He sneers at me. He hates me. He wants to hurt me.
Let him try.
He thinks he’s untouchable. The self-appointed Devil of Sun Valley High. But I’ve already lost everything and everyone I care about. It’s me he should be afraid of. Not the other way around. Because I have nothing left to lose, and he can’t break what’s already broken.
At least, that’s what I thought.
But when the Devil begins picking up the pieces, I realize while he might not break me. He can absolutely shatter me, heart and soul.
And I just might let him.
Daniela Romero’s debut bring a distinct flair to this genre where there is plenty of offerings of late. It nice to read a BIPOC bully romance where the culture was embedded in the story and plays a big part in connecting the characters.
Allie has the run of the mill background. She found out recently is the bio daughter of a rich man after her mother died and moves in with him. She meets the Devils who are the Prince of Devils of Sun Valley High and rule the roost when she moves to the town.
Sounds like many other bully romance out there but Romero’s inclusion of culture is only the beginning of how she makes this book so much more then about bullying and culture. They aren’t playing the hot and cold game. They really are frienemies s to be honest and the bullying comes more from surrounding characters once they make their connection once Roman gets to really know her.
The concept of the book isn’t out there like some other bully romances. There is no sense of revenge for any of these characters. Instead there other problems which shape this book and help strength their relationship . Allie isn’t a pushover, she is determined and stead her well as Roman isn’t the perfect guy for most of the novel. He hiding the truth though. He isn’t one to play games and waste a girl time. He got his mind on the game and I can appreciate the real Roman who wants to be a protectors and his friends who help Roman in his quest.
Romano’s debut was thought provoking on a number of issues and as BIPOC I appreciate her take on the genre . This offered something different that makes this stand out in a good way. It gave a depth to the genre that I didn’t expect and I enjoyed it.