The sexual TENSION between these two is delicious, crackling with chemistry and waiting for the perfect moment to combust. I loved every bit of it. This forbidden romance will have you rooting for the bad guy, the man who wants nothing more than to end the relationship that he helped create – though there’s a WHOLE lot more to it than that. The man who snaps and spars with our heroine is difficult to reconcile with the sweet and vulnerable guy the reader gets to know, but they’re both sides to a hero who is complicated and living in torture. It’s a storyline that I’ve never read before; not quite a love triangle, but something else entirely. Buckle up for an unpredictable, tension-filled ride from start to finish.
The story follows River, a man living out a nightmare. He’s a popular frat guy, a football star whose lost his shine, a man who should be getting ready to graduate, and a friend who has to watch the woman he dreams about fall for another guy. His life is slowly slipping away from him day after day, and watching Anastasia is both the best and worst kind of torture. Though River would love nothing more than to tell Anastasia how he feels, he’s a loyal friend who knows he can never do so. The result is a strained, uneasy relationship between the two of them – Anastasia believes that River hates her, because he goes out of his way to draw a line between them. Their bickering causes a friction that feels an awful lot like chemistry, but neither one of them has any intention of acknowledging it.
Fair warning: this is a slow, torturous burn where our heroine is in a relationship with another guy for much of the story. I wouldn’t call it a love triangle, but it’s all kinds of forbidden. It’s a long time before Anastasia gets to know the River that the reader will fall for right away; their feud probably lasts a touch too long, but helps shape the way they interact with one another. I loved the unpredictability and unique feel of the storyline, and the tension is so, so good. It jumps off the page and hooks you in from the start. There were moments when I struggled with River and the lengths he goes to in order to distance himself from Anastasia, but the man is just so lovable that I couldn’t be mad at him for long. There’s the typical college drama mixed with a forbidden romance that overtakes the story. I never quite knew what was going to happen next, and that is all part of the appeal. If this is how the series kicks off, then I am SO looking forward to more. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this forbidden romance.
River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.
Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.
But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.
He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.
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About the Author:
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.
Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.
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Check out the rest of the series!
Best-selling authors Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke, deliver three stand-alone romances about college football players finding true love while on the verge of losing everything.
These easily read as standalones, but we meet the other two guys in The Revenge Pact, and I am intrigued!
The Romantic Pact by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: December 10th
I haven’t seen her in three years.
I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.
So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?
One word: Pops.
My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.
We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.
And I’m about to break that pact. For good.
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The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke
Release Date: December 17th
How hard can it be?
That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.
It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.
Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.
She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.
And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.
It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.
Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.
What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?
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