Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Meet Declan and Elizabeth in Ilsa Madden-Mills
new fighter romance!

 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.

**Dirty English is a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice**

Amazon: UK | UK | AU

 “Come to my apartment and spend the night with me.” I touched his face, my fingers stroking the softness of his sensuous lips. “Just one night and we can make this shitty world disappear.”
He exhaled. “A one-night stand?”
He cupped my chin. “Someone hurt you, didn’t they?”
My lips tightened. No one at Whitman knew about Colby except for Shelley and Blake, and I sure as hell wasn’t telling him. He’d judge me like everyone else had in Petal, North Carolina. “That’s none of your business.”
I see.” His eyes searched mine until I felt like a bug under a microscope. “What if I wanted more than just one night?”
Then your hands can let go of my hips now.”
He removed his hands slowly, the tips of his fingers grazing mine. “This may surprise you, but I don’t sleep with every girl I kiss.”
I’d been rejected. Again. “Blake said you got around, that you used—”
And you believed him?” His voice was incredulous. “Dude is in love with you and he saw exactly how we looked at each other tonight—”
Looked at each other? What are you talking about? You refused to dance with me and then you ran off with your girlfriend. Not to mention I just kissed you and you didn’t even care.” I threw my hands up.
I wanted to fuck you the minute you walked in that party,” he snapped.
Then why don’t you,” I bit out, tossing back my shoulders.
You think you want me?” he said tightly. “You can’t handle me, Elizabeth. I can see it in your eyes. You’re scared of something, maybe not me, but something.”
My eyes went to his black eye.
He let out a harsh laugh. “Ah, that’s what you’re afraid of. You want the real truth? You told me tonight you didn’t like violence, but I’m an arsehole who uses his fists. That’s who I am.”
What do you mean?”
His gaze was intense, dark and low, his face struggling as he fought to find the right words. “I’m in a fight club for money. I show up at warehouses and fight other blokes. Sometimes I beat them so bad they need medical attention. A few times, I’ve been beat to unconsciousness. I’m everything you need to stay away from.”
I inhaled, anger and lust and excitement all riding me. Anger that he was pushing me away, lust for the alpha male in him, and God help me, the fighting thing repelled me and excited me at the same time. “I don’t want to stay away from you. I want you to fuck me and stop making excuses for why you can’t.”
My words seemed to snap his taut restraint.
He pulled me back in his arms, his lips fusing with mine unerringly. His tongue plundered me in a sensual way my body had craved for years. I wrapped my arms around his neck, my anger morphing into all-out desire as he turned us and pressed me against the wall.
Yes, yes, this is what I craved.
A passion to remind me that I was real, not just some sad excuse of a girl who chose to exist on scraps of love.
Before I knew it, he’d shoved my robe off, his hands sculpting my shoulders, massaging them as he ravaged my mouth. I reveled in the warmth of his hand on my neck as his mouth skated down, kissing the hollows of my throat, sucking on my collarbone.
Like this?” he asked, his voice dark and gravelly. “You want me to take you up against this wall?”
Yes,” I moaned. Gone. Past caring as long as he kept his hands on me.
Out of control, my brain whispered, but I beat back the dark warnings as his warm hand found my breast and squeezed, his fingers rolling my nipple between his thumb and forefinger.
I gasped in pleasure and arched my back to get closer to his body, ignoring the fear that pricked at the surface.
The rules girl in my head stamped her foot and yelled at me. I ignored her.
But even if I wanted to stop right now, I couldn’t. My tongue tangled wildly with his, my hands pulled at his hair, spurring him on, his hand palming my breast and then tugging. Sharp sensations of need went straight to my core.
Is this what you want? Something quick where we just take what we want and forget each other the next day?”
No. Not that. Not like the way he said it, like it was something dirty.
Yes, like that,” I whispered against his shoulder, my mouth on his skin, tasting him as my teeth bit down. 

5 – Dirty, Rough and Broken – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Everything I'd believed about myself...about who I was...about love...unraveled, turning into something dark. Dirty.
Love is a knife that cuts out your heart piece by piece, feeding it to the boy you love.
Broken in more ways than one, I vowed to never fall again.

Elizabeth Bennett has learned the hard way to never give her heart away. Sex is all she wants from men, and one night at that – but only if she has ALL the control, she can't afford to risk her heart again, even a little bit. Sure, she's become somewhat of a loner and it gets to her at times, but she's safe. Til he comes crashing into her life and throws it all off balance...

Declan Blay is no stranger to heartbreak. After a nasty breakup that doesn't seem to want to go away, he is more than a little cautious about who he spends his time with and they all know it's nothing more than sex. Til she comes floating into his life...

They meet at a frat party, and after fighting their attraction becomes impossible they give in to a lust-filled night filled of dirty passion – but that's all Elizabeth can offer, and Declan finds he wants so much more. Can he get her to see past her demons long enough to realize what they could have, or will their pasts destroy everything before it even has a chance...

I want you for real, all the good and bad parts together.”
“I don't know what you mean.”
“Stop denying us. You have wounds. Deeps ones. I see that. You're living in the past with no hope for the future, but you do have hope. I saw it when you talked about your jewelry. I saw it when I made love to you. Just-open your heart. Let me in.”
“My heart is not easily mended. And you-you have the potential to rip it apart permanently.”

I have been a HUGE Ilsa Madden-Mills fan ever since I stumbled across her Briarcrest Series and I have never looked back. Her books are LOADED with beautifully flawed and damaged characters, tons of drama and heartache, and sprinkled with smokin hott, dirty sex – Dirty English was no different. Do not expect insta-love (YAYYY – that shit tends to drive me nuts anyway) but there is a whole lotta insta-lust, and who doesn't like that!? While it is mentioned that this book was inspired by 'Pride and Prejudice' it is in no way a modern day re-telling of the story. This book is it's own beast, with hints of P & P woven into it, and it was a masterpiece in it's own right. As for our characters, prepare for some mega-frustrations, an abundance of love and understanding, and lots of drool-worthy lust. Elizabeth kinda drove me insane, I'm not gonna lie. That girl turned pushing people away into an art form. I got it, I really did, I understood why she was so afraid of letting anyone in, but even she realized Declan didn't deserve it after a certain point and she did it anyway. Drove. Me. Crazy. Not that he was a saint. He suffered from his own demons that had him keeping her at arms length at first, he just pulled his head outta his ass way before she did. We got a bit of a role reversal here with the girl not wanting more than a one-night stand, and the guy wanting all of her or nothing. It was refreshing and sweet as hell. Declan really was a romantic at heart, which was funny since he was a badass fighter – but he saw something in Elizabeth that drew him to her in a way he never experienced before and he latched onto that, so yay on him for owning up to what he wanted outta life. As if there wasn't enough drama between them just battling out their feeling for one another, we get not one but TWO ex's making matters even more complicated. One I wanted to slap the shit out of, the other I would happily stab. But have no fear, the whole book isn't one giant angst-fueled drama-fest, though there is plenty, we do get a ton of laughs thrown in between Elizabeth's bestie and Declan's twin brother Dax. Yes, I said twin. Smokin' hot, sexy and dirty, funny as hell, BRITISH TWINS!! Seriously, that alone was enough to grab my attention, the rest was just the super-awesome icing on the cake that was this fab book. Stepping out of Briarcrest and into a new world was exciting and everything I have come to eagerly anticipate from this author and I am PRAYING this will lead to more books from these people because I am no where near done with them. I NEED DAX'S STORY!! If you live under a rock, or SOMEHOW have missed out on this author so far, take my advise – GO GRAB DIRTY ENGLISH TODAY!! Then move on to her other series, these books are not to be missed.

Will you read Jane Austen to me naked?”
“I'll do one better. I'll make love to you and quote the whole bloody book at the same time.”
“Mm, I could get used to that.”
“Just making sure you get what you want, love.”

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 heroes in books. 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.

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