Series: Speak of the Devil #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on 8/2/2011
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
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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.
\r\nNow 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.\r\n\r\nForget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.
When I was offered to review this book, I grabbed it. Seriously, the Devil’s daughters are named Faith and Hope, Faith’s roommate is a clumsy succubus, Jesus is a first cousin and “Lou” Lucifer and God are chummy bros. I knew – KNEW – this novel would be full of snark and wit, and I wasn’t disappointed. The dialogue was quick, the characters were sarcastic and overall, the whole thing is laugh out loud funny. That’s right, folks: L – O – L.\r\nThe family dynamics really make this entire story. Faith is the youngest daughter of the Devil: half-human and half-demon, complete with retracting horns, wings and tail. She lusts after her hot next-door neighbor, avoids her family like the plague – because they’re crazy – and works as a pediatric nurse, trying to “do good.” Satan is your typical, over-bearing father, intent on making up for his absenteeism when the girls were growing up, yet somehow makes his opinion of his youngest daughters’ “do good” intentions humorously clear.\r\nWhat I really enjoyed was the dysfunctional family-dynamic. Patricia Eimer creates a completely believable fantasy fiction, and writes it well. Despite the interesting set of circumstances that surrounds this story, it could be anyone’s real family, complete with lusty parents and sibling rivalry. Her take on Hell in the Midwest is pretty great! I lived in MI for a few years and if that isn’t a cold, frozen tundra of hell, then I don’t know what is. I’m not sure I liked her reference that the Pittsburgh Penguins are God’s team (my being a Washington Capitals fan and all!), but I guess we can’t win them all. ;)\r\nThere is only one thing that makes this a 4-star book instead of a 5: the lack of real emotional depth in the characters. They were fun – and certainly funny – but that’s the scope of their range. Hope’s despair over her marriage felt false to me and other characters were lacking similarly. I enjoy full characters that evoke a rainbow of emotions in me and these didn’t. But they are crazy enough and so entertaining, it’s easily overlooked.\r\nHowever, that’s not to say this wasn’t a fantastic read, because it was! I loved everything else about Luck of the Devil and I can’t wait to read more from this author. This is a feel-good book; read it if you have a good sense of humor, don’t mind the giddy play on religion and are not offended by playful blasphemy.
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(courtesy of www.patriciaeimer.com)\r\nI’m a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made me a bratty child but fated me to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in my twenties I earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but my passion has always been a good book. I currently lives in Pittsburgh with my two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give me more time to write. When I’m not writing I can be found fencing and arguing with my dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. I’m in a distant third.
\r\nThis ebook was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.