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The Revenge Pact

(Kings of Football #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  8,101 ratings  ·  1,192 reviews
River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 3rd 2020
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A sports romance with a great Hero!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 👏👏👏👏👏
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 🥸😯😎☺️🥰

The setting: Braxton University

The heroine: Anastasia Bailey - Transferred to Braxton in order to get into Law School. Her first day there she was in the library and got a note from one of the guys at the table next to her. She ended up dating him. His name is Donovan and is the Vice President of the Kappa’s.

The Hero: River Tate -
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

'THE REVENGE PACT:' is the first full length romance book in the series 'Kings of Football', by Ilsa Madden-Mills. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

Their story started with a note..

I'd just read 'On the rebound, by L.A. Cotton,' and another reader mentioned to give this one a shot, so wanting to stick to the sports theme I one clicked without question and I am so freaking glad I took that leap, this was so good. Straight away I fell under River's spell, he embodied everything I seek in a hero
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
There’s something real between us… The question is, what am I willing to do about it?

When I tell you that this book owned me. When I tell you that this story was absolutely EVERYTHING. When I tell you that River Tate is the ultimate book boyfriend that you will never be able to move on from. When I tell you this was easily my favorite book I've read from this author. When I tell you that this book is an absolute must read. BELIEVE. ME.
River Tate is a dangerous man. And
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
- both not celibate after meeting each other
- he has been celibate for months after she caught him fucking other woman!!!! Romance is not dead friends
- she has been celibate for a few weeks
- he heard she having sex with her boyfriend at least he had that good thing
- she took four months to sleep with her boyfriend and he was a player
- she only slept with two guys and again he is a player and had a six month relationship with a girl who cheated on him

*** after the book started they are no
Tears Of Venus

I really don't know how I feel about this??? Review to come when I figure out my feelings. 🙃

arc provided in exchange for an honest review.
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)


River Tate is a tattooed bad boy from Vermont whose dream is to play in the NFL. He's a senior in college and the star wide receiver for the Braxton Badgers. He's the president of his fraternity and the popular guy on campus. From the outside he appears to have it all. River and his two best friends Crew and Hollis are known as the kings of football. The only thing he wants that he can't have is HER. The smart, beautiful girl with lavender hair he
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's simultaneously enjoyable and forgettable. ...more
This was an amazing new adult, sports romance and an excellent example of why I keep going back for more Ilsa Maddem-Mills novels.
There’s only one person in the world who makes the hair on my nape rise. Him.

Anastasia Bailey transferred to Braxton in order to become a lawyer in order to help those who can’t fight for themselves. She met her besties who she lives with and a really nice guy in a movie like meet cute who she’s been dating for a year. And then there’s her boyfriend’s fraterni
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
A romance that is filled with angst and true fate in your one and only, with the idea that River and Anna are meant to be...

At this point I know what to expect from my queen Ilsa Madden-Mills, but to say the least that I was not expecting this much angst from this novel is an under statement. Seriously, Ilsa surprised me with the best of ways because I feel like I needed this angsty romance more then ever right now. That true chemistry between River and Anastasia was just pure and wow did I
❤️ Nanda ❤️


Oh my my my...
There's a few things in this book that usually doesn't work for me, and somehow here, they fit perfectly well, and I love it!
There's a love triangle... but not really, since you're already rotting for the right guy from the first chapter!
It's a slow burn, but it couldn't be any different, since Anastasia is in a relationship with River's friend and frat's brother, during a large part of the book.

River is everything, and he's probably one of my favorites book boyfriends thi
✨ Lucy ✨
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sometimes it only takes one sunrise to know someone”

I don’t even know where to begin.

I’m still riding that rollercoaster of emotion that this amazing story gave me.

I just loved it.

If you’re a fan of Ilsa’s books you’ll understand what I’ll tell you now:

River Tate is definitely Knox’s lost brother , I’m sure of it.

He will bring you to your knees with is loyalty , kindness and passion towards what he believes in .

He is the one everyone goes to for advices of any kind. But this time a simple pla
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a great surprise! It’s not a secret that I’m a sucker for college athlete romances. While this didn’t really focus on football, I still enjoyed it! I loved their connection and I appreciated both of their inner kindness and how they cared for others. I really liked that the H had learning disabilities and we experience his struggles. I’m a sucker for mcs with disabilities too! This checked most of my boxes and my two reasons it’s not a higher rating is because i
Melanie (mells_view)
He’s under my skin, always has been, and I don’t know what to do about it.

Fated mates, but make it human. So I’m going to be honest and say that for some reason I struggled with the first couple of chapters. I think it honestly boils down to meeting new characters in a sort of new world and sussing them out. Well, once I hit the third chapter all my hesitations flew away. Ilsa 100% sold me with this story and these characters. Over the course of this books I truly fell in love with River, Anasta
Ilsa Madden-Mills
Dec 03, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Are you ready for some revenge/love? THE REVENGE PACT IS LIVE!

🖤 angsty⁣
🖤 new adult⁣
🖤 college football romance ⁣
🖤 emotional⁣
🖤 twisty⁣
🖤 fake hate to love⁣
🖤 love in an elevator⁣...yasss

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alluring B ❄︎
UPDATE: dnf at 5% hahaha.

count on Ilsa Madden-Mills to get me to skim-read a book before hitting the 10% mark. The next time i'm tempted to pick up her college romance please call me out, aight.

Question: is Ilsa actually a college/uni student?¿ i noticed most of her famous books are HS/college romance. i wouldn’t be surprised if she is bc her writing kinda tells soooo...

can someone come at me right now bc i had sworn not to pick up anything by Ilsa anymore and look at what i’m doing ri
Keri Loves Books
Meant To Be

This enemies-to-lovers sports romance was emotional and super-charged with sexual tension. So much chemistry, even bro code couldn’t keep them apart. River and Anastasia were fated.

River has been avoiding her since they spoke for the first time in the library a year ago. He was there laying the ground work for his buddy to make a move, he just never expected her to be perfect. Perfect for him, even though his friend saw her first. When they are in the same room together sparks fly. To
Adriana Locke
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only chink in River's armor might be Anastasia, but he's the chink in mine.
HOLY COW, y'all!
This book is why I love romance. Period. End of story.
Madden-Mills delivers perfection in THE REVENGE PACT. All the feels, all the steam, all of the humor—it's all packaged up with a totally hot cover.
This one tops my Best Reads of 2020 List for a reason—it's phenomenal and a must read.
This is the stuff book dreams are made of.
I’ve given this a 3.5 star rating purely because the banter was fun and the personality of the characters were different. We have a sensitive/softie alpha who does sports, is president of a frat and suffers from learning difficulties, and a quirky/free-spirited girl with lowkey abandonment issues stemming from her parents and she wants to study law (opposites most definitely attract). The book had the right formula, it should have been a banger had it not been so obvious how the wrong couple end ...more
Dec 03, 2020 marked it as nope-nope-nope  ·  review of another edition
Why does the heroine have to see him have sex with someone? I just dont understand this plot point and why it is in every single romance book? And I bet not one ARC reviewer has mentioned this!
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ilsa Madden-Mills Fans, Romance
4.5 Yummy Delicious Stars
* * * * 1/2
November 22, 2020
Lookie, Lookie At this Terrific Cover And All The Other Ones...December Hurry Up!

November 2, 2020
Ilsa Madden-Mills has done something terrific and fun. So has Meghan Quinn and Adrianna Locke. They have come together to write an interconnecting group of novels all-around a PACT.

First Up Is The Revenge Pact, Book 1 of the Kings of Football Series, and here is what I have right now...
A Smoking-Hot Wide Receiver Named River Tate saying:
Sentranced Jem
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2020

Adding them all 🎉

River and Anastasia were 😍

I know I say that I enjoy dual POVs and this book has made me fall in love with it more. I don’t think I would have loved this book more than I do now if it wasn’t for the dual POV. It gave me a deeper insight into the characters mind especially River.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED River Tate so much. This tortuned boy ruined me, you guys. His vulnerability made me love him more. I felt so protective of him and this protectiveness wasn’t one of pity bu
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The Revenge Pact is the start to the multi-author series, Kings of Football. Isla Madden-Mills starts us off with an energetic hero and a free spirited heroine that may act like they hate each other but as they say, there's a thin line between love and hate.

River and Anastasia had a slow to start romance but the connection they shared was clear from the beginning. The sexual tension was practically sizzling off the pages with every interaction they had and it capti
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula
AHHH! Ilsa Madden Mills has done it again! The Revenge Pact was a brilliant introduction to the standalone Kings of Football series and I could not be happier. River and Anastasia were AMAZING!! This story was riveting, powerful and full of amazing gut punches that made my life!!

I loved everything about this phenomenal couple. River was the epitome of walking wounded. His heart and his thoughts just exploded off the pages and caused nothing but swoons and butterflies. Ana, similarly was all sass
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Couldn’t love this book more if I tried. River and Anastasia are what romance books are meant to be. This one’s a perfect six star read for me!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There’s moments in this book so beautifully written that I had to pause and just sit with them for a minute. Their slow burn connection, their quiet moments together where they allowed themselves to be honest with each other. They were seriously special.

River’s vulnerabilities, his strength and his inherent goodness make him the kind of hero
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Rainbow and Snake' Stars!
ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Ilsa Madden-Mills has slowly but surely found her way into my heart ever since the release of Dear Ava early this year. I fell in love with her writing and the high emotions in her novels. I instantly asked for the early copy for her new series with Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke and I have to say it was definitely different from what I’ve read by her but still in her unique way to tell stories. A s
Halle Reads
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2020
3 Stars 🌟

The Revenge Pact is the first book in a set of 3 stories by 3 different authors. They take place in the same setting but can be read as standalones. This story follows college students River & Anastasia and is a new adult (light) sports romance with a slight enemies/indifference to lovers feel with a forbidden aspect to it.

The connection, banter and all around feels between these two was an aspect of the story that I really enjoyed. Their story was messy, fun, sexy, a little intriguing
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get this book and make a pact with time because you will not stop reading until the end! One’s that amazing!
River and Anastasia have a love/hate existence. They really love to hate each other!
Anastasia can’t stand how mean he is, River can’t stand how much he wants her! And he knows he cannot have her.
He really struggles with loads of demons, many he doesn’t share. I felt for him for sure. Even though he was kind of a d bag about it. Anastasia is sweet, driven and an overall swee
Wonderful read!! Review to come
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The Revenge Pact is the first book being released in these 3"Pact" books called The Kings of Football (followed by Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke). Three different authors, three different stories about college football players. Three total standalones. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I can say Ms Madden-Mills kicked off this collection of books in a big way. I hope the other two are just as good because The Revenge Pact brought it!

Ilsa Madden-Mills knows college football. She likes the cocky
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
4 “Sometimes it only takes one sunrise to know someone.”⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This author can write a shopping list and I would read it to be honest.Love her heroes, love her heroines and love her stories. This one is no exception!!

“Everything is relative. Sometimes a person can be your home.”

River Tate, athlete star, president of his fraternity, is such a complex character. God, he is a ball of energy, charismatic, sexy, smart and funny. Thoughtful and a person
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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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