[Review] The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Title: The Revenge Pact

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: December 3, 2020

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 a new adult college football romance and is first in a series about three college football players.divider_line (1)Review:

I honestly thought I’d enjoy this story because the synopsis sounded so fun, but it didn’t do it for me. There wasn’t much driving the plot forward for me and while I did appreciate the slow burn for Ana and River, it just didn’t hold that spark for me. Once they did get together, everything felt rushed for me and I could barely keep up. I just wanted to experience their romance and that’s what was missing. All the ingredients were there to make the book work and the characters were so fun, but there just wasn’t that moment that grabbed me. While this romance didn’t do it for me, you might enjoy it if you like your books to have:

-fated mates/hate to love/off-limits tropes
-dyslexia, ADHD & dyscalculia rep
-lavender-haired bookworms who think out loud
-softie alpha football players with family troubles and big hearts and good intentions
-slow burn romance
-grumpy homeless grandmas who become family
-The Outsiders references

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