When college student Alex Marshal accidentally summons a demon through a design in the mustard on his ham sandwich, it is just one of many strange things that seem to happen to him. So, when a red, horned demon named Seething Destroyer of the Soul shows up in Alex’s kitchen, Alex takes it pretty much in stride. He knows he has to hide the demon (whom he nicknames “Seth”) from his father, but he also knows he is not quite ready to banish Seth back to his own realm.
As it turns out, Alex finds Seth pretty hot, and the attraction is mutual, so before Seth returns home the guys decide to try out some human/demon sexy times. The more experienced Seth pretty much rocks Alex’s virginal world, but the two also are finding themselves surprisingly compatible in other ways. And when they end up bonded together, neither one is particularly upset about their new-found couplehood.
Alex knows his father is going to have a fit when he meets Seth. However, he doesn’t count on learning there are a whole lot of secrets surrounding his father and Alex’s own past that shake up his world. Things get a little dicey, but Seth and Alex are determined to find a way to stay together for good.
Oops! Demon starts out with an accidental summoning via mustard, and that pretty much sets the tone for the story. It is light and fun and silly, and I read it all in one sitting. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, but at the same time, it seems clear that McLeod is going for more than just laughs. The world building is creative and pretty expansive for a fairly short novel and Alex and Seth are developed enough as characters to carry the story nicely.
The relationship between the men is pretty much instalove, as they fall for each other and are happily contemplating life together almost immediately (basically within a day or so). I am fine with instalove stories in general, but I need to believe that the characters are actually in love, versus just lusting after one another. In this case, although it is clear that Seth and Alex are attracted to one another, as well as that each are nice guys, I never got enough of a sense of what made them connect and fall in love with one another. So I think the relationship needed some more development. There are also a lot of things happening here and small threads that don’t all tie up. The story relies a lot on magic and powers as a way to resolve things without really addressing them again.
Overall, I found this one to be fun and entertaining. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, but at the same time, there is enough substance here to hold together. I think the relationship and some of the many plot elements needed more development, but the story is enjoyable enough that I read it quickly and will be interested to see what comes next in the series.