Wednesday 14 October 2015

Blog Tour, Excerpt,Review & Giveaway ~ Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Meet Declan and Elizabeth in Ilsa Madden-Mills 
new fighter romance!

**Dirty English is a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice**

Book Description:

A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

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“Come to my apartment and spend the night with me.” I touched his face, my fingers stroking the softness of his sensuous lips. “Just one night and we can make this shitty world disappear.”

He exhaled. “A one-night stand?”
He cupped my chin. “Someone hurt you, didn’t they?”
My lips tightened. No one at Whitman knew about Colby except for Shelley and Blake, and I sure as hell wasn’t telling him. He’d judge me like everyone else had in Petal, North Carolina. “That’s none of your business.”
“I see.” His eyes searched mine until I felt like a bug under a microscope. “What if I wanted more than just one night?”
“Then your hands can let go of my hips now.”
He removed his hands slowly, the tips of his fingers grazing mine. “This may surprise you, but I don’t sleep with every girl I kiss.”
I’d been rejected. Again. “Blake said you got around, that you used—”
“And you believed him?” His voice was incredulous. “Dude is in love with you and he saw exactly how we looked at each other tonight—”
Looked at each other? What are you talking about? You refused to dance with me and then you ran off with your girlfriend. Not to mention I just kissed you and you didn’t even care.” I threw my hands up.
“I wanted to fuck you the minute you walked in that party,” he snapped.
“Then why don’t you,” I bit out, tossing back my shoulders.
“You think you want me?” he said tightly. “You can’t handle me, Elizabeth. I can see it in your eyes. You’re scared of something, maybe not me, but something.”
My eyes went to his black eye.
He let out a harsh laugh. “Ah, that’s what you’re afraid of. You want the real truth? You told me tonight you didn’t like violence, but I’m an arsehole who uses his fists. That’s who I am.”
“What do you mean?”
His gaze was intense, dark and low, his face struggling as he fought to find the right words. “I’m in a fight club for money. I show up at warehouses and fight other blokes. Sometimes I beat them so bad they need medical attention. A few times, I’ve been beat to unconsciousness. I’m everything you need to stay away from.”
I inhaled, anger and lust and excitement all riding me. Anger that he was pushing me away, lust for the alpha male in him, and God help me, the fighting thing repelled me and excited me at the same time. “I don’t want to stay away from you. I want you to fuck me and stop making excuses for why you can’t.”
My words seemed to snap his taut restraint.
He pulled me back in his arms, his lips fusing with mine unerringly. His tongue plundered me in a sensual way my body had craved for years. I wrapped my arms around his neck, my anger morphing into all-out desire as he turned us and pressed me against the wall.
Yes, yes, this is what I craved.
A passion to remind me that I was real, not just some sad excuse of a girl who chose to exist on scraps of love.
Before I knew it, he’d shoved my robe off, his hands sculpting my shoulders, massaging them as he ravaged my mouth. I reveled in the warmth of his hand on my neck as his mouth skated down, kissing the hollows of my throat, sucking on my collarbone.
“Like this?” he asked, his voice dark and gravelly. “You want me to take you up against this wall?”
“Yes,” I moaned. Gone. Past caring as long as he kept his hands on me.
Out of control, my brain whispered, but I beat back the dark warnings as his warm hand found my breast and squeezed, his fingers rolling my nipple between his thumb and forefinger.
I gasped in pleasure and arched my back to get closer to his body, ignoring the fear that pricked at the surface.
The rules girl in my head stamped her foot and yelled at me. I ignored her.
But even if I wanted to stop right now, I couldn’t. My tongue tangled wildly with his, my hands pulled at his hair, spurring him on, his hand palming my breast and then tugging. Sharp sensations of need went straight to my core.
“Is this what you want? Something quick where we just take what we want and forget each other the next day?”
No. Not that. Not like the way he said it, like it was something dirty.
“Yes, like that,” I whispered against his shoulder, my mouth on his skin, tasting him as my teeth bit down.

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Love is a knife that cuts out your heart piece by piece; feeding it to the boy you love.”

Being British I love it when us Brits are characters in books, yes I am a tad proud of my heritage and even though these brothers had been americanised somewhat they still held their British roots proud and loud.

Yes this is a NA romance story but also it is a lot more than that. This is a book about the trials and tribulations of life, forgetting the past and living for the future, for not judging a book by its cover, second chances, being better for yourself, self-confidence and a whole lot of hunky Brits. The Brits well and truly arrived and made a huge impact.

Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice fame was a girl that had been through a lot. Having come from humble beginnings she was amazed when the boy at school, the one that everyone wanted to be and date, asked her out. Six months of courtship later and at a formal he decided now was the time for her to put out the goods, knowing that she wouldn’t he date raped her. Being that he was from such a prominent family and she was a “nothing” she didn’t report it as she had also made some bad choices that night, alcohol being one of them. She tried desperately to fit in and when it all came tumbling down she hit rock bottom, but she survived and she vowed to never let her heart be open again, this girl was all outta love and so the “one night” rule was put in place.

“I’m nice to you Elizabeth because you’re worth it, Elizabeth.” 

Declan Blay was born of a British mum and American dad, a dad that he didn’t really know until his mum passed away and his dad came and collected him and his brother and took them back to America. His dad is wealthy but he does not want a part of it and makes his own way in illegal fights, his ring name is “Dirty English.” He has a twin brother called Jax and these two are chalk and cheese.

Declan was a notorious ladies man but he also had that dark and brooding side and he loved and I mean LOVED poetry and the classics (sigh!!) He was totally and utterly adorable. While he puts on this mean and moody exterior, underneath all that is a man who has an extremely soft side. Having just come out of a relationship he is not looking for another, that is until he moves into his college apartment and he meets his next door neighbour, Elizabeth Bennett. These two were destined for each other. Jane Austen eat your heart out. Our Darcy here gives the old one a serious run for his money.

“Loving Declan was like the rains storms I loved to dance in. Crazy and unpredictable, sometimes turbulent, sometimes gentle. I didn’t know if I was going to be struck by lightning, but one thing was for sure, I wanted him anyway. Fighting and all.” 

This was a really quick read, too quick, I just didn’t want it to end and for me that is a sign of a good book. Ilsa Madden-Mills really brought these characters to life and with Jax and his ever present wit and humour this really brought a fun side and balanced this book perfectly. Jax seriously needs his own book!!

Yes we have some tough topics covered, but this was about evolving and both Declan and Elizabeth go through so many changes, but most importantly they do it together. Elizabeth has never felt the inclination to open up to anyone but Declan seems to be her truth serum and she cannot help but divulge her biggest and deepest secrets. He is always there for her and slowly but surely he melts that ice cold heart. Declan himself though was lost, having never really recovered from losing his mum and then having to relocate to America, to a dad he didn’t even know, he never had a sense of belonging, only to his twin. He had so much pent up aggression and he just let it out on his opponents. Now though with Elizabeth in his life he has someone to fight for, someone to be better for, someone to love more.

“Your scars are beautiful. It means you survived. It means you’re here with me…It’s my favourite part of you.” 

I totally loved this book, the cover is just amazing and the story within the pages well and truly does that cover justice, I just want more…more Dirty English, more Elizabeth and definitely more Jax.

“Will you read Jane Austen to me naked?” 

“I’ll do one better. I’ll make love to you and quote the whole bloody book at the same time.”

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today 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 heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, 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, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.


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Twitter: @ilsamaddenmills

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