Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
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.
Really liked this book! Middy Cherrywood and Dred Shadowins along with the dozen or so other characters were HILARIOUS. The book is wrote in modern day but with this historical feel. It’s hard to explain but I loved it. While the dialogue was current the way in which it was spoke had this old world feel that spoke to me. Laced with crazy mishaps along the way that made the characters reactions to things funnier.
Middy is a virgin, by choice. She just hasn’t found the right warlock but she has no qualms about pleasuring herself. She even has a mystical magazine where the centerfold hops off the page right into her bedroom to do her very bidding. Is it real? No but it sure feels that way when his head is between her legs. Her private centerfold is none other then the richest warlock, Dred Shadowins. The warlock is bigger then life…and that includes his monstrous ego. The rumors about him vary from the mentally insane to the murdering variety but Middy just needs the man to help fund a charity. The real one, not her magazine one. She doesn’t expect him to declare himself a spy and insist on her assistance in catching a criminal bent on starting a war with the neighboring Gargoyles.
I found Middy to be an exceptionally real female lead. Well, if you forget all that magical stuff anyway. She wasn’t overly strong, didn’t have a lot to lean on other then her wits and quick thinking and her snappy come backs to the fanatical Dred made for great reading. Dred was so over the top, which I normally am “meh” about, but he was so far past my line that I ended up liking him despite of his attitude. He’s a walking sex on a stick bad boy who thinks incredibly highly of himself, has an ego the size of Texas and really….he’s not wrong. Women throw themselves at him, except for Middy. She may like to play with his hologram in her bedroom but the real thing doesn’t necessarily light her fire. She seemed borderline scared of him and his reputation but for the sake of her charity plays up to his expectations.
It does get a bit wordy in the last half…meaning I got bored. I think, given the appeal of the first half and how much time I spent laughing kinda makes up for it. By the middle of the book it lost some steam and I felt stranded there for awhile until Dred and Middy figure out who is behind the horrific slaying of baby Gargoyles and who is trying to raise a demon in order to further their agenda of restarting a war. At that point it does pick back up again. Dred’s meddling mother slips Middy a potion that guarantees her son be married and for the right reasons. With no way out of the lie they created Middy has to look beyond Dred’s huge personality to the heart of the man underneath. I almost feel this would have been better suited for a novella if all the wordiness was cut out. I will admit to being hard to please lately though, so who knows, maybe it’s just me.
I have not read book one in this series, but those characters do make an appearance in this one towards the end. If you are a reader who likes Shelly Laurenston with her snarky characters, you should enjoy this one. I will definitely be watching for more from this author!
I give How To Marry A Warlock In 10 days by Saranna DeWylde 3.75 stars!