A Beginner’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Demons by Shannon Mae


A Beginner’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Demons is the sweet story of Mr. Frog, aka Beel, the demon who has spent the last 20 years masquerading as a pet frog to Gabe from book 2.

From the blurb: 

Beelbufo has lived a comfortable life as a pet frog for two decades, enjoying pets, human food, and horror movie nights with his favorite human, Gabe. But when Gabe and Az fall head over heels in love, they 
decide Beel needs a companion too. Little does Beel know that the charming pet shop owner, Jon, is about to become his unsuspecting caretaker. There's only one small catch – Jon thinks Beel is just an ordinary pet frog.

When Jon's safety is threatened, Beel can't help making an appearance in his human form. Now Jon's eyeing him with suspicion (turns out his cover story wasn't that great), Gabe and Az are up to their matchmaking antics, and Beel really just wants another kiss with the adorable pet shop owner. (Oh, did we forget to mention they shared a kiss? Spoiler alert: it was magical.)

If Beel’s meddling family can stop interfering, Jon can stop being so suspicious, and Beel can stop being so scared of outing his true identity, these two might just get their own happily ever after. (Hopefully with more kisses, because Beel really does like the kissing.)

Tags: Beel despises romantic comedies, but maybe he's about to star in one; Jon's got a troublesome ex and could use a knight in shining armor – Beel's more than happy to oblige; Az keeps weaving fairy tale and frog references into their lives, much to everyone's chagrin; Beel's cover stories are laughably bad; coming out as your true self is tougher than Beel imagined, but sometimes it’s worth it.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's review:

"๐–๐ก๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ, ๐‰๐จ๐ง?"

As soon as Shannon Mae announced we were getting Mr. Frog, ahem sorry Beel's, story I got excited! I was so curious about Beel once we found out Gabe's beloved pet frog was actually a lesser demon. Why did he never show himself? Did he actually ENJOY being a pet? Did he ever pop into his human or demon form while Gabe was not home and go out and do people things? I'm happy to report that this sweet novella answered all my questions and more.

Jon was such a lovely MC. He was so caring and kind. It was also adorable whenever Beel would get that sweetie pie to blush, which was often. And the steam? Holy hell for a man who has spent the last 20 years as a frog he sure has a dirty mouth in the bedroom! What a pleasant surprise!

"๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ? ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฎ๐ฉ, ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐จ๐š๐ง?"

See what I mean? I also really enjoyed seeing Az and Gabe again. I found it so cute how much Gabe wanted to finally see Beel in his human form, while Beel was totally terrified of showing him. Those two may not have been able to communicate in English, but they still had a special bond after spending 20 years as companions. As Beel said it himself, he's a wonderful listener and he enjoyed his chats his Gabe even if he could only respond in frog speak.

I'm very excited for the next book! Our gray angel finally gets his own story and it's with someone we've met before! I think they will be quite the interesting pairing and I am looking forward to them getting their HEA.

Nedra's Review:

I kept seeing this series everywhere, FB, IG, TT, absolutely EVERYWHERE!! To say I was intrigued was an understatement, and my curiousness finally paid off! I have always been a fan of the dark side of life, the underworld to be specific, but to add a humorous twist to it actually didn’t turn me off but had me laughing throughout the entire novella.

๐•Š๐•  ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•๐•š๐•œ๐•– ๐•“๐•–๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•’ ๐•—๐•ฃ๐• ๐•˜ ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•’ ๐•™๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•’๐•Ÿ. ๐•๐• ๐•ฆ’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•›๐•ฆ๐•ค๐•ฅ… ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ช, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•’๐•๐•,” ๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•• ๐•™๐•š๐•ž.

Jon and Beel were perfection in a bottle, siphoned into a bottle of wine with the lid tightened for life. Their chemistry will permeate for many years to come and then some. The flirtatious banter between the two was definitely swoon worthy, and Beel’s mouth was ๐Ÿ”ฅ!! Can I have an order of nastiness to go, please?? And for this to be a novella, Shannon mastered just the right amount of dramatic effects for an entire novel!

“๐•๐•–๐•ค, ๐•ž๐•ช ๐•๐• ๐•ง๐•–, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐”น๐•–๐•–๐•,” ๐”ธ๐•ซ ๐•’๐•ค๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•• ๐”พ๐•’๐•“๐•–. “๐•†๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•๐•š๐•ฅ๐•ฅ๐•๐•– ๐•“๐•’๐•“๐•ช ๐•’๐•๐• ๐•˜๐•ฃ๐• ๐•จ๐•Ÿ ๐•ฆ๐•ก ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•’ ๐•™๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•’๐•Ÿ.”

So, Az and Gabe were absolute legends for side characters in this story. Az and his constant sexual innuendos (what else do you expect from the lust demon), and Gabe’s attentiveness towards Beel’s frog form, never leaving him behind, just added joy to the experience. The fact that Gabe was finally able to see Beel in his human form after twenty years will have everyone shedding a few tears ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Sheena's Review:

I was so happy when I found out Mr. Frog was getting his own story. He appears in the first in this series, and I loved him right away. He truly does deserve to get his own HEA. Beel is a lower level demon who has been a pet frog for 20 years, and we meet him as he's Gabe's (From book 1) pet and constant companion after being summoned and then never leaving.

I loved finding out Beel's backstory, and why he never left when his summoning was technically done. It was all so sweet. I loved Jon too, such a sweet cinnamon roll of a guy, doing what he truly loves yet being completely unlucky in love. I love that the first time Beel broke his froggy form in 20 was to stand up for Jon because he'd come to realise this sweet man deserved everything. These two together are sweet, hot, and just perfect. Beel, for someone who has been a frog for 20 years has THE filthiest mouth in the bedroom though, my word ๐Ÿฅต.

I loved every word of this, from Az realising what was happening and obviously getting a kick out of it, to Gabe being oblivious, to the sweetest man on earth getting his HEA, to Beel trying desperately to manage being a frog - which he loves, as well as being Gabe's confidante and buddy, to wanting his own life and HEA. Wonderful.

Reds Book Reads review:

I loved Beel when he was Gabe’s pet frog but seeing him find his soulmate in this book gave me a whole new appreciation for him and he is quickly becoming a firm favourite. I love how protective he is of Jon and how well they work together. It was great seeing more of Gabe and Az as well.

This series just goes from strength to strength and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Wlf_forest's review:

An absolutely enjoyable read! Full of laugh out loud moments! Beel as a human looking for himself as a frog as Jon thinks he has lost him! Priceless. The support from Az and Gabe for Jon and Beel is so lovely. I love that Beel is so compassionate and caring that he leaves his comfortable heated rock to help Jon when he is confronted by his ex. Love that Beel is such a great listener having been Gabe’s sounding board for so many years and that Jon and Az allows Gabe and Beel to have their time with each other even after they have their own relationships. Love the entire series so far and look forward to the next book!

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