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The Demon's Wife

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Claire McMullen is just an ordinary woman -- until you look at her long, beautiful bright-red hair. She has a job she hates, a roommate she tolerates, and she spends her weekend nights bar-hopping, looking for her “Mr. Right.” One cold, rainy night she meets Samael -- tall, dark, handsome and rich -- and a romance blossoms. Claire thinks she may have found her soulmate -- ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published September 13th 2013 by JournalStone (first published August 16th 2013)
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Aug 03, 2013 Marvin rated it it was ok
I was hoping for the best, partly because this is a posthumous novel. Yet I found it rather tedious. I wasn't really sure who this book was geared for. It is not in the least bit horrific and only slightly humorous. I thought there may be some YA aspects to it, but the scene depicting how a demon uses his tail nixed that idea. Fantasy or urban supernatural? Getting close. Actually it reads more like a parody of romance novels. Yet there are two problems for me with that aspect; 1) I never read ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Demon's Wife is a romance between a demon and a human woman. There are repercussions from both worlds the lovers must face.

At times, it felt like a cheat when a supernatural character would say, "It's too complicated too explain." This left a fair amount of detail unexplained, which was both a positive and a negative. If everything was explained; the book never would have ended, while by it's frequent use and not explaining does allow the author a technique to not explain items for which the
Sep 04, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
On the first page of this paranormal romance we find out that Claire, a thirty something redhead will marry Samael, a gorgeous demon, by the end of the book. Getting there is fun for the reader and the author.
Claire and her roommate Sally meet Samael in a bar. Sally practically undresses to get the attention of this hunk of a man (demon) but Samael only has eyes for Claire. They chat, he leaves. When the girls leave, Claire is accosted by a man outside. Samael comes to her rescue. This perfect k
Christopher Payne
Apr 18, 2013 Christopher Payne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
Claire McMullen is just an ordinary woman -- until you look at her long, beautiful bright-red hair. She has a job she hates, a roommate she tolerates, and she spends her weekend nights bar-hopping, looking for her “Mr. Right.” One cold, rainy night she meets Samael -- tall, dark, handsome and rich -- and a romance blossoms. Claire thinks she may have found her soulmate -- until Samael informs Claire that he’s actually a demon.

Can Claire trust a demon’s claims of true love—or is he just plotting
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dawn

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn

*Beware of Spoilers*

Claire has no excitement in her life. Her days are filled with the minutiae of life. She is not unhappy but nor is she happy. She exists; she treads water so to speak. That all changes when she meets Samael.

Initially, Claire feels Samael is too good to be true. He is hot; they have a serious attraction. He is wealthy, unmarried.

There are signs that all is not as is appears. At times Samael disappears w
Charline Ratcliff
Sep 04, 2013 Charline Ratcliff rated it really liked it
When I’m looking for books to review, I generally attempt to choose books from all genres, even if they aren't in my “preferred” genre reading. That’s how I came across “The Demon’s Wife” by author, Rick Hautala. At first glance, I wasn't sure what genre “The Demon’s Wife” actually fell into, other than the “Romance” genre, based on the book’s title and cover depiction. After finishing it, I’d say it still falls into the “Romance” category, but I can also add “Supernatural” and “Fantasy” to the ...more
Frank Errington
Sep 06, 2013 Frank Errington rated it really liked it
Review Copy

On March 31st, 2012 writer Rick Hautala picked up a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Acheivement, no one could possibly know that just shy of a year later Rick would be gone, taken from his family and the horror writing community at large by a heart attack in March of this year.

Prior to his passing, JournalStone Publications announced a two book deal with Rick and The Demon's Wife is the first of those two books.

Clair McMullen spends her days cooped up in a small office "her only lifeli
Dec 30, 2013 Grampy rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.

“The Demon’s Wife” by the late, great Rick Hautala is the first story I have read which was written by Hautala, but it catapulted Rick to the top of my list of favorite authors. With a touch of humor, a touch of romance, a lot of suspense, and a whole lot of supernatural stuff going on, “The Demon’s Wife” is one of those books you don’t want to put down until you’ve finished reading it. Best of all, it is a fun read.

Roommates, Sally and Claire, are
Aug 05, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
The Demon’s Wife is a refreshingly multi-layered and fast-paced romp that, thankfully, is nothing like the currently unending spate of predictable supernatural/human romances. Author Rick Hautala has taken humanity’s constant struggle with personal demons and has given it flesh and bone in the form of his female protagonist Claire, who struggles with lust, envy, meanness, and a myriad of other temptations as she takes on a demon lover. But don’t think that this is a dreary allegory. Far from it. ...more
Richard Hayes
Oct 08, 2013 Richard Hayes rated it really liked it
When Claire McMullen went out clubbing with her friend and roommate Sally, the last person she expected to meet was someone like Samael. Later that night when she was attacked in the club parking lot, Samael was the one who saved her. Then it seemed like everywhere she went, there was Samael and as they got closer she wondered if it was love or lust. Then when she found out that he was a demon and he said that he loved her and wanted to marry her and change from being evil and be good she had to ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
The Demon's Wife is very interesting to read. It is a "goodread" and I'll admit I was annoyed when forced to put it down. It begins as a demon on a quest for souls then turns. Won't spoil it for you. Samael is the demon, really bad evil type of demon. He "rescues" our heroine from being raped. We see that for what it is from the beginning. Claire however does not. As a matter of fact (love women in denial) she doesn't hear the truth until the end of the book. She has an interesting response ...more
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Aug 27, 2013 books are love rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book through Librarything and am glad I did. This is a cute book. samael is a demon with a capitol D. He meets Claire in a bar and starts to form feelings for her. something demons don’t do. Well he does and he tries to woo her. Only Claire is wary since he is a demon.

The romantic interludes with the tail and what it does for her are so craftily written you will love it. And to watch him try to change and redeem himself for her is precious.

Samael is so adorable for a demon.
Feb 04, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Claire MacMullen hated her job has a roommate she barley tolerates yet she spent time with Sally barhopping in search of her one Mr. Right. As usual her much liberal roomy fell in and out of love at least once a month and she was gorgeous so that when a sexy, gorgeous looking man headed for their table and sat down, she was very surprised that he ignored Sally and gave her all of his attention!

Samael, a demon, had plans for the redheaded Claire and he devised a way to court her by coming to her
DJ Sakata
Aug 01, 2013 DJ Sakata rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of Rick Hautala's The Demon's Wife as a Goodreads First Reader. I was interested in the story and enjoyed it immensely, it is not my typical genre but that is the advantage of Goodreads, being able to experiment and dabble... After finishing the last page and putting it down, I fould I was less than satisfied with the ending. It felt like it just stopped without closure. Hopefully it was meant to have a sequel and the tale will continue. The story was very creative, ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Who could love a demon? Claire. Who could make demon want to redeem himself? Claire. Who can trust a demon??? No one according to demons.
Claire is a woman in her mid thirties who hates her job and has grown apart from her best friend. They go out for a girl's night and so begins the story. I was drawn in from the first paragraph and couldn't put it down. Went to bed finally at 3am and was back up at 6 finishing the story. I would love to rea
Brittany Elsen
Aug 25, 2013 Brittany Elsen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read-books
I received a free copy of Rick Hautala's The Demon's Wife from LibraryThing. I really liked this book and totally wish there was going to be a second book! This book is a quick, exciting read. I loved the characters and was very invested in the story by the end. Definitely an adult paranormal romance with some humor! I only wish I knew there was going to be a second book. :(
MaryJude Schmitz
Jul 30, 2013 MaryJude Schmitz rated it really liked it
An interesting twist to a love story. This is a quick, easy read (I read it in one day) and I liked the characters. Not really a horror story but more a fantasy, love conquers all story. Kind of cliche but still heart warming.
Jan 23, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it
An ok read. A little long at beginning , but picked up pace. Character driven from my opinion. Sensual, disquieting . A blend of supernatural and sensuality, with hooror tipped in.
Carol Moore
Sep 16, 2013 Carol Moore rated it liked it
Rick Hautala brings a whole new dimension to the ever popular ‘good girl meets bad boy’ plot line. In fact, The Demon's Wife is kind of hard to categorize – not quite urban fantasy, not quite romance, not quite mystery – although it has elements of all three. I’ve read a lot of urban fantasy – apparently it’s easy to fall in love with a nonhuman vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter/angel/god/dragon and live happily ever after – but what happens when you fall in love with a demon?

Thirty-something Clare
*(I won this book through the First Reads giveaway section on Goodreads in May 2013)*

Is it possible to enjoy a book but not form a solid, positive opinion on it?

I really liked The Demon's Wife; it wasn't the best book I've ever read but it wasn't the worst either. The story kept me reading. However, I kind of felt that it was somewhat predictable throughout, but I was hoping if I kept reading I'd be surprised by something, anything.

I never critique an author directly and having never read anyth
Nov 21, 2013 Shane rated it really liked it
disclaimer – i won an e-galley of this novel in a giveaway hosted by journalstone publishing.

what is it about supernatural creatures that makes it so easy for humans to fall in love with them? just think about it for a minute, don’t your favourite urban fantasy, fantasy, and sff series all have hints of romance in them. but what happens when a supernatural creature falls in love? is it real or just a ply?

the demon’s wife is a delightful romp through just that question. what happens when samael m
Aug 01, 2013 M— rated it it was ok
Sadly, disappointing. The heroine read like a Mary Sue caricature and there was never a shred of explanation as to why the hero was so taken with her. The horror aspects began and ended with the demon hero character; I never found any part of the novel chilling,* or even mildly thrilling, although one or two parts of it were rather gory.
* Unless you count the speed at which the characters' relationship progressed.
I had quite high hopes for this one -- Rich Hautala is a new author to me but has a
Lucy (Talk Less, Smile More)
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Sep 13, 2013 Paulette rated it it was ok
I received a free review copy of this book. The cover art was interesting, in that it appears that the woman is actually the demon.

I agree it has a bit of a young adult bent to it, the main character far more naive than expected. She reminded me a bit of the silly litte girl from that absurd trilogy about 50 shades of something. This was an infinitely better story, written by a real writer and not a bored housewife, but it lacked a bit of finesse.

The abrupt ending left me feeling like there was
Sep 07, 2016 Zarah rated it liked it
This was an alright read, but I never really clicked with it. I thought Samael came across as flat and, even though Claire was strong enough to stand by her man, she far too easily accepted the lack of information. I did wonder more than once, 'why Claire?' The sudden love was never explained. I also found the narrative repetitive and thought that the ending started to feel very much like a piece of Christian Fiction. There were just too many cautionary passages on the dangers of allowing evil ...more
Nov 30, 2013 V rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, 2013, romance
I won this in a FirstReads giveaway on Goodreads. A unique tale of love and redemption, The Demon's Wife surprises the reader with a focus on the pervasiveness of evil in the world and the possibility of change. Although the love story itself is poorly developed and the sex strange, the power of a relationship to change a person is fleshed out as the unpredictable plot proceeds. If the reader expects a light fare, he or she will get that, but also be challenged to question the role of temptation ...more
Fred Hughes
Aug 25, 2013 Fred Hughes rated it liked it
This book was supplied to me at no charge by the publishers for review purposes.

A tale of a man and a women denying who, or what they are, and just carrying on a normal life. Well as normal as it can be when your husband is a demon !

But does that mean he is all bad ? How can that be in that he married you didn’t he !

Is there a deeper plot here ? Is the demon really just working a very long and complicated scam or can love prevail, over his ultimate boss the devil ?

At times acerbic and at other
Nov 03, 2016 Ana rated it liked it
Shelves: free-ebooks
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Aug 27, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it
I received this book through Library Thing Early Reviewers. "The Demon's Wife" is about Claire McMullen a women in her early thirties who meets a man named Samael in a nightclub. Samael is an extremely good looking man who is very rich. Claire is surprised when he takes an interest in her. She thinks that Samael is out of her league. Claire has no idea how different Samael really is. Turns out that he is a demon. Claire wonders if it is possible for a human and a demon to have a relationship ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a first reads giveaway. The thing that caught my eye was the cover and then I had to laugh because when my book came in it was an entirely different cover, so much that I had to check the title to make sure it was the right book.

Falling in love with a demon is never but they seemed to make it work. Since I don't want to spoil other reader’s enjoyment of “The Demon’s Wife”, I won’t reveal any of the interesting twists and turns of this well-plotted story. I will say, you won't
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