Early Review: How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde

, by Kt Clapsadl

How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde
10 Days #2

Got Warlock?

Middy Cherrywood does. She’s got more warlock than she can hex with Dred Shadowins. He isn’t just a billionaire playboy and Weekly Warlock centerfold. He’s a spy for the High Chancellor, and he convinces Middy to pose as his fiancée for his latest mission. Too bad no one told his mother before she slipped Middy a potion that will make their sham engagement all too real in just ten days.

Dred Shadowins already has his hands full with cursed objects, possessed nuns, and dreams where Merlin makes him pay for taking his name in vain by relating his sexcapades with Nimue. But by the end of the mission, he’s convinced his most difficult challenge is the hero’s cape Middy’s draped over his shoulders. Because he wants nothing more than to give her the one thing he may not be capable of providing: Happily Ever After. 

For years Middy has been secretly lusting after Dred Shadowins, her childhood tormentor turned billionaire playboy extraordinaire. She has every issue of Weekly Warlock featuring a centerfold with him. Yet, she never wanted to make her fantasies a reality as he goes through women like water. She has more self-respect than that, or at least she thought so until he convinced her to pose as his fiancée. Turns up he actually is a spy for the High Chancellor, and his latest case is one stepping horrors, and Middy would do anything, even sacrifice her pride to help stop the ones responsible. Yet things take a turn for the interesting when Dred's mother gives Middy a potion that makes their engagement turn from a farce to a reality leaving her only 10 days to make Dred hers or she will lose her Magick forever.

I really loved Middy and Dred's characters. Middy is a outwardly confident Witch who more than holds her own against Dred. He's been around the block a few times, and women typically fall at his feet, yet Middy gives him one heck of a run for his money with her brutal honesty. I loved watching her turn him upside down and off balance. Dred on the other hand has much more to him than meets the eye. Sure, he goes through women like crazy, but that really is only to keep from letting anyone close. Despite his outward confidence, inside he is actually rather insecure and doesn't believe he deserves to be loved. That's a perception that slowly changes over the book as Middy starts to teach him the error of his ways. Of course there are more than a few bumps along the way, making for an incredibly entertaining ride.

I have to admit that I'm never a big fan of the whole virginity aspect in adult books, especially as the heroine goes from no experience to a borderline nympho after just one encounter. Seriously, that just earns books a major eye roll from me. In How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days Middy is a virgin at the start, but a very self-experienced one, so that did help balance things out a little, and made it rather easy to ignore the fast pace of the "pleasure." Speaking of which, I wouldn't have though it possible after the very steamy nature of the first book, but this book was even hotter. The interactions between Maddy and Dred practically sizzle right off the page. I'm talking crazy hot. It was just one of those situations where the chemistry between two people was simply perfect, making their encounters full of fireworks. Don't get me wrong, the romance wasn't only sexual, as there was definitely a deeper element between them, even if it did take them a long while to admit to each other and even themselves. But in all honestly, that only made it sweeter for the anticipation.
 
I was fully immersed in this book, laughing and snorting the entire time, right up until the last third of the book where things just seemed to turn rather bizarre and underdeveloped. Don't get me wrong, it was still enjoyable, but it just didn't quite flow as well as the rest of the book. Add that with the rather anti-climatic resolution of the main plot, and I couldn't help feeling a little let down in the end, which is really a shame considering how strong the first two thirds were. I guess I just prefer my books to go out with a little more of a bang than this one did. That being said, I am still completely in love with both this book, and the series overall as they provide plenty of laugh out loud moments and incredibly hot romances that are not to be missed! I'll be eagerly awaiting the third installment, How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days, set to release at the end of February next year.

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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