Blog Tour Review: Princess and the Player (Strangers in Love #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted November 8, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 4 Comments

Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

Princess and the Player, an all-new neighbors-to-lovers romance featuring an NFL football player and a masquerade ball from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is now available!

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

Blog Tour Review:  Princess and the Player (Strangers in Love #2) by Ilsa Madden-MillsPrincess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Strangers in Love #2
Published by Montlake on November 8, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Sports Romance
Pages: 283
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars


A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.
Levelheaded Francesca Lane never thought she’d miss her own wedding. But when her fiancé betrays her, she puts on her wedding dress and ditches the altar for a masquerade ball—at an exclusive lifestyle club.
There, she meets unknown-to-her NFL star Tuck Avery, dressed as a prince and hiding behind a mask—he’s there to celebrate his birthday. For one night, Francesca and Tuck indulge in a wickedly incognito affair. No names. No strings. And the masks don’t come off.
Unfortunately, Francesca realizes quickly that her masked prince is the wealthy jock who lives in the penthouse of her apartment building. His hobbies include parties and supermodels—or so the tabloids say. Getting tangled up with a shallow jerk is the last thing Francesca needs right now, so she vows to keep Tuck from recognizing her (not that she’s his type anyway).
But fate has a teeny-tiny trick up her sleeve…a plus sign on a pregnancy test. Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

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My Review

I loved the first one in this series, Beauty and the Baller, and we met Tuck in that book, so it was nice getting to know more about him and have him find his HEA. Francesca had such an interesting background and I adored her character. But because this is an author I pretty much just read any of her books with barely a glance ahead of time at the whole synopsis, I didn’t realize this was going to be a surprise pregnancy story. Even though now as I read the last paragraph of the blurb I see it is right there plain as day. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing! That trope is just as good as any and of course I liked this story a lot!

There were so many wonderful characters. I loved all the people in Francesca’s life, her besties/roomies, Darden, the grumpy old man in the building, the doorman, etc. She even had some great customers from both her tattoo job and then her art job. I loved all the intricate family background story for her as well as what happened as the story went on.

Then of course we had Tuck’s friends. His family had their own emotional aspects of the story. He had ex girlfriend problems too. Plus there was the being an older football player. I love how the author threw in some references to Kansas City, my town, and their football team. Even if they didn’t use the actual team name, because it just doesn’t work that way in romance/fiction. Of course his roommate/teammate Jasper was a blast as well. And I’m wondering if we might get Jasper’s story next, although we kind of have an idea who his love interest might be.

Obviously the pregnancy was a surprise, but also kept a secret for the longest time. So many times I just kept silently telling her to tell him! It was again obvious that he was going to be upset. But maybe, just maybe, like a good romance novel, he’d get over it. However the time that it ended up coming out, well that may have been actually the right time, any earlier and maybe Tuck hadn’t had the things happen yet that he would need to see how much he did want that kind of life.

A wonderful story, loved it!

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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4 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Princess and the Player (Strangers in Love #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’m so bad about reading the whole synopsis for authors that are kind of my auto-read/auto-buy list. I pretty much know I’m going to read it, so it doesn’t matter I guess, lol.

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