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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a second-chance romance about love, loss, finding yourself, and getting lost in the right person.

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?

©2021 L.J. Shen (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Loved it 💙💙

This was a fun hilarious sad frustrating hot and sexy story . Full of ups and downs. Good times and bad . I loved Clementine ❤️ she was the best . She stealed all the scene . God I hope we get more . Loved it ❤️💜💖💙💖💜❤️

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 15-03-2021

SORRY, BUT FOR ME IT WAS A LUKEWARM LISTEN

I usually love love love L.J. Shen’s romances.. but this one is difficult to review because yes, it was ok, but it didn’t wow me. I didn’t feel any chemistry, any sizzles or any sparks between the couple in this prolonged second-chance. But there was a lot of imbalances in the relationship between wealthy Playboy Chase and Maddie - the woman he dumped months earlier because “he doesn’t do commitment”. Maddie was trying to move on with someone new.. but, when Chase asked for a ‘fake fiancé’ favor to cheer up his family and dying Dad, what else could Maddie do but say yes.

However the plan has pitfalls, drama from secondary characters, fireworks and emotional friction when Maddie realizes her heart is once again going to get shattered. There was a lot of ‘friend zoning’ right up until near the end when they both felt they could trust each other enough to reveal their true feelings. But I didn’t feel the romance worked as Maddie had her walls up high and kept her new boyfriend hanging on while she was ‘faking it’ with Chase.. and Chase absolutely wasn’t looking for anything long-term with Maddie.. or anyone else. And a heads up warning that there’s death from Cancer too which plummets the mood. The dual POV narration was good.. but, IMO, Sebastian York should never be allowed to do another Scottish accent again.

Worth a credit? I’d preordered this because I love L.J Shen’s books and I do love a good ‘fake’ relationship too.. however for me, this romance didn’t work until the end.. and by that time it was just too little too late. So instead of a yay.. it’s sadly just a ”meh” nay this time.

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  • Eileen
  • 09-03-2021

The Devil Wears Black

I was very disappointed in this book.

Had trouble relating to the characters. Both the h and H had a compelling back story; but it never seemed to really get going.

The writing style was too quirky for my taste. This was nothing like any LJ Shen book I have read before. Would have liked more character development and steam.

The narration was excellent as always with Sebastian York and Ava Erickson.

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  • Heather
  • 10-03-2021

I liked this.

I went into this blind, not even reading the summary, and while I really enjoyed this story I can't help but feel like it fell short of Shen's other books 🤷‍♀️ something just missing imo.
Anyway! 👏 Wow what a messed up ride it was despite my previous sentiments! This definitely had a different spin on the whole fake relationship/second chance trope.
Poor Julian, he just needs a hug and a slap upside the head. 🤣

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  • M.Ghorm
  • 18-03-2021

Love Shen, but this was my LEAST favorite

It pains me to give such a poor review because Shen is an auto-purchase for me and typically garners at least 4 stars. This was by far the worst Shen book I’ve read. It just felt like a swing/miss. The characters weren’t very likable and therefore none of them had chemistry with each another. Not just the main characters but all the supporting ones as well. All felt a bit shallow (personality and context). Between the couple, Very little love, courtship, or sex. I was seriously tempted to not finish several times and now that I didn’t I am not sure my world/opinion would have changed if I had just stopped. If you like this book- great. If you have any urges to DNF, trust me you can stop and not miss anything (well except the loss of a credit). 😞

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  • Amanda
  • 18-03-2021

Repetitive, annoying, predictable.

Listening to this audiobook felt like listening to a parody of similar books. But like an SNL version. It was that obvious and cheesy. Unassuming quirky girl sparks the attention of hot billionaire. Quirky girl, who is apparently super attractive, finds her mojo and puts “hot billionaires” priorities into perspective. That’s literally it. There is no deeper story line. To put it into the words of “Chase Black”, Overall I’d give it a “will not visit again, I want my money back zero star review”.

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  • Emily Huber
  • 11-03-2021

Another fantastic book!

I lover this book. L.J. Shein never disappoints. The narrators did a fantastic job as usual.

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  • Desire Oosthuizen
  • 10-03-2021

Author + Narrators = Perfection

The book was so good, I listened to it all in one go, I didn’t want to take a break!

The Author and Narrators is one of the best combinations. This book was spectacular, and thanks to the excellent narration I am going to miss these characters now that the book is done, they felt like my friends!

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  • Samantha
  • 10-03-2021

Brilliant

LJ Shen has done it again! Amazing story line and characters. As always I was not ready for it to end! 10/10 would recommend 🤓

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  • Margie Poole
  • 16-04-2021

Predictable

Nice story predictable but well read. I found it a bit slow HEA not much drama

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-2021

❤️ love this book❤️

Amazing book! L.J. Shen delivers flawlessly! The narrators were awesome as usual! Bravo! Can’t wait for more!

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  • Mrs. M. Worsley
  • 17-03-2021

Brilliant book

Loved it. Very entertaining and a good story. Great narrators Ava and Sebastian are incredible. Highly recommended

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  • Nicola Moore
  • 16-03-2021

Not up to usual Shen standards

The story didn’t grip me like I’ve come to expect from L.J. Shen so was a bit disappointed. The thing that really reduced the score for me was the narrator’s awful Scottish accent in parts. It was so off putting.

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  • For Old Times' Sake
  • 12-03-2021

Contemporary Romance Perfection

The Devil Wears Black is an wonderful listen, I completely and thoroughly enjoyed it! I defy anyone who loves witty, uplifting and engaging contemporary romance fiction to not feel the same as I did. A fake engagement between Maddie and Chase is just the beginning of the sparks, fire and chemistry that had me completely involved in this second chance love story.

Maddie is a wonderful, soft, giving and optimistic person while Chase is the 'Devil' in this tale (he isn't so bad, I completely adored him)!! Chase is going through a difficult time and his previous scandalous behaviour in their relationship has caused quite a ruckus between this pair, with some barbed and vicious banter and some hilarious, and delicious one-liners the result.

There was so much to enjoy in this audiobook, I found it immensely uplifting and enjoyed Chase's redemption after his many, many missteps. And Maddie, well her growth and ability to take the plunge and go with her heart made this a perfect tale for me.

Told in dual pov by two phenomenal narrators, this is a complete standalone story, I highly recommend this audiobook - a 5 star rating is just not enough!!

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  • Christine
  • 10-03-2021

fabulous

Great narrative brings a great storyalive
such an emotional ride so many highs and lows and so true to life
loved it x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2021

Great listen

sweet and funny. classy, not too much detail between the sheet which is refreshing

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  • AngelaHillier
  • 08-04-2021

Really good!!

I really enjoyed this audio. Great narration and a fantastic story. L.J Shen never disappoints.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2021

Amazing Narrators

It started slow and a bit boring and annoying but when Chase’s part started to be narrated the entire book changed for me. LJ Shen is brilliant with her stories, there are so many different aspects and emotional roller coaster. So, parts are just too funny, I loved how sarcastic Chase was and many times just burst out laughing. His interactions with M are also great. This was a good, light hearted book with a happy ending.

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  • Mrs. C. M. Mccann
  • 18-03-2021

An enjoyable story

I usually love anything narrated by Ava Erickson and Sebastian York but the Scottish accents were absolutely dreadful from both narrators. I persevered but felt that this let the book down tremendously. I just don’t understand why this wasn’t picked up and fixed. If you can’t do an accent then don’t try.

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