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Review ❤️ The Devil Wears Black by L.J. Shen

March 22, 2021


Maddie Goldbloom stitched up a plan to ensure everything in her life was perfect—from a career in fashion to a chic NYC apartment to a pediatrician boyfriend.

When her ex, Chase Black, storms back into her life with an outrageous request, her immediate reaction is to refuse him. But he only wants to fulfill his father’s last wish. So even though he’s the man who broke her heart, playing his fiancée shouldn’t be hard, especially if it means she gets to watch the arrogant devil squirm a bit.

What ensues is a chain of events that detonates Maddie’s life—and when Chase’s walls come down, they both are forced to face reality.

They say keep your enemies close. But what if your enemy is also the man you love?

Release Date:
 Mar 9, 2021
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Imprint: Montlake
Price: $4.99

Maddie has convinced herself that she has moved on from her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, Chase Black. So, when he shows up months after their break-up, Maddie is prepared to deal with him. At least, Maddie thinks she is but Chase is asking for a huge favor. He hasn’t explained to his family that they broke up and he needs Maddie to pretend to be his fiancé for a weekend.

Maddie is so sweet and kind that of course she goes along with his plans. I wanted her to cut him down. I mean she is so kind they call her Martyr Maddie. He is such a jerk but then it wouldn’t be this good enemy to lovers romance that I so enjoy if he is a nice guy.

Wow. I know from past reads that this author knows how to do a jerk hole but she has reached new levels with Chase Black. He is immediately dismissive towards the heroine. He is distant and so rude. He starts off cutting her down verbally and blatantly states he doesn’t want to be with her. She is hurt and I have to admit I was hurt too. I couldn’t figure out how the author would make readers like him but she warmed me over by the end.

There’s a lot more to Chase than the cold exterior he presents. He has issues and after meeting the Black family, it is understandable.  However, his cold front is just that…. a front. He is kinder, gentler and while his reasons for treating Maddie like crap in their previous relationship is silly, I got why the author went this route.

I love banter. Chase and Maddie seem to go at it every chance they get. I enjoyed reading about them fight tooth and nail not to fall in love with one another. Maddie is definitely not the same timid woman that Chase dated before. He is amazed at how strong and feisty she is. Maddie decides to not let Chase run all over her like he did before. She will help him but he won’t call of the shots.

The romance is steamy but not as steamy as I am use to by this author. However, a great standalone with my favorite trope. So fans of an enemies to lovers romance will definitely want to read this if they can get past a douche of an ex-boyfriend.

~ Samantha

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