[Book Review] Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills


A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.

Level-headed Francesca Lane never thought she’d miss her own wedding. But when her fiancé betrays her, she puts on her wedding dress and ditches the altar for a masquerade ball—at a sex club.

There, she meets NFL star Tuck Avery, dressed as a prince and hiding behind a mask as he celebrates his birthday. For one night, Francesca and Tuck indulge in a wickedly incognito affair. No names. No strings. And the masks don’t come off.

Unfortunately, Francesca soon realizes her prince is the wealthy jock who lives in the penthouse of her apartment building. His hobbies include parties and supermodels—or so the tabloids say. Another shallow jerk is the last thing Francesca needs, so she vows to keep Tuck from recognizing her, not that she’s his type anyway.

But fate has a teeny-tiny trick up her sleeve… a plus sign on a pregnancy test. Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

Princess and the Player is a complete stand-alone romance with nuanced characters and a swoony happily ever after.

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Published: Nov 2022
Length: 283
Genre: Romance
Format: e-Book

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Damn this book was a hot mess!

I probably should have realised this after it took me to attempts to get into the story, but I do believe in giving a book a second chance so here we are.

Francesca and Tuck spend a steamy night together not knowing each other’s real identity and despite two forms of contraception being used, Francesca ends up pregnant – I know this does happen but its legit my worst nightmare.

Now I’ve read more than my fair share of books with the accidental pregnancy troupe so its not even that part of the story that bugged me.  No, it was the characters themselves that made this book so irritating to read.

I swear to God Fran must have been like 6 months pregnant before Tuck found out, like dude how did you not notice?? All the signs were right there, did he think her boobs just magically got bigger and her sudden aversion to alcohol every time it was offered. I’m still so confused by this. I did not like Tuck, his background was such a cliché, I’m rolling my eyes just thinking about it. Fran was just as irritating; I don’t understand what her rationale was in terms of continuing a relationship with Tuck and not telling him about the pregnancy.

Overall this was a highly frustrating read and I only finished it because it was such a short book had it gone on longer it definitely would have been a DNF.

My Rating: 1/5 🌟

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About the Author

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Fourteen of her Eighteen novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Not My Romeo #1; The Revenge Pact #1; Dear Ava, Fake Fiancée, I Dare You, and I Promise You #2; I Hate You #5; Not My Match, I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4. 

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. 

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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