Friday, February 28, 2014

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead by Patricia Eimer

Title: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Author: Patricia Eimer
My Rating: B 

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Speak of the Devil #3
Main Characters: Faith and Matt
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Entangled
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Not Even Death Keeps a Good Demoness Down

There’s never an end to the crazy when you’re demon spawn. Not that Faith Bettincourt’s complaining. She’s been patching things up with her angelic on-again off-again boyfriend, Matt, and her best-friend-turned-sister-in-law is soon giving birth to the Anti-Christ Part Deux. Oh, and Faith is saving kids from Death in her pediatric unit one soul at a time. Life is good.

Until Faith accidentally runs over the Angel of Death and is forced to take his place. Now she’s taking lives instead of saving them. Which is kind of a problem when you’re a nurse. As if that weren’t bad enough, she is suddenly thrust into the worst scenario of them all--Matt’s ex Brenda is back, and she’s brought the Apocalypse with her.

Faith’s not about to give up the world...or her man. But when the chips are down, what’s a demoness supposed to do? Besides take matters into her own hands, of course.

My Review:
I'm not usually a huge reader of humorous romance. I have to be in the right mood for it. This series has been an exception for me in that area. I've truly loved the first two books in the series. 

While this one was a fun read too, it lost something for me. The series skirts along the edge of religion in a wonderful way. I love Patricia Eimer's world and her quirky view on how religion and all those players within it might work behind the scenes, but this book delved too deeply into some of the quagmire of the end-days and such....which lost me as a reader. It got too deep into the religious aspects there in the hospital scenes which I have no interest in when reading. 

One other teeny, tiny complaint...I've loved the relationship between Matt and Faith through the whole series. There has always been lots going on, but their relationship has stayed front and center. That didn't happen in this book. Matt was there and things are happening between them, but the scenes where he's there almost seemed like an afterthought. Especially with Faith's new power issues in this one, I wanted to see more scenes with just the two of them.

In this book, Faith has a car accident...she hits the Angel of Death who then gives her his powers as he dies. This sets off a huge chain reaction of apocalyptic proportions. Oh, and yeah, being the Angel of Death also is a curse because anyone you touch dies....not good news for Faith and her new fiance, Matt. 

The entire gang is here again... 
*Faith's dad the Omega (Satan)
*Faith's uncle the Alpha (God)
*her cousin, J (Jesus)
*her brother Tolliver (Antichrist)
*her fiance Matt...the new leader of the Angale (assassin angels who kill demons...yeah, Faith is a demon)

It's an interesting mix and Patricia Eimer continues to bring her completely original views of this biblical family into the stories in such an entertaining way. The entire series is completely creative and inventive and I do love all the snark. And there are some especially sweet scenes between Faith and J in this book which I loved that went back to his crucifixion. And I know that sounds odd to take a humorous viewpoint on these things that people cherish so deeply, but again...Patricia Eimer does it really well, without getting too religious...for the most part. Like I said, there were moments in this book. But if anything, these books actually put a human face on these characters, especially J...who supposedly lived a human life here on earth. 

Confession...I was raised in a VERY religious upbringing, but probably border on atheist at this point. As a result, I normally hate books with a deeply religious slant. This series is not like that. As a reader with a religious background, I love the humor and fun that the author has been able to infuse into these characters...and never does she do it in a bad way either...I truly don't think these books will offend deeply religious readers either. 

Bottom line...If you like humor in your romance, you need to be reading this series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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