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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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Has its moments

I was happy enough with this book. The narrators did a good job except for the horrible Scottish accents.

The characters are a little too cliched. The do gooder martyr and the devilish bastard. Nevertheless I did enjoy it enough to ignore my family and finish it in 2 days. I cried at one scene which I thought was well written and I laughed at others. Can’t ask for anything more? Oh wait yes, better Scottish accents!!

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Great freaking story!

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it was over my expectations. Solid story and a great listen. The only think I didn't like was Sebastian's Scottish accent. Some times it sounded Russian and others it sounded more Irish. He gave it a good try, but he needs to take a class in UK accents.

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abusive jerk

I really wanted to like this book but the characters were awful. if you like your female characters to be complete and utter doormats under the guise of being sweet, positive and caring and your male love interest to be a completely unredeemable, abusive jerk then this book is for you.

I am all for sweet angelic women but her nickname was "martyr Maddie" meaning she did anything and everything to please everyone else. Even in her relationships she went to over the top lengths to appear perfect and act how she though the man in her life would want her to be. (pooping with the shower on she he couldn't hear, pretending toile things she didn't, always being agreeable). Sounds like a robot to me.

I made it to chapter 8 hoping one of them would either grow a heart or a spine but nope nothing and I really just didn't want them to work things out. I did not feel any connection to either character and though I usually love LJ Shen I thought she wrote this book with such over the top extremes that she could not come back from them.

Performance was amazing but story was totally disappointing. will be returning this book.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2021-03-15

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
  • 2021-03-09

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
  • 2021-03-10

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
  • 2021-03-18

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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  • Emily Huber
  • 2021-03-11

Another fantastic book!

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

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  • Amanda
  • 2021-03-18

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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  • Desire Oosthuizen
  • 2021-03-10

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
  • 2021-03-10

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-04-20

perfect

this was perfect love story . not predictable at all. but thats what she books do to you

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  • Kiki
  • 2021-04-19

❤️

I actually really enjoyed this book! Nothing was reinvent but it was a feel good book 8/10