The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills #Review

Title: The Revenge Pact

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills 

Series: Kings of Football #1

Release Date:  December 3rd 2020

Length:  352  pages

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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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.

**** My Review ****

We all have those books that we just click with. They make us feel all happy inside because they just speak to us, shouting “you love me because I’m awesome.” This, for me, was one of those books, and let me tell you, there’s nothing better than a book I just click with.

 I read this in one sitting, I was blown away by the sweet–and slightly angsty–story. I sighed. I laughed. I swooned, I admired the amazing characters and fell completely and utterly in love with River Tate.

It is something that can not be controlled or can it? … that feeling that strikes without announcement and question. Exactly the one who pushes all the boundaries and you are born as a new person, like someone you knew you had the capacity and potential to be, but you did not have the opportunity. You still don’t have… It is such a feeling, one that is not spiced with sweet statements but is a cosmic fusion of souls and minds, and the body just follows the path. That is the story of our two characters, the hot River Tate, one of the three stars of the Braxton University football team who feel that they let their teammates, coach, and university down because they played so badly this past year. And the unusual Anastasia, a girl who is trying to find her place in this big world. River Tate cannot stand to be near Anastasia and Anastasia thinks he’s the biggest douche for being so mean to her for no good reason. Love or hate -two sides of the same coin. The line is so thin that you cannot see the difference between them. You only need to pay more attention. What will happen when the attention falls on the right side and the whole truth is revealed?

I thought I was getting into a pretty light and fluffy book when I first started reading The Revenge Pact.  It seemed like that at the beginning. This book was so much more than a light read.  A story that is so full of emotions, which simply spring from the pages. Tenderness and passion, love and hate … so many layers hidden under the seemingly light love story. I am especially fascinated by the way the author masterfully inserts topics that are so serious and difficult to read and write, such as dyslexia, ADHD, the benefits and consequences of non-traditional parenting … each thread so skillfully integrated into the overall story. And as you read, unintentionally, you think about all this and realize that the author has an incredible gift to combine the casual with the serious and to nail you to the pages from beginning to end.

 The characters were well written. I genuinely liked Ana and River. Maybe it’s because I relate to them a bit. They are full of life and there never is a dull moment. Their exchanges are especially cute and I love their uncensored comments and snarky banter. Even the characters I didn’t like were so well written because that’s how they were supposed to make the reader feel. Ilsa a real master in creating vulnerable, yet strong and memorable characters. The Rainbow girl, who led a nomadic lifestyle, yet wanting love and a real home. The Snake has just learned how to leave after a terrible loss, faced with the fear of losing his one remaining parent. A person who doesn’t allow his learning difficulties to determine his life path. Together, they are fire. Sizzling chemistry and sweet and swoon-worthy moments that set new standards in the romance genre. It could be said that the story is “slow-burn”, making readers eager to get to the new level of River and Ana’s relationship, but the timing is simply impeccable. Nothing feels rushed or drawn out between River and Anastasia; it simply feels right. The whole story made me want to invest myself in it from beginning to end, and that’s not something that happens regularly.

Overall, this book was fantastic! Everything to the characters, the little lies, the love, and the drama was absolutely perfect. A multilayered book that deals with different realistic issues. I loved the family aspect, the friendship aspect and the romance was completely adorable and swoon-worthy.

****About the Author****

About Ilsa Madden-Mills
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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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.

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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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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