Review: The Revenge Pact (Kings of Football #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted December 5, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  The Revenge Pact (Kings of Football #1) by Ilsa Madden-MillsThe Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Kings of Football #1
on December 3, 2020
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Pages: 486
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-half-stars
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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 comes crashing 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.

The Revenge Pact is first in a series about three college football players.

My Review:

I am a big fan of Ilsa Madden-Mills and this book definitely kept up with what I know and love of her stories. The characters were really great and I loved the banter and all the dialogue. River Tate was swoony. A football player and a fraternity president, but not just all clean cut, he was also tattooed and a bit of a bad boy. But even with being a bad boy he had the game. I knew that a certain thing towards the beginning of the story was really him, and not who Anastasia thought it was. Anastasia was a wild child, but a sweet, caring, smart wild child. She’d also dealt with a lot, people leaving her, either completely or even just in little ways, with her parents as hippies that would take off and leave her with their friends at times. They cared about her, just didn’t always make the wisest decisions about things when it came to doing what they wanted.

River’s family was sweet as well, he had things to prove, or at least to take care of, but he didn’t let any of his issues keep him from being a good guy. He was the one that everyone in the fraternity knew they could count on, and he did it without complaint, just as second nature to him. He wasn’t perfect, but pretty darn close.

In the end, I loved the way the author wrapped it up. I won’t say what I loved specifically, because that would give stuff away, but it was definitely a little different than you often see in a New Adult book, and I liked it. There was however one little thing that bothered me enough to drop this to a 4.5 star rating here on my blog. When River would be describing what Anastasia was wearing, the way it was worded was weird. It was like, “black leather boots were on her legs”. Uh, where else would boots be? If it had just been once, that’d be one thing. But there were two or three times where there were paragraph long descriptions like that, and it just sounded off to me. I get it is different than just saying, “she was wearing thigh high leather boots. But it just was worded weird. Especially that many times.

Now I’m eager to go on and read the next book in this series, which is by a different author, another favorite of mine, Meghan Quinn.

About the Author:

Wall Street JournalNew 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 YouFilthy 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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6 responses to “Review: The Revenge Pact (Kings of Football #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

  1. I’m glad you have found a way to transition to wordpress. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while. This looks like a fun book and I marked it on my TBR, hyphenated names are good to remember.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I ended up having someone help me do it, and then she is hosting for me so she takes care of things I was worried about. But I like it here so far. Ilsa Madden-Mills is one of my favorite romance authors! Hope you check her out. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I discovered her through a free ebook one year and haven’t looked back! Love her! Thanks for stopping by!

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