted was a quiet weekend with her best friend. She promised her mom she could handle running her family’s escape room business while her mom is out of town. Instead a Satanic cult shows up, claiming that the prop spell book in one of the rooms is the real deal, and they need it to summon the right hand of the devil. Naturally they take Callie and her friend, Mag, along with them. But when the summoning reveals a handsome demon in a leather jacket named Luke who offers to help Callie stop the cult from destroying the world, her night goes from weird to completely strange.
As the group tries to stay one step ahead of the cult, Callie finds herself drawn to the annoying (and annoyingly handsome) Luke. But what Callie doesn’t know is that Luke is none other than Luke Morningstar, Prince of Hell and son of the Devil himself. Callie never had time for love, and with the apocalypse coming closer, is there room for romance when all hell’s about to break loose?
Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond is a cute, paranormal romantic comedy, and is the first book in Gwenda Bond’s Not Your Average Hot Guy series.
It was fun, bizarre, and an interesting read.
Callie works at her family’s Escape Room business and enjoys her job very much. When her mother leaves her alone one evening with her friend Mag to run the business, she does not expect her evening to be anything other than routine. So, when thirteen members of a Satanic Cult show up and summon a Demon. The Demon is Luke, the actual Prince of Darkness, the son of the devil. Luke is a very handsome bad boy, with a leather jacket and everything.
The cult members find the artifact they are searching for and set off to destroy the world. Callie and Luke set off to save the world from the cult and an evening of crazy adventures commence.
I started off really enjoying this book. I like Callie and her friend Mag and loved the idea of the escape room. Luke was definitely an interesting character and I enjoyed his charm and easy banter with Callie. The book has many laugh-out-loud moments and I did enjoy the romance between Callie and Luke. However, I never got used to Luke being the son of the devil AND such a nice guy? The story is bizarre, and I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief for this book. I’m sure it’s the perfect book for somebody, but it was just a bit too different for me to enjoy it completely. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This one does sound a bit bizarre, but I do love Gwenda Bond, so I’ll probably be giving this one a read at some point, though I’m with you in not loving the idea of Luke being the son of the devil. Still, their falling in love in spite of an impending apocalypse sounds cute. But I have to agree with Rachel, that cover does not make this book look in anyway paranormal.
Thank you Lark. I do think others would enjoy this book more than I did. The story is unique, and the writing is very good. Just not my thing.
I wouldn’t have guessed this was a paranormal story by the cover. Yeah, it’d be hard to wrap your head around the hero being a son of the devil. Glad you to hear you mostly enjoyed the story.
Thank you Rachel. Not Your Average Hot Guy was a good book, but I couldn’t get over the devils son thing. I’m sure others will love the book a lot more than I did.