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Review: Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Review: Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills

A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.

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?

Princess and the Player is a complete stand-alone romance with nuanced characters and a swoony happily ever after.

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Princess and the Player follows the story of Tuck and Francesca. Tuck and Francesca were two lost and broken souls who met at the most unconventional places. They end up spending one glorious night together, with no strings attached. However, fate had other plans for these two. Suddenly their paths are crossing at every possible chance and despite not wanting a relationship, Tuck and Francesca are powerless to fight the pull they feel toward one another…

Princess and the Player is a fast-paced and addictive read. I devoured this book in just a few short hours and wild horses couldn’t have made me put this book down. I was consumed by the entertaining banter and explosive chemistry. I loved the push and pull between Tuck and Francesca. Neither one of them was perfect and had their fair share of flaws, but when they set their hearts on something, they’re not afraid to fight for what they want. I loved watching these two navigate past their fears and disappointments, and thoroughly enjoyed their journey to happily ever after.

This story was everything I was hoping it would be and in the end, it left me with the biggest smile on my face. If you’re looking for an entertaining, swoon-worthy story that has just the right amount of angst, you won’t want to miss Princess and the Player.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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