Boyfriend Material by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Boyfriend Material is the long awaited Book 2 in the Hawthorne University Series
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Release Date: July 25, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.
I’m talking about Eric Hansen.
Rich prick.
Glorified hockey star.
Thinks he’s amazing.
Yeah. The Golden Boy and I are well acquainted. In prep school he trampled on my heart and kept right on going.

Three years later, he’s living the high life with frat parties and puck bunnies at Hawthorne University. On the other hand, people barely notice me. I’m the nobody, surviving in the seedy part of town as I struggle to keep my head above treacherous waters. The avoidance game we’ve been playing on campus 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, he keeps showing up just when I need him, and 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 Eric prove he’s boyfriend material, or will this be a game we both lose?

REVIEW: I have been waiting for this book since I read Boyfriend Bargain back in 2019!! I was so excited that it was coming, and it releases on my birthday, which I felt like is a total sign. It was actually a lot deeper than I thought it was gonna be, but I really loved it. While both of these characters have dealt with so much, they come from such different backgrounds. It’s amazing to see them grow throughout the story. One thing I love about Ilsa Madden-Mills’ books, is the character development and how much I enjoy the characters themselves. I sincerely love that Julia and Eric get their second chance. I also love the happy ending of this one so very much. 

Something else I enjoyed about this one is that it kind of highlights how we think we know people when we’re younger, but we don’t really know them as well as we think we do. That as we grow, and learn more about people and their experiences, we start to realize why they behave in certain ways. Not that understanding excuses certain behaviors, but often times in this book it’s the perfect example of what really understanding someone and loving someone unconditionally looks like. I am so happy that we finally got Eric’s story! 

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Boyfriend Material is an emotional (and steamy) new adult college romance perfect for fans of enemies to lovers or second chances. It’s a stand-alone story about a new couple although reading Boyfriend Bargain (Book 1) may enrich the reading experience.

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Ilsa Madden-mills

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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The Spring We Ignited by Victoria Denault


Release Date: April 29, 2022

SYNOPSIS: I married the wrong brother, but for the right reasons. My life was a mess when I started working at Hawkins Lobster Shack. Declan Hawkins was a mess too, and he swore marrying would solve both our problems. He wasn’t wrong. And I wasn’t unhappy. There was love. It was good… until it wasn’t. Now my marriage is over and my husband left town, leaving me alone to face the confused and hurt faces of our friends and his family. So when his brother Finn suggests he become my fake husband so we can take that vacation Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins won, I don’t say no. I need a break from the judging eyes of Ocean Pines. Pretending Finn’s my husband is playing with fire because my long buried feelings for him are coming back to life. And I still have secrets to keep. Secrets that aren’t mine to share. Secrets that, if revealed, could burn this small town, and any feelings Finn might have for me, to the ground.

The Spring We Ignited is a small-town, fake marriage, friends-to-lovers romance. No cheating and HEA guaranteed.

REVIEW: This book was so much better than I thought it be and I thought it was gonna be great! This series has been so emotional so far, and I definitely like the previous books, but this one is by far my favorite!! You see some of the set up in the previous books, which definitely adds to this story. I was really anticipating this one, because I just didn’t know what to expect when it came to how it would play out between Nova and Finn. These two were just meant to be together! They were also just such a likable characters–even when they were going to their struggles and dealing with everything else. I felt like the things that were difficult for them were often outside of their control rather than things that they were doing themselves or each other. I also appreciate the different backgrounds of these two, and how they address that they see things from different perspectives. They also listened and educated each other about their own experiences. Nova is just so strong, caring, and loving. She was a wonderful female character. I’ve been really curious about Declan as well from previous books and I was wondering how he was gonna play into this story. I felt like there were some good Easter eggs about his story in this one, and I am really, really hoping that Victoria Denault is going to take it where I think she’s taking it, because sign me the fuck up. Honestly, I just was so emotionally satisfied by this book. And not only do I love this story immensely, I love this freakin’ cover!! It is too cute and I can’t wait to get my physical copy!

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Victoria’s debut novel, One More Shot, was released June 2, 2015. Between 2015 and 2019 she has had 10 novels published with Forever (Hachette) in two standalone series – The Hometown Players and The San Francisco Thunder. Victoria’s love of books began at 12 when she picked up her first Sweet Valley High and grew from there. Her favorite childhood gift remains the 1930s typewriter her parents found at a garage sale which actually wasn’t a gift for her. It was meant to be a display piece in their front hall but Victoria snuck it into her bedroom and it was on that typewriter she first began pounding out her own stories. When not writing books Victoria can usually be found on a beach somewhere. Her favorite beaches are La Concha in San Sebastian, Spain, Zuma Beach in Malibu California and Ocean Park, Maine. Check more about her here!

Jock Reign by Sara Ney


Release Date: September 30, 2021

SYNOPSIS: IT’S NOT EASY LIVING IN YOUR BROTHERS SHADOW. Jack Dryden-Jones is easily the worst rugby player on the field—when he moves to The States to follow in his brothers footsteps, he has no idea how he’d hate the game. He’s so horrible he considers faking an injury to take himself out of the game. Jack is a quick-witted, comic book loving gentleman—not an athlete.
DO NOT DATE YOUR ROOMMATES CRUSH. When her roommate brings home a random stranger, Eliza is shocked when he makes himself at home; he’s strapping, strong and watching a movie at the end of her couch as if he belongs there. It makes her uncomfortable in the best way possible. But if there is one thing she believes in, it’s GIRL CODE: No girl may date her friend’s ex, past crush, or guys who have humiliated/used her. And she most certainly may not date any guy her friend currently fancies…
DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. Jack and Eliza are two of the good ones—it’s going to take a miracle to keep them apart.

Jock Reign is Book 5 in the Jock Hard Series
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REVIEW: Wow, who knew Sara Ney could make you fall for the worst player on the rugby team? I mean, I knew, but did you? Haha. I sincerely love Sara’s books. They make me laugh and pull me right into the story. This one was a little funny in that it seemed eerily similar to Jock Royal, but I did love it none the less. What I enjoyed most about this book is the characters and how perfect they were for each other. I loved Jack, but man did I want to smack some sense into him because of how he was handling the Kaylee and Eliza situation. Other than that, he was a perfect gentleman and I loved getting to see his and Eliza’s interactions. These two were definitely meant to be and I had fun seeing them try to resist each other.

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

Jock Romeo by Sara Ney


Release Date: December 9, 2021

SYNOPSIS: HE IS THIS STORIES LEAST LIKELY ROMEO. Roman Whitaker is every girl’s best friend. An easy going nice guy, Rome is brilliant, and funny. At the age of twenty-two, he’s moving out of his parents’ house for the first time and into off-campus housing with two complete strangers. No more Mister “Playing it Safe.” Rome may be wicked smart, but math and science will only get him so far, and they certainly won’t land him a first date with the girl of his dreams. For that, he’ll get a little unwanted help from his friends—and meddling family members.
YOU NEVER FORGET A FRIENDLY FACE. Lilly Howard is tired of being taken for granted. After breaking up with her philandering boyfriend, she’s giving up guys and learning to love herself again. She’s sick of playing nice. When she bumps into Rome, they become instant friends. When he asks her to be his fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back, she agrees—but only if he’ll return the favor…

Jock Romeo is Book 6 in the Jock Hard Series
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REVIEW: Okay, seriously, this may be my favorite Jock Hard book from Sara Ney!! Roman was absolutely freaking adorable. I utterly fell in love with him throughout the story. He was so sweet, and awkward, and clueless. Haha. I also really liked how Lilly and Rome first met. It set the stage for a wonderful friendship that I was hoping they would develop at some point. Lilly was also such a great character too. I enjoyed how straightforward and honest she was with him once she kind of figured her own stuff out. I think what made the story great is how realistic it was. The expectations that they had for each other were not over the top. They made mistakes, but talked it out–well once they got over their embarrassment. Let’s just say it may have taken them a little bit to figure out what they need to work on. All in all, Sara has done it again. This is one of her books that had me smiling, laughing, and just so happy with the ending. I loved it and I think you need to go read it right now!!

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sara ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

Love Next Door by Helena Hunting


Release Date: July 27, 2021

SYNOPSIS: When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business. Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar, but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door.  Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory. Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back and forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated.

Love Next Door, an all-new sweet and endearing romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is now live!

REVIEW: This is a new small town romance from Helena Hunting. Dillon is back in Pearl Lake, not necessarily by choice and Donovan has his own reason for being there. What I love about small town romances is very real in this one. The towns people themselves are like a character, one that’s always in your business and usually adding to your issues, but also giving that sense of community. Dillon and Donovan were okay, but I appreciate their open communication and support of one another once they got past their rough start. Overall, this book is for the reader looking for a small town romance with a lot going on.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 

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