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The Devil's Temptation
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hors33's avatar
Nov 16, 2018

Bare with me as this is my first review on this site, using the system in place!

The story, at the core, is about a steamy workplace affair involving 3 people- where 2 know theres a 2nd partner but not clear on who that extra is. It's paced fast and reminds me of the ever popular "A/B/O" dynamics or "Fuck or Die" tropes you see a lot in BL/Gay mlm manga. It's a familiar cliche so you don't get too lost, but there's another level to the story mechanics where humans are described to be in "tribes" that are themed after animals. It's not really explained why so it feels like an empty characteristic to give characters more depth in general? The explanation is super weak and really doesn't add anything besides a quick way to explain visible animal quirks (Like cat ears or bunny ears on bg characters when they comment on the main characters troubles and so on.)

Despite this, I've been hooked... ;;;

The tension between the characters is really palpable and the stories art in general really insinuates a lot on you- the reader -to easily follow along to who is from what animal tribe, and the sort of character traits each individual you barely know may be in tuned with. It's pretty neat! Overall, a solid 9 out of 10. If you're looking for a censored Porn with Plot, you got it!  

(This is as of Chapter 19)

7/10 story
9/10 art
7/10 characters
8/10 overall
megumeda's avatar
Feb 24, 2022

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
7.5/10 story
7/10 art
9.5/10 characters
8/10 overall
pitypancake's avatar
Jul 30, 2020

I don't make many reviews but here we go.

I started this mostly because I felt the need for a silly smutty random story. Well, I did get that. It's one of the funniest things I've read in a while, I've sat here laughing nearly the whole read. I also adore stories where the MC's start out hating each other.

But my favorite thing, so far, is the art. At first, the "despicable" Ivan character is almost always drawn... unflatteringly. But as the Hen's views on Ivan change, he starts having moments where he doesn't look like an evil, perverted snake of a man. The use of the drawing style to portray the POV character's emotions is much better than I'm used to seeing. Normally, an artist will make the ML just look handsome all the time unless they're doing something specifically unattractive. But this artist chose to portray that feeling you get when someone isn't attractive to you until you get to know them. And that, so far, is my favorite part.

This review was made as of chapter 23; still, a long way to go.

9/10 story
10/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall
Cheesestorm's avatar
May 2, 2021

This is one of the funniest smutty BL's I've ever read. The chaotic dynamic of the two main characters is honestly so fun to read. The story takes many twists and turns and is a little confusing at times, but overall was really fun and interesting. At first, I wasn't super into the art but as I read on, it grew on me, plus a lot of the humor comes through the changing art styles. 

This is a very short review, but the story just wrapped up and I felt compelled to recommend this! 

8/10 story
8/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
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ToeBeans405's avatar
Apr 11, 2022

Two leads have a lot of personality and a fun relationship. The art and dialogue are often really funny. I appreciate the unique humorous tone this has, since especially in the BL space it's sometimes hard to find romance that doesn't take itself so seriously. Would recommend!

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
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