The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills is the first novel in a new series from three different authors all centered around three football players. This story is mixed with the right amount of angst, emotion, and genuine authenticity under the umbrella of the ever favorite fake hate to love trope; that in all honesty had me binging this story and wanting more and more with every page turn.
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: December 3rd 2020
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 a new adult college football romance and is first in a series about three college football players.
ARC provided by Author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“Theres only one person in the world who makes the hair on my nape rise. Him.”
To summarize my thoughts from this book into one simple sentence: River Tate could get it.
The Revenge Pact is everything I never knew I needed in a college football romance story all rolled into one beautiful packaged bind. This story just hits differently from Ilsa’s other pieces, and honey was I HERE FOR IT!!!
Ilsa Madden-Mills gives us this beautiful depicted angsty love story with a strong heroine and almost tortured male character that when put together on the page an explosion of emotions burst forth in the most beautiful ways possible. I was entranced and enthralled during the entirety of my one sit binge.
I could not for the life of me put this story down. Anastasia’s and Rivers relationship has probably become my favorite relationship to date from Mill’s work (which is saying a WHOLE lot because Dear Ava was what dreams are made of for me). I love how they started off with this unspoken distance with him pushing away because she is with someone else and her staying away because she believes he just hates her around.
With everything else in my life, I love a character that has layers—and by god does River Tate come with layers; beautiful layers that with each chapter we get to peel aside to see this beautiful person more and more. There was so much depth and integrity with River that I am swooning at the thought of him. Ana, unlike River, is the outcast of the campus almost—no one understands how she got hitched to one of the frat boys since she comes packaged as a quirky, smart, and beautiful girl with bright lavender hair. She doesn’t come from money but is determined to make something of herself as a lawyer.
A slow burn of the ages, Mills delivered with the Revenge Pact a poignant, angsty, and breathtakingly emotional novel about finding love in the places you least expect it and fighting for that love with everything you’ve got. If you are on the hunt for a powerful and amazingly wonderful contemporary new adult sport romance—this one is definitely for you!
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Huge thank you to Ilsa Madden-Mills for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.
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