To begin, The Devil’s Playground is a must read duet. If you haven’t yet read, the first book in the duet, The Devil, you can get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Devils-Playground-Duet-ebook/dp/B07KJF27GL/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=The+Devil%E2%80%99s+Advocate+Ashley+Jade&qid=1553640800&s=gateway&sr=8-2
Even more, you should buy these two books immediately. The Devil’s Advocate, the second book in the series, is everything promised by the first book: angsty, exorbitant in its storytelling, and sexy, incredibly sexy. Where The Devil left off, DA started right up. There is a little bit of background, but Ashley Jade launches her readers right into the heart of the story. She doesn’t give us a chance to catch our breath. She throws pitch after pitch at you, so much so, that you cannot put the book down. This was the second ARC I read in a weekend. The first ARC I read was incredible, but I found myself dozing off (yes, it was the end of the night and I was tired), and I had no qualms putting the book down. With The Devil’s Advocate, there was no shutting my eyes or closing my Kindle. It was “full steam ahead” until I hit the end. And I was not disappointed.
There is much to love about this book. I am not going to talk about the story (read it!), and I’m going to talk very little about the characters (read them!). What I love about The Devil’s Advocate is that Ashley Jade owns her characters. She doesn’t take the easy way to the end. Instead, she walks us carefully through the journeys of her main characters, and she helps them fully realize their place in the story. This story is dark; it’s incredibly sensual; it’s fiery; and it’s everything you crave in a darker romance. For much of the story, I don’t think we’re supposed to love several of the characters, and the way in which Jade makes us feel shows the intelligence of her writing. She carefully crafts the characters in a way that is meant to manipulate our feelings and thoughts about the characters. As she does so, she allows them to drive the story. And they do.
This is the reason I couldn’t put it down. The story moves. It’s full of dialogue and action and moments that keep us fully engaged.
What I loved most in this story is the journey of its characters in their pursuit of revenge. Without revealing anything, there are characters who change and grow and become more than they did in The Devil in a way that reminds us that all is never as it truly seems. That we can be more than our beginning and middle. For someone like me who adores characterization, this made me fall in love with the story, even when the story itself was painful to read.
The mark of a great romance is its ability to make me feel fully. If I feel extreme anger or angst or joy or lust, then I know I am reading a masterpiece of romance. If you relate to this, then you will find the same masterpiece that I did in The Devil’s Advocate.
In love and romance,