Release Date: October 31, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author
At one thousand years old, Simon Sorellion is feeling strange. The house demon has been content to coexist quietly with humans. Now, he’s met one that he’d like to taste.
Tom is a sullen, college-age witch who’s studying magic in his Aunt Lucinda’s creepy house all summer. He’d rather escape back to the city, by any means necessary. Maybe that means cutting a deal with the demon who wants to get friendly. Intimate, even.
Tom really should know better.
Simon has never been with a human before — hell, he doesn’t even have a physical body — but none of that will stop him from getting what he wants.
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic
TROPES: age gap, immortal x human
TAGS: adult, contemporary, fantasy, erotica, short story, queer romance, queer characters
WARNINGS: sexual content, ableism
This novella makes promises and delivers on them. If you’re going into this book expecting heady monsterfucking? You will not be disappointed.
Personally, I tend to find novellas or short stories just that–short. A lot of authors try to pack way too much into the few pages they’re working with, making things feel rushed and underdeveloped, and erotica specifically is often Porn Without Plot, which is certainly not a bad thing, but doesn’t always keep me engaged. However, Defore finds a perfect balance between plot and smut–perhaps because the plot and the smut are on in the same. A SPELL FOR LUCK knows what it is, embraces it, and creates a wonderful little world within its pages that keeps the reader hooked.
This novella is a sexy, thrilling story, which pulled me in immediately and left me both satisfied and wanting more. I will definitely be checking out more of Daria Defore’s work!
Daria Defore has been writing ever since she was a kid, and vividly remembers that her first story was about getting a pet dinosaur from Santa Claus. Now she writes filthy romance instead.
Daria’s books are about losers doing the best they can. Her style is conversational and funny, and her writing inspirations range from Agatha Christie to Ernest Hemingway. She brings a love of place to her stories, and always strives to evoke a strong setting.
She has a fondness for history and mystery, and you’ll find elements of both in her work. Her work is often set in her home of the Pacific Northwest, as well as her adopted home of New York City.
By day, she’s a video producer and hosts two podcasts on tech and video games. She loves reading, cups of coffee in multiples of ten, and being bullied to write more.
You can find her on Twitter @dariadefore and at Facebook.com/dariadefore.