A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.
There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.
But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.
A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.
She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.
With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.
One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.
*a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*
4 Star Review by Ashley
I am a self proclaimed cover junkie and there is something about this one that just screamed "read me!" So I did. Dirty English is the first book that I've read by Ilsa Madden-Mills and I absolutely devoured it. The opening pulled me in and had me wanting throttle Colby and hug Elizabeth. My heart went out to her because I knew that one event would forever change her, and it did.
I liked Elizabeth, though I didn't right away. Her character grew on me as she grew through the story. She had been through a lot but used it as an excuse to retreat into herself, become a shadow of the person she used to be. At the insistence of her best friend, she throws caution to the wind and ventures to her first college party. It is here she encounters the pure wonderfulness of Declan.
That man is a contradiction if I've ever read one. A great student and devoted brother by day and by night a fighter with his sights set on the UFC. When he comes face to face with Elizabeth they are both stunned silent. The attraction is there right away but so is a connection that neither can explain. I loved seeing the big, burly fighter show his tender side where Elizabeth is concerned. He got that she had been hurt and gave her the time she needed to come to her own decision about them. However, that doesn't mean he stayed away, he was her neighbor after all. They were also polar opposites but you know what they say, opposites attract. And these two had chemistry in spades. Together they laugh hard and fight harder. After one particularly intense showdown between the two Elizabeth does what she does best, she runs.
Ugh, there is so much back and forth between those two I didn't think they would ever get it together. But thanks to the meddling of Dec's twin brother, Dax (whom I happened to really like) Elizabeth makes her decision. Dax was a bright spot in the book for me. His antics and humor broke up all of the drama and angst between Dec and Elizabeth while they were figuring themselves out.
There was more than one heart stopping moment that had me reading furiously to find out what was going to happen.
Dirty English completely captivated me. Ilsa Madden-Mills' attention to detail kept me connected to the Elizabeth and Declan. Their story wasn't an easy one but it was theirs and they embraced it fears, fists and all. I hope to see them again in the future and fingers crossed that Dax will be getting his own story soon. That guy needs a woman to knock the player right outta him.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.
She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.
She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education.
When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.
She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors. Drop her a line on the contact page.
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