Monday, December 7, 2020

The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills Blog Tour

The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills Blog Tour

#1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new emotional enemies-to-lovers romance that blurs the lines between revenge and love…

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.


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The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Book 1
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“Why is the elevator so slow?” she mutters.

“Tell me three things you’re grateful for,” I say.

She does a double take. “Is this where I’m like your… pet project? Don’t feel sorry for me.”

Rainbow, sorry is the last thing I feel for you.

I want you under me.

Deep and hard.

“How are things with Donovan?” I ask.

Her throat bobs. “I-I can’t talk to you about him. I mean, yeah, um, it… doesn’t feel right, you know, to him.”

Right. He’s her boyfriend and my frat brother.

The door opens and she slips out, her arm brushing against my chest. I follow, sucking down the electricity between us.

She blows out a breath. “I know what this is, why you’re being nice to me—”

“Yeah? Tell me, because I can’t figure it out,” I snap, annoyed she won’t open up while the other side is pissed at myself for asking. “Trust me, I wish I didn’t…” I stop, my jaw clenching.

She stops at the door to class and faces me. “Your paper. I’m sorry I can’t help you, I really am. I love helping others, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for us…” She bites her lip, her gaze avoiding mine. “There’s something about you and me—” She halts and looks down at her feet. “Anyway, I know a few students who tutor athletes. Let me give you their names—”

“No one but you, Anastasia.”

“What? Why?”

Instinct takes over and I back her against the wall, towering over her. I tilt her chin up, and she doesn’t speak or move, just breathing fast, as my hand slides around to her nape. A hum of heat goes through my body as my hands tangle in her hair.

“River… what…” Pink rises on her cheeks as her lashes flutter.

Every time, I’m pushing a little more, the dark side of me winning. Monday. Her apartment. Now.

I could kiss her right now, but it’s wrong, immensely, and I’m being bad, so bad…

She gazes up at me, her eyes flaring, the gold around her pupils darkening. She swallows as goose bumps appear on her neck.

A primal sound builds in my throat.




Dammit. I shouldn’t be this close, shouldn’t touch her—

“I’ll wait.” I grind my teeth and step back.

Her lips part, a small puff of air coming out. She looks at my mouth. “For what?”

The lethal side of me, the one itching to play this game no matter the consequences, tries to take over and speak the truth. I shove it down.

You, I say in my head.

Leaving her there, I sweep past her and go to my seat.

Five fucking rows back.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars

Anastasia has been with Donavan for a year; they are going to Harvard law school and live their life together. That is, until Ana gets a rejection letter. And that is just the beginning of her life with Donavan falling apart. It seems as her world is crashing down around her when her friend suggests a revenge date.

River Tate was the perfect book boyfriend, he is the BMOC (big man on campus), football god, has everything going for him, or so it seems. His life is anything but perfect. All he wants is to play football just like his dad did. He sees Anastasia but doesn't want anyone to know, so he acts as he hates her and that is okay with her because she could care less. At least, that is what she tells herself.

I love this author and knew I wanted to read this one even before I knew what it was about. This story is a full-blown belly-dropping rollercoaster ride, so be prepared and keep your hands inside and enjoy the ride. I hope you enjoy River and Anastasia's story as much as I did. I can't wait for more in the Kings of Football series.

I feel this is a sports romance to an extent, but there is little actual sport, more the issues around getting from college to the NFL – or not! I think it is more about the trials and tribulations of loyalty, trust, bad decisions, and the impact that family has on your life at that age. It is a good read, and I enjoyed being in that wonderful, crazy, confusing, and life affirming environment that is college, frat houses, and future dreams.

Anastasia – usually called Ana – takes life quite seriously as she doesn't have much money and is working her way through college. She, however, has a super rich, old-money family, boyfriend who is treating her badly, mainly due to said family. It is painful to read, and completely relatable. She finds that his frat president, and for a while her nemesis, River, has decided to be her protector, which is confusing, but much appreciated.

As these two fight their feelings, are confused by their loyalties, and finally acknowledge the elements of life which matter and those which really, really don't, we get a compelling story, which ensured I just kept reading another page, until I was finished!

Very enjoyable, entertaining and I recommend it to you – I am looking forward to the next one already!



Author Bio

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

Connect with Ilsa

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The king of football only has one weakness: Her.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Revenge Pact (Kings of Football #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills to read and review for this tour.

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