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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Boyfriend Material’ by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.
I’m talking about Eric Hansen.

Boyfriend Material, an all-new enemies-to-lovers sports romance full of heat and chemistry from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!


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#1 Amazon Bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new, enemies-to-lovers sports romance, a breathtaking tale of passion, heartbreak, and love…

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.

I’m talking about Eric Hansen.

Rich prick.

Glorified hockey star.

Thinks he’s amazing.

The Golden Boy and I are well acquainted. In prep school he trampled on my heart then kept right on going.

Now, he’s living the high life with frat parties and puck bunnies at Hawthorne University. On the other hand, people barely notice me—unless I’m on stage taking my clothes off. I’m the nobody, surviving in the seedy part of town as I fight to keep my head above treacherous waters.

I’ve snubbed him for three years.

The avoidance game we’ve been playing was working—until he rescues me from a bad guy and claims he wants to help me more.

Hello. I don’t need a knight in shining armor. This girl saves herself.

Yet, I’m not sure how long I can ignore the undeniable spark between us. (It’s not even a spark; it’s a full-fledged, blazing fire.)

Can this hockey player prove he’s boyfriend material, or will our past get in the way?

This steamy romance is perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers or second-chances. Boyfriend Material is a new adult college romance.


Review

3.5-4 ‘Miracle’ Stars!

ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

After three years of waiting for Eric and Julia’s love story, Ilsa Madden-Mills comes back to her HU series with an emotional hate-to-love / second-chance romance. And trust me, you are in for a very different perspective of these characters’ lives because this novel is full of angst, heartbreak, healing and a whole lot of chemistry (so very different from what we saw of them in the first book). It’s good to be back in Sparrow Lake!

So, Boyfriend Material is the second installment in Ilsa’s Hawthorne University series and, as I said, it’s the love story between Julia Lauren and Eric Hansen. Both characters are going through tough times, Julia because of her job and lack of freedom because of her status and Eric because he is lost after the death of his brother and lack of love and support from his father. Eric and Julia were together years ago, but their relationship ended suddenly. Maybe it’s time for a second chance now if they are able to peel away the layers keeping them apart?

This is different. We have a history, a backstory that craves to be rewritten, and maybe this is how we do it.

This is not an easy story to read. Both Eric and Julia go through hell because of different aspects in their lives and they reconnect in a very bad moment. Their worlds are polar opposites, but their connection is too strong to ignore. There are many obstacles and difficulties to get to their happy ending but that doesn’t stop them. As I said, their chemistry is intense. And yes, I do have to say it’s not my favorite book from Ilsa (I found it too slow at times) but still, I enjoyed reading Eric and Julia’s romance and then finally getting to read their HEA.

She is what motivates me to face the world. And no matter what challenges we face, she’s here. Unconditionally.

Therefore, I am rating Boyfriend Material with 3.5-4 STARS because it was a very good continuation to the first installment. I loved reading the true story behind Julia and Eric and how that affects their past and present. Their relationship evolves slowly but surely and when that explodes.. SPARKS! Their chemistry is so good and I am glad these two got happiness together. As I said, though, it’s not my favorite written by Ilsa but still a good and emotional love story to follow the first installment.


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Excerpt

Eric’s large frame and rugged handsomeness takes the air from my lungs. His hair is pulled back in a man-bun, my fav look on him.

No. I do not have a favorite look for him, but it does show off his ridiculous cheekbones and aristocratic, slightly bent nose.

He’s wearing jeans, gold Converse, and a HU shirt. The lion on the front seems to glare at me—much like he is now.

I lean against the doorjamb. Be cool, be cool. “Howdy, partner.”

He doesn’t smile. “That guy at the laundromat is scary. Stay away from him. I mean it.”

I huff. The nerve of him to tell me what to do.

“That’s what I told you. I repeat, you could have been hurt. Let me handle Connor.”

His arms cross. “How did you get involved with him? Are you on drugs?”

I tuck my hands in my pockets and dip my head so he can’t see how much his words hurt. I know I strip, no one has to remind me, but in prep school, I was the goody-two shoes who never wavered. I had to keep my grades up to keep my scholarship—not that I was ever invited to parties. I wrote poetry. I drew. I daydreamed about him. “Do I look like an addict?”

His golden eyes roam over me. Assessing. “Maybe.”

My throat tingles with words I want to say but know I shouldn’t.

The less he knows, the better.

His nose flares. “I’m trying to help you and you’re giving me the cold shoulder. What’s wrong with you?”

I swallow thickly as I gaze at him. “Eric. Please. Being around me will only smear your good name—”

“Stop,” he calls out, then rubs his face, his anger seeming to deflate like a popped tire. “Don’t put yourself down like that. You’re a person, Julia. One that people care about.”

And I want to protect those people.

I chew on my bottom lip. “You shouldn’t have interfered.”

He lets out a long sigh, gives me a searching look, goes to leave, then stops. He reaches into his pocket and holds something up. “This is yours, I assume.”

I stare at the ring, my lips parting. “How did you . . .?”

But he’s already out the door.


The Author Ilsa head shot-2.jpg

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 Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, 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-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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