Arc review – Not your average hot guy by Gwenda Bond

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September 30, 2021 by ceresbooksworld

Not your average hot guy

Not your average hot guy by Gwenda Bond

Book one in Not your average hot guy

Publisher : St Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date : October 5th, 2021

Source : eArc via Netgalley

Rating : 4 hearts


A paranormal romantic comedy at the (possible) end of the world.

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?

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.


Callie has promised her mother to run the family escape game for the weekend. She will be helped by her best friend and her brother. However, when a satanic cult arrives and steals Callie’s spell book to summon a demon, everything changes. Especially since this demon is rather sexy and friendly. Callie will do everything to stop the cult from declaring the apocalypse and she will be helped by the famous demon, Luke Morningstar, son of Lucifer and Lilith.

The pitch attracted me and frankly the story is nice, I laughed a lot, I spent a good time in company of Callie and Luke.

Callie is very interesting, she is smart but she doesn’t have a lot of self-confidence. She doesn’t know what she wants to do in life but she evolves in this book, she becomes more courageous and independent. She also falls under Luke’s spell, of course.

Luke is a demon who doesn’t know how to play his demon role, he is too nice and even his father is disappointed. He will have to find a solution to get out of it. His soft little heart will also fall for Callie and he won’t know what to do with her at first.

I liked the story, it doesn’t bore me for a moment and I can’t wait to read the next volume because what Porsoth says at the end intrigues me a lot.

Quick word: A light and funny reading for a soft entry in the autumn.


Callie a promis à sa mère de gérer l’escape game familial pendant le week end. Elle va être aidée de sa meilleure amie et de son frère. Cependant, lorsqu’un culte satanique arrive et vole le livre de sort de Callie pour invoquer un démon, tout change. Surtout que ce démon est plutôt sexy et sympathique. Callie va tout faire pour empêcher le culte de déclarer l’apocalypse et elle sera aidé du fameux démon, Luke Morningstar, fils de Lucifer et Lilith.

Le pitch m’a attiré et franchement l’histoire est sympathique, j’ai bien rigolé, j’ai passé un bon moment en compagnie de Callie et Luke. Callie est très intéressante, elle est intelligente mais elle n’a pas une grande confiance en soi. Elle ne sait pas ce qu’elle veut faire dans la vie mais elle évolue dans ce livre, elle devient plus courageuse et indépendante. Elle tombe aussi sous le charme de Luke évidement.

Luke quant à lui est un démon qui ne sait pas jouer son rôle de démon, il est trop gentil et même son père est déçu. Il va devoir trouver une solution pour s’en sortir. Son petit cœur tout mou craquera aussi sur Callie et il ne saura pas trop quoi en faire au début.

J’ai bien aimé l’histoire, on ne s’ennuie pas un seul instant et j’ai hâte de lire de prochain tome car ce que dit Porsoth à la fin m’intrigue énormément.

En bref : Une lecture légère et drôle pour une entrée dans l’automne tout en douceur.

About the author

Gwenda Bond is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels. Among others, they include the Lois Lane and Cirque American trilogies, and the first official Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds. Not Your Average Hot Guy (Oct., 2021) and The Date from Hell (April, 2022) are her first rom-coms for adults. She and her husband author Christopher Rowe co-wrote a middle grade series, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service. She also created Dead Air, a serialized mystery and scripted podcast written with Carrie Ryan and Rachel Caine.

She cofounded charitable efforts Creators 4 Comics and the Lexington Writer’s Room. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their unruly pets. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy.

She writes a monthlyish letter you can sign up for at Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.


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