I had never been a fan of 10 Days With My Devil, even when it first came out in English, deciding against buying any of the routes after the free preview time and again. Yet, when Voltage offered one of the main stories as a free read on Love 365 for a limited time, I found myself finishing the entire thing in a matter of hours.
MC finds herself a step away from literally (yes, LITERALLY) being toast. Scheduled as she was for demise, she nevertheless successfully bargains for a ten-day reprieve, during which she hopes to settle her unfinished business — which is to confess to her office crush.
As per usual, MC is asked to choose a babysitter from among the hot (demon) romance options who had come to collect her soul. She decides on SHIKI, manly (if somewhat narcoleptic) megane, thinking he was a safe enough bet. And, of course, being constantly in each other’s company brings the two closer than intended. (Read: They fall in love.)
Shiki has a backstory that at first glance makes him seem awfully cold, uncaring, and weird. Because of this, MC is shocked to discover the reasons for him being the way he is, and that he is actually capable of great love, integrity, and self-sacrifice (for a demon, at that).
Unfortunately (and not surprisingly), fraternization between demons and humans is not allowed — especially not when it involves a human marked for death. In the end, the couple prove their love for each other through difficult choices that still lead to a happy enough end (with a little help from their friends, the other demons).
Why I Like It
Shiki was cold, but not cruel.
I hate sadists, especially those who seem to have been written for no other justification than to fill the trope roster. The reasons why he is the way he is also totally make sense, and doesn’t make it too difficult for you to believe he is capable of falling in love with MC.
MC had sass.
And enough of it to —
- Negotiate her death,
- Live with an entire household of (sexy) demons without being reduced to a puddle of estrogen, and
- Know when to stop flogging a dead horse (aka her unrequited feelings for her office crush).
The supporting characters were adorable.
They were quirky (and I’m not only talking about the demons here 😂), funny, and kind — just like any other person you may know from real life.
Overall, this was a feel-good story that contrasted with its premise and characters. To be honest, it kind of reminded me of Star-crossed Myth (mythical beings and fighting for your love against death itself), Dangerous Seduction (particularly, Arimura and his tracking device), and Love Letter From Thief X (the fascination with tiny toy collectibles) — only with clunkier, dated art and more low-key otherworldly powers.
The outcome wasn’t too rushed IMHO, even as it left out enough for you to want to check out the sequels.