Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I’m not sure why but I read Daniela Romero Wicked Devil over a week and a half ago, and I’m just now posting my review. Yet, the review wouldn’t come. It isn’t because I didn’t enjoy it. As a matter of fact, I could not put this book down. I have a tendency to read books simultaneously because I have several ARCs to read at any given point. I intended to read a little bit of Romero’s newest book and then read another ARC. But once I started into Wicked Devil, Romero grabbed me instantly. How do I know that you, other readers, should be reading this book? The level of emotion evoked from Wicked Devil did me in.
Yes, this is a bully new adult romance, but I’ve read stories in this genre where the abuse against the heroine can feel overwhelming. That isn’t the case with Wicked Devil. It exists, for sure, but it never gets to the point where you feel uncomfortable. Romero writes her way through this genre with ease. You want to dislike her hero, Roman, for his hubris and mean-spirited ways, but he’s so emotionally entrapped by her heroine, Allie, that you almost feel sorry for him. He’s a difficult character, and he makes choices that eventually undermine him. Yet, he’s also complicated. His struggles lie completely in his emotions, and there is nothing better than a hero who is “all up in his feels.”
As a heroine, Allie, is pretty typical of a bully romance. To be honest, as a romance writer in this genre, I’m always curious how you write a character who bears and endures the heap of abuse leveled upon them. Quite frankly, Allie bears that weight. There is a moment in this book that I adore. I won’t divulge it, but her character is fully realized in that moment. The resilience of a character such as Allie illustrates the best parts of this genre (the internal strength of the heroine), and Romero developed her beautifully.
If I have any criticism about this book, it would be the last quarter of Romero’s story. Honestly, I thought there would be a second book given the pacing of her story. For me, the ending feels rushed, and there are “ends” that feel loose. For one, Allie’s relationship with her father feels unresolved and wrapped up too easily. Even more, there could have been more development before Allie and Roman’s happy ending.
I know there is more to Daniela Romero’s universe, the Devils of Sun Valley High, and maybe some of my questions will be answered in later books. Overall, though, this book made me cry like a baby. Romero has crafted Allie and Roman’s journey as a bind to your heart, and it feels important to read stories with strong Latinx characters. If you love New Adult/bully romances, this should definitely be in your Kindle library.
In love and romance,