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Review by Suze
When Sunny runs away from home she has an accident and a kind stranger manages to save her. Several years later Sunny has made a good life for herself. She's a student and works at the university library to earn money to pay her bills. She's getting by, but can't afford the scratches on her car made by one of Max's groupies. Max is her neighbor. He is a talented quarterback and his career means everything to him. When he meets Sunny because of the damage to her car he has a suggestion for her. He will help her to pay her bills and in exchange she'll play his girlfriend, so he will be able to get some peace and focus on the football season. Max's sole goal is to excel on the field. There's no room for anything or anyone else in his life. Sunny never wants to date a jock again because of something that happened to her in the past. However, is their relationship really fake or can there be more?
Fake Fiancée is a romantic story about soul mates. I absolutely love to read books about this topic. It's the most special thing there is. I immediately loved Sunny. She's strong, determined and sweet. She knows what she wants and she takes good care of herself. I admired her dedication to her studies and her independence. She wants to make it on her own and I loved that about her. She doesn't let Max walk over her and she isn't one of his groupies. That makes her interesting for him and I loved the vibrant way Ilsa Madden-Mills describes their connection. Their situation is complicated and not everybody is happy that they're together. Sunny and Max both struggle with their feelings and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them.
Max is driven and athletic. He's also an emotional person and when he loves somebody he feels deeply. I liked that about his character. He can stand up for himself and sometimes he's a bit of a hothead. I loved how protective he is of Sunny. He is a real gentleman and he treats her well. They have plenty of chemistry while they also become good friends. That was something I enjoyed a lot about Fake Fiancée. Ilsa Madden-Mills explores all the layers of their relationship and she does that in a great profound way.
Fake Fiancée has a small mystery element next to its romantic nature. There's tension between some of the characters. I loved that every person in the story has distinctive personality traits and that they are all very well developed. Fake Fiancée is a fantastic story with gorgeous and smart main characters. They have their flaws and don't run away from them. I loved the ending of the story, it's fitting and lovely. Ilsa Madden-Mills has written a heartwarming and wonderful story.
If you like romantic stories about athletes Fake Fiancée would be a really good choice.
About Ilsa Madden-Mills
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 ilsamaddenmills at gmail dot com.
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