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Spider Paperback – November 3, 2017
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"Ilsa, you kicked me in the throat with this book. Thank you for the epic story about two broken souls who find each other." ~Natasha Madison, Amazon Bestselling Author
"Sensual, slow burn romance at its best. Spider is a delicious, forbidden read you won't be able to put down." ~Melanie Harlow, USA Bestselling Author
"You think you're reading just another stepbrother book, but what you get is so much more: swoony, sexy, and completely captivating. Spider is the stepbrother you don't want to miss." ~Red Cheek Reads
"One word: EPIC." ~Faye, Reviewer
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This story is told in dual POV and in chronological order starting from some time ago and then skipping a few years ahead for the majority of the book and even more toward the last 3/4 of it. Rose and Spider are two very different people but whose souls have connected at a very difficult time in their lives. Rose's life started out not so pretty but she met a boy who left a permanent mark on who she would become in life. She would fight and become better than what surrounded her. She would be strong and take the most out of life.
But what happens when you get on a plane and meet a man so all encompassing that you would be willing to let it all go? A beautiful bad boy that is so charismatic and has every woman falling at his feet?
"It's the heart that always knows, and mine does."
But there is a twist and there are demons that will be uncovered. For both characters. Some demons eat at people and cause them to turn toward things that are not good for them and some demons make you fight and be a better person. That is who we have in Spider and Rose. But there is a pull with them that can't be touched. And Spider knows that is something that could be life altering for both of them. So what do you do when you know you are bad for someone that is so genuinely good? You protect them from your bad decisions even though they should be able to make their own decisions themselves.
"Because I am you. We're so much alike, it's staggering. With one exception: you're better than me."
Their journey and their fight to find their happiness was compared to Jane Eyre. I love when authors do that and make their story more current for us. A hot, rich rock star and a girl from the wrong side of the tracks brought in to the "rich" fold but always looking from the outside in with her world. I love Spider and his journey and fight for what he figured out was worth living for. HE had to figure it out on his own and once he did? Beautiful!
"I want to be his everything. I want him to be consumed with me. I want to be the person who keeps him on the straight and narrow. I want him to not be able to get out of f.. bed unless I'm next to him. I want him to crumble if I walk away. I want him to love me forever. I say those things to him as tears run down my face."
Ilsa, thank you for taking the chance on Spider's short story and making a full novel out of it. He was worth it and so was Rose. Their story was beautiful and a journey that they needed to take. It took awhile to get there, but it was so full of different feelings throughout. At some point they made you laugh, some made you want to hit certain characters and other times you could feel the chemistry come right through the pages. I swear my kindle could see it and would burn right into flames. And it was all worth it!
"Love is for people who want to get hurt."
Spider is full of all the things I love about Ilsa Madden-Mills writing. She releases well written stories. They really are grammatically correct and free of syntax or spelling errors. Her books contain a host of emotions and straight up sizzle. Rose and Spider are smoking hot together, a powerful combination of chemistry that not all authors can (or do) write about when delivering a romance book to their audiences. I loved Spider and Rose's characters, they were well developed and with the rich advantage of a true duel perspective approach, audience's can relate to them better then they might otherwise. Of course, I have a special attachment to the fact that Spider is British - got to love Ilsa Madden-Mills and her British men! I can hear their accents in every unspoken thought... in every word that leaves their mouths. How she can capture the personalities so perfectly every time is beyond me, but that's ok. That's why I will continue to read each and everything from her I can get my hand on! Added to this is the fact that this is a Rockstar Romance, and it's very much one of my all time favorite tropes in this genre.
Spider and Rose's story was slightly more Angsty in my opinion then previous books I have read by this author, but the reason I have for feeling that way is a major spoiler and I won't ever spoil a book in one of my reviews. Just do yourself a favor and one-click this book right now and get started tonight. You won't regret it!
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Ok, this book is just...OH its so romantic and sweet and sexy and perfect.Read more
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