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 in her armor is HIM, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.
But when Anastasia’s life comes crashing down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces.
Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.
He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.
The Revenge Pact is a new adult college football romance and is first in a series about three college football players.
It’s not a surprise that Ilsa Madden Mills has given us yet another well written book. I really love almost every book written by her so as soon as I heard she was kicking off another football series I literally jumped for joy and pounced on this book. I went in with so much expectations and came out filled with so much satisfaction. In my head I was like “ She did it again, she completely blew my mind again”.
I read this book in one sitting without skipping any pages or jumping lines. I took in everything word for word. Anastasia and river are both deep and complex characters. They are so well structured and well rounded , like every protagonist in a well written book should be. I as a reader could see their flaws clearly but also their redeeming characters. Some authors have made the mistakes of making their characters either too perfect or just too unrealistically flawed, but Ilsa got it right. She put in the right amount of good and bad. You can also see this with the secondary characters too, she didn’t make Donovan a completely bad guy because he was the other guy in the “ triangle”, he was just a really confused boy who wasn’t meant for Anastasia.
River certainly has a lot on his plate all through the book. With his mothers cancer, he’s uncertain future and his disabilities. Most people saw river as just a complete jerk during the first chapters , all I saw was a young guy with so much on his plate . You could see his struggles in the beginning and how he transformed slowly. That my friend is Character development, Ilsa Certainly brought this to the table. River turns out to be a really sweet and thoughtful guy that every girl ( including myself) will kill to be with.
Anastasia on the other hand is certainly a girl I would want to meet. She wasn’t as intriguing to me as river was but she was certainly unique. I loved her interaction with the other frat boys , her friendship with her roommates ( they are quite the colourful characters) and her relationship with Carl and June. She is very sweet , kind and spunky the ying to Rivers yang.
Their love story is such a beautiful one, there was no dull moment in this book for me. I loved every chapter and every sentence in this book hooked me to the story. I loved the part about River’s father telling him in a coma induced dream to wait for Anastasia it made the story even more romantic.
I normally don’t like romance books with triangles but Ilsa Madden Mills made me like this one that’s how good she is. This triangle is not like the ones I’ve read in other books . it’s also not a complete triangle because Donovan is removed from the triangle early enough. I hate books where the girl has to choose at the end of the story.
I also usually hate the “guy has a crush on girl mean to her trope” but It worked here because you can see and understand why he did it, it made complete sense to me.
This book is sooo good In sooo many ways. It’s a three dimensional book with three dimensional characters. Ilsa Madden Mills killed it and I just can’t wait for the next book in the series though I did hear that each book has a different author ( Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke). It certainly doesn’t take anything away from the series, I can’t wait to see what they have to bring to the table!!! You guys certainly need to get a copy of The Revenge pact Right now, it’s that good. I recommend to every lover of well written romance books.
Thank you for reading guys!!! Till next time 😘 💋
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