Book Review: I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Book Review: I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-MillsI Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Published by Little Dove on August 17, 2019
Cover Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Cover Model: Eddie
Pages: 305
Format: Digital, Paperback
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Now a Top 5 Amazon Bestseller

WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new, enemies-to-lovers second chance romance between the football hottie and the feisty nerd girl he can't forget.

I want you . . . even when I hate you.

Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.

She's been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she's ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of all her friends.
At her own party.

So no, she's not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class. He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she'll melt right back into his arms. Please. She'd be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.
Brainy girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she's the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There's absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.

So why can't he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life?

*Steamy and flirty with all the emotional feels, I Hate You is a new adult standalone romance.

Also by this author: Dirty English, I Dare You

Sports Contemporary Romance; Friends-to-Enemy; New Adult

First person; dual-POV

You know… you know how I feel about you, right? You’re the last thing I think about when I go to sleep, the first thing I want when I wake up.

by Blaze

Addictiveness: 4/5 Very addictive! This was a fast-paced read that kept me going until the end. I literally didn’t sleep that night, because I had to finish the book.

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5 I love how Ms. Madden-Mills writes her characters. They feel real and are easy to love, connect and understand.

Both main characters were multi-dimensional and had a great story arch. They evolved throughout the story and we felt their emotions along with them.

Charisma presented herself as someone fun, that was strong and self-assured. In reality she was still building up her shields ,carrying insecurities from high school. She felt very human. She was a little unicorn and reminded me of my daughter. It was impossible for me not to connect with her. She grew a lot throughout the story, she became more self-confident and sure of herself.

Blaze , what a lovely hero. He really was this huge onion with several layers of skin. His past was filled with huge boulders and he managed to become a very well rounded man despite everything he went through.

Both characters were afraid of love and had trust issues.

So many interesting secondary characters. Even though this book is a standalone, some characters are from previous books of the author. I would love to read “the fall” of Dillon next.

Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I can totally imagine Blaze here. I love the font, the colors, the title and specially the subtitle used. Spot on! Very catching and makes the reader interested, wanting to know more. I would definitely buy this book by its cover alone, no blurb reading needed.

Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 4/5  Great opening and wonderful ending.  Good believable conflict with dialogues very well written. A fast-paced read that hooked the reader from the beginning, making it impossible to stop reading it. Perfect setting of a new adult novel, good subplot and cool twists. Very well written with no loose ends. This was the work of a wordsmith.

Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5  O.M.G! Their chemistry was explosive. Every time they were in the same room they caused major combustions. Wow! So many great, descriptive scenes. I’ve loved the masquerade party!!! Besides all the smut, the couple’s love felt real and completely believable.

Writing Style: I’m a fan of the author. She really has a clean, cohesive style of writing that feels effortless. Her characters are always authentic, her setting feels legitimate and the romance she creates is steamy and conceivable.

Freshness: This book followed an usual new adult/college romance format. So, it hadn’t anything completely original, but who needs that? I personally love this formula and this book worked for me.

At the same time, this story gave me a feel unexpected twists that complemented the plot perfectly.

Every romance lover MUST read one or several books by Ms. Madden-Mills.

This book had it all: superb characters, great romance and an emotional journey that had the reader feeling along with the characters. A true cathartical experience!

33.5/35 STARS –  5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4  Plot:5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5

Action 3/5

Angst 3.5/5

Darkness 2/5

Humor 2.5/5

Romance 5/5

Suspense/Mystery 1/5

Would I recommend? YES YES YES

Would I re-read this book? I’m certain I will.

Would I read more from the author? Forever!!!

You may read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because the romance is so good; you MUST read this for some very lovable and relatable characters!!!

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

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


Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; 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. Feel free to stalk her online.

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