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Review: Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer

Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer
Paranormal Comedy, Demons, Angels
Paperback $15.95 (273 pages, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
Ebook $6.99

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.
Author Site: http://www.patriciaeimer.com/

And you thought your family had issues... (4 stars)

Faith Bettincourt is a pediatric nurse juggling problems at work and trying to keep her roommate out of trouble, not easy for anyone but a lot more complicated when you're the daughter of the devil. When her family decide it's time for an impromptu visit dragging along a mass of baggage both literally and figuratively, Faith's patience gets put to the test. Could they have picked any other time than the week she took vacation?

Meanwhile, Matt, the sexy lawyer across the hall she's crushing on has a heavenly secret of his own. Hiding in plain sight Matt's own angelic kin make Faith's devilshly disastrous family seem just a little less crazy. But someone is following Faith, waiting for the chance to steal her demonic powers and take over the world, something she'd really prefer didn't happen now that she's got her crush meeting the parents.

As much as my leanings in fiction go toward the dark side of things I need comedic stories now and again to break it up. LUCK OF THE DEVIL is exactly the kind of hilarity that can turn a frown upside down. While it's not quite littered with witty one-liners and the Whedon-esque style I usually favor it's Faith's family that makes the book for me. The very idea of The Devil, his adult children and their mother stuck together for a weekend is one bound to be amusing.

What knocked a star off for me was that I think this comes across as a romance but there's not quite, in my opinion, a solid happily-ever-after at the end. While it worked for me the story just didn't quite feel finished when I mulled it over from a romance purists' viewpoint. Okay and maybe I didn't feel like enough was revealed about Matt for me to be completely sold on him as the love interest before he was suddenly with Faith. Do I love the slight geekishness about him? Hell yes! (No pun intended).

Now, it came to my attention a few months ago that there are readers out there who do NOT like angels and demons used in romances, I guess you might say they feel it's blasphemous, I really don't know since the concept doesn't offend me. If you're one of those readers this book will definitely push your buttons, I don't recommend it. But if you enjoy a really tongue-in-cheek fun-poking at the idea of angels, devils and nephilim this is a terrific example of the concept done right.

Overall I think Eimer's debut is great. A little flawed but just the kind of funny, light read I'd enjoy at the beach if I didn't live hundreds of miles from the ocean. If you love a good romantic comedy without any "Big Misunderstanding" tropes LUCK OF THE DEVIL is just that! I'd most recommend it to fans of Angie Fox, Darynda Jones, and Molly Harper.

Notes: Received Review Copy via Publisher.

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