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Not My Romeo

(The Game Changers #1)

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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  17,033 ratings  ·  1,934 reviews
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.

We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.

My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player with sinful amber eyes. Somehow we end up at his penthous
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 346 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by Montlake
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mel ☽
3.25 stars

first, i have the most important question i'll ever ask in my whole entire life and existence on earth...

... do people really have pet pigs??

asking for a friend.

the beginning got me instantly hooked because when the heroine walks up to a stranger who she thinks is her blind date but said stranger is actually a famous athlete and then they have a one night stand and THEN they meet again in the girl's small town because the dude coincidentally accidentally hit one of the kids from said
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This is the gold standard for sports romance!



The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💜🖤🤍💙💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📘📗📕📙📓
World building: 🌅🌆🏙🏞🌃
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: Nashville & Daisy Tennessee
The Hero: Jack Hawke, Superstar NFL Quarterback that won 4 championships, but never won a Super Bowl.
The Heroine: Elena, a Librarian in the small town of Daisy with bit of a wild streak.



I loved this sports romance story. It was funny, heartwarming, a bit tragic and so hot! The ro
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Christy
3.5 stars

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Not My Romeo is my first book by Ilsa Madden Mills. It was cute and fun and I even though I didn't fall in love with the story, I did enjoy reading it and I'll be checking out more from this author in the future.

Elena and Jack meet on a blind date... only Jack isn't Elena's date. I loved this meet-cute and had so much fun reading about this couple. Jack is a professional football player and Elena is a librarian with big dreams to break out into the fashion world. Neither of them is
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Tears Of Venus
4 💖⭐️s
”Sometimes, fate gives you a bad game, but in the end destiny straightens it out. And you win. You and I are going to win.”


Song : Taylor Swift - August

I love this author. I really do. It normally takes me at least 3 books to love an author but Ilsa Madden-Mills won me over with Dear Ava .
When this book was announced, I fell in love with it before reading it. I just knew, in my heart, that I would love it. And I was right because



This is the story of two incredibly endearing and amazi
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Carol
5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A fabulous rom-com, it ranks right up there along with all my other top favorites in this category.

The story was total rom-com magic....I laughed, smiled and sighed at times ...I also felt my positive endorphin levels rising with each new page that I read!!!
This has to be one of Ilsa Madden Mills best books ever IMO.

It starts off with a Valentine's Day blind date misstep when Elena (a sweet librarian and albeit secret lingerie designer) mistakes Jack Hawke (a somewhat cynical and s
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Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
05-09-2020-15-24-15-2550000
3 STARS
This book had so much potential to be a 5-star read for me.

First Half: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fun, hilarious, steamy... and also fun (I know I already wrote "fun", but thats how fun this book was!) 😂

Second Half: 1 Star ⭐
Boring, boring, boring... and a bit stupid (in what world is a famous football player participats a theater show of a neighborhood community center? And what does that show have to do with everything that happened in the plot so far? And why, OH WHY, after all the rehearsals t
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CristiinaReads❀
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
Two opposites mending one puzzle, and one attraction that never seems to sizzle no matter how far away they run from each other...



Jack and Elena, a couple filled with lots of chemistry and lust that truly breaks the pages. At first sight, it's kind of complicated to feel their attraction, but after a while it's a no brainer that they are meant to be. Elena is such a unique character that's for sure. She is quirky, introverted, smart, and sexy. Qualities in which to Jack's eyes make her worth
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Antonella
One of my favorite romance reads of the year!!
I highly recommend it to every romance reader, this book has off the chart chemistry and unbelievably believable dialogue.

It is hard for me to be critical or even write a review when you loved the book as much as I did love this one. I feel like I can’t express it well enough how much I enjoy reading this.
What I find the best is writing more specifically the heroine. I haven’t read such a well fleshed out character in a long time.

It seems that th
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Dilek VT
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I needed some time to decide how to grade this book because while I loved most parts of it, I also disliked certain parts of it.



All in all, it is not a bad book, its good outweighs its bad.

First of all, it is well-written and most importantly, it makes you feel but I think it is the hero that spoils it all. He’s had a traumatic childhood and it still affects him in a negative way. He cannot trust anyone. Especially, after the betrayal of his last girlfriend, who published a book about him whic
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Phuong ✯
I was blindsided.

All I've heard about this book from other reviews was: "the Hero watches K-drama and he's so sweet 🥺" That's when I knew, I had to read this book, but wow I did not care about neither Jack nor Elena.

But then Jack goes and says:
"I won't judge you for eating a pound of bread when we met, and you don't judge me for my K-dramas."

Dude. Are u ok? Is your head ok? Is your brain ok? Are ur brain cells still intact??? If you judge a girl for eating bread ... no comment. Maybe that
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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Montlake)

-Sometimes, fate gives you a bad game, but in the end destiny straightens it out. And you win.

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Elena Riley is a 26 yr. old, single librarian that lives in a small town in Tennessee called Daisy. Always feeling she's expected to be the perfect southern girl she is prim, proper and reserved. After a bad break up she needs to move on. It's time for some good to come her way. She agrees to step out of her comfort zone, and go on a blind date on Valentine's Day. I
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moonlight ☾
4.5 stars

this was a hilarious, heartwarming and fun read between a sexy professional football player and a small-town librarian and I loved every moment of it. <3

Jack (H):
➴ a hero who reads and likes kdramas?? where can I find my own Jack? 😩 on a serious note, Jack was such a kind and respectful H (the way he would ask Elena (h) in the beginning if they could kiss had me swooning) that I couldn’t help but adore him. His lack of commitment and trust issues frustrated me towards the end, b
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I can't put in words how much I loved this book, but I'll definitely try.

I've thought that after Dear Ava, I couldn't enjoy this author as much as I did back there.
Ohhh silly me...
This book is just perfect!
I can't think in not even one negative point to tell you!

I've to start by saying that:
JACK IS MINE, SO BACK OFF LADIES!

With that out of the way, I can just tell you that my man is perfect.

Jack Hawke is a hot famous, but very reserved, quarterback for the Nash
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Mickeysreads
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, arc, four-star
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4.75 STARS

Omg you guys, I absolutely loved this book so much, I’m actually considering reading Dear Ava again (left it as DNF).

Plot
Elena was set up for a blind date on Valentine’s Day by her friend Topher. The only thing she knew about her date was that he was a weatherman and he would be wearing a blue shirt. When she goes to the five star restaurant he had invited her too, she see’s a gorgeous man in blue shirt sitting all alone and already having his dinner, assuming he is her date she go
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Malene
4.5 Stars
Oh my lord! I absolutely adored Not My Romeo. Yes, the premise has been done before but that wasn’t important when the characters shined the way they did.
Elena, Jack, Aunt Clara, Topher, Devon. I could go on. I liked every one of these characters and especially the two leads Elena and Jack.
Elena is such a great heroine. A librarian who designs sexy lingerie in her spare time. Her first meeting with the famous and shy quarterback Jack was so much fun and immediately set the tone. Their
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Messy Bun Book Blog
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED!! Elena & Jack had me all up in my feels and swooning the whole book! I giggled during their meet cute. I loved how Elena ran away but couldn't escape Jack. Plus I loved how I slowly fell in love with Jack, commitment issues and all!
This was such an amazing book! Loved every word!
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Lien
2.5 Stars

This book started out so promising. A case of mistaken identity, a distrustful hero who finds himself reluctantly intrigued by the heroine and a dash of chemistry and I thought "yeah, I can see myself liking this couple". And for a while I did. I looked forward to their interactions and it seemed like Jack was the type of guy who knew exactly what he wanted and was willing to work for it, but that was before I knew that he had commitment issues.

While I loved Jack and Elena as individual
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Seline
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not going to remember reading this in a few weeks time. It’s not that special and I didn’t feel anything through most of it. I was just so indifferent to the whole book because there was no chemistry between H and h and I couldn’t connect to the characters. I wish I enjoyed this more but it is what it is.
Melanie (mells_view)
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Life is messy, love especially.

A super sweet mistaken identity blind date book? Haha I don’t even know what to consider it. A football player and a librarian from a small town. It’s an enjoyable read. The H has social anxiety and I appreciated that. He also has many trust issues for good reason. The h is fun and sassy and also designs fun lingerie. I don’t know why but I really just enjoyed her. There’s a lot going on and a heap of angst, but overall it’s steamy sort of small town romance. Just
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I loved this book so much! Elena quickly became one of my favorite heroines with her no nonsense attitude. She was quirky and fun and a little quiet at times but she was also not afraid to speak her mind and would stand up to even the most imposing football players. She and Jack were amazing together and it was so fun to see Jack not sure how to handle a woman like Elena who didn't just fall all over herself to get to him.

Jack really opened up around Elena and it
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 STARS
He’s going to crawl inside my heart. He’s going to break it into a million pieces.

Ummm....excuse me? How and why is this my first Ilsa Madden-Mills book? I am shooketh! SHOOKETH! I'm now immediately rectifying my mistake by purchasing the woman's entire backlist. True story. But I digress.

I totally misjudged this book based on the blurb. I was expecting just another famous jock meets nobody heroine fluffy romance. But this was so much more than that. It was packed full of feel
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Blythe The Word Junkie
4 out of 5 stars!

"Then have my lips the sin that they have took." Jack replies, "Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urg'd! Give me my sin again."



Ilsa Madden-Mills is putting a compelling layer in sports romance! Miss Ilsa, I believe you're going straight into my romance-writing favorite authors. This story is so much more than what "A romance book with a guy on the cover" entails.


✨ Librarian, cat-eye-glasses-wearing, yummy-pie-hoarding, auburn-haired heroine with closeted dreams for lingerie
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Ilsa Madden-Mills
Aug 17, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.

We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.

My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.

The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should
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Elle Kennedy


Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.

We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.

My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.

The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should
...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
GAH! Ilsa Madden-Mills has done it again. Not My Romeo was a sweet and swoony romance that had me giddy and grinning every other minute. Anyone that knows me KNOWS that "sweet" is not my usual read of choice, but there was something about Elena and Zack that just did it for me. They were sexy and real and just addicting. It doesn't hurt that she was sassy as hell and gave this bad boy quarterback a dose of everything he deserved, nothing of what he expected but ultimately everything he needed. ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'Mark Twain's Romeo' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


I think it was enough for me to want to read this book since it’s written by Ilsa Madden-Mills and, also, specially, after seeing its title. Not My Romeo. Just with that and I was desperate for this novel! I am glad to say Ilsa did a fantastic job and started her new series perfectly. A novel full of quirks, humor, sexiness and emotions. Everything I love and everything I needed to fall for with thi
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Sentranced Jem
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2020
Another recommendable read by Ilsa Madden Mills. She has honestly become one of my favourite one-click authors. She hasn’t disappointed me with her books and Not My Romeo was another smashing hit.

Jack and Elena’s initial meet was so much fun to read. 
I am a sucker for small town romance plus add into that another favourite trope of mine- Sports romance,you know it’s going to be an entertaining read for sure.
If that wasn’t enough, add into that a female protagonist who is a librarian and a foot
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Radd Reader
3.5⭐️‘s

Elena: 26, librarian but she would prefer to be selling her sexy lingerie line that she designs
Jack: 28, NFL quarterback
Story:
Mistaken identity on a blind date leads these two to meet. Elena has no idea that Jack is a famous NFL quarterback and that takes Jack by surprise and he is instantly intrigued. Who is this girl who has no idea who is? Sparks fly, they have a one night stand, that of course, becomes more.

My Thoughts:
Elena: I thought she was a unique character who had some quirkin
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Carmen Rae
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I put off reading this because of my weird Covid book slump. I love everything that Ilsa writes and the blurb for this had me dying to read it but I didn't want my issues to ruin it for me. Until finally I couldn't hold myself back from diving in.

First as a non American, I have a serious lady crush on these strong, independent, Southern women. Im sure they all just walk around all "bless your heart" sugary smiles with a backbone of steel. And that's entirely how I pictured Elena from the start.
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✨ Lucy ✨
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" Sometimes , fate gives you a bad game, but in the end destiny straightens it out.

And you win. You and I are going to win"





I don't even know where to begin .

Like always Ilsa left me speechless .

I'm so filled with emotions that I can formulate a straight sentence without getting lost in the memory of this beautiful story.

I loved it .

I laughed , I cried , I got angry and i fell in love all at once.

What a better way to start a "love story" other than on Valentine's Day ?!

So we have a sexy pro
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#1 Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills pens angsty new adult and contemporary romances.

A former high school English teacher and librarian, 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-wi
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