Pretending never felt so good….
Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills is NOW LIVE!
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A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills...
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…
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Coincidence or destiny?”
Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a real feel good read with Fake Fiancée, while incorporating a to die for footballer and a girl that you cannot help but fall in love with. This is the story of Sunny and Max.
Sunny had had a hard life, her mum’s passing had turned her dad into a tyrant and at the age of seventeen she found herself trying to escape, a road trip that nearly killed her. Having spent the last three years living with her grandma she had finally found a sense of normalcy but her life was once again turned on its head when her boyfriend betrayed her. Now, after summer break, she is dreading seeing him, their classes were picked together with each other in mind so there would be no respite. Sunny needed to pull up her panties and walk in with her head high…or the star quarterback on her arm.
“As long as she was with me, they’d be no more scars.”
Max was the star quarterback and lived opposite Sunny with his friend and team mate. A run in with a football groupie and a car puts Max and Sunny in each other’s paths and the rest is history, one fake relationship at a time.
Max comes from a wealthy family, is the most popular football player and every woman wants to be with him. Max lives, breathes and eats football. Football is his life and his reason for waking up every morning. Having just come out of a long-term relationship and having his heart broken, the last thing Max wants is another woman, but with the fame of football comes the unwanted attention and he was at his wits end.
Sunny has paid to put herself through college and works all the hours that god sends. Max wants a reprieve from female attention, so together they come up with the idea of pretending to date. Sunny earns some much needed cash and can walk into classes with a boyfriend on her arm, and Sunny being there takes Max off the market. Win, Win situation. Until feelings become involved.
“Max is going to make you happy, Sunny. He’s the calm in your chaos.”
I loved the slow burn of this one, that friends to lover’s trope that is often written but seldom nailed and I believed in this one from the start. I loved the little twist on their relationship and the fact that fate obviously played its part, after all the heart wants who the heart wants.
Max was a refreshing character in so far as he didn’t play the field, he may have had the opportunity but it was never acted upon. He was extremely focused, had his ideas and aspirations and was adamant to succeed even if it meant making personal sacrifices. Sunny though was as infectious as her name, she had that aura about her that made you love her. Sunny kept herself to herself but even she couldn’t deny the tangible connection that she had with Max, has lightning struck twice or will football take precedence over everything?
“I loved her. I loved her. But I was terrified to say it.”
I loved how these two opened up to one and other, shared their vulnerabilities and became each other’s safe place first and foremost, they made a formidable team, bantered off one and other and had that chemistry that comes once a lifetime. Ilsa Madden-Mills delivered this friends to lover’s romance with emotion and passion and little angst. Loved it!
“Sometimes there really is a bigger plan.
Sometimes there really is that one person.
Sometimes true love finds you no matter what.”
Max stalked over to the barrier that divided the stands from the football field and jumped it. The fans went nuts as he brushed past them, some not even realizing it until he was down the aisle. The Jumbotron followed him.
“Good Lordy, what’s he doing?” Mimi asked, clutching at her chest.
“I don’t know,” I said rather weakly, taking the chance to study him the closer he came. He was beautiful, his shoulders impossibly broad. To add to the distraction, his helmet was in his hand and all that dark brown hair was flowing around his chiseled features as if he had a fan in his face. My Viking.
“He’s coming over here,” Mimi commented.
He was. But why?
I stopped breathing . . .right when he came to a halt in front of me and knelt down on one knee.
Eyes the color of a wild ocean gazed at me.
He took my left hand in his right one.
“Max,” I breathed, my heart fluttering.
He gazed up at me. “Sunny Blaine, will you marry me?”
The stadium went wild. In a daze, I looked up at the Jumbotron and felt like I was watching this happen to someone else. Camera phones flashed all around us.
My first clear thought was I’ll kill him.
Aloud, nothing came out but a faint wheeze. Clearly someone had stuffed a giant wad of cotton in my mouth. Clearly I needed something a lot stiffer to drink than this Diet Coke. Clearly my fake boyfriend was a freaking raving lunatic.
He sat his helmet on the ground next to my feet, reached inside it and pulled out a small black box.
No, no, no!
The box opened, and my stomach churned at the sight of the large round solitaire diamond ring that was nestled on the black silk. I blinked repeatedly to clear my vision.
With deft fingers, Max eased it out of the lining and slipped it on my left hand.
I stared down at it. Then back at him.
I was going to murder the hottest quarterback in the country.
Kiss her, Kiss her, the crowd chanted.
We were the focal point of the entire world.
Max stood and tugged me up with him until we were standing. He slid his hand around my neck and pulled his face to mine. The sky was blotted out as he kissed me.
But I hadn’t said yes!
I wouldn’t say yes.
Not to a fake engagement.
The applause of the stadium was deafening. And his kiss—it was deadly. Despite my rage, my body craved him. His lips were hot, so hot, and my tongue met his with a vengeance. We kissed hard, and I nipped at him, my teeth scraping across his lips. But the only one who’d end up bleeding in this scenario was me.
He eased back to take me in, and with a final look at my face he gave a thumbs-up sign to the entire stadium. They went nuts, chanting his name.
“I’m sorry,” he whispered in my ear, letting his hand trail down my arm as he stepped back from me. He walked away backward, eyes on me the entire time. The announcers for the game told everyone who might have missed it that Max Kent had just asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she’d said yes. More cheers came as they replayed him on his knee in front of me with a giant YES written across the top.
I plopped back down in my seat. Frozen.
“. . . did you see her face? Shocked . . .”
“. . . most romantic thing in football . . .”
“. . . luckiest girl in the world . . .”
My face went hot. Even my ears burned. I wanted to crawl under a seat.
What a lie.
The half ended and our offense came out to the field, snapped the ball, and Max threw it straight to Tate who ran it in for another touchdown. My chest constricted and anger churned in my gut.
I didn’t care who won.
I hated football right now.
Most of all, I hated Max Kent, and I was going to make him pay.
About the Author:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.