The Devil's Temptation

Ch: 111
2018 - 2022
4.018 out of 5 from 917 votes
Rank #3,436
The Devil's Temptation

Hyun was supposed to spend his Christmas snuggling with his cat on his comfy couch watching TV. This year, however, he decides to attend his company holiday party to make his existence known to his office crush—the devilishly handsome Alek—but instead, downs too many drinks, makes a fool of himself, and blacks out. The morning after, he wakes up to a Christmas nightmare: lying next to him butt naked is his despicable colleague, Ivan Mariani. Hyun has always hated everything about Ivan. So why does Ivan suddenly look different...smell wonderful...and radiate irresistible sexual energy?

Source: Lezhin

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This is abolutely the funniest BL I've read - hands down. Another reviewer called it silly & smutty and they're totally right. That being said, that's not all there is to the story. This is going to be a longer review and probably a little too nitpicky, so here's my main recommendation: it's funny and sweet. Read it.  Characters: By far, the characters are the best part of The Devil's Temptation. The main couple are hilarious and their developing love is really sweet. There's a number of incidental characters who I love (Mr. Kim), and the antagonists/grey-area antagonists are solid as well. That being said, there are quite a few characters introduced early as the type you would expect to be at least incidental characters throughout, but seem forgotten (MCs friends for example). Early in the story, Hen confides in his friends pretty regularly - a couple times in person and over text as well. I think this, and some other nitpicky issues I have with the characters, are more an issue of pacing that I plan to cover under story.  Art: I really like the art style. The dynamic illustration of characters throughout, especially in awkward/silly moments, is perfect. You can tell this was a fun story to draw! I also like how none of the characters look identical - even the snake tribe members have differences. It doesn't look like the same face over and over again with different hair. The final point of critique is that it's very clear the art style was rushed at times which, again, I fully get - deadlines and whatnot. Overall, the quality of art from Chapter 1 to the end of the main story is very different. Earlier chapters had much more detail and care put into each illustration. Many later chapters were in desperate need of shading.  Story: OK -- tldr: The Devil's Temptation is silly and smutty. It's a light read with very few heavy moments. Less tldr: I think, overall, this was a good story. I definitely enjoyed reading it, and the side story epilogue was sweet. It was super funny throughout with some heartwarming moments. I think the story itself suffers from pacing issues throughout, though. To make this part of my review easier I'll write the main areas I want to speak to point-by-point. Introducing the world and world-building: when I started reading the first couple chapters I kept repeating to myself, please don't be Omegaverse, please don't be Omegaverse. It's not! And I'm glad. The supernatural element (different tribes of people, imprinting) is interesting. I had tons of questions throughout, that were only partially answered: namely, how many tribes are there? By the end of the story we know there are at least 3. How widespread is the knowledge of imprinting? Throughout, the level of public knowledge about this changes from being common knowledge to being relatively unknown at times, which leads to some awkward moments but comes across as a potential continuity issue.  Continuity: One point on continuity I want to mention is the core purpose of the first half of the story (creating an antitode for the imprint) is lost for a big portion of the story. The stakes (Hen's illness from the imprint) are also lost at times, mid-way through to 3/4 through the main story without any explanation to the reader of why.  Pacing: This is my big issue with The Devil's Temptation. Some parts of the story proceed so fast it's unclear what's happening (when Hen begins seeing both Ivan and Alek near the beginning, for example - there are others but they're later and I don't want to spoil plot points). Other times, it's unclear when certain events are happening because the pacing is abruptly very slow. Combined with continuity issues, some parts of the story were confusing. To speak to an earlier point about characters, because the pacing can abruptly change, I found that many of the side characters were lost as a result, as well as the broader network of relationships that appeared to be important at the begnning of the story. 

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