#BookReview Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills @ilsamaddenmills @ThomasAllenLTD @AmazonPub #PrincessandthePlayer #StrangersinLove #IlsaMaddenMills #Montlake Title: Princess and the Player

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Series: Stranger in Love #2

Published by: Montlake Romance on Nov. 8, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 288

Format: Paperback

Source: Thomas Allen & Son

Book Rating: 8.5/10

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.


Steamy, sassy, and tender!

Princess and the Player is a lighthearted, passionate rom-com featuring the kind, spirited Francesca, who may or may have had a no-identifies given, no-strings fling with an unexpected outcome with the cocky jock who lives in her building, and the sexy, charismatic Tuck, who may turn out to be a more thoughtful, sweet, standup guy than anyone ever gave him credit for.

The writing is witty and playful. The characters are charming, multi-layered, and endearing. And the plot is a delightful combination of friendship, family, temptation, desire, palpable chemistry, sizzling attraction, tender moments, sexy times, pregnancy woes, light drama, and football.

Overall, Princess and the Player is a cute, heartwarming, swoon-worthy tale by Madden-Mills that’s a fantastic addition to the Strangers in Love series with its amusing characters, heartfelt moments, and happy-ever-after ending.


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Thank you to Thomas Allen & Son for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


About Ilsa Madden-Mills

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

Fourteen of her Eighteen novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Not My Romeo #1; The Revenge Pact #1; Dear Ava, Fake Fiancée, I Dare You, and I Promise You #2; I Hate You #5; Not My Match, 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.

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