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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 comp
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2015 by Little Dove
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Oct 24, 2015 Loyda rated it it was amazing
4.5***Unicorn ~ Stars

Genre:NA Romance
POV:First Person – Dual


“Love is a knife that cuts out your heart by piece; feeding it to the boy you love.”Elizabeth


Elizabeth Bennett had her heart broken and body shattered by the one she gave her love to, the boy she trusted with all her heart. She was young an innocent; she came from a low income home and without money and resources when her high school boyfriend; the rich kid son the Major of their City took advantage of her while he
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Oct 28, 2015 Ilsa Madden-Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
ALERT: DIRTY ENGLISH just hit #8 on the WALL STREET JOURNAL! (Week of Oct. 18)

Steamy Stand alone New Adult Romance

*a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*


Exclusive Excerpt

“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 wa
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"He'd done way more than just please. A giant stick of dynamite has just gone off inside me."

Ilsa Madden-Mills has always been on my list of authors that I adore and love. When I first read her debut book, Very Bad Things, I was instantly addicted to all her books. There was no ifs, ands or buts about it, Ilsa has reminded me as to why I enjoy and love reading the New Adult genre. Personally, I think she has the magic touch when it comes to this genre because I have always found myself spellbin
Oct 12, 2015 Cristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fighting-men, arc
Are you a NA romance fan?



Do you start drooling if the main male character is a fighter?



Do your panties get wet if he has a British accent? :P



If all your answers to these questions are YES then this is definitely the book you.


I was over the moon when I got an arc and I really loved this book even if there where some things I didn't enjoy.

Sometimes I had the feeling that the roles where reversed. She wanted just a quick fuck and he wanted something more...when usually it's the othe
Becca Reads A Lot
Oct 05, 2015 Becca Reads A Lot rated it it was amazing
This very well may be my favorite Ilsa Madden- Mills book. In fact, this is probably one of my top five reads of 2015. I am completely and utterly obsessed with this book. Dirty English exceeded my expectations. It was everything I needed. It was funny. It was definitely sexy. But mostly, it hit me in the feels. HARD. I honestly can't think of too many books where you see honest and active character growth as well as stunning relationship growth.

FIVE "Dancing in the Rain" STARS!

I was told this
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"Your scars are beautiful. It means you survived. It means you're here with me." ... "It's my favorite part of you."

From the moment I started reading this book, I was drown to the story!I loved it so much,everything is so well written!I loved the main characters and the story is captivating. It's sexy,intense and funny!This is my first book from Ilsa, I loved the writing and the message that comes out of the story!


Something bad has happened in the
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
Oct 12, 2015 Arabella ~♡AB♡~ rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s, fighters
3.5 Stars

Amazon US | Amazon UK

This was my first book from author Ilsa Madden-Mills and have to say I thought it was pretty good. Being English, I was instantly drawn to this book, the cover is gorgeous and to be honest, I wanted to run my critical eye over it to see if she could pull off the English slang - a lot of non-British authors try really hard and quite often I am left disappointed. Well, Declan was no Hugh Grant (thank the Lord!), he was a normal every day guy from London. Or
Dec 03, 2015 Mysza rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-read
Love cuts out your heart piece by piece, feeding it to the boy you love."

First of all, this is a college romance, which I adore so no surprise I loved this one as well. It definitely started strong, with such an epilogue, you can't help but expect well paced story. And it was. Written in such manner that I couldn't put it down and turn pages fast enough to see what will happen next.

We have Elizabeth Bennett, who went through something tragic in the past and doesn't believe in love any
"He was the one with the potential to break me into a million pieces."-Elizabeth


Dirty English is a FIGHTING ROMANCE lovers dream! With a tattooed fighting bad boy and a broken heroine, this is one read you won't want to miss!


Elizabeth Bennett is an intelligent hard working college student striving to overcome her upbringing. Straight out of the trailer park, she has managed to secure a scholarship at a prestigious university. Other than her two best friends, she avoids relationships like the pla

Title: Dirty English
Series: Standalone (with the possibility for a continuing series with supporting characters)
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Release date: October 12, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

I had two reasons for wanting to read this book.

1: That masterpiece of a cover.
2: This book is being called a "modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice", or "inspired by Pride and Prejudice". Now, I don't know if anyone realizes...but I'm kind of a fan of P&P. HUGE fan.

Violina The Romance Lover
4 "Dragonfly" stars

Something about a big dude that read Pride and Prejudice made me breathless.

The modern love story of inspiried by Pride and Prejudice!

This a story about a broken girl and a big sexy fighter !
The book took me by surprise because I didn't expect the depth of this book. I like how the problem were handled, there were some issues with the behavior of the heroine but when you know her story you begin to understand why she is like she is.

“Love is a knife that cuts ou
Mar 25, 2016 Parvathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

5 'Dirty English' Stars..

A sexy, swoon worthy, entertaining, emotional and beautiful love story...

I loved this book...!! This happens to be one of my favourite reads of 2015. When I had started reading the story I was not sure whether I'll enjoy it. But as the story progressed I fell in love...!! A totally wonderful NA read..!!

Elizabeth lives by her set of rules and her most important one is not to fall in love. She is on a scholarship at the university and wants to focus on her studies and ma
4 Dirty Stars.

With a bad past behind her, Elizabeth Bennet has trouble trusting guys. She’s definitely not looking for her Mr. Darcy, but she finds Declan in the way.
With a bad past himself, Declan’s dream is to open his own gym and until then he fights in underground challenges until get enough money for it. He was also not looking for love, but all that meets when his path crosses with Elizabeth’s. But for a man who’s used to fight, can he fight her demons away and make her realize they cou
Oct 07, 2015 ✿ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC via TRSOR PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

“The moment that dragonfly landed on you, I knew you were going to rock my world.”



'The British are coming! The British are coming!'

Two to be exact. Twins. *YESSSSS!! Fist pumps in the air!! I lay claim on both!! I'm greedy like that!! Muahahaha!!*



Dirty English was much more than a NA themed, college love story. Yes, I had romance. But it was mainly about the trials of life, second chances, redemption, pe
Stacey is Sassy

An audio review

***3.5 Stars***

I've been listening to audio books a lot more lately and it has been very, very interesting. When I went shopping looking for a new purchase I came across the cover for Dirty English. To say I was a little distracted is a HUGE understatement. I may have even been so distracted that I didn't read the blurb. I mean, I'd seen a lot of friends who had read and loved it, why not just jump in and take the plunge? Well, you can imagine my surprise (and my smacking my foreh
Olga therebelreader
4 Unicorn Stars

I simply love MMA fighter books and this one did almost nothing to alter my adoration. I was looking for something different, so I took a chance and started this lovely book. And, I absolutely love this cover!!

Dirty English wasn't over dramatic or boring. I devoured this story, the characters were so relatable it made the reading just fly by. I enjoyed a lot of side characters, as well.

Elizabeth's life has been damaged in the past by a boy who promised her that he would give her
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TITLE: Dirty English
AUTHOR: Ilsa Madden-Mills
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 12th, 2015

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**༻This is my first time reading something by this author༺**

Raw, emotionally gritty, it packs a hell of a punch right from the very first page..I LOVED this for the simple fact that I've read shitloads of fighter books and this just ticks every box and more, it
Feb 12, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing

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Hot British twins (Declan & Dax), a ninja turtle (Donatello), a girl named Elizabeth Bennett, and Pride and Prejudice inspired, what's not to like?
Loved it!!
Norah Una Sumner
Actually really enjoyed this.


I've read this a while ago but forgot to write a proper review.The story is very interesting and I really connected with both main characters.I see that some readers found Elizabeth annoying but I actually liked her a lot.And I liked Declan a lot,of course.The chemistry between them is amazing and I love how she found that box of classic novels outside his apartment-she totally didn't expect him to look and behave the way he does,haha!So,yeah,I definitely enjoyed rea
3 'Mr. Darcy Turned Dirty' Stars

Elizabeth Bennett isn't looking for true love and despite her love of Pride and Prejudice she is far from being a romantic. After being betrayed in one of the most horrendous ways by her high school boyfriend she swears off dating and only does one night stands all through college. But then she meets Declan Blay and her one night stand rule may no longer be in play.

Declan is the British bad boy of campus and underground fighter. His world came to a screeching hal
Jenny & Gitte - TotallybookedBlog

“The British are coming, the British are coming.”

Yeah we can safely say we fancy us a bit of Dirty English – this story has one of the most swoon worthy heroes and our hearts melted into a puddle on the floor. The dynamics in this story felt quite original in a saturated market of male players and virginal heroines. We absolutely loved that. There were no excuses made and after reading an overwhelmingly traumatic and vivid prologue which gave us chills and had us in tears we knew this was goin
This was a good read, the sex was hot and "Dirty English" better known as Declan Blay was even hotter! He had all of my boxes ticked off...from his tattooes, his muscles, and his intense personality. He is a British street fighter to boot, and when he gives his heart to someone it is forever.

The heroine; Elizabeth Bennett is more protective of her heart, and considering a very traumatic experience she went through it is no doubt that she would be like that. Even though she is extremely vulnerab
Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog
Oct 15, 2015 Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

“The British are coming, the British are coming.”

Yeah we can safely say we fancy us a bit of Dirty English – this story has one of the most swoon worthy heroes and our hearts melted into a puddle on the floor. The dynamics in this story felt quite original in a saturated market of male players and virginal heroines. We absolutely loved that. There were no excuses made and after reading an overwhelmingly traumatic and vivid prologue which gave us chills and had us in tears we knew this was goin
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
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4 Fighting for Love Stars!!

WOW!! I really didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! The book starts out with heartbreaking prologue, and I have to say my heart broke for the heroine Elizabeth.

Two years later she has picked up the pieces (at least in appearance), she’s a college student where she meets gorgeous British college student Declan. Declan is a tattooed underground MMA fighter who happens to have just moved into the student housing right next door to Elizabeth and then ther
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Oct 18, 2015 Julia's Book Haven rated it it was amazing
How have I not read a book by this author before? I loved this one so much!! Can't wait to read more from her.
Oct 19, 2015 Ashleyjo rated it it was ok

Poignant opener that's excellently written, author slacks half way through, it becomes a bit tedious, and the HEA just kinda gallops in out of nowhere to call it a day.

So, the poignant opener.... The author leaves out the play by play details of the actual event, but yet writes the wake of devastation with so much poignancy that readers can't help but feel the character's utter pain and betrayal.

I'm immediately struck by the way the author takes a trite sentiment and makes it utterly her own.
Dusti Hanrahan
Nov 03, 2015 Dusti Hanrahan rated it it was amazing
5 Bloody Bad Ass British Stars!

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was a little bit of angst, a little bit of grief, a lot of heat and a whole lot of sexy ass British twins!

Declan Blay is a definite new addition to my bbf list. He is sexy, alpha male, yet has a heart of gold.
The bond Declan, aka Dirty English, and Elizabeth have..and of course fight against... was written perfection. I felt their painful past, I felt Elizabeth's fight against love and I felt Declan's determination to make Elizabet
Apr 15, 2016 Viviana rated it it was amazing
4.5 mr Darcy stars!!!

Loved Declan and Elizabeth's story. But then again I l love me a fine English fighter.

This was a smooth, easy, fun, unexpected, and painful at times story.

Good character development? Yes!!!
Did I enjoy it? Absolutely
Did it have a great love story? Yes, It most certainly did!
Did it have a great ending? 5 star dragonfly!
Oct 25, 2015 Paige rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I was completely and utterly besotted with this book just for the cover. Because holy cover-gasm. I just wanna keep looking at it. Then I started reading and was immersed in the troubled story and was swept away. I was loving this NA read for most of the book. I liked the push and pull and the tension. Both the H and h were drawn to each other but their connection was never over done or to instal-anything. I was antsy to see where their story went though I felt like it progr ...more
Dnf 55%

Ok so I'm obviously reading a different book to anyone else. I've been pushing myself to read on and sometimes something semi-interesting happens and I half convince myself it's turned and I'm into it, but I'm fooling myself; I'm not feeling this one. With the exception of a fairly heated smut session on a sweaty gym mat, this was a bit of a dud for me.

My main issues (for what it's worth):

1 I keep getting the twins muddled in my mind. Their names are similar and their characters not vivid
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“Love is a knife that cuts out your heart piece by piece, feeding it to the boy you love.” 80 likes
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