Ilsa Madden -Mills ➠ Princess and the Player

(Strangers in Love #2)


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?


Not my first read by the author but she is still a 50/50 to me meaning that some of her books contain my triggers and dislikes in reading so I have been reading her on and off depending on which book and I guess being a mood reader you just dive in and see how it goes. This one almost had me DNF at 17% because of a huge dislike (where the hero is either kissing, having sex or dating another female even before the H&H are an actual thing.) It’s a huge turn off for me and just gets me super angry. I luckily was at work and stopped reading then got busy forgot and remembered to skip a chapter. And this is for the ladies that have the same issue as me of this while reading. Beware. YUK to the ex!

This book so far is really pulling me in directions. On one way I get a vibe of possessive sexy hot hero then he turns into a early 20’s frat boy type then back then back again. WHIPLASH! I only say that because I really dislike the wishy-washy hero’s that act like that. We get quite a lot of ex’s in this book I didn’t realize, I’m only at 41% I wonder if we will get every single ex of the heroine by the time this is done. The heroine, I can’t point my finger on her, I want to believe she is strong and I like her but her actions and wishy-washy way words, I am not sure what to think about her. And no offense but I don’t give a damn about Courtney, she is a thorn through out the whole book. And I could not form a connection between the H&H i tried so hard but their just so who care attitude for one another and what they do, just throws me right back. I am confused as to why this book is the way it is, I love Ilsa’s books and have read a lot but this just, I don’t understand it. It’s a lot of tropes that are just mixed and added then not. WHY?! It’s also hard to write a surprise baby and the hero doesn’t get to find out until the end. Because when it comes to that point it’s always harsh and in this book and case, that was outright not the peek I was expecting but makes sense with the way I feel about this book. That was harsh and in turn made me start hating the hero from then on and loving the heroine for not taking his shit. Okay so this concludes the portion on my MOODY READER I am also a MOODY reviewer as you can see. I don’t really need to mention the ending because well it’s all sweet and beautiful but I just wish I was able to fall in love with this like I anticipated and hoped!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: Personal Dislike Triggers
Standalone/Series: (Strangers in Love #2)
Recommended: ☑

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