Title: Tempting Devil (Sinners and Saint #2)
Author: Veronica Eden
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: contemporary Bully Romance, Fiction, YA, Highschool
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Devlin & Blair
Source: Courtesy of Author/Publisher – ARC
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
I was intrigued by Blair and Devlin’s story from the time I have read Wicked Saint. We meet both of them in Wicked Saint, at that time they are juniors. Now they are seniors and Devlin rules the school.
Devlin acts cool and closed off and he is a bully in school. But he is struggling for his parent’s affection and approval. His parents have neglected him due to work and he is sort of living by himself. He bully’s Blair in school and as he thinks she doesn’t belong there and hates her. To get back to him for all the bullying she has to go through she plans to steal his favorite car and destroy it. As blurb says, she gets caught in the act. He gives her an option to either go to jail or become his Pet. Blair with no option left agrees to it.
First half of the book consists of Devlin taking bullying to greater extent. He wants to extract revenge from Blair for trying to steal his car. She comes off as meek but she strongly endures all his shit. She has her own financial problems and tries to stay afloat along with tolerating Devlin in school. What exactly was a game changer? What started as a game for Devlin changed into more. So, what is that?
“Survival always outweighs pride when it comes down to it”.
The character development in this tale was good. Things develop gradually. Totally loved Bishop and Thea, looking forward to know more of them in Ruthless Bishop. Loved seeing Lucas and Gemma.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s a good one time read with well written situations and progress in the story.
Blurb as per Goodreads
I sold my soul to the devil.
Hard times prove who’s a survivor and who’s not. Me? I’m a survivor.
The plan was perfect: steal one of his cars for a payout to set us up for life. All while getting back at him for tormenting me from the moment, I first stepped foot in stuck up Silver Lake High School.
But he caught me red-handed. What’s worse, a jail sentence or becoming the devil’s favorite toy?
My devious monster made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Now I’m selling everything to him. Even my soul.
The secret to being carefree is love nothing.
The puppets are fooled into believing my game of pretend. But the way she looks at me has always pierced beneath my skin. Like she knows. She’s a gutter rat—how could she possibly understand?
I vowed to break her the first time. When I catch her stealing my car, it’s clear she hasn’t learned her lesson. She won’t escape my wrath again.
Ready to play a game, little thief? The rules are simple: my way is law.
Warning: Tempting Devil is a dark new adult high school bully romance intended for mature readers. This book is part of a series but can be enjoyed as a standalone. The Sinners and Saints series boys are all devilish antiheroes brought to their knees by a spitfire heroine, so if you love enemies-to-lovers and hate-to-love type stories, you’re in the right place. This mature new adult romance contains dubious situations, bullying, blackmail, power imbalance, crude language, and intense sexual/violent content that some readers might find triggering or offensive. Please proceed with caution.