Top critical review
Disappointed. Great idea but often very boring.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 9, 2017
I really loved how this story started off: 28 years ago the Devil is tired of Hell and makes a deal with God to eventually go back to heaven if he can make a girl God has chosen for him fall in love with him knowing he really is the Devil, and also if he genuinely falls in love with her. And once he introduces himself to her, Lucifer - or Luke - will only have a month to execute the plan. Otherwise, he's stuck in Hell. This intro is written in the third person. And various intervals in the story are also written in the third person as the Devil's demons try to throw a monkey wrench into the plan because they don't want Luke to stop ruling Hell. This should have been funny, exciting, and romantic. But for whatever reason the rest of the book is written in the first person from the perspective of the young woman, Christa, who is the target of Luke's affections, and it is filled with page after page of way too much detail about her family, friends, current boyfriend and work colleagues which have nothing to do with the main plot. We do not get similar details about Lucifer although he makes clear he's not evil and not much more than a prison warden of Hell. Do I care to know in excruciating detail what Christa's divorced father's relationship is with his new wife, or the details about her mom's vegetarian eating habits, or shopping to what to wear, which often have no bearing on the love story. Often it felt like if you took the love story in its entirety it would have filled nomore than a third of the book and so much of the rest was just filler which had nothing at all to do with it. Time and again a scene was set up with Christa going somewhere or having a conversation with a family member and I thought something meaningful would happen, but it was just about everyday life and rather boring to read about. Then when Luke or Lucifer appeared, while interesting, it just didn't feel as exciting as it should have because the heroine was so full of doubt about his motives, or so distracted about her taste in wine or food, or going into mental detail about how messy sex can be while in the shower, it totally sucked the romance out of it. Finally having sex was a really big deal especially given Christa's doubts about Luke's motives, and it turning out to be Luke's first time, but the narrative wasn't much more exciting to read than Christa's angst about her remarried dad and his younger wife revealing they were having a new baby. Also, given the stakes for him, it seemed like Luke gave up on Christa too easily, then we spent way too much time - many pages - with her deciding to go on with her life, and slogging through the details of her meeting and going out with an ex-boyfriend, before getting back to Luke. I've read far more interesting, much more romantic and exciting fanfic by inexperienced writers. Too much of this story was a very dull read. I did like all the scenes with Luke and with God but there were not enough of them. Very disappointed.