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Not My Match

(The Game Changers #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  5,874 ratings  ·  951 reviews
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.

Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.

I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place t
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Montlake
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mel ☽
2.75 stars ✩⋆

sooo we all know the main characters here are from the first book aka Not My Romeo and we all know the slight unfortunate drama that occurred there where Giselle (the h here) got with her sister's boyfriend and thus ruining their sibling relationship. so starting this book im kinda... meh. i ain't judging but like...

it's natural OK. when someone hurts a main character in their book, especially when it revolves around cheating, obviously imma have a little bit of dislike towards the
chan ☆
Aug 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
i am looking respectfully 👀
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books

If this is the book for whom I think it is... I NEED IT!! I NEED IT MORE THEN AIR OH MY GOD! This synopsis y'all...

ARC kindly provided by Montlake Romance, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars
“You are the best person in all my universes”

Not My Match is the second book in Ilsa Madden-Mills 'The Game Changers' series, and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I love a good friends to lovers story, but throw in a sports romance and a forced proximity story-line and I'm a goner.

I wasn't a fan of Giselle's in the first book of this series, but I realized she wasn't a bad person. Just a bit naïve and made a bad choice. She's looking to get back in the dating scen
Sep 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Giselle and “heartbreakingly innocent”


Where are all my “Not My Romeo” readers at?


This is going to be a VERY interesting read and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me...
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

-Do what makes your heart fly. Every breath you inhale must be meaningful.


Giselle Riley is a newly single southern woman from a small town in Tennessee called Daisy. She's a little lost lately trying to get over a broken heart, and in need of a fresh start. She's been looking for love in all the wrong places, so when a famous friend offers her his matchmaking service, she accepts. The only problem is the man giving her dating advice is one of the
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Not My Match was a fun, hot, emotional and unique romance novel. I loved everything about this book. I found it very difficult to put it down, but life is so crazy right now and reading time is sparse. This book was what I needed, because it took my mind of everything. Not My Match was an amazing book to start the year 2021 with!

Giselle and Devon completely stole my heart. Devon is rich, talented, sporty, loyal, kind and determined. Football is his life. He trains hard and plays to win. His team
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

I'm usually a big Ilsa Madden-Mills fan, and I really wanted for this to be a swoon-worthy book. Unfortunately, it was just very silly. I can't even explain it but it just didn't live up to the hype.

What I really wanted: mega chemistry and push and pull between Devon and Giselle. Him setting her up with other dates (Kinda like Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating). Them realising their feelings and just not being able to be apart. Sweet and steamy content.

What I got: Embarrassing momen
❤️ Nanda ❤️
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sports-romance


She did it again! Ilsa Madden-Mills really knows how to catch and hold my attention the whole book!
I'm a sucker for sports romance and she's one of my favorite on that trope.

And she fucking make me root for the virgin girl who wronged her own sister! How she could do that, is beyond me!
I loved Not My Romeo, so I'm protective of Elena and Jack. Giselle was the pivot of Elena's heartbreak at the beginning of Not My Romeo. So my expectations for her redemption, were pretty low. Even if at
Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love hurts when people leave, no matter the reason why.

So, Not My Match doesn’t actually publish until January 19, 2021, but I knew I would love this pairing so much that I couldn’t RESIST picking it up as soon as the arc was available. So hello extra early review.

I just love Ilsa’s characters. She truly never fails to make me fall in love with them, and feel for the struggles they have in life or on their way to love. Giselle and Devon are just surprisingly perfect together. If you’ve read Not
Ilsa Madden-Mills
Jan 19, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
🦋 Not My Match is LIVE 🦋

What does a bad boy wide receiver and a buttoned-up virgin scientist have in common? Chemistry. A whole lot of chemistry. 😎

💜 forbidden love
💜 birthday curse
💜 football hottie
💜 girl-genius heroine
💜 roommates
💜 he vows to find her a love match—and it can’t be him
💜 small town
💜 steamy

Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.

I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde
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We first met Giselle and Devon in the previous book, Not My Romeo, and they couldn't have been more different. So I was really intrigued to see how they would end up together and honestly a little scared to see if Giselle would be redeemed enough for me. She was an iffy character in the first book but I knew Ilsa Madden-Mills wouldn't disappoint so I jumped into this story without hesitation.

And I had nothing to fear because Giselle and Devon were amazing and worke
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'All my universes' Stars!
ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Ilsa Madden-Mills. This woman has won me over and over since the start of last year and she continues doing it. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors and it says a lot that this is the second year in a row one of her books is the first added in my favorites’ shelf. I was highly expecting this story ever since I finished Not My Romeo and I have to say that Not My Match is even better. In a
✨ Lucy ✨
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“If two people are destined to be together , then no matter how long it takes, their paths will continue to cross and intertwine.They believe there’s an invisible read thread that ties destined couples. The thread may knot or tangle but will never break.”

This story really played a number on me.

I can’t get off this rollercoaster of emotions .

I don’t think there are enough words to describe how this story will tear you apart in the best possible way.

If you thought Elle was weird and unique , get r
Adriana Locke
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, I'm in love.
I know, I know. When do I not say that when I read an Ilsa Madden-Mills book? Never. I always feel emotionally attached and otherwise obsessed with the worlds IMM creates, but I'm SUPER infatuated this time.
Blame it on the author. She's amazing.
Not My Match is full of sizzling steam, gut-wrenching rawness, and doses of full-belly humor. The characters are so real—painted with the carefulest of touches-that they come alive on the page. Giselle and Jack are my friends. Just try
Ilsa Madden-Mills pens an irresistibly sweet, fun, sexy, pull at your heartstrings romance worthy of 5++ swoony ⭐️s!
You are the best person in all of my universes." ~ Giselle to Devon

Facts: Not My Match is book #2 of The Game Changers by Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills. It is a standalone romance, told from both points of view with a smile inducing happily ever after ending. Genres: Contemporary Romance | Sports romance. Tropes: Alpha hero |
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelly, ratula
GAH! I am SUCH a sucker for damsel in distress stories. I remember Giselle and Devon from the first book in this series and was definitely intrigued on how Madden-Mills would pair them together as they seemed so different at first glance. But like most stories I've come to read from this author: I.Am.Obsessed! The sexy manwhore jock and the virginal braniac were addicting!!! This opposites attract/roommates to lovers story had me hooked and obsessed. This is another win from this author!!

Umm so
Sep 30, 2020 marked it as never-gonna-read
Nope nope nope....this heroine is the sister who got in the middle and essentially stole her sisters boyfriend form book 1. Not for one second do I believe she is innocent. She kissed her sisters boyfriend, got engaged to said man, flaunted her ring to the heroine, and then WANTED TO HAVE HER WEDDING AT THE HEROINES HOUSE!! Hell to the fucking no! Then for the cherry on top NEVER CONFESSED TO BEING CHEATING ASS SKANK! I don’t care that her and the guy broke up because he cheated on you...BITCH H ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for this advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

Friends to lovers and roommates to lovers.

After a fire breaks out at her own place Giselle finds herself staying with her brother in law’s best friend and professional football player, Devon. She is twenty-four and a virgin and Devon has been warned against her but he’s struggling to resist her, in an attempt to push away the way he is feeling he steps into the role of wingman for
The Magical World of Reading
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you've enjoyed the spellbinding 'Not My Romeo' story, I'm sure you've been eagerly expecting the second story in the series. And now it is finally here, this story that will delight readers with its mix of sweet and swoony moments, spiced with enough humor that will keep you nailed to the pages from beginning to end.
A true love story. And what exactly is love? Maybe it is that feeling that overwhelms you, dulling your common sense and forces you to trust and make yourself vulnerable only to b
4 stars

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. So glad I gave it a shot... Such a sweet and sassy friends to lovers/roommates read.

Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Here is my wish for 2021, I wish Ilsa Madden Mills could write a book for me every month or so...I mean I would be my most happiest of people and everyone would win. LOL I LOVE ILSA MADDEN MILLS. This story put it's claws in my heart from the first word and kept it prisoner until the words the end. Devon was so special, he has so much love and loyalty and just doesn't know how to fully give himself because of the hurt he has endured through his life. And Giselle was so fun and quirky. The perfec ...more
The Romantic Rush Blog
I just cannot get enough of the charming town of Daisy and all of the quirky characters that inhabit it. Not My Romeo was one of my favorite reads of 2021, and Not My Match certain matches its delightful witty charisma while painting an original story that is fresh and addictive. Eccentric characters with a connection that sizzles, sexy banter, the perfect nexus of comedy and romantic angst, and a tender love story at its heart. I laughed, I swooned, and I was enchanted yet again. Not My Match i ...more
Sentranced Jem
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok I know I tend to say this everytime I read Ilsa Madden-Mills's latest releases but I this is truly my new favourite book by her. ...more
zozo ~


This book had me feeling 🦋🦋🦋🦋

Giselle and Devon caught me COMPLETELY off guard, ouff. I see my mutuals thought this was just okay, totally valid, which is why I'm stunned I liked it as much as I did. Honestly, I feel like there's never an agreed upon consensus on any Ilsa book, we're all going in blindly and hoping for the best.

In my opinion, this one ate and left no crumbs behind 😭.


This review is about to be super chaotic; I'm going to type and see where it takes me 😅.

Keri Loves Books
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Five of the Swooniest stars! Completely. Totally. Utterly Smitten with Devon!!! The author gives us the perfect alpha male. The sweet and the swoon left me with a perma-smile on my face. I LOVED IT!!!

Giselle is a nerdy girl who is newly single. She loves everything science and is chock full of fun facts. If you met her sister Elena before in Not My Romeo you might be leary, but I loved her. She’s intelligent and quirky. She definitely marches to her own beat. She knows what she wants and she’s r
RainAndBooks ♡
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Me if I saw Devon in real life:

He's exactly my type, sweet, humble, and caring.
I love Ilsa's heroes, they are perfect.
About this book:
To be honest, I was a little bit hesitant to read it, cause for me, Giselle was the villain (people who read not my Romeo would understand), however, I grow to love her, she was actually sweet and innocent, and I loved her relationship with her sister Elena, it was beautiful, but you know what, everything about this book was beautiful, there were so many funny mom
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Not My Match is my first book by Ilsa Madden-Mills. I was expecting a straightforward light and fun contemporary romance, and in a way this book was exactly that. However, I was just missing something in this book. The characters Giselle and Devon were okay but I didn't fully connect to them. There were a lot of great moments between them and that was what kept me interested until the end, but I just didn't really feel a spark between
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, arc
FIVE MATCH STARS for Giselle and Devon 💜🖤💜🖤!!!



Ilsa wrote another beautiful sports romance that stole my heart and I've read it with pleasure.

"Not My Match" is a contemporary sports romance with friends to lovers trope which will win you over with its funny action and irresistible characters already on the first pages.

Giselle is a female character that I loved immensely because of her positivity and openness and how at times she resembles me with her behavior that I was able to c
SERIES: The Game Changer no.2 ( it can be read as standalone)
GENRE: contemporary romance
TROPES: virgin heroine, friends to lovers, roommates/opposites to lovers, slow burn
TRIGGER WARNINGS: substance abuse by a family member
RATING: 4,5 ⭐
SONGS: Taylor Swift- Delicate
Grace Carter- Wicked Game
Rita Ora- Only want you
Ariana Grande- Into You

first, this cover..

Devon stole the show here. He is an amazing hero. 100% perfect book boyfriend!!
Giselle didn't have a great re
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A former high school English teacher and librarian, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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