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The Revenge Pact: Enemies-to-Lovers Standalone (Kings of Football Book 1) by [Ilsa Madden-Mills]

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"A literal EPIC MASTERPIECE. This one will definitely be going on my reread list." ~Coffee and the Bibliophile 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
"When I tell you that this book 
owned me... When I tell you that this story was absolutely EVERYTHING... When I tell you that River Tate is the ultimate book boyfriend that you will never be able to move on from... When I tell you this was easily my favorite book I've read from this author... When I tell you that this book is an absolute must read... BELIEVE. ME." ~Lana at DG Romance
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"WOW! That is the first word that comes to mind after reading this book. I only just finished it this morning and my mind is still racing about all things River and Anastasia. I can't even tell you how many times I had tears in my eyes or tears rolling down my cheek. I literally had to stop reading for a little bit so I could breathe through the emotions I was feeling. This book is one of the best books this author has ever released." ~Samantha, I Love HEA Romance Book Blog
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Ilsa Madden-Mills slays it like queen every single time when it comes to college sports romance. The Revenge Pact was no exception. The chemistry. The emotions. The characters. The execution. It's another level of beautiful writing." ~PP's Bookshelf
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This might just be my all-time favorite book by Ilsa Madden-Mills. I have loved all of her characters, but there is something special about River and Anastasia. After I finished the book, I immediately started it again. I have never done that before...ever!" ~Amanda Divine, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"A beautifully written new adult romance with an obscurely flawed hero and a just out of reach heroine. Madden-Mills writes a fresh, 
dynamic story about love, acceptance, and compassion. The narrative incorporates an invigorating cast of well-crafted characters that not only engages the reader but absolutely consumes them." ~Wayward Readers
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I've just finished this, and I can't get over the fact that yet again Ilsa gave us a story to love and once again 
I was rooted to my seat until the word THE END showed up on my Kindle." ~OMG Reads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"OH MY GOD! This book is literally amazing! Like seriously, I think this book is one of the 
best books that Ilsa has ever written and I can't stop screaming with excitement while reading the book... YES! IT WAS THAT AMAZING!" ~Crazy Yummy, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I knew this would be a good book because Ilsa Madden Mills is just an amazing author, but I 
just wasn't prepared for the awesomeness that is River Tate. He owed every part of me because he is everything!" ~Marsha's World of Books
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Hands down one of my favorite reads of 2020." ~Andrea, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Ilsa Madden Miles has a gift. 
She builds character with so many layers; layers that will charm you with their integrity, honesty, caring, giving, confidence, and flaws. None of her characters are perfect but that is what makes them so appealing. I really don't think she can create two more outstanding lead characters." ~Linda, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book was not what I expected at all, and I mean that in the best way possible. It seemed like it would be a fun NA story with an alpha-type hero and a more submissive heroine. Which would have been delightful and enjoyable in its own right... But this is not that story." ~Lauren, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I think this might be 
my favorite llsa Madden-Mills book EVER, she brings all the angst, and all the swoony feelings in The Revenge Pact. This enemies to lovers story was emotional, but at the same time packed full of sexual tension." ~Nina, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I can honestly say that every time I read an Ilsa Madden-Mills book, I start it knowing it will be good, but thinking it can't possibly be better than the last one I read. Well, WRONG! I'm convinced 
nobody does Young Adult College Football Romance Stories better than this author." ~Chris, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I'm not gonna spoiler anything but I'm gonna tell you three things: River Tate is gonna blow your mind. After this you'll have no other option other than believing in fate. You'll gonna have a MAJOR book's hangover! 
I gave it 436784 stars!"~Lucy, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I've read a ton of college football romance novels, but
 this unputdownable, new adult romance with incredibly charismatic characters (both main and supporting) who were inspiring and beautiful inside and out had me flipping pages from start to finish. I devoured River and Anastasia's story." ~Dali, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
King of Football series started off with a bang and I can't wait for more. River and Ana have that something special you look for when reading these college aged romance books. Their banter is off the charts, their tension builds until it boils over and they both are totally flawed, but with huge hearts." ~Reading Til The Break of Dawn
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"River Tate is my new forever book boyfriend. He's probably 
my favorite Ilsa hero to date. But my GOD, I love him so much. I'll definitely be re-reading this book soon just because I love River so much."  ~My Little Book Nook
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"Couldn't love this book more if I tried. River and Anastasia are what romance books are meant to be. This one's a perfect six star read for me! 
There are moments in this book so beautifully written that I had to pause and just sit with them for a minute." ~Michelle, Claypot Reads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I think I fall more in love with Ilsa Madden-Mills' writing with each book I read by her. Each new one surpasses the last as my favorite. This was angry and deep and the last few chapters had years pouring down my face. The ending was perfect."  ~Susan, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"As always, 
Ilsa scores a touchdown with college football romance, with characters that are complex, unique, and find love that's worthy of them. Absolutely read this."  ~Ashley, Goodreads
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"This is easily the best book Ilsa has ever written." ~Jenifer Briggs, Goodreads
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"Ilsa Madden-Mills turned me into an emotional ball of mush with this book!
The Revenge Pact is an exceptional enemies to lovers story, packed with feels, steam and laugh-out-loud moments. It contains everything you can expect from angsty college romance, and so much more." ~Weronika Little Steamy Reads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ilsa, Ilsa, Ilsa, you've turned me into a very fickle little tart! With every new book, I fall harder and harder for the hero. River was EVERYTHING and is my new favorite book boyfriend. He's just a little broken and a lot wonderful." ~Tracey Fandre
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
No one does new adult sports-themed romance like Ilsa Madden-Mills, and The Revenge Pact is swoony, dreamy magic! The angst, the slow-burn chemistry, the sweet emotional connection, the quirky and endearing characters, and the witty banter... But the Revenge Pact is extra special - there is a tenderness, a gentle quality that melted my heart and filled my soul. I am so in love with this sweet love story and the beautiful characters that lived it." ~The Romantic Rush Blog
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book is beyond good, it's brilliant. It's everything." ~Kay Daniels, Goodreads
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"Not all authors can bring characters to life on the page with the same type of challenges that Ilsa has been able to. Not just with River but she has a few male and female characters that face everyday challenges that some authors don't do justice with and Ilsa blows me away every time she writes a character and gets it right!" ~Jessica Bacon, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Ilsa takes the phrase "All is fair in love and war" and does a mic drop on it that resonates with a sounding BOOM! This story may have begun with a revenge pact but, as you'll soon find out, it's something else entirely...." ~Michelle Mastandrea, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Ilsa always creates these stories that you just immediately get lost in. The characters and journeys are unlike anything you have read. I've never read a book by her that I didn't love. The struggles. The love. The Alphas. The broken in the best way characters. The individual journeys and struggles. 
All of this is why I'm obsessed with her words." ~Aundi at Musings of a Modern Belle
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"There are so many layers to this story that make it what it is. But what it simply boils down to is three things: follow your heart, follow your heart, follow your heart. When you read this book - you will understand the meaning behind the "three." I can't wait for the rest of this series, and hope we will see more of this world from this author soon! Bravo Madden-Mills!" ~Sarah, Goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Ilsa, girrrrrl...what have you done to my heart!? First of all, River is EVERYTHING. I love his name, personality, strength, courage, and especially his heart. Anastasia CAAAAAME for us! Yasssss sis. She was just so carefree, caring, smart, funny, filter free, and loving. They were the perfect and I mean PERFECT couple." ~Ofa Love, Goodreads

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NHH139J
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 3, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4044 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 486 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars River is a revelation!
By The Romantic Rush Blog on December 3, 2020
No one does new adult sports-themed romance like Ilsa Madden-Mills, and the Revenge Pact is swoony, dreamy magic! The angst, the slow-burn chemistry, the sweet emotional connection, the quirky and endearing characters, and the witty banter- Ilsa never fails to charm me. But the Revenge Pact is extra special - there is a tenderness, a gentle quality that melted my heart and filled my soul. I am so in love with this sweet love story and the beautiful characters that lived it.

The Revenge Pact is the first of a series of three best friends/college football players with each book being written by a different best selling author. This is River’s story- the story of a guy who seemingly has the world at his fingertips- he’s popular, a likely NFL draft, president of his frat, and has the physique of a greek god, but alas, things just aren’t going River’s way. Not only has football not gone as planned and left his future plans up in the air, but he’s also been secretly pining for his frat brother’s girlfriend, Ana, the sultry angel with the lavender hair. His only defense has been a good offense, so Ana thinks River hates her, until she finds her own plans crumbling and the man who somehow is the one holding her together is none other than River Tate. But being suddenly drawn together doesn’t make her any less off limits- or help Ana understand how the guy she thought hates her keeps coming to her rescue.

As I started reading their story, I just kept being struck by how different this felt than other Ilsa books I’ve read thus far. And I kept coming back to this- RIVER. River is what made this story different. He is a hero like Ilsa has never written. He is a hero through and through- the purest, most beautiful, most captivating hero I’ve read in an Ilsa story. He’s just GOOD. SO GOOD. Of course, that doesn’t mean he has an edge- he’s got some swagger, and he’s hidden his feelings and loneliness behind jerkish behavior. But his heart is the biggest and sweetest, his soul so tender and open. He’s a man of integrity- he’s loyal, protective, diligent- his work ethic is only rivaled by his stoic leadership. He gives to everyone- supports everyone, but beneath it he is vulnerable, not only crippled by his guilt over his longing but also by his own lostness and loneliness. He is Ilsa’s most complex, most gentle, and most vulnerable hero, because of his sensitivity and his awareness- and as such, he crawled into my heart straight away- I picked up his cause, felt attached to him before our heroine, which is not usual for me.

That’s not to say that our heroine Anastasia isn’t amazing- she is. She has that usual Ilsa Madden-Mills quirky flair- but she’s bit more grounded. She’s a calming and steady presence. While many love her, she too seems lonely- and she rivals River’s compassion. She cares so deeply, feels so deeply-and she just craves real and reliable connection, something she’s not experienced much of. Her background definitely surprised me, and her reaction to it surprised me even more- but that is what makes Ana who she is. She cares for people, and she just wants to be understood- to be seen. Because when she’s seen, she feels connected, and secure.

Their story is a slower burn- and that’s not usually my thing, but this felt so perfect for these two characters. Characters who are so committed to knowing and caring for others, characters who are thoughtful and gentle, characters who are in a messy situation- so, of course, they take their time. Because they are worth it- and it is who they are. And, it ends up being all the more gratifying and explosive when they do finally go there. But the wait is so splendid- the sexual tension, the angst, the emotional intensity- it is breathtaking, brilliantly built and totally captivating. The more I think about it, the more I appreciated Ilsa’s slow and steady hand- because part of what makes them so beautiful is the emotional intimacy they build. She gives SO much focus to their budding connection, the sweet chemistry between them- it give sit such life, such depth. Like two pieces of a puzzle that you'd never think would fit together but are perfectly matched. Ilsa also sprinkles in heaps of her characteristic witty humor- including the flirty banter that no one does like her. The pace contributes to the surprising conclusion- two characters who took so long finding their way to each other have to figure out what to do once they do.

Ah, I just love this story, I love it so much. And like River, Ilsa left me with three beautiful things: our differences don’t define us (even if what is different is not only us but our path to each other), sometimes it only takes on sunrise to truly connect with someone, and love? Well, love is first- and when you find it, you pour and pour and pour until it blossoms, no matter what it takes. It is worth the wait. Oh sweet, tender goodness- my heart was happy and hopefully and delighted by every charming word.
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