Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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The Revenge Pact; Kings of Football #1 
(An interconnected standalone)

by: Ilsa Madden Mills

Review Rating:



Three things. This book is beyond good, it’s brilliant. This book is not only beautiful outside, it’s beautiful inside. This book is family, friends, understanding, caring, acceptance, love, and life. It’s everything.

River Tate is one beautiful man, and I’m not just describing his gorgeous outside package. Ilsa is the queen of writing vulnerable, but at the same time very strong heros and River is all that and more. He is riddled with learning disabilities, but has come to his senior year of college overcoming or masking them to the point where basically no one knows about them. Does it help that no one does? He comes across socially like he’s got his life all figured out. Girls want to be with him and guys want to be him, so perhaps, but emotionally and mentally he’s exhausted…a lot. Add in that he’s constantly worried about his mother, who is very sick and the choice weighing on his shoulders of continuing school or entering the NFL draft. All of this, plus the gorgeous girl that he shouldn’t like is a lot to bear, but it makes for one honorable man that may have won the best book boyfriend of the year.

Anastasia Bailey transferred in as a junior, so when she caught the eye of a few guys on campus, well…I’ll just say, she is currently dating one of River’s frat brothers, but is Donovan really the one for her? While they talk about attending Harvard together and practicing law, there are also a lot of red flags when it comes to their relationship. When things begin to really go south, Ana and her roommates come up with a revenge pact…a plan to make her ex jealous, who better than the god of campus himself, River Tate to help carry out that plan.

Ana and River’s friendship blossoms as they spend time together, not only coming up with ways to carry out this revenge pact, but also she’s agreed to help tutor him as “compensation”. They find they have a lot in common, much more than just revenge, but even if they feel something towards one another, how would a relationship even last when it’s built off of a foundation lies? Neither want this black mark between them, but how do you start fresh when it also exists?

These two have so much in common, but even with their huge draw to one another, they are both loyal to a fault and it’s almost maddening. GAH!! It certainly kept the pages turning to see if they would give in. Even though you wanted them to cave, I totally respected their morals too. I’m telling you Ilsa really hit this book out of the park, I liked both characters so much, I couldn’t have been rooting for two people harder than I was for them. So like I said above, this book is absolutely everything!!


River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.

But when Anastasia’s life comes crashing down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces.
Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.

He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is, sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.

👑The Revenge Pact is first in a series about three college football players.

👑 Release: Dec. 3

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