Monday, February 13, 2017

Blog Tour and Review ~ Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden Mills @ilsamaddenmills


A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal
            Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills.

Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills is NOW LIVE!
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They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he'd never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist...
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses and dreamy football players…

4 Stars
“Max…us…Fate had divined our love.
Since the night we’d met on that shore, an invisible thread connected us.
I didn’t understand the hows and whys of our meeting,
but life isn’t nearly as complicated as we make it.
Sometimes there really is a bigger plan.
Sometimes there really is that one person.
Sometimes true love finds you no matter what.”
I admit the cover caught my attention in a big way (Jack Greystone is freaking beyond gorgeous), but it was the synopsis that immediately drew me in. Every so often, I need a ‘destined for love’ feel good story and I really enjoyed this read. From the mystery surrounding the prologue, to this couple’s chemistry and banter, I was captivated. The characters, their history, the instant connection ~ Fake Fiancée was a cute and flirty, slow burning yet fast-paced college sports romance and one of Madden-Mills’ best stories to date in my opinion. Max and Sunny belonged together from the moment they met, despite the fact that their relationship started out as a façade.

Max made for a swoon-worthy hero that I adored, but often found myself wanting to knock him over the head for the fumbles he made along the way to finding true love. All in all, he was a charismatic and sexy leading man who earned my affections.

“I loved her. I loved her. But I was terrified to say it.”

Max Kent, prized athlete and big shot on campus, was a lovable fraidy-cat.

Starring quarterback for Leland University’s football team, Max’s focus was on his career and winning the Heisman trophy. He tries to avoid any drama, team groupies and serious relationships, (especially after being screwed over by his bitchy ex).  To stay clear of trouble and the swarm of girls that constantly threw themselves at his feet, he makes a deal with his pretty neighbor, Sunny. In public, she was his perfect little girlfriend. In reality, it was a scheme that will help Max keep his nose clean while financially benefiting the likeable and spirited Sunny Blaine.

There’s a vague familiarity and strong attraction to this girl that Max fought, but could not deny. Believe me he tried. And Mr. Super-Star-Cocky-Jock had some less than stellar moments where he messed up big time, pulling stunts that upset Sunny, which exasperated me. His terrible ideas truly hurt her feelings. But when the romantic and sweet side of Max emerged to mend her heart, I couldn’t help but fall deeper for his character. His feelings for Sunny were genuine. I loved their connection from the first page to the very last.

"I want to kiss you. Without anyone watching. No audience. Just me and you."

Sunny was a heroine with a painful past who carefully guarded her heart. I found myself cheering for Max to finally let go of his hang-ups, turn up the charm, and win her affections. Boy did Sunny make him work for it and rightfully so. She had her own problems to deal with as well. Both characters were stubborn, which built just a hint of drama and sexual tensions into the plot, having me anxious for the moment where their destined past and present collided.

"She wore her scars like wings”

A stand-lone novel told in dual points of view, Fake Fiancée was a sexy, light-hearted addicting read that I adored and consumed in just one sitting. Loved Max, Sunny and their cast of loony friends. Recommended to sport themed romance lovers and readers looking for a sweet, low angst YA story filled with passion and tender moments.

”He was mine. My heart knew it. My body knew it.”

I voluntarily read an advance copy in exchanged for an honest review

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Wall Street Journal best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Ian Somerhalder, astronomy (she's a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education. When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and fuzzy pajamas.

She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors. Email her at


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