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The Road to Madison

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  106 reviews
As the sole heir to her family’s banking empire, a lot is expected of Madison Prescott. Falling in love with her childhood friend Ana Perez was not in the cards. As Madison’s father puts it, “A gay daughter? Married to the maid’s daughter? Running my company? Over my dead body.”
By the time George Prescott dies, it’s been 15 years since Madison and Ana were ripped apart by
Paperback, 242 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-f-bsb-romance
2.5 Stars. Well here comes a potentially unpopular review. I really struggled with this. This is my first time reading Spencer and after all the talk about how wonderful Casting Lacey was, I had high hopes for this book. On top of that all the early reviews/ratings for this book were 4 or 5 stars. Maybe that is part of the problem, maybe my expectations were too high? It’s also been cold and rainy here and I’m not feeling 100%. I haven’t seen the sun in days, maybe my mood is grumpy? I just don’ ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This book takes itself way too seriously. A few scenes made me feel like a jerk because I don't think I was supposed to laugh. It was like an old movie, full of dramatics. But if you can get over that it isn't half bad. I really liked Madison and Ana. They were always brooding over each other like it was a job. I would be more annoyed with Ana for not forgiving Madison if I wasn't such a sucker for angst. But seriously "Alicia Keys –If I Ain’t Got You" is what makes Ana realize that she should b ...more
I fell in love with Elle Spencer's writing style after I stumbled open Casting Lacey. Such a fun read with a fabulous push-pull dynamic between the two leading ladies, it really had that something special that makes a book memorable. The Road to Madison is no different, this book will break your heart, make you smile and have your fingers crossed that true love wins in the end. A damn fine read!

When we meet the two main characters Madison Prescott has just buried her father. This is a man she de
Corporate Slave
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Elle Spencer was a very nice addition to my author list with Casting Lacey and obviously I was very excited to read this one. There were some mixed reviews and that’s why I went in with no expectations and thank god for that because this one actually clicked with me:)
I’ve always liked the rich/poor girl storyline but this one was done very nicely! The emotions were too real , and the MCs so believable.
I totally recommend this but it’s not for you if you don’t tolerate angst because, ladies
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Look no further for extravagance and theatrics. The Road to Madison is full of serial drama.

Madison is the only heir to her father George Madison III's company and fortune. For the past 15 years, she has been being groomed to take over. A fortuitous incident brings her face to face with her past.

Ana is a successful business woman who has done everything she can to make a name for herself in the world. The last 15 years has been full of hard work and meaningless flings. She will not open her he
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been a pretty good romance with a lot of underlying anguish throughout the whole story. It is a somewhat atypical story between the rich girl, Madison, and the poor girl, Ana, who have known each other since childhood and who must separate due to Madison's family demands. And I say atypical because there is some surprise that makes turn around many of the opinions that we have been able to make, throughout the story.

The book is structured with flashbacks that intermingle with the presen
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance story with angst. But, aren't all second chance stories 'angsty'?
Madison Prescott is the only heir to a multimillion dollar company and estate. Raised by her conservative father, her path in life has been predetermined by her last name. This is derailed by the maid's daughter, Ana Perez, when they met at 8 and 7 yrs old respectively. Now in their 30s, 15 yrs after Madison proposed then abandoned Ana, her father died. Can Madison pursue the love of her life once again, or
Oh this is fraught with heartbreak and angst. In a good way though – not the heartbreak and angst – for the tension and suspense a second chance romance creates. Madison Prescott fell in love with her childhood friend, Ana Perez, when she was 8-years-old. Her father didn’t want his daughter to even be friends with the maid’s daughter let alone allow her to be gay or in love with her. On the day of his funeral, Madison sees Ana again.

When I’m in the mood, this type of story where a couple finally
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was quite into this one at the beginning. What potential! Super wealthy MC Madison who is the only heir to a family business falling for her maid's daughter Ana? Not new content, but the story starts with a bang, where the two meet up at the grave of Madison's father for the first time in 15 years, and both are successful, wealthy, gorgeous women with a boatload of history and angst and turmoil between them. I was all into this rather cheesy but well fleshed out drama! Let's go, says I! I foun ...more
Les Rêveur
I basically started this story lying in bed one morning and didn’t put it down (or leave the house) until I finished it. I was entranced from the first chapter and hung on every word until it was finished.

Ana and Madison were madly in love when they were teenagers. But when Madison’s father puts a stop to their relationship they are both left heart broken with no one ever quite measuring up to each other. When Madison’s father dies they bump into each other at the funeral and chemistry and love
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book, I thought, Aha! I see why this story divided people into two different camps.

Rich girl (Madison George Prescott) and the maid’s daughter (Ana Margareta Maria Perez) are in a forbidden romance. Dark family secrets, shady characters, and non stop high drama provide the atmosphere. The story is non linear, at times haphazardly so, especially in the beginning. It seemed like the author cut the 20 year timeline into pieces, threw them into the air, and how they landed
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It was just okay. I had high hopes for this book because I loved Casting Lacey.

The drama and villain(s) were like in a bad soap opera. There was lots of angst. At first I cared about the MCs and then it was dragging, so I was bored. Secondary characters didn't add anything good to the story. I thought Ana's mother and Maddy's husband were a bit selfish.

Overall its a 2.75⭐ read. I usually don't like second chance romances but I thought I should give it a try. So now I decided to stick to what I
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first full length book by this author. I read Unforgettable which is two novellas in the one book. They were just ok but I wanted to see what the author could do with more time to flesh things out. Unfortunately, the answer is too much.

Ok, this features Madison, who is a poor little rich girl, with a complete douchebag for a father (George), and the other MC is Ana, who is George’s maid’s daughter. The girls grew up togethe
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I've been a fan on this author since her fanfic days...and boy, did she write some good ones. I loved Casting Lacey, probably one of my faves from last year. I was excited to read this one and I really like how it started out.

I found both of the mains to be likeable even when considering Madison's actions in the past. Speaking of the past, I don't totally love flashbacks. Personally I'd rather the book start in the past and then jump to the present if needed. At least these flashbacks were pret
I had some level of expectations when ‘The road to Madison’ was first on pre-order especially given that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Casting Lacey and Forget Her Not, both were one of the first few lesfic that I read after going on a really really reaaally long reading hiatus!

And when TRTM is out, reviews weren’t all that great. Took the plunge nonetheless and am glad that I did - cos I loved it! There’s just so much angst, so much drama and was just so full of emotion which makes reading it al
Sandra Andersson
I received an ARC from Netgalley.

This is a typical forbidden romance story between rich girl Madison Prescott and poor girl Ana Perez, when they're suddenly ripped apart by Madison's father George who is set on making Madison the perfect heir for his company. 15 years later Ana and Madison meet again when George dies. Madison is set on making everything okay between the two but Ana still feels betrayed and heartbroken.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book, 40% in I was ready to just DNF it bu
Gaby LezReviewBooks
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
As a teenager, Madison Prescott, the sole heir to her family’s banking empire, falls in love with Ana Perez, the maid’s daughter. Madison’s father doesn’t approve of their relationship and, through threats and lies, he forces Madison to break up with Ana. Fifteen years later, when her father dies, Madison is determined to make amends but Ana feels betrayed and hurt. It seems that time doesn’t heal all wounds, or does it?

This is the third book by Elle Spencer whose writing career started with the
The Road to Madison by Elle Spencer is a well-written contemporary romance by an obviously talented author. This is the story of Madison Prescott, the privileged daughter of a wealthy banking CEO, and Ana Perez, the daughter of one of the Prescott’s maids. Both girls started out as best friends and as they grew, this friendship became much more, in spite of Madison’s father.

George Madison was a bigoted, evil man who cared for no one but himself and what he thought his legacy should be. We find
Jude in the Stars
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Elle Spencer (I didn’t read the novellas between Casting Lacey and this, don’t know why, didn’t happen yet). Casting Lacey was much more fun, and there’s a lot more angst in this one, but angst is okay, this story wouldn’t make sense otherwise. It's also nice to see this author is able to go in various directions.

At first The Road to Madison reminded me of At Seventeen (one of my favorite novels by Gerri Hill) but more from the rich girl POV. Then it got even more tragi
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. I enjoyed this book a lot. Madison Prescott is the heir to her family business, and is raised by her terrible, harsh father. Her father separates her from the love of her live, Ana Perez. Ana is the maid's daughter who Madison befriends at 8 and they are inseparable ever since. They eventually fall in love and can't keep away from each other. Eventually, Madison's father finds a way to separate them through a secret in Ana's family. Madison and Ana are separated for 15 years, until Ma ...more
I have read both of Elle Spencer's previous releases and when this one came out I was on the fence about reading it. Some reviews were really great but it's those few that were a bit not that kept me from really going in for the read. After reading it though, I am glad that I did because even though I didnt absolutely positively love it, it was a type of book that I do enjoy. It's a friends to lovers, second chances, rich girl poor girl, light angst, cheesy (pretty cheesy if I have to admit), dr ...more
I'll say just one thing about this book: What a son of a bitch this George Prescott was!

Well, two things: I really hate flashbacks!!!
I'm so glad I didn't pay any attention to some of the reviews for this book. I almost didn't read it because of the bad reviews. I loved this story so it's a good lesson for me to not pay attention to other peoples negative opinions.

Madison Prescott is the heir to an immense fortune and even greater family responsibilities. She meets Ana Perez when they are both young. Ana is the new maids daughter but Madison doesn't see that when she looks at Ana. They become inseparable and eventually plan to
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! This book gets you so involved that you cannot stop reading! Ana and Madison are the perfect couple. Too bad they have a roadblock and loose so much time because of some stupid man!!! I loved everything about this book. Of course, the end was awesome.
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't do long reviews a lot but I guess I had high hopes for this book and author. And I loved 'Casting Lacey" very much (it's a reread of mine).

Getting to the point. The whole time "too obvious" was screaming as I read this book. No more so than the gun scene. It started off so well. The tension at the funeral, I loved.
I'm a tosser for angsty romance paired with ex lovers theme is gem, but things weakened dramatically for me when Ana's paternity was revealed. A couple of things got to me.

May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this! Tons of angst and drama from the first page! It has almost all my favorite tropes: rich/poor, second chance romance, flashbacks, angst, drama. From the description I thought the story was written for me :D It was almost impossible to put it down and I didn’t want it to end.

This one is one of the few books I would love to know what the characters are up to a few months after the story ends. I liked the characters and dialog. It has a few unlikable characters that at times feel like
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just want to preface my review by stating that I believe this author is a good writer. She knows how to write characters driven by their emotions which captures the attention of her readers. After stating that, I believe there is such a thing as taking those emotions to the extreme which actually takes away from the story. This is what I think happened with this book. Hate seemed to consume a certain intelligent character, Ana, throughout the book. Even though once the reason why Madison ended ...more
Paradise Lost
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-f
This was a difficult one to rate... the way it started, it seemed to have so much potential, and I was excited to see how it would unfold. But then... it just sort of dwindled into this unoriginal telenovela type thing and... oh well...
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The Road to Madison's main problem is it's a story we've all experienced before, except with a lesbian romance at the forefront. The rich girl falls for the poor girl, defying the beliefs of those around them, but are later caught in the trap of a wealthy, powerful man who holds precious information against them.

Madison is the daughter of a wealthy, single father, destined to take over the family business before she meets Ana, the new maid's daughter. Madison's father's desire for a male heir t
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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