The Devil Wears Black by L.J. Shen
Published: March 9, 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?
An enemies to lovers romance, is something I tend to gobble up and adore. And I really wanted to feel that way about this book. Yes, the premise was pretty good but I feel like it wasn’t really executed that well. And I felt like the characters were just kind of tossed in your lap as they were, there wasn’t much depth or dimension to them like other romances I’ve read. This book did keep me pretty entertained though, I think I was in it more for the fulfillment of the “deal” than anything else. Chase gets Maddie to pretend to be engaged to him because his dad is dying of cancer, and I pretty much was in it for the “what will happen when the dad dies” rather than being invested in the relationship between Chase and Maddie.
I think there was a ton of potential for this book, it just wasn’t executed well. The guy Maddie was dating, that went for FAR too long, I would’ve rather they broken up and tried to get back together when things were falling apart with Chase rather than string him along for that long. And I just can’t get over how one dimensional the characters were. I’m all for the cocky dude and the quirky woman, but that’s all they were, there was no substance. Which I think is something that really carries in a romance book.
For me this was a pretty quick read, and if you’re looking for something quick and easy to get through, sure this could be the book for you, but if you’re looking for something a bit more robust that isn’t mostly about family drama and more about the romance, I wouldn’t recommend.