Boyfriend Bargain - Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Official Blurb:

Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick.
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 this boyfriend bargain end in heartbreak?

My Thoughts:

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!

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Boyfriend Bargain
by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Date Started
3rd May 2019
Date Finished
5th May 2019
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