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"The apocalyptic beach read that everyone needs." - Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award-winning author on Not Your Average Hot Guy In The Date from Hell, the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond brings the journey of Callie, Luke, and their friends to a wonderful close. This is another laugh out loud, action-packed romantic adventure you "The apocalyptic beach read that everyone needs." - Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award-winning author on Not Your Average Hot Guy In The Date from Hell, the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond brings the journey of Callie, Luke, and their friends to a wonderful close. This is another laugh out loud, action-packed romantic adventure you won’t want to miss. After saving the world and stopping the apocalypse, Callie and Luke are looking forward to a quiet, romantic weekend together. When you’re human and dating the Prince of Hell, quiet moments are hard to come by. But their romantic weekend in Hell takes a turn when Lucifer tasks Callie and Luke with chasing a wayward soul around the world. If they can prove it’s possible to redeem a soul, Lucifer will allow the two of them to make some changes in Hell. But this wayward soul, Sean, doesn’t have any interest in being redeemed. Instead, now that he’s back on Earth, he’s decided to take a leaf out of Callie and Luke’s book and wants to find the Holy Grail. Now Callie, Luke, and their friends—and enemies—must race Sean around the globe on a Grail quest and bring peace between Heaven and Hell before they can finally (maybe) get around to that date.


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"The apocalyptic beach read that everyone needs." - Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award-winning author on Not Your Average Hot Guy In The Date from Hell, the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond brings the journey of Callie, Luke, and their friends to a wonderful close. This is another laugh out loud, action-packed romantic adventure you "The apocalyptic beach read that everyone needs." - Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award-winning author on Not Your Average Hot Guy In The Date from Hell, the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond brings the journey of Callie, Luke, and their friends to a wonderful close. This is another laugh out loud, action-packed romantic adventure you won’t want to miss. After saving the world and stopping the apocalypse, Callie and Luke are looking forward to a quiet, romantic weekend together. When you’re human and dating the Prince of Hell, quiet moments are hard to come by. But their romantic weekend in Hell takes a turn when Lucifer tasks Callie and Luke with chasing a wayward soul around the world. If they can prove it’s possible to redeem a soul, Lucifer will allow the two of them to make some changes in Hell. But this wayward soul, Sean, doesn’t have any interest in being redeemed. Instead, now that he’s back on Earth, he’s decided to take a leaf out of Callie and Luke’s book and wants to find the Holy Grail. Now Callie, Luke, and their friends—and enemies—must race Sean around the globe on a Grail quest and bring peace between Heaven and Hell before they can finally (maybe) get around to that date.

30 review for The Date from Hell

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Date from Hell by Gwenda Bond is the second book in the paranormal romantic comedy Not Your Average Hot Guy series. The story in this one is told by changing the point of view between the two lead characters, Callie and Luke. It’s also like most fantasy series and picks up the story and continues on from the first book so it is best to read the series in order. The first book of the series introduced readers to Callie who was a recent college graduate who found that her degree wasn’t really w The Date from Hell by Gwenda Bond is the second book in the paranormal romantic comedy Not Your Average Hot Guy series. The story in this one is told by changing the point of view between the two lead characters, Callie and Luke. It’s also like most fantasy series and picks up the story and continues on from the first book so it is best to read the series in order. The first book of the series introduced readers to Callie who was a recent college graduate who found that her degree wasn’t really worth a whole lot and had found herself working in her family’s escape room business instead of in her own career. Callie’s mother had been leaving town for a few days putting Callie in charge of the business when a strange group came in and tried to steal some of the props. The next thing Callie knew she was kidnapped by the group who seemed to be a satanic cult trying to raise a demon and the summoned one happened to be a really gorgeous guy, Luke. The Not Your Average Hot Guy series is one that actually is quite funny and takes readers on a fun adventure with the characters. However, I would again after reading this second book warn readers that while the characters are supposed to be adult age it often feels like I’m reading about some teenagers. I came back knowing that fact this time as I did enjoy the first book enough to be curious to see where it went and this one did rate slightly higher for me at three and half stars going in prepared but it would have been nice to not feel as if they were so young too. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Paranormal Romance, and this is the second book in the Not Your Average Hot Guy series. I have read and reviewed the first book in this series before picking up this book. I do think that you should read the first book before reading this book because there is a lot of information in the first book that ties into this book. I do not read a lot of Paranormal Romance book, so please keep that in mind. I picked up the first book thinking it was just a romance not knowing it was a Paranorm This is a Paranormal Romance, and this is the second book in the Not Your Average Hot Guy series. I have read and reviewed the first book in this series before picking up this book. I do think that you should read the first book before reading this book because there is a lot of information in the first book that ties into this book. I do not read a lot of Paranormal Romance book, so please keep that in mind. I picked up the first book thinking it was just a romance not knowing it was a Paranormal Romance. I really enjoyed it, so I had to keeping reading this series. I love the characters and the action/drama in this book. The twisted at the ending I really did not see coming. There is more of this book that takes place in Hell, and I enjoyed the characters that lives in Hell. This book honestly gives me a feel of Phoebe and Cole from Charmed. I just think this book was a fun read and a cute take on good and evil. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Griffin) or author (Gwenda Bond) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    flavia

    *ARC kindly provided via NetGalley by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. The Date from Hell by Gwenda Bond is the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, a paranormal duology of novels that are centered around the story of Callie, a human that works in the escape room business, and Luke, the prince of Hell. In this second installment we get to witness Callie and Luke already in a relationship while they manage the existence of both of their worlds. Since Callie is travelling back an *ARC kindly provided via NetGalley by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. The Date from Hell by Gwenda Bond is the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, a paranormal duology of novels that are centered around the story of Callie, a human that works in the escape room business, and Luke, the prince of Hell. In this second installment we get to witness Callie and Luke already in a relationship while they manage the existence of both of their worlds. Since Callie is travelling back and forth between Earth and Hell, she starts to question the laws of Hell and whether some of the souls have been sent to damnation unfairly. For this, Callie has an idea that wants to set in motion with the help of Luke, but first they must go through Lucifer, who gives them another challenge in order to complete the plan that they have in mind. I liked this book much better than the first, and I think that the elements that helped with this was the writing style and that the plot involved more action and introduced more characters. However, I still have a problem with this book being advertised as a romance when it is clearly more centered around the supernatural adventurous plot than the development of the main characters’ relationship. Apart from that it was an entertaining book that had many of the beloved elements of a fantasy book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    maddie (thenmaddieread)

    A 3.5 star rounded up. I was really looking forward to the first book in this series and was ultimately disappointed. Still, I was looking forward to picking up the second book, and other folks had let me know they'd heard it worked better than the first. I'm very happy to confirm those rumors! Callie and Luke are dancing around taking the next steps in their relationship, spending time in the mortal realm and in Hell. It's on one of her trips to Hell that Callie realizes some of the people doomed A 3.5 star rounded up. I was really looking forward to the first book in this series and was ultimately disappointed. Still, I was looking forward to picking up the second book, and other folks had let me know they'd heard it worked better than the first. I'm very happy to confirm those rumors! Callie and Luke are dancing around taking the next steps in their relationship, spending time in the mortal realm and in Hell. It's on one of her trips to Hell that Callie realizes some of the people doomed to life in fiery pits or in eternal servitude or whatever might deserve a second chance. Lucius decides to grant this -- if Callie and Luke can prove a soul of his choosing is redeemable. Suddenly, the two of them are spending what was meant to be a quiet weekend in chasing a wayward Hell-escapee who looks like he should be a Hemsworth brother all over Europe on a Grail quest. The consequences of failure could be dire: not just for the souls they're trying to redeem, but for their relationship, and the human world at large. Some of my biggest issues with the first book are resolved or at least improved upon here: Callie is a fully-fleshed out person with thoughts besides trivia, and the writing style is much more consistent throughout. Since there's an external guide for the plot (Arthurian myth), there's fewer things dangling here and there, which means there's not a solution to all the woes that appears at 93% out of nowhere, too. Still, this series reads far more YA to me than adult romance. A huge element of the plot is Luke not feeling worthy of Callie's love, but there's only cursory exploration given to why he might feel like this. It's what I'm going to call "cracked-door romance": not closed-door, but nothing more than an illusion at intent and a "yes, that was good" at the end. Combining some underdeveloped angst with low steam just really feels oriented towards a younger crowd. There's no doubt that this book is a much neater product than its predecessor, and I encourage people who waffled on the first one to see if this works better for them. Thank you to St. Martin's and NetGalley for the ARC!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    A super fun continuation of this new adult, dual perspective paranormal romance series. In this book Callie and Luke get tasked by the Devil (Luke's dad) with saving a soul in exchange for a favor. Full of adventure, power swapping, more Escape room adventures, a great cast of secondary characters and new found family. I really enjoy these characters and can't wait to see what happens in the next book! Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy!! This was also great on A super fun continuation of this new adult, dual perspective paranormal romance series. In this book Callie and Luke get tasked by the Devil (Luke's dad) with saving a soul in exchange for a favor. Full of adventure, power swapping, more Escape room adventures, a great cast of secondary characters and new found family. I really enjoy these characters and can't wait to see what happens in the next book! Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy!! This was also great on audio narrated by Karissa Vacker and Graham Halstead. CW: includes some steamy open door scenes (best suited for older YA readers)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Callie is like us who like to walk in a lovely library like it will take our breath away. And of course we loved the smell of old books or even the new ones, as long as it was a book. Callie really cared about her brother Jared, her best friend Mag and of course the most important is her dog Bosch. Callie doesn’t want to disappoint her mother because she was being busy doing some task from hell at the same time her normal life in earth too. Luke always prevent the mistakes. He doesn’t want Callie Callie is like us who like to walk in a lovely library like it will take our breath away. And of course we loved the smell of old books or even the new ones, as long as it was a book. Callie really cared about her brother Jared, her best friend Mag and of course the most important is her dog Bosch. Callie doesn’t want to disappoint her mother because she was being busy doing some task from hell at the same time her normal life in earth too. Luke always prevent the mistakes. He doesn’t want Callie to leave him when he failed. He’s doing everything he can do to protect and support Callie for what she wants and what she plans. Lucifer, Luke’s father. From the beginning of the book “Not Your Average Hot Guy” he was giving Luke a hard time, giving him a hard task. But in book 2 Lucifer gave him and Callie the most hardest task before they can get what they want. And his mother Lilith, she was so helpful from the beginning of the book. She really likes Callie too. Overall, I really loved this book. It was a fun read and all. I haven’t read fantasy for so long because my brain can’t take it 😂 I think I just need some romance in this kind of genre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I will be honest I did not originally know that this book was the sequel to another rom com book but with titles like Not Your Average Hot Guy and The Date From Hell how could I not read the first book then this one. I am obsessed with this series that mixes romance, humor, hell, and satanic cults. While I love both books this is a review for the Date From Hell (already my top book title of 2022). Escape room worker Callie and summoned demon Luke stopped the end of the world but what's next for I will be honest I did not originally know that this book was the sequel to another rom com book but with titles like Not Your Average Hot Guy and The Date From Hell how could I not read the first book then this one. I am obsessed with this series that mixes romance, humor, hell, and satanic cults. While I love both books this is a review for the Date From Hell (already my top book title of 2022). Escape room worker Callie and summoned demon Luke stopped the end of the world but what's next for our favorite paranormal couple. All Callie and Luke want is a quiet romantic weekend but when they have the opportunity to make some changes to hell they go on a fun and action packed journey. This book mixed the fun of Supernatural, Charmed, and Beach Read in the most perfect way. These books are so unique and so fun and I definitely recommend if your looking for something a little different from your rom coms. Thanks to St Martins and NetGalley for my early ARC for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    I'm really liking this series with its setting and characters. I read the first one and liked it, and this one is a continuation of the story. Callie and Luke are looking to spending more time together but instead have to go on a quest trying to redeem a lost soul. They have friends to aid them and enemies to foil them, and literally go all over the world in trying to succeed in time. It has funny moments, tender moments, and relationships that grow closer. I'm looking forward to book 3. I receive I'm really liking this series with its setting and characters. I read the first one and liked it, and this one is a continuation of the story. Callie and Luke are looking to spending more time together but instead have to go on a quest trying to redeem a lost soul. They have friends to aid them and enemies to foil them, and literally go all over the world in trying to succeed in time. It has funny moments, tender moments, and relationships that grow closer. I'm looking forward to book 3. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Goree

    First let me say that typically I am not a fan of sequels or Part 2 of anything, movies or books alike. I have found that it is typically very hard to keep the same tone or pace or chemistry throughout continuing story line. But I am super happy to report that Gwenda Bond did just that in her follow up to "Not Your Average Hot Guy" with her upcoming release "The Date from Hell." The story of Callie, a truly "good" person who works in the family's escape room business in Lexington KY (a huge poin First let me say that typically I am not a fan of sequels or Part 2 of anything, movies or books alike. I have found that it is typically very hard to keep the same tone or pace or chemistry throughout continuing story line. But I am super happy to report that Gwenda Bond did just that in her follow up to "Not Your Average Hot Guy" with her upcoming release "The Date from Hell." The story of Callie, a truly "good" person who works in the family's escape room business in Lexington KY (a huge point in her favor in my book!) and her boyfriend Luke, the literal prince of hell continues in this novel as they navigate their new relationship and the contraints their backgrounds put upon them. We get the entire cast of characters we loved from the first book in this one as well, with the special addition of Sean, a new denizen of Hell we get to meet and discover what his story means to both Callie and Luke and their entire relationship. This novel is fun, fast-paced and quirky - a fast read that you'll truly enjoy! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Book Adventures with Katie

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Date From Hell is the second book in the paranormal romance series Not Your Average Hot Guy. If you're looking for a fun, action-packed adventure that will keep you laughing you have to pick up this duology. I feel like it would be so much fun to be friends with Callie and Luke. Callie is so relatable because of her love for books and extravagant libraries. Luke seems kind of cocky and cha Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Date From Hell is the second book in the paranormal romance series Not Your Average Hot Guy. If you're looking for a fun, action-packed adventure that will keep you laughing you have to pick up this duology. I feel like it would be so much fun to be friends with Callie and Luke. Callie is so relatable because of her love for books and extravagant libraries. Luke seems kind of cocky and charming but also has a huge soft spot for people he cares about. My favorite part of this series has to be the characters and the way they banter with each other and work together; it's just so much fun! You also get some Hell politics which was really interesting while also learning about the balance between Heaven and Hell in this world. The world-building was a nice addition to the relationship elements of the story and I loved learning more and more about it. On top of that, there were a few plot twists that really surprised me. Typically, I am relatively good and figuring out the plot twists before they happen but I was completely caught off guard more than once. If you enjoyed Not Your Average Hot Guy you have to pick up The Date From Hell because it has the same feeling and atmosphere as the first book but it's even better. This book was the closure I needed for Callie and Luke's story and I definitely enjoyed it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5⭐ [I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review] I feel like I might finally be about to find a purpose in life. Beyond dating hell's most eligible bachelor. The Date from Hell is the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond. It picks back up with our leading characters and the challenges that Callie is facing dating the prince of Hell. Callie wants to make changes to the underworld by offering souls a second chance at being good. Lucifer agrees to give her a trial run t 3.5⭐ [I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review] I feel like I might finally be about to find a purpose in life. Beyond dating hell's most eligible bachelor. The Date from Hell is the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond. It picks back up with our leading characters and the challenges that Callie is facing dating the prince of Hell. Callie wants to make changes to the underworld by offering souls a second chance at being good. Lucifer agrees to give her a trial run to prove her idea can be successful. However, he's made it so they have very little chance of succeeding. He's also trying to break up Callie and Luke to force Luke to take his rightful place as his heir. No matter how different our world, no matter the obstacles we face, no matter what father wants: We belong together. This is a seamless sequel, the story, and characters all feel cohesive from book 1. In this one, there's a lot of stress on the differences between Callie and Luke and what kind of future they could have together. Bonus, this is also slightly steamier than the first because Luke and Callie take their relationship to the next level and there's an open door intimate scene. Overall, The Date from Hell was another fun adventure following Callie and Luke, along with family and unlikely allies, go on a quest against the clock for the legendary holy Grail.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn (delightful.reading)

    If you're looking for a light, fun action-adventure story, then this is the duology for you! After saving the world in Not Your Average Hot Guy, Callie and Luke just want to have a nice date, but when your the prince of hell and your dear old dad is Lucifer, date nights don't really go according to plan. Instead, Luke and Callie find themselves chasing after the wayward soul, Sean, that they've been tasked with reforming. When old friends, foes, and the Holy Grail are thrown into the mix, our ma If you're looking for a light, fun action-adventure story, then this is the duology for you! After saving the world in Not Your Average Hot Guy, Callie and Luke just want to have a nice date, but when your the prince of hell and your dear old dad is Lucifer, date nights don't really go according to plan. Instead, Luke and Callie find themselves chasing after the wayward soul, Sean, that they've been tasked with reforming. When old friends, foes, and the Holy Grail are thrown into the mix, our main duo may find that having a normal date is not easy. All in all, this book is a fun one with hijinks and humor galore (there's also some not-so-fun moments but hey that's life). I really like how Luke and Callie's relationship has grown since book 1 - also it was kind of nice seeing them be a power couple to be reckoned with. Also the side characters are as great as ever and the addition of Sean to the mix was fun! If you liked the first one, you really need to grab this one! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for the eARC! I really appreciate it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    This is the follow up to “Not Your Average Hot Guy”, where Callie finds a portal to Hell and ends up dating the Devil’s son Luke. This time, they need to redeem a soul in order to make some changes in Hell’s policies. Unfortunately, Lucifer has picked the most unredeemable soul out there, and our couple is having a hard time. I liked the romance between them, but it bothers me that Callie is supposedly good and Christian and now dates Luke. Along those lines, the book “jumped the shark” at the en This is the follow up to “Not Your Average Hot Guy”, where Callie finds a portal to Hell and ends up dating the Devil’s son Luke. This time, they need to redeem a soul in order to make some changes in Hell’s policies. Unfortunately, Lucifer has picked the most unredeemable soul out there, and our couple is having a hard time. I liked the romance between them, but it bothers me that Callie is supposedly good and Christian and now dates Luke. Along those lines, the book “jumped the shark” at the end in an unbelievable way. You must suspend belief to get into these books but it went too far for me. 3.5 stars. Blurb: “After saving the world and stopping the apocalypse, Callie and Luke are looking forward to a quiet, romantic weekend together. When you’re human and dating the Prince of Hell, quiet moments are hard to come by. But their romantic weekend in Hell takes a turn when Lucifer tasks Callie and Luke with chasing a wayward soul around the world. If they can prove it’s possible to redeem a soul, Lucifer will allow the two of them to make some changes in Hell. But this wayward soul, Sean, doesn’t have any interest in being redeemed. Instead, now that he’s back on Earth, he’s decided to take a leaf out of Callie and Luke’s book and wants to find the Holy Grail. Now Callie, Luke, and their friends—and enemies—must race Sean around the globe on a Grail quest and bring peace between Heaven and Hell before they can finally (maybe) get around to that date.” Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Zany, warm, and entertaining! The Date From Hell is a fun-filled, spirited tale that takes us back into the life of Luke and Callie as they try to head out on a date that unfortunately gets a little sidetracked when they make a deal with the devil, they agree to prove that damaged souls deserve a second chance, and they somehow end up on a hunt for the holy grail. The writing is witty and smooth. The characters are spunky, spontaneous, and clever. And the plot is a playful tale full of family, fri Zany, warm, and entertaining! The Date From Hell is a fun-filled, spirited tale that takes us back into the life of Luke and Callie as they try to head out on a date that unfortunately gets a little sidetracked when they make a deal with the devil, they agree to prove that damaged souls deserve a second chance, and they somehow end up on a hunt for the holy grail. The writing is witty and smooth. The characters are spunky, spontaneous, and clever. And the plot is a playful tale full of family, friendship, desire, adventure, intrigue, humorous hijinks, hilarious mishaps, special abilities, and love. Overall, The Date From Hell is a comical, light, action-packed tale by Bond that I enjoyed even more than the first novel in the series, Not Your Average Hot Guy, and is the perfect way to wrap up this duology which guarantees hell will never be quite the same. Thank you to SMP Romance – St. Martin’s Press for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    The Date from Hell is a fun and romantic YA read. It's the second book in Gwenda Bond's 'Not Your Average Hot Guy' series and my favorite! In this book, it picks up with Callie and Luke trying to have a normal, or as normal as possible, date night. Of course, Hell and Lucifer have other plans. They are tasked with finding the Holy Grail to redeem a wayward soul, Sean. Callie and Luke are tested both physically and emotionally throughout this whole journey. I loved that even through the hard times, The Date from Hell is a fun and romantic YA read. It's the second book in Gwenda Bond's 'Not Your Average Hot Guy' series and my favorite! In this book, it picks up with Callie and Luke trying to have a normal, or as normal as possible, date night. Of course, Hell and Lucifer have other plans. They are tasked with finding the Holy Grail to redeem a wayward soul, Sean. Callie and Luke are tested both physically and emotionally throughout this whole journey. I loved that even through the hard times, their love shines bright! Readers can expect witty banter, romance, and adventure. I give The Date from Hell 4 stars. It is adventurous and captivating. I felt like it is the best in the series. Luke and Callie's relationship is charming and fun to read about!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Spice: 🌶 Half a pep Blurb: Luke (Prince of Hell) and Callie made a deal with the Devil in order to give a soul in Hell a second chance at life. Except the Devil challenges them to save a soul that is irredeemable. Will they be able to prove that some souls deserve a second chance?! This book was cute but it was not the book for me. It’s the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, which I did not read 😬 However, I found that this book was still relatively easy to follow despite not having read the firs Spice: 🌶 Half a pep Blurb: Luke (Prince of Hell) and Callie made a deal with the Devil in order to give a soul in Hell a second chance at life. Except the Devil challenges them to save a soul that is irredeemable. Will they be able to prove that some souls deserve a second chance?! This book was cute but it was not the book for me. It’s the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, which I did not read 😬 However, I found that this book was still relatively easy to follow despite not having read the first book. What I liked: - It’s a cute easy read - Towards the end of the book, you really get sucked into their search for the Holy Grail. - Luke is not your average Prince of Hell…He is pretty much a cinnamon roll. This may be different to how he is portrayed in the first book 🤷🏽‍♀️ What I didn’t like: - The pace was too slow for me. Things start to get interesting after the 80% mark. - There were so many moments that made me cringe 😬 It’s a cute read but too cute for my taste and especially for a book about Hell 😂 Maybe I’m just too into dark romance - Spice isn’t always a necessity in romance but it’s definitely a bonus. It was one of the aspects in this book that made me cringe and how the topic was discussed. Overall, it was an ok read for me. If you like a cute romance with an adventure, then this book is for you 💕 *Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC for my honest review.*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I received an eARC from Netgalley before I finished the first book and although I made a good faith effort I just had a tough time relating to the characters and situations. It reads like Lucifer fanfic at several points although the plot definitely improved in the second book. The characters read very young for their ages which I think was a problem I had with the writing. It's not all dire-the adventure plot was reasonably engaging but I think there are better paranormal books out there. 3.5 s I received an eARC from Netgalley before I finished the first book and although I made a good faith effort I just had a tough time relating to the characters and situations. It reads like Lucifer fanfic at several points although the plot definitely improved in the second book. The characters read very young for their ages which I think was a problem I had with the writing. It's not all dire-the adventure plot was reasonably engaging but I think there are better paranormal books out there. 3.5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jamice Robinson

    Just like the first book, I really liked the sequel. This story starts off a little after the first book ends, and Callie is just making herself right at home. lol Of course her and Luke are still madly in love, and of course they get into more trouble, but I wouldn't have had it any different. I did predict the ending, but I'm glad because it ended just like I wanted too. I'm not sure there are going to be any more books in the series, but I really hope there is because I need more laughs in my Just like the first book, I really liked the sequel. This story starts off a little after the first book ends, and Callie is just making herself right at home. lol Of course her and Luke are still madly in love, and of course they get into more trouble, but I wouldn't have had it any different. I did predict the ending, but I'm glad because it ended just like I wanted too. I'm not sure there are going to be any more books in the series, but I really hope there is because I need more laughs in my life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Auburn

    I absolutely loved the first book this one wasn't for me. The main character instead of being proud, smart, and fiesty like the first book is instead dense, condescending, and just holier than thou. She spends most of the book talking about doing something but goes through everything else before finally finishing the task. Also the ending was supposed to be empowering but it just felt mean to the guy. I absolutely loved the first book this one wasn't for me. The main character instead of being proud, smart, and fiesty like the first book is instead dense, condescending, and just holier than thou. She spends most of the book talking about doing something but goes through everything else before finally finishing the task. Also the ending was supposed to be empowering but it just felt mean to the guy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I definitely should have read the first book in this series, but by the time I figured out that there WAS a first book, I was already halfway through this one. Aside from that little hiccup, this story is very original. It’s more for young readers (in my opinion). I was soooo hoping for it to be spicier and less cheesy, but it’s whatever.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly #Audiofile

    3.5 star listen I liked this one more than the first. I had a few giggles. The relationship between mmc and fmc progressed and it was cute, no real smut and fade to black scene if I remember correctly. Audio is don’t via duel narration and male and female work well together. Hea No overly stupid situations Easy to read feel good novel

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Olson

    I wish I liked this more than I did. This book is what made me want to read book 1 - and though the characters are cute and all, it felt strange following the couple after the first book ended, like it wasn't really needed. Maybe I've been spoiled by series that have new couples each book, but this didn't really keep me entertained. I wish I liked this more than I did. This book is what made me want to read book 1 - and though the characters are cute and all, it felt strange following the couple after the first book ended, like it wasn't really needed. Maybe I've been spoiled by series that have new couples each book, but this didn't really keep me entertained.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Banghart

    This was a great follow up to Not Your Average Hot Guy. Lots of humor, heart, and some sexy times, of course. I really loved the adventure of this one too. So fun!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mira

    I liked the book. It is a continuation of the first book and I liked the journey that the characters went through.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    My Thoughts Having read the first book way back in September of 2021, reading this sequel in February allowed me time to have enough distance from Callie and Lukes story to feel a bit lost until probably a 1/3 of the book. Once I again got into the rhythm of their unique circumstances things moved more rapidly for me. This time there is more at stake than just Callie and Luke making their relationship work, the fate of human kind pretty much rests on their shoulders. An even more startli My Thoughts Having read the first book way back in September of 2021, reading this sequel in February allowed me time to have enough distance from Callie and Lukes story to feel a bit lost until probably a 1/3 of the book. Once I again got into the rhythm of their unique circumstances things moved more rapidly for me. This time there is more at stake than just Callie and Luke making their relationship work, the fate of human kind pretty much rests on their shoulders. An even more startling development comes to light when Lucifer reveals to the pair just exactly how said task will play out for them on a personal note, especially in Lukes case. The biggest development for the pair concerns Callie however and it is a reveal that makes all the difference for this seemingly ill matched couples future. What starts out as a simple wish for a normal date turns into anything but. Not a quick read as a little more going on than could absorb fast this time around. [EArc from Netgalley]

  26. 4 out of 5

    May

    After saving the world and stopping the apocalypse, Callie and Luke are looking forward to a quiet, romantic weekend together. When you’re human and dating the Prince of Hell, quiet moments are hard to come by. But their romantic weekend in Hell takes a turn when Lucifer tasks Callie and Luke with chasing a wayward soul around the world. If they can prove it’s possible to redeem a soul, Lucifer will allow the two of them to make some changes in Hell. But this wayward soul, Sean, doesn’t have any After saving the world and stopping the apocalypse, Callie and Luke are looking forward to a quiet, romantic weekend together. When you’re human and dating the Prince of Hell, quiet moments are hard to come by. But their romantic weekend in Hell takes a turn when Lucifer tasks Callie and Luke with chasing a wayward soul around the world. If they can prove it’s possible to redeem a soul, Lucifer will allow the two of them to make some changes in Hell. But this wayward soul, Sean, doesn’t have any interest in being redeemed. Instead, now that he’s back on Earth, he’s decided to take a leaf out of Callie and Luke’s book and wants to find the Holy Grail. Now Callie, Luke, their friends—and enemies—must race Sean around the globe on a Grail quest and bring peace between Heaven and Hell before they can finally (maybe) get around to that date. I love the first book. It was funny, sweet and romantic. The sequel is just as fun and sweet. I love the friends and plot so much. It was fast-paced and exciting. If you love the first book, you'll love the sequel too. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jolie

    When I finished Not Your Average Hot Guy, I immediately wanted to read the next book in the series. That is how much I loved Callie and Luke’s relationship. I kept checking Gwenda Bond’s Goodreads and when I saw that The Date From Hell had its own Goodreads page, I prayed to the book gods that I got an ARC of this book. My prayer was answered when SMP contacted me about reading/reviewing The Date From Hell. I was so excited about reading this book. And, I am happy to report that this book more t When I finished Not Your Average Hot Guy, I immediately wanted to read the next book in the series. That is how much I loved Callie and Luke’s relationship. I kept checking Gwenda Bond’s Goodreads and when I saw that The Date From Hell had its own Goodreads page, I prayed to the book gods that I got an ARC of this book. My prayer was answered when SMP contacted me about reading/reviewing The Date From Hell. I was so excited about reading this book. And, I am happy to report that this book more than lived up to my expectations. The Date From Hell takes place a couple of months after the events of Not Your Average Hot Guy. Callie, Luke, and her family are almost at the end of rebuilding the escape room business destroyed by the events in book 1. Callie has also wanted to change one of Hell’s rules regarding people who commit morally gray crimes and end up in Hell. Satan surprisingly agrees when she brings that up but gives her a 3-day quest to redeem a soul of his choice. If she succeeds, he will allow the changes. But if she doesn’t, she will have to forfeit something. But, dealing with Satan is always tricky, and he wasn’t exactly honest about who the soul was and if it even wanted to be redeemed. As secrets come to light, soon Luke and Callie are fighting for more than a single soul. What is that secret that they discovered? And is it worth risking everything (including their lives) to go through with the quest? The Date from Hell is book 2 in the Not Your Average Hot Guy series. While you could read this as a standalone book, I highly suggest reading book one first. That way, you could understand the backstories referenced in this one. If you don’t want to read the book, then I suggest reading the reviews for a quick overlook. I loved Callie in this book. She continued to be this badass who wasn’t afraid to go toe to toe with Satan. She had no filter, which was generally hilarious but sometimes got her into trouble. The only thing I did fault her for was that she was almost too stubborn, and she seemed to like poking Soraya the Rude all the time. I loved seeing how passionate she was about redeeming those souls she felt got the short end of the stick by being stuck in Hell. I loved that the author chose to go the route she did with Luke. While I loved Luke, I felt that he was afraid to get seriously involved with Callie from book one. The part of the book where Luke was human was huge because his feelings were more real to me. He did come across as overprotective at times, but I wasn’t surprised. His character had some tremendous growth to it throughout the book. I couldn’t understand why the author had so much focus on Sean until the middle of the book. Then a giant lightbulb went on over my head. I got a little grumpy with Satan at that point too. That was one of the many times after the middle of the book that I got cranky with him. The storyline with the quest to redeem Sean’s soul that morphed into a quest to find the Holy Grail was interesting. I enjoyed seeing The Guardian’s city (even if I did think that people were bloodthirsty). I also loved how the author introduced Guinevere and Arthur and how they were involved in that quest. It was an exciting way to do that part of the quest, and I loved it. The storyline with Callie wanting to change some of the laws in Hell had a fascinating twist. I was astonished when it went the way it did and felt I should have seen it coming. But it was perfect and very fitting for Callie!! Callie and Luke’s romance was one of the sweetest that I have read. I loved that the author took it slow with them, that there was no Instalove. Instead, their relationship was allowed to progress naturally. That alone made this book enjoyable to read for me. There is sex in The Date from Hell, but it isn’t graphic. And, surprisingly (well, to me at least), it is Callie and Luke’s first time after dating for months. The end of The Date from Hell was interesting. I liked the twist that the author put in there with Callie. It did make sense, but at the time, I was internally screaming, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?????“ I am looking forward to reading book three and seeing where all the different relationships are and if that twist is working. I would recommend The Date from Hell to anyone over 16. There is mild language, violence, and sexual situations/scenes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Lynn

    Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are of my own. Y'all I was so excited to receive this book after finishing the first book. It's just as fun, outlandish, and cute as the first book. (Yes, this is my suggestion to read Not Your Average Hot Guy before this book.) This book picks up a little after the end of the first book, but we go on a different adventure with Callie and Luke. If you're looking for an intense, serious read with fully bibli Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are of my own. Y'all I was so excited to receive this book after finishing the first book. It's just as fun, outlandish, and cute as the first book. (Yes, this is my suggestion to read Not Your Average Hot Guy before this book.) This book picks up a little after the end of the first book, but we go on a different adventure with Callie and Luke. If you're looking for an intense, serious read with fully biblical strictness, this is not your book; however, if you're looking for ridiculously fun book this is your book! Loves: -CALLIE: I know I said I loved her in the first book, but I somehow love her even more in this one. Maybe because she’s a huge history nerd who loves reading and I somehow super identify with that (ignores history major degree hanging in my room…). But she manages to be just as endearing and sweet as the first book if not more so. Her belief in goodness and kindness just sets this book up so well as she’s dating the son of Hell. -Luke: we get a bit more to the meat and bones of this man in this book. He grapples with serious internal struggles and that’s what really compelled me through this book. The plot was fine, but having Luke figure himself out was really wonderful. -Side characters: we get a bunch of the same people from the first book and a few others (shout out to Sean--I love you). But in this book they have greater room to stretch and breathe making them more holistic characters. I think that with the enormous amount of plot in the books it takes the two to get a good grip on anyone. -The twists and turns of this book and plot are SO GOOD. I did not see anything coming, personally, because you honestly just don’t know what to expect. Everything was set up so incredibly well and leads into each other. Plus when really anything is possible you can’t even begin to fathom where the outcome will come from or what elements are needed. Seriously amazing. Meh: -I adored the second half of the book more than the first and I think that’s because the second half is where the book settles. The first half isn’t bad, but it feels off with the pacing. -There are some unclear elements of the plot that don’t seem to fit/end up being ignored. It wasn’t that bad because of just the intensity of the plot being so overwhelming, but it is something that has been nagging me. Long story short, I do recommend reading this book. I 110000% recommend reading Not Your Average Hot Guy before but if walking into an already moving story is your thing go ahead. I found this book to be a satisfying closure to Callie and Luke’s story (that ending!!!!). I had such a fun time reading this book. It’s so wacky and FUN. I know I keep using that word, but it is! I so cannot wait to continue to read Gwenda Bond books. I’m really coming to love them!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Etta (Chonky Books Review)

    The Date from Hell is the follow up to Not Your Average Hot Guy which follows mortal Callisto (“Callie”) and son of Lucifer, Luke Morningstar. After the events in the first novel, Callie and Luke are madly in love and navigating their life as a couple. While dating the Prince of Hell, Callie is still working for her mother’s business, The Great Escape, an escape room in Lexington, Kentucky. The story takes place shortly after the first installment with Callie able to travel back and forth betwee The Date from Hell is the follow up to Not Your Average Hot Guy which follows mortal Callisto (“Callie”) and son of Lucifer, Luke Morningstar. After the events in the first novel, Callie and Luke are madly in love and navigating their life as a couple. While dating the Prince of Hell, Callie is still working for her mother’s business, The Great Escape, an escape room in Lexington, Kentucky. The story takes place shortly after the first installment with Callie able to travel back and forth between Earth and Hell where she is studying the laws of Hell. After spending time in Hell, she is now determined to find a way to give souls a second chance who were unfairly sent to Hell. Callie and Luke present this idea to Lucifer who agrees if they can prove this idea will work with a test subject of his choosing. He selects Sean, a wayward soul who proves that Callie and Luke’s mission is a lot more difficult than initially anticipated. The story takes Callie and Luke on an adventure trying to complete their mission with Sean that includes the mystery of the Holy Grail. Sean is not interested in being redeemed unless Callie and Luke assist him on the quest to find the Grail which means a fun worldwide journey. This proves to be a time-consuming task which is not the plan both Callie and Luke had in mind as all they want to do is spend some time together to date. Luke has his insecurities that he is working through with his own identity and his fear that he is not good enough for Callie. On the other hand, Callie has secrets of her own identity that she is working through plus trying to be a good friend, sister, and daughter while assisting at the Great Escape. While I loved the romance in this novel, it is not the prominent genre of the story as it plays out more as an adventure story with the romance weaved throughout. The Holy Grail adventure was fun as it takes the Arthurian legend that is familiar to readers and integrates well into the story. Sean was a fun addition, and I enjoyed the return of all the fun secondary characters from the first novel. The pacing of this story begins a little slow as it sets up the adventure portion, but quickly picks up with many twists and turns. Luke and Callie try to balance the adventure with their relationship, which means lots of communicating to figure things out. I do wish that this romance element was expanded on, but it was still enjoyable. Overall, this was a fun sequel and I hope that more stories are added in the future so readers can return to read more about these characters! [3.75 rounded to 4] **I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Just Love books

    What was supposed to be a chilled weekend together soon turns into Luke and Callie going on their biggest quest to date. After making a deal with Lucifer that if they are able to redeem Sean the ultimate con artist and thief than he will consider giving some of the damned souls in Hell a second chance at life. But when Sean’s back story is revealed things begin to get interesting, has Lucifer set them an un-winnable task? With the fate of a few hopeful souls and the future of their relationship What was supposed to be a chilled weekend together soon turns into Luke and Callie going on their biggest quest to date. After making a deal with Lucifer that if they are able to redeem Sean the ultimate con artist and thief than he will consider giving some of the damned souls in Hell a second chance at life. But when Sean’s back story is revealed things begin to get interesting, has Lucifer set them an un-winnable task? With the fate of a few hopeful souls and the future of their relationship at stake Luke and Callie have no choice but to team up with Sean in his quest to find the Holy Grail. .. Absolutely brilliant! The Date From Hell was hands down one of my favourite reads this month, I loved the constant sense of drama and mystery. I loved that legends and myths played such a huge role in the story which made this read all the more interesting. .. I loved that Callie had so much more depth this time round and she wasn’t all about facts and books. We really got to see her character grow in this book and I just loved that she found her place. I loved that she wanted to make a difference in Hell and that she never cowed to Lucifer. .. Now Luke was the real star of this book, I liked that it largely focused on him trying to find his place in the world, his relationship with Lucifer and the future of his relationship with Callie. I loved that even though he is the heir to Hell he is a genuinely good person. I will say the ending was kind of bittersweet for me, I truly feel that he should have taken his spot as the new head of Hell, nevertheless it all worked out for the best. .. Now for Sean our newest addition, gosh his story was brilliant, this is one that you just need to read. Sorry no spoilers here! I will say that I did love the addition that he brought to the story and that we get to see him find his way at the end. .. I loved getting to see Lilith again and this time we got to see her in a more maternal role with Luke and forming a new bond with Callie. I loved that we got to see the Guardians again and this time they were a more fun bunch especially Saraya. But most off all I loved getting to see Porosth again, I just love this demon scholar and all the fun he adds to the book, I love that he is like Luke and Callie’s sidekick and fairy godfather all in one. .. The Date From Hell is a definite must read!!

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