Luck of the Devil

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Luck of the Devil

Speak of the Devil #1

I'd have to say, "Luck of the Devil" surprised me as one of the best contemporary comedy romances I've read in a while! If I were to rank the genre, it would be right up there with other not-to-be-missed titles such as Shanna Swendson's `Enchanted Inc.' series and Jennifer Cruisie's collaboration "Agnes and the Hitman". Although the general plot is not unheard of, the main difference with this particular story, is that here, our characters revolve around religious and mythical figures, from angels to demons, succubi and nephilims. The whole mix, of course, does not make our heroine, Faith Bettincourt-Morningstar, third and "nicest" offspring of dear ol' dad (Lucifer to us mortals) have any easy time of a normal life.

From the first, the biggest positive was the fact that I laughed out loud at many of the jokes and reactions throughout the book. In all honesty, there are a poor few that can do that for me, and loving a healthy diet, I try not to let my funny bone shrivel up due to my reading choices. The characters, while not overtly sexual (even the succubi were toned down a bit), I found them all to be fun, real, a little complex, and basically good. even Lucifer. Ms. Eimer actually tackled quite a few issues, especially those of parenting, deftly, with both depth and humor, while still keeping with the story. Faith and hot-neighbor Matt move at a real relationship's pace with some interesting surprises in the bedroom (Exhibit A: the fire-proof hair), and the surprising showing from another father and child pair (think Father, Son,.) was fun and not to be missed. The only real detractors, I'd say, was that, well, the basic story has been done before. And that, at times, I really did want more of a brain-food type of plot; the number of slightly dense people in this novel was almost to the point I felt my own brain slow-down from the overload.

Final note: The thing to keep in mind is this is FICTION, and a well-thought out set up at that. Not meant to be a religious upset or blasphemy, but a just a typical what-if tale of boy-meets-girl-meets-immortal-parents. Overall, I'd say this was worth the read for a contemporary comedy romance, and sure to send at least a chuckle or two your way.

Book Blurb for Luck of the Devil

Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.

Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.

Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 4.50