How to Survive a Summoning: A Paranormal M/X Fated Mates Romance by Nikole Knight

Nikole delivers a fast, witty summoning packed with excitement, humor, sexual innuendos, and mystery with style and minimal effort! How to Survive a Summoning is a paranormal standalone novella from the Fated Mates anthology released earlier this year.

From the blurb:

A stolen amulet. The demon hellbent on getting it back. And one powerless human just trying to survive the night.

When Jamie summons a demon in a Hail Mary attempt to survive a ghoul attack, he quickly realizes that he’s bitten off more than he can chew. With a soul-debt to pay and an angry warlock on his heels, Jamie must steal back the coveted amulet before time runs out. Unfortunately, his life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance, and in the fight to save his soul, Jamie just might lose his heart.

How to Survive a Summoning is a paranormal short story that was first published in the Fated Mates Charity Anthology in September of 2023.The story content has not been altered.

Jacquie's Review:

A fast-paced novella that is left fairly open-ended for the possibility of adventures to come.

This was low heat/fade to black, which worked for me in this case. I like the subtle flirting and their banter. Their relationship felt genuine and like it would continue to grow.

There's some action and plenty of magic. I really liked the world-building and descriptions the author used, though it is never explained that the demon is a they, that pronoun is just used automatically.

A fun read and one I'd likely pick up again.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

This was not what I was expecting from a novella, even though I'm not sure why I'm surprised because Nikole always seems to deliver. Between the mystery and humor, mixed with the sexual innuendos, the satisfaction felt in such a short period of time is astonishing. 

The storyline was incredibly well-written and the character development was completed nicely.  Nothing felt hurried, allowing ample time for their budding romance to ignite. Lyn stole the show with their antics, and Jamie just added to the fun, though it would have been better with dual POVs, but the wittiness wins it all. 

Rating: 4 Stars

How to Survive a Summoning is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.