Blog Tour: Filthy English: Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Expected July 11, 2016

A smokin’ hot British player…
A jilted girl…
One night of mistaken identity…

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn't plan on attending a masquerade party.

She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.

But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*

**no one dies in the writing of this novel**

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There is a thin line between love and hate...

What are the odds that two old lovers would meet at a masquerade bar in England? Dax Blay and Remi Montague shared a hot weekend fling three years ago that was so intense that it scarred both of them. After years of avoidance, they are thrust together and now they circle, spar, fight, make up, try to be friends, then fight again. But he is also determined to protect her. Through the course of one really eventful night, a friendship is made--with one rule put in place--No More Kissing.

But can they maintain their friend contract when every time they are together they combust? Add some alcohol, touristy sites, and see some questionable decisions happen.

Remi is smart, sweet, sassy, in control, analytical, and very organized. She had her life perfectly planned out and then suddenly it was all in shambles when her fiance' needed a break. This England should-have-been-a-honeymoon-but-is-now-just-a-vacation is allowing her to shake things up a bit and regroup. But she is also dealing with grief, loss, and anger. Dax is hot, built, tatted, and magnetic. He used to be a player, but has been taking a celibate break. He watched his twin brother find love and it makes him wonder if he will ever be able to settle down. They were each other's "one that got away" but there is more to the story than either of them realize. And they will have to eventually return to their real lives at their shared college as well. 

Holy Moly, this play on Romeo and Juliet just killed me with the angst and back and forth. I would get all excited that something was going to go right, then something would twist it all around. They were their own worst enemies. He was scared of feeling too much, not being good enough, and being left. And she felt unwanted and needed control and security. They were one of these matched that made no sense on paper, but had an intense connection that defied the odds. 

At times they battled self preservation and fears. Sometimes they let go, but then reality would pull them back. Their communication was a mess. There were outside influences and rivalries getting in the way. The fight or flight killed me as much as it did them. I was so frustrated at times, I wanted to lock them in a room together and force them to talk it out.

I loved Dax's flirty, sexy, cocky ways, but he was also scared, insecure, hot-headed, and stubborn. And Remi was equally frightened of loss and was insecure, but she made some choices that totally annoyed me in her quest to figure out what she was doing and take charge of her life.

But this was an intense, passionate story of second (or even third) chances, fate, forgiveness, hope, and love. It was sexy and funny in between the emotional turmoil and tension.

I liked getting more with Declan and Elizabeth (Dirty English) and really enjoyed her sassy friend, LuLu and his rock star cousin, Spider. Another cocky Brit hero perhaps? Oh, and her brother Malcolm was a hilarious without even trying. 

This was a very angsty, but heartfelt read. I feel like I have been put through the wringer. I liked the characters even if I did not agree with all of their choices and sometimes they drove me crazy. But this was a good follow up to Dirty English, and it can be read as a stand-alone as well. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Remi Montague didn’t plan to spend her honeymoon in London with her best friend, left by her fiancee two weeks before the wedding. Nor did she plan to wake up next to the fling that broke her heart three years before.

Dax and Remi have some history, history that includes broken hearts, hurt feelings, and secrets. They hadn’t anticipated the 72 hours they spent together, and neither imagined they would re enact that in London.

There was so much drama caused by simple lack of communication and mixed signals that I was often frustrated with the characters during very important scenes. But there were other parts of the story where I couldn’t put it down or turn the pages fast enough.

I loved Dax. Confident but afraid of commitment, his British upbringing and friendship with his brother had me half in love with him before this book even started.

Remi had a lot of learning to do about what she wanted from life and her plans often got in the way of a smooth story. But I liked what she did learn, and the way she came to that knowledge.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when the book blurb said this was inspired by Romeo and Juliet (without any deaths). But after reading I get it. These two are star-crossed though their timing has been horrible from the start. 

The side characters were a lot of fun as well. Declan and Elizabeth are back and present in many scenes, both giving Dax a hard time (as any good family does) and pushing him in the right direction as needed. Lulu and Spider gave some great moments as well. Lulu, as Remi’s best friend, and Spider, as Dax’s cousin, might even have a story of their own tangled in these pages (or future pages?).

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Without much thought except for comfort, instinctively I pressed myself against him, fitting into his arms as easy as breathing. He leaned against the brick wall of the neighboring building and wrapped me up, sensing my need to be grounded.

I don’t know how long we stood like that—maybe a minute, maybe five—but soon our breaths were in sync; the rise and fall of his chest in perfect accord with mine.

One of his hands traced down my spine and then up. He outlined my shoulder blades with his fingertips. His hands drifted to my hips then caressed back up to my hair, massaging my scalp.

But what had started as an innocent hug changed.

Fire licked my skin everywhere he touched. Of their own accord, my hands slid down to his waist and teased the line where his jeans rested on his hips. I went further, my fingers toying with the V at his hip until I felt him harden against me.

Lips brushed the top of my hair. “Remi . . . look at me,” he said, his voice raspy.

If you look up, you’re going to kiss him . . .

I tilted my head up and his mouth fused with mine in an instant.

Insistent. Wild. Hot. Yes! This is what I needed.

I groaned, and my hands rushed to his shoulders and dug in.

He was wrong—terribly wrong—for me, but it felt so right.

I felt wonderfully alive, revved up, as if I could crush a car with my bare hands, or push Dax against the wall and fuck him senseless. I recognized the feeling for what it was—an I almost-died-and-now-I-want-to-experience-life feeling.

“Wait,” he breathed as I ran my hand under his shirt. “It’s adrenaline. You’ve been through a trauma. You don’t really want this—”

“Shhh.” I lifted his shirt and kissed his chest, my tongue flicking over his nipple. “You taste like every good thing I’ve ever wanted.”His taut restraint snapped, and he swayed into me. “God, I can’t tell you no.”
DIRTY ENGLISH  (English #1)
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A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more. 

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.
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New York Times and USA Today 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 heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, 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, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.
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