BLOG TOUR: Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills

“Madden-Mills masterfully handles the protagonists’ insecurities and traumas to produce a love story that’s equal parts tantalizing, gut-wrenching, and sweet.” –Publishers Weekly

Not My Match, an all-new sports romance full of smoking hot chemistry from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.

Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.

I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde head but in finding real love, which she’s not going to get with the crazy men she picks up online.

Too bad she’s a twenty-four-year-old virgin and I’m a bad boy wide receiver. She’s off limits for a hardcore player like me—and we’re just friends.

Instead, I’m her matchmaking service, no matter how jealous it makes me when I tag along on her dates.

I can keep my self-control. Right? No way will I give in to everything inside me that dreams of a girl like her in my world.

I may be the best wide receiver in the country, but how could I hold on to a girl like her?

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My Review

Despite the fact that Giselle Riley is incredibly intelligent, her book smarts don’t seem to help with her street smarts, at least when it comes to choosing guys to give her heart to, but in most ways, I would say it’s more about her inexperience and innocence than it is about not understanding the ways of the world and now with her current living situation with Devon and just how different their lives and personalities seem to be, she’s in for some life-changing moments, especially with this whole matchmaking business and who her matchmaker is. 

Ilsa Madden-Mills creates such deliciously complicated and layered alpha males and her newest hero, Devon Walsh, fits those characteristics to a T. There is so much going on in that sexy head of his and with the new dynamics he experiences and the way he feels about his new roommate as well, the parts of Devon that he doesn’t usually show come out in full-force, even when he wished they didn’t.

Devon Walsh may think he’s only good with his hands when it comes to football and no-string fun, but there’s so much about him that makes him more than worthy of the girl who seems to own him regardless of how off-limits she may be and I loved watching how everything unfolded between them and just how perfectly imperfect they are as a couple.

Because the author reveals the main characters’ backstories with such clarity, readers are able to understand why Giselle and Devon are the way they are, offering key insight into their current situations and these ideas also play into the slow burn feel of this story. There’s a lot to lose on both sides so the fear of hurting each other, of crossing a line that they’ll never come back from makes them both cautious, which results in quite a bit of second-guessing while still moving the plot line forward in a direction that just might prove them wrong. 

As much as the old adage of opposites attract rings true in a large amount of relationships, I truly thought Devon and Giselle were too different, despite their intense attraction to each other. But the way Ilsa brought these two characters together and the care she took to make sure that it was clear just how perfect Devon and Giselle were together regardless of how different they were speaks to the kind of writer Ilsa is, which is why I always hang on, waiting to pass judgment until I’ve gotten to the very end, and time and time again, her stories and her characters come together in ways that I hadn’t thought possible. 

4.5 Poison Apples 

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

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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