I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills | Book Review

I Bet YouThe Hookup #2Ilsa Madden-MillsSports RomanceOctober 25th, 2018eBook

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love. 

Sexy AthleteI bet you…
Penelope GrahamBurn in hell, quarterback. 

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him. 

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?

*Author’s Note: This is a standalone sports romance with an HEA. 

**You do not have to have read I Dare You, although you should if you love jocks and nerdy heroines. Xo


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I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

➳When an instant attraction takes place, there will be no denying that Penelope and Ryker are meant to be in a quirky, charismatic, and burning with passion romance novel that yet again, Ilsa has conquered in every way…

➳I know the kind of ability I have when it comes down to reading books in a fast pace, but never did I think I would ever encounter upon the day of when I would read a book in A DAY! My gosh am I shocked as you are, because bless all heavens and the soul of Ilsa for writing such an incredible sport romance that has me on the verge of bringing back all my Twilight merch that I currently have in my attic. Seriously y’all, this is a romance novel that I highly recommend, and wishing I could give it more than five stars. Everything that I adore in a sports romance is included. The sexual tension, all the passionate scenes that we encounter with Ryker and Penelope—two individuals that are one hundred percent different in every way. One, the team captain of his college football team, the quarterback with a reputation that oversees him whenever and wherever he may be. The other, a college student who is trying her best to stay focused on her literary career of becoming a romance novelist, while acquiring two different jobs and has a family past that has made her uncertain about every being in a relationship with a football player.

➳The chemistry between Ryker and Penelope is definitely something that should be talked about, but since I am a butt-head and I don’t want to give anything away AND I also want everyone to be tempted to read this book, I shall keep my descriptions on a down low since this is a MUST novel to be read this fall season. My honest adoration for Ryker is the only thing keeping me head strong as well because my emotions where indeed all over the place with how sweet and caring Ryker actually is, hiding it all underneath this rough exterior of a man. When it comes down to Penelope, she is a head-strong type of gall as well, but once they are both together the ultimate of softness always comes into play;

“I swallowed and break our gaze, thinking about these confusing feelings I have for him. Because I can say all day long that I just want to be friends, but the truth is I’m so fucking hot for him that it hurts. I can’t stop writing about him I can’t stop looking at him…”

➳When the truth strucks, and Penelope finds out what has been going on, Ryker needs to try and find a way to have her back. Since his love her is one that he does not want to let it diminish. Something that I find rather endearing, making him a possessive alpha who stakes the claim over Pen. Not only physically, but also emotionally.

➳Overall, this story took me a level of want that I never thought I would ever seek. There is also no denying that this book is one of my 2018 favorites now, especially because it being fast paced, sweet, an alpha male is involved, and there are happy endings all around, Ilsa has officially made me a true fanatic of her writing.

➳ARC kindly provided by the publicist, in exchange for an honest review…

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About Ilsa:

Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and USA Todaybest-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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