Review: Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted February 12, 2017 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-MillsFake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Published by CreateSpace on February 6th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Sports Romance
Pages: 248

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, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can't have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves...
RELEASE DATE: February 6

Buy it here: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | 


My real life job is kind of different than most in the fact that my work isn’t supervised. My boss comes and goes as she pleases and I can have a bit more of a relaxed environment. What doesn’t help though was the fact that the day I was reading Fake Fiancée, my boss wanted to hang around all day! Anytime she would leave, I would sneak in a few pages here and there on my kindle app. I know she definitely caught me once or twice but oh well, Max and Sunny were worth it. 😉 I’d risk my job for these two, LOL!

Up close, I watched a droplet of water drift down his chest to his six-pack abs. I sighed. God had been using his A game when he’d created my hero.

Considering how much I tried to sneak in pages at work, it’s safe to say that I was obsessed with this book. I started late one evening and couldn’t put it down! Then the next day at work, it was the only thing I could think about, so of course I had to keep going when possible. All in all, I finished it fairly quickly but it’s just an amazing feeling when one story can captivate you so quickly and not let your attention waver.

Max was a really easy characters to like and I think it’s because he felt so real. He wasn’t an arrogant, cocky jock that we normally read about these days. He was sweet, tender and caring towards Sunny. He’s ambitious and driven, goal oriented. Sure he makes mistakes, but he owns up to them tenfold. He was an enigma of a quarterback and I loved him long time. The note that he writes? SWOON!

Max cleared his throat. “The heart may not be the control center, but the brain is nothing without oxygen that the heart supplies. They rely on each other—it’s a relationship of sorts. Also, metaphorically speaking, the heart is the seat of the soul and our psyche. After all, it is the organ that falls in love.”
Whitt chuckled. “Love has nothing to do with our heart.”
“I disagree.” Max sent me a leisurely look, sweeping over my face. “When you first meet someone special, your heart reacts. It flutters or jumps or something. It’s like it recognizes its other half.” He dipped his head, appearing a bit embarrassed by the admission.

Sunny was so fresh and exciting to read about in the beginning, I really liked her. She was different. She has scars and a past but she embodies them and grew from those moments. She persevered and won’t let it hold her back. And better yet, she shows us an important lesson in forgiveness and acceptance. Definitely not a heroine to forget.

Time heals all wounds, but the scars remain, making you who you are. To me, hers were a beautiful mosaic. I admired her more because of them . . . because she’d come out of darkness and learned to fly.

I know that it’s a fake relationship, but I would’ve liked to see some more definition in the couple actually falling for each other. I felt the connection from them instantly but not so much the feelings. If maybe the talk of Heisman was toned down a little, we could have gotten an additional scene or two that would’ve improved this feeling.

So there was definitely a mysterious/suspense tone to this book that I LOVED! I love romantic suspense books and being on the edge of my seat. Now this is just some small elements, it doesn’t focus on suspense, but it’s enough to get the reader thinking and confused. I was so suspicious trying to figure out what was going on, I was suspecting everyone!

This couple isn’t perfect. They each have their own issues to overcome and obstacles that get in their way, but I liked how they could start relying on each other for comfort and assistance. At one point in the book, Max just downright messes up. He makes a huge mistake and he knows it. Sunny knows it. Tate knows it. Isabella knows it. I was head over heels during all of this because it felt extremely raw. I believed the characters and their feelings here. I understood how they were feeling and why. I loved all of the emotion that Ilsa could draw out from the page and give to the reader. This was probably my favourite part of the entire book!

I wished the moon had been bright enough to see the color of his eyes.
I wished I knew his name.
I wished . . . I wished fate would bring us together again, some other time, some other place.
But not today.

Being completely honest, I was maybe a bit let down by the storyline. It was going full steam ahead with tons of excitement and mystery, I had no clue how everying would work out in the end. But then by the time we were getting closer, I found that it started to fizzle out. I had some really high hopes for the ending based on how much I was loving this but found it to be kind of a let down. It’s good, but not nearly as exciting or intense as I was expecting.

I’m a big believer in fate and that if the universe wants someone in your life, it’ll give you the opportunity to have them there. But YOU need to work for it. The first chapter is like a big dose of fate while at the same time, being sort of hauntingly beautiful. Especially when they come back to these moments later on in the story. The fact that the connection was instantaneous and that they found each other again was so cool to read. And when Max realized why it felt this way, I was so excited for them! It was an incredible scene and I was almost in tears.

“Do you believe in soul mates or love at first sight?”
I tensed. “Yes.”
Her eyes zeroed in on mine. “Seriously? Come on—this is your fake girlfriend. You can tell me the truth.”
“If the universe wants us with one person, I dig it. I believe in fate,” I said.
“Don’t you just think it’s more about who is standing in front of you when the time is right? What if you met your one true love at a party when you were sixteen, but because you went your separate ways for one reason or another, you never see her again? Or maybe the next time you see her, she’s already committed to someone else.”
“I believe that whatever’s meant to be will be.” I toyed with my water glass, feeling self-conscious.

All in all, another great read by Ilsa Madden-Mills — If she’s starting out the year like this, I can’t wait to see what else we might get from her! Be sure to check out Fake Fiancée, currently in the top ten on Amazon and a best seller! Trust me, it’s in the top ten for a reason.

Max . . . us . . . Fate had divined our love. Since the night we’d met, an invisible thread connected us.
I didn’t understand the hows and whys of our meeting, but life isn’t nearly as complicated as we make it.
Sometimes there really is a bigger plan.
Sometimes there really is that one person.
Sometimes true love finds you no matter what.


*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review. 


About Ilsa Madden-Mills

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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