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.My Darling Bride by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Published by Montlake on December 5, 2023
Genres: Adult Sports Romance
Source: the author
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In a sizzling romance that sparkles with wit and depth, two wounded souls meet by chance in the desert and agree to get married, and their lives will never be the same.
On a normal day, Emmaline Darling isn’t a car thief. She’s just a simple girl who runs a bookstore and adores cats. But when she’s stranded in the desert and needs to get away from her dangerous ex-boyfriend, she picks her only option: swiping the keys to a famous football player’s Lamborghini and speeding away.
Football star Graham Harlan is in chaos. First he took a hit on the field that left him with a near-death experience, and now he’s promised his brother he’ll get married to secure the family inheritance. Trouble is he isn’t even seeing anyone.
Then a mystery woman steals his car. With his usual stubbornness, he tracks her all the way to Manhattan and gives her an ultimatum: marry me or I’ll press charges.
Her choice is obvious, only neither of them expect the sparks that ignite between them.
As the end of their arrangement looms, will Graham take a chance on love or let his darling walk away forever?
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This was actually a pretty fast read! I had trouble putting it down when I had to stop to go back to work or to sleep, so I kind of sped through it. Honestly the story itself was quite fast-paced. Our two had a meet-cute that was anything but, at a cheap hotel in the middle of the desert. I loved how Graham was able to and did just buy the shop so that the bookstore didn’t have to close. The way his brother Brody would not just take his money though, and how all the little connections led to Graham and Emma really being perfect for each other, even if they hadn’t met in real life. In fact the one little connection that I kind of got pretty quickly, but wasn’t really spelled out till later, well that was perfect as well.
Once again the author mentioned that the team was playing Kansas City for their opening game, my hometown, so I love when authors mention it somehow. And with our own tight end being in the news so much right now for his own romance in real life, it was fun to kind of picture Graham the same way. Even if this was not that story in any way. I also like how the author brings in a lot about the whole concussion and injury issue that football players have, and had facts woven in from the doctor about how it is not just football and how they have no way to diagnose that is what is actually going on until an autopsy.
Again I was a little frustrated with the two denying their feelings or letting their own fears and frustrations cause them to make bad choices. But the way Graham really showed up for Emma at the end was romantic and perfect and I adored it. As always another wonderful football romance from this author!
About the Author
#1 Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills pens angsty new adult and contemporary romances.
A former high school English teacher and librarian, 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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