Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden MillsBlog Spotlight
Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all. If only he knew she was alive. Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible. Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love. But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts. Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak?
"The Boyfriend Bargain was so much more than I expected." - Amazon reviewer "Not only did i love the book and characters, it exceeded all my expectations!!" - Amazon reviewer "Ilsa Madden-Mills has once again KILLED me with her writing." - Goodreads reviewer
“We should kiss, just get it out of the way and move on," I say, sure of the crazy idea as each second passes. There’s a hitch in Z’s breath, and his eyes go straight to my lips. “Works for me.” “But just one. None of that fancy tongue work.” “Afraid of falling in love with me?” He grins. Well. My eyes take in the broad shoulders and the dragon tattoo on his muscled chest. He’s definitely my type: pure, grade A male hotness—exactly what I don’t need. “I won't fall in love.” Another grin. “Liar.”
This was a really lovely light relief read. I was expecting it to be all about the steamy scenes, but it is so much more than that. There is a gripping story about two people who have a heartbreaking past. One is finding it hard to trust men after being let down by her ex-boyfriend and having watched her mum crave the attention of her absent father. The other has a dark secret that threatens to tear the new couple apart if they aren’t strong enough to deal with it and help each other through their sad and tragic pasts. The story is really well-developed. The two protagonists have future individual goals, and nothing will get in the way of them achieving them. It has lots of ups and downs that keep the reader interested, and the sex scenes aren’t over the top or too in your face. They fit in nicely and serve the purpose at that juncture of the story. The characters are really likeable; I really liked Sugar; she was so sassy and not as passive as I was expecting. When she is hiding behind the column at the very beginning, I got the impression that she was meek and shy. She is neither of these things. I loved the banter between her and Zack. As the story developed, you could really feel the passion between them. This is the first book by Ilsa Madden-Mills that I have read and I think I am going to have to hunt down her back catalogue now!
Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her contemporary romances ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. Seven of her ten novels have placed in the Amazon US Store Top Six Best-seller List: Dirty English hit #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You hit #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things all placed #6 in the Amazon US Store. The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, hit #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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