Release Blitz Review: Boyfriend Material (Hawthorne University #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted July 25, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 6 Comments

I’m not sure how long I can ignore the undeniable spark between us.

Boyfriend Material, an all-new swoon-worthy new adult sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

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.

Release Blitz Review:  Boyfriend Material (Hawthorne University #2) by Ilsa Madden-MillsBoyfriend Material by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Hawthorne University #2
on July 25, 2022
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Pages: 316
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars


#1 Amazon Bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new, enemies-to-lovers sports romance, a breathtaking tale of passion, heartbreak, and love…

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.

I’m talking about Eric Hansen.

Rich prick.

Glorified hockey star.

Thinks he’s amazing. 

The Golden Boy and I are well acquainted. In prep school he trampled on my heart then kept right on going.

Now, he’s living the high life with frat parties and puck bunnies at Hawthorne University. On the other hand, people barely notice me—unless I’m on stage taking my clothes off. I’m the nobody, surviving in the seedy part of town as I fight to keep my head above treacherous waters.

I’ve snubbed him for three years.

The avoidance game we’ve been playing was working—until he rescues me from a bad guy and claims he wants to help me more.

Hello. I don’t need a knight in shining armor. This girl saves herself.

Yet, I’m not sure how long I can ignore the undeniable spark between us. (It’s not even a spark; it’s a full-fledged, blazing fire.)

Can this hockey player prove he’s boyfriend material, or will our past get in the way?

This steamy romance is perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers or second-chances. Boyfriend Material is a new adult college romance.

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My Review

So, it has been a while since the first book, Boyfriend Bargain, came out, actually it was 2019, wow! So I guess it’s no wonder that I had a little bit of trouble exactly remembering the characters from the first book. Although that’s okay, because this is a totally separate story. I loved this one though, as much as I loved the other.

Both characters were perfect for me. They had the right amount of realistic interest in each other, along with the right amount of background and personal issues that made an easy relationship between them not the easy road to take. I like the way that the author had Julia dealing with her mother and other things in her life. The way the stripping was a part of the story, real, even if she knew she didn’t want to keep doing it. And then there was Eric. I feel like he definitely was holding onto his guilt too hard about his brother’s death and replacing him for the things his father wanted him to do. Again, the author made it fit into the story perfectly.

I liked how when push came to shove, both characters went out of their way to try to do what was right, and to protect others. I also loved all the side characters and friends. And the bad guys in this story were definitely the bad guys. There was one guy I almost felt a little inkling of possibility that he might not be horrible, only to have him turn out to blow that chance out of the water and fall in with the rest of his frat brothers.

There was so much emotion, the sexy times were hot, and the whole story was just perfection. Another wonderful story by Ilsa Madden-Mills. I always know I’m in for a perfect tale when I pick up her books.

About the Author

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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6 responses to “Release Blitz Review: Boyfriend Material (Hawthorne University #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

  1. Jen

    My review of this one is scheduled for tomorrow and YES I totally agree with everything you said! Especially “when push came to shove, both characters went out of their way to try to do what was right, and to protect others” a million times yes! This one felt a little darker, then the first one for me, but it went so well with the story-line and I had a lot of fun reading. Great review!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I agree that it was darker than the first one. Although it’s been so long since I read the first one! I didn’t realize it was that long ago. Glad you enjoyed it as well!

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