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Review – Not My Romeo by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Not My Romeo; The Game Changers #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Review Rating:



If you love adorable, quirky characters with a destiny, love filled story then Not My Romeo will be perfect for you. I loved absolutely everything about this book from the sexy, shy quarterback to the small town librarian and everything in between.

Elena and Jack are soul mates, there are no if’s, ands, or buts about it….well, maybe some tight NFL butts, however, these two are insanely combustible when they are in a room together. They may seem like opposites, like two sides of a coin, but those two sides make up one beautiful coin.

Let me sum it up: Elena is a small town librarian who owns a pot belly pig, lives with her best gay friend and the wildest thing she does is make lingerie. She’s not exactly living the wildlife, so as much as she hates the idea, she agrees to a blind date (a truly blind date where she hasn’t seen a photo) and ends up mistaking a famous NFL player for her plain weatherman date.

Jack Hawke hasn’t had the best last year of his life and he’s only enjoying a quiet, yet lonely dinner by himself, when a quirky librarian sits down across from him informing him that she is his date. As the evening progresses he keeps up the facade of the mixed up identity, enjoying himself for the first time in a year and then continues to do things he never does…expose the real Jack.

Elena and Jack begin as a mix up, but as they continue a cat and mouse game that first begins with a pair of panties, they end up being more real with each other than they have ever been with anyone else before. That is what I love reading about Ilsa’s stories. She brings such vulnerability to her writing, especially her big, strong sports players that I know I’m going to weep over their insecurities.

I’m also going to admit that I’m so much like Elena in that I don’t watch enough sports that I would have recognized Jack or any of the other players Elena ran across. I totally would have made the same mistakes that she did unless I was sitting across from one of the famous Chris’ then maybe I would have stood a chance of not making a blind date error, but I understand Elena and I also crave her job.


Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.

We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.

My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player with sinful amber eyes. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.

The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should be a warning that he isn’t a regular person. Please. I sign it Juliet Capulet, so goodbye, famous football player with abs of steel, and good luck tracking down this small-town librarian.

But Jack keeps showing up in places I least expect him. Just when I’m sure he’s gone, he waltzes into my community theater and wins the part of Romeo to my Juliet. How’s a plain, mostly innocent girl like me supposed to resist a man like him?

Is Jack my real Romeo…or will this gorgeous football player only break my heart?

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