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Dirty English

(English #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  24,862 ratings  ·  2,504 reviews
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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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ by: Bree Howland
3 Stars


I read three very mediocre books yesterday while being a lazy fatass and not even pretending to put on real clothes and leave the house, and this was one of them.

It wasn't a BAD book, per se; in fact, there was AMPLE chemistry between our two main leads, Elizabeth and Delcan, which is more important to me than a completely solid plot half the time.

That said, as you can see, I still only gave this three stars. I think my main problem here was that I just didn't love Elizabeth
Lo Bookfrantic
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review-ng
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 advantag
Ilsa Madden-Mills
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

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 want the real truth?
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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 spell
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fighting-men
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
Becca Reads A Lot
Jul 30, 2015 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 th
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fighters, arc-s
★★★ 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 Lond
✰ Liz ✰
"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 pl
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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

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.

Exhibit A
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 kn
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ilsa Madden-Mills Fans, NA, Romance
4 Dirty English, Yes Please Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free-Blimey, It's Free!!!!
I just finished my first taste of Ilsa Madden-Mills writing (Fake Fiancee) and totally loved it. I immediately came to this book to continue my enjoyment of her style. I was not disappointed at all. This author has a specific voice and it carries all the way through. It draws you into this story laced with serious moments and I was.

We have this set up in college; past pain and trauma for both main characters and how each
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
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**༻Complimentary Copy༺** Provided by the author "Ilsa Madden-Mills" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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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
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Audio re-read 10/27/18

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
4.5 "Dirty Sexy English stars!"


That was my first read by Ilsa and I LOVED it!

Declan & Elizabeth's ❤ characters captured my heart, their emotional story of passion combined with fierce determination, and both are dealing with troubled pasts, yet somehow they find each other along the way....;)

Declan & Elizabeth are so HOT together the sex scenes written so well I thought my Kindle was going to melt....(fans self)
Intense raw passion and mind blowing!

I'm looking forward to reading
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Sep 12, 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, redemp
chan ☆
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, new-adult, fighters
this was worse than beautiful disaster

literally the same premise except the main character in this one is sexually assaulted before she finds her one true love. and the love interest in this is british.

words can't describe how bad this was. from the dick van dyke in mary poppins slang for the british guy, the girl who is in love with classic literature AND makes her own metal jewelry, to the street fighting... it was just. bad.

and i powered through it thinking i might be rewarded with some decen
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
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
edge of bubble
Sometimes I read interesting one-star reviews and take a look at the book and I can make an educated guess that the book is a brain-fart. At that moment, the book masochist in me, takes over the reins and I find myself reading the said book. That's how I came to read this one. And of course the cover didn't help either! It is the most scientific curiosity cough arousing book cover I've ever seen. I mean look at it! Don't you want to observe those muscle groups, the velocity of their movement, en ...more
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
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
*A modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*

❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

Reread on 5.04.18
Finally going to read Filthy English so I had to refresh my memory.....

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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 h
Oct 19, 2015 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.
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

“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 go
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Oct 15, 2015 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 go
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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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.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia

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