Book Review: Fake Fiance by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Title:  Fake Fiancee

Author:  Ilsa Madden-Mills

Genre:  Romance

Series:  Standalone

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◄◄ Goodreads Blurb ►►

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, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can’t have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves…

◄◄ My Thoughts ►►

This book is a definite winner.  It’s well-written.  The pace and flow are precise and spot on.  The storyline and plot are entertaining and engaging.  My attention was grabbed from the very first and I read this book at break-neck speed.

I really enjoyed this very sweet romance on all levels.  Ilsa Madden-Mills is a master at the sub-genre of romance.  This is the 3rd NA / College themed romance book I’ve read from her and I’ve enjoyed each and every one.

Here’s the breakdown:  Sunny is a young woman determined to create a better life for herself.  She leaves a toxic situation to forge a new life in Atlanta, Ga where she attends Leland University.  Shortly after moving into her new home, her car is side-swiped by a drunk co-end leaving her neighbor’s home.  She boldly approaches the homeowner to arrange for repairs.  The homeowner just happens to be the Quarterback of the football team.  These two share a much more than a moment of attraction.  There’s a deeper connection that remains to be uncovered.  I won’t divulge to much, you need to read this book to see how it unfolds!

Here’s what I absolutely loved:   Sunny is a kick-ass character.  I love women who endeavor to be the best they can be regardless of the circumstances.  She doesn’t try to be something she’s not; she’s real. 

I’m also a huge fan of the trope.  I’m all about fake engagements and friends to lovers and this book excels at each.

The book flows organically.  It didn’t feel forced or rushed.  It was very balanced.  My only real critique is that Max is a bit of a cliche’.

I rate it :  four-stars


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