Book Review – Must Love Demons by Meghan Maslow

The Magic Emporium
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 310
Characters: Nico/Flame
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

You’d think being magically tethered to the hottest warden in all Verona wouldn’t be a hardship.

You’d be wrong.

Incubus Nico Azertiran has his dream job as a cherub-in-training. It’s the perfect position for a lust demon who’s more interested in happily-ever-afters than one-night stands. Or it would be, if he didn’t keep screwing it up. When a new cherub gadget misfires, Nico is left trussed to Verona’s most eligible warden, the incredibly grumpy, Sir Flame.

Flambeau Illume has a job to do. Someone’s murdering Verona’s rich and famous, and Sir Flame’s hot on the killer’s trail . . . until he has the misfortune to get magically lassoed to the most infuriating incubus he’s ever had the displeasure to meet. Except, maybe Nico isn’t so terribly awful. But how can he solve his case and keep Nico safe at the same time? Especially when the sweet demon seems to have a bullseye on his back.

Together they need to solve the crime, stay alive, and—if their luck changes—maybe even fall in love. Easy, right?

Must Love Demons is part of the Magic Emporium series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes, a lariat of love, a demon tail with a mind of its own, and a guaranteed HEA.

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I haven’t read anything by this author before, but will need to play catchup as I loved Nico and Flame’s story. I’ve enjoyed all of The Magic Emporium series so far with each author’s unique take on the whereabouts of the shop, the item in the save-me sack, and how it’s used. With Nico having worked in the shop, this story had the added bonus of insight its staff.

I loved that Nico is an incubus with love magic rather than lust magic. Those cherubs are horrible, and I liked that they were very different than how they are usually portrayed. I loved the final scene with them and Nico. They totally deserved what they got, and more.

The so-called lariat of love made for some interesting, and embarrassing moments, all of which I enjoyed. Poor Flame. I thought the reason he couldn’t love made a lot of sense and something I hadn’t thought of. I loved how he and Nico slowly warmed up to each other, and saw past their preconceptions, and Flame’s grumpy exterior. The scenes where Flame is so wonderfully protective of Nico are wonderful.

It’s the little things and details that really make this story, like Nico and Flame being from opposite socio-economic ends of the scale with the way they live, Flame’s love of cats, and the twist on incubus and cherub mythology. The world building is fabulous, and I liked the references to other stories in this series as Nico and Pree talk about their time at the Emporium. The supporting cast is great too. I want more of Jessill and Trey, and to see how Raaf’s story pans out.

The mystery is very well done, with a wonderful red herring and an exciting conclusion. I loved the action scenes with the attempts on Nico’s life.

I hope the author plans to revisit Verona and these characters. The ending, although satisfying, felt as though it was the beginning of a new chapter of their lives, and I want to read it!

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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