Title: Luck of the Devil
Author: Patricia Eimer
Genre: Paranormal Comedy
Release Date: August 2, 2011
No matter how dysfunctional you may think your family is, I guarantee Faith Bettincourt, main character of Luck of the Devil, by Patricia Elmer, can top it. Her half brother is the Demon of Gluttony, her sister makes the girls in Jersey Shore look like regular Pollyannas, her mom is a nature-worshiping, spirit-communing, off her rocker nosy busybody, her brother-in-law is an incubus, her best friend Lisa recently became a soul-eating succubus, and her dear old Daddy is the Devil himself. Then there’s Faith, a demoness who just wants to live a normal life as a pediatric nurse. All is going fine and dandy until the entire dysfunctional family descends (or ascends, since some are coming from Hell) on her apartment at once. Dysfunctional doesn’t even begin to cut it! To make matters worse, Faith is being framed for stealing drugs from her hospital, Lisa accidentally kills a smarmy doctor, and Faith has a major case of the hots for the do-gooder next door neighbor. On top of all that, she has a crazed stalker trying to steal her powers. All during the week that she is supposed to be on vacation.
Words can not even describe how much I loved Luck of the Devil, but since this is a blog and words are my living, I’ll try. This book had everything in it- romance, blasphemous comedy, God, the Devil, age old rivalries and mystery. I laughed out loud in some spots, and I’m not really a laugh out loud while reading type. The Devil of Elmer’s world is oddly cuddly, a little overprotective, and on very good terms with his brother God, or the Alpha as he’s often referred to. Oh, and Jesus, Faith’s cousin, is a school teacher in the Midwest. And while Faith explains that every myth has a bit of truth to it, it’s usually been blown completely out of proportion. For example, the Archangel Michael DID in fact beat the Devil…at chess, many times, because he’s competitive.
The mystery aspect is underplayed in the book, leaving the sheer comedic brilliance take center stage, but it is still an integral part of the plot. The romance between several of the characters adds another facet to the comedy, but it’s also oddly sweet at times, even when it’s between the Demon of Gluttony and the poor girl he accidentally turned into a succubus while she was drunk one night. Reading Luck of the Devil was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommended, as long as you don’t mind the fact that it casts the Devil in a good light (I don’t believe in the guy myself, so I was okay with all that). Also, not for those who take offense to curse words or demonic sex scenes (which is a lot like the regular kind, but with horns, a tail and hellfire). But if you’re looking for something light and really fun to read, definitely check this one out!