“Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist… Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.”
Sunny Blaine has survived worse than a fender bender by a drunken football groupie. She endured her physically abusive father and got to live another day after a terrifying car accident thanks to quick actions of a good Samaritan. But the car isn’t going to fix itself and she’ll need money to do it. Not wanting to meet her notorious neighbor but having no other choice she storms into his life demanding he help her take care of the mess he caused unknowingly providing him with a solution to his own problems.
Max Kent is close to having everything he’s ever wanted. He’s smart enough to be in pre-med and so talented he’s first string quarterback and rumored to be an NFL draft pick and Heisman nominee. Unfortunately an altercation with a teammate took his name off the latter list. Nothing a sweet and stable romance splashed all over the news can’t fix though. He could have his pick of girls to help out, the problem is they all want more from him than what he’s willing to give, until his neighbor shows up at his door with zero expectations other than the name of the groupie who hit her car.
Despite Sunny’s no dating jocks rule and Max’s determination to have no distractions, they know they can help each other out and soon they find themselves in an easy friendship and way too comfortable pretending to be a couple which leads them down a path they never expected. When lines are crossed it gets difficult to distinguish between fake and reality. Will the spotlight keep them from figuring out their priorities?
“Sunny. I needed her. I couldn’t exist without her in my world.”
I have to start of saying that this is my first Ilsa Madden-Mills book and it certainly won’t be the last. Even though I’ve read my share of fake relationship stories as well as a big pile of football ones, this fast paced new adult romance with endearing yet flawed characters with hopes and dreams and an unknown shared past had me turning page after page until the very end.
“I’ll kiss you so good, you won’t be able to kiss another guy for an entire year without thinking about me.”
She shook her head in disbelief. “Pffft. Do you even know how cocky you are?”
“Won’t deny it. I am Max Kent.”
While Max comes off as a bit too cocky, he’s a total sweetheart when it comes to Sunny. Yes he makes mistakes, sends mixed signals and needs to straighten his priorities, all normal for a guy his age. He’s also caring and takes responsibility for Sunny. She’s is feisty and independent, a bit untrusting of men with good reason given her history with cheating ex-boyfriends not to mention her abusive father.
They have a great rapport and are totally cute and adorable.
“Can I just hold you in my arms and watch you sleep?”
But because of their deal in which Max pays Sunny to be his fake girlfriend, it’s hard for them to see what great potential they truly have. And because they don’t know each other that well, there’s bound to be some misunderstandings which are exacerbated by jealous individuals.
The supporting characters were well developed. Mimi, Sunny’s grandmother, was as funny as she was loving and supportive. And I really liked Sunny’s BFF Isabella as much as Max’s playboy teammate and roommate Tate. I hope we get more of these two in future books.
Fake Fiancée is a standalone New Adult contemporary romance by Ilsa Madden-Mills. It is funny and sweet with just the right amount of drama with a dash of angst. Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.
Wall Street Journal best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.
She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Ian Somerhalder, astronomy (she’s a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education. When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and fuzzy pajamas.
She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors. Email her at email@example.com.