Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills - Review and Excerpt

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date:  9 July, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published 
Series: English, book 2 
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn't plan on attending a masquerade party.

She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.

But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

My Review:

Filthy English is a great addition to Ilsa's English series.  I was so excited to get Dax's story after meeting him in Declan's book, Dirty English, but I also worried that Dax just wouldn't be able to compare to Declan  and I'd find my self disappointed.  I am so happy to tell you that is not the case.  While Declan will always (I think) be my favorite of the English boys (although...Spider, yeah Spider... may out do all book boyfriends, yeah, I just said that. His is going to be an epic story.) Dax wasn't about to let himself be over run by his twin.  

I loved Dax, there is a tenderness to him that he tries to hide and a serious vulnerability to just wanting to be loved but not knowing how to get it or handle it when he does.  Both of the twins were, of course, affected by the passing of their mother but I believe that the effect was more devastating for Dax than Declan.  While Declan had his love of MMA to turn to Dax has floundered through the years in everything from school to relationships. He's become a playboy, a cad, a party boy...a lost soul.  One brief bit of insanity years ago leads to a glimpse of sanity and when the one girl he has never been able to forget literally tumbles into his lap she reminds him that there is more to him  and his life than it seems. 

Remi is coming to terms with having been essentially left at the alter by the one guy she thought could give her the safety and dependability her life needs. 

“I had a great plan, you know – the plan. Marry a responsible, nice guy, get my doctorate, discover a new bird species, take care of Malcolm, have four kids, but guess what? My plan is shit. My goals are shit. Even my back-up plan sucks. It’s flawed because the perfect guy decided I’m not the perfect choice for him.”

Remi has not had an easy life.  Her relationship with her mother is strained, she is dedicated (as should be) to caring for her Autistic Brother (Who is just awesome, I love him...can he get a book Ilsa?) and her school work.  She has dreams and is fighting to make them happen.  One night years ago changed her life forever when a hot British guy gave her everything for 3 days and then took it all away and hardened her heart.  

So my only complaint when it comes to this book and what makes it a 4 star read for me is that it took almost the entire book for me to like Remi.  For all purposes I should have liked her right off the bat.  Her struggles, her fight, her's all there but sadly to me she came off as a bit whiney and extremely frustrating.  I hated the way she treated Dax especially when it comes to her relationship with her ex.  The amount of miscommunication from her side ended up being just a bit too much for me to bear.  Thankfully I loved the other characters in the story.  Dax, Spider, Declan, and Remi's brother.  Even with the my not being able to connect with Remi like I wanted to, I really enjoyed the romance between Dax and Remi.  It is clear that what Dax needs is her and we all want Dax to get what Dax wants and needs.  

Filthy English is a great addition to this series and I am definitely looking forward to more.  If you love New Adult or Contemporary Romance you will absolutely want to give this series a go.  Filthy English and Dirty English can be read as standalones, reading them out of order will not affect your reading pleasure...I do think however from the 'look' of things that when it comes to Spiders book (I am guessing book three) that you will want to have read both books before you read his, of course that is future looking so....  All you need to know now is these English Boys are worth taking a look at!  



Without much thought except for comfort, instinctively I pressed myself against him, fitting into his arms as easy as breathing. He leaned against the brick wall of the neighboring building and wrapped me up, sensing my need to be grounded.

I don’t know how long we stood like that—maybe a minute, maybe five—but soon our breaths were in sync; the rise and fall of his chest in perfect accord with mine.

One of his hands traced down my spine and then up. He outlined my shoulder blades with his fingertips. His hands drifted to my hips then caressed back up to my hair, massaging my scalp.

But what had started as an innocent hug changed.

Fire licked my skin everywhere he touched. Of their own accord, my hands slid down to his waist and teased the line where his jeans rested on his hips. I went further, my fingers toying with the V at his hip until I felt him harden against me.

Lips brushed the top of my hair. “Remi . . . look at me,” he said, his voice raspy.

If you look up, you’re going to kiss him . . .

I tilted my head up and his mouth fused with mine in an instant.

Insistent. Wild. Hot. Yes! This is what I needed.

I groaned, and my hands rushed to his shoulders and dug in.

He was wrong—terribly wrong—for me, but it felt so right.

I felt wonderfully alive, revved up, as if I could crush a car with my bare hands, or push Dax against the wall and fuck him senseless. I recognized the feeling for what it was—an I almost-died-and-now-I-want-to-experience-life feeling.

“Wait,” he breathed as I ran my hand under his shirt. “It’s adrenaline. You’ve been through a trauma. You don’t really want this—”

“Shhh.” I lifted his shirt and kissed his chest, my tongue flicking over his nipple. “You taste like every good thing I’ve ever wanted.”

His taut restraint snapped, and he swayed into me. “God, I can’t tell you no.”

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education.

When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

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