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I Promise You: Stand-Alone College Sports Romance (Waylon University Book 4) by [Ilsa Madden-Mills]

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"Quick someone
help me up cause I straight swooned right out of my chair. I don't know how she does it but Ilsa is Queen of sports romance." Aundi Musing of a Modern Belle
Top read of 2020 and an addition to my all-time favorites list. It's extraordinary. The explosive chemistry, swoon, steam, so many FEELS, their banter was highly entertaining that helped balance out the feels it also had more of a real life feel to it than I have ever read." Melissa, Book Boyfriend and Husband Make Three
Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about Dillon and Serena!" Patricia, Words We Love By 
"...all about
swoonworthy and epic feels. This sports romancemelted my heart instantly with incredible characters, breathtaking emotions and genius story telling. I was lost in the pages and just couldn't put it down!" PP's Bookshelf
"A player QB1 or... the sweetheart you never saw coming?
Dillon McQueen is the book boyfriend you were waiting for in 2020." Dawn Brumbley, GR
delightfully penned tale pairs a hotshot college quarterback and the girl who has resided in all his dreams for the last few years, a slightly nerdy, feisty girl who is oblivious to his existence..." Red Romance Reviews
can't get enough of Ilsa's books, her heroes or her heroines. I'm addicted to them and I've stopped being surprised that every book I read of hers becomes my favorite." Kara, Two Book Pushers
"Once again
Ilsa Madden-Mills does not disappoint." Nicki, The Overflowing Bookcase
"I absolutely loved the hell out of this book and
can't recommend it enough to all the contemporary romance lovers out there! If sports and Romantic comedies are your thing then don't hesitate to one click this one!" Abstract Books
stayed up all night reading unable to put it down, desperate for more. WORTH IT!" Valerie, One More Chapter Vi
"It never fails every time I finish an Ilsa Madden-Mills book
I want to reread it again and again." Melissa, Mel's Books and Coffee
"No matter what book I read of Ilsa's,
I can always count on great storytelling, relatable characters, and passionate moments." Bookworm Angel
"Dillon has entered my
Book Husband Hall of Fame. Not Book Boyfriend - Book Husband. He is the epitome of EVERYTHING I love in a hero. EVERY SINGLE THING." Michelle Claypot, GR
"Ilsa always writes her characters in a way that are relatable and her female characters are always
badass women you want to be friends with." Amy, GR
"I loved the ALEXA PLAY... lines! 
Great college romance! Wouldn't mind seeing this as a tv show one day." BJ's Book Blog
"Wow!! I Promise You may just be my
new favorite Ilsa Madden-Mills book (Alexa, play (Simply) The Best by Tina Turner)!" Brigid Brown, GR
"Ilsa Madden-Mills is one of
my favorite authors. I have absolutely loved every single book I've ever read by her, and this one was no exception." Peggy Hogan, GR
"Ilsa knows how to
capture perfection in college romance." Kelly Fountain, GR
"Not only did i
t get me in my feels, it made me smile and laugh and was just all around entertaining." Stacy, Romance Reading Diva"I am a hot mess after finishing this book." Kay Daniels Romance 
This story is just dreamy- it's full of heart-melting moments, laugh-out-loud scenes and emotional situations. I was captivated right from the first page and I couldn't put this book down until the end!" Weronika, Little Steamy Reads
★★★★★"The sexual tension was sizzling, but the romance was even hotter. I adored this couple and their journey to finding true love. A great read from this
automatic one-click author!" Kerri Loves Books

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08KSBC7QR
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 12, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5716 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 422 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Sexy, Sweet, and Charming- another perfect story from Ilsa!
By The Romantic Rush Blog on October 12, 2020
Books like I Promise You are why Ilsa Madden Mills will always be at the top of my one click list. Charming. Swoon worthy, Quirky. The perfect balance or heart and heat, emotion and fun. This series has just been such a delight and has really set a new bar for me when it comes to new adult/college sports romance. Like always, Ilsa delivers a clever, sweet and sexy tale that is equal parts funny and insightful.

In our latest outing at Waylon University, our meet-cute is magically epic. At the beginning of year bonfire, Dillon, a hopeful young quarterback is hypnotized by a beautiful and free-spirited girl with a dandelion tattoo, dancing alone in the moonlight. So much so that he forgets all about all the scary warnings he’s had about the bonfire - that kissing anyone will result in a total obsession. Year later, their paths cross again. And, Thetas, Fat Tire, and Oreos- OH MY- turns out there might be some truth to the legend. But Dillon has his work cut out for him- his bonfire kissee is feisty, eccentric, and radically uninterested. Fortunately, fate has plans to ensure the bonfire is not the only time their paths will cross- giving us all the banter, all the sexual tension, and all the amazing chemistry.

Ilsa is such a compelling character writer- she never fails to create a fully array of interesting, unique, complex, and captivating characters that grab my heart straight away. Characters who are somehow dynamically specific but relatable. Dillon and Serena are no exception- like all Ilsa characters they are living, breathing, fully dimensional leads who just grabbed me straight away. And both learn and grow as the result of their budding relationship- a subtle and steady character development that feels authentic but vital.

No one writes quirky and endearing heroines like Ilsa, and Serena may have just become my new favorite. She has all the eccentricities that make her “adorkable”- her penchant for spouting off random facts when she’s nervous, her competitive streak, While this story feels mostly like a rom-com, Ilsa gives Serena a lot of past pain and baggage. This gives her SUCH depth- so much range as a character. You love her even more- for her resilience, her sense of humor, her spark. And Ilsa tells her story with such respect for who she is a character- she’s talented, strong, clever, but also vulnerable and hurt. And, like Dillon, she makes mistakes - she has lows that color her highs.

And Dillon is deceptively nuanced- at first he seems like the classic jock who is gonna realize his own shortcomings, but he has deep layers under his laid back, playboy quarterback facade. From the moment we meet him we see glimmers of a closer romantic, a tentative optimist who has been hurt by life and internalizes all his,and others’ feelings, so deeply. He FEELS, but past pain makes that scary. We start to see and feel an emotional loneliness in him. One that makes hiim more sweet and charming- more vulnerable and open. And, I love how unnerved he is by Serena- how she reduces the self-assured charmer into an awkward and endearing pursuer. And he, too, has flaws- makes mistakes. But he learns from them, so powerfully.

The chemistry here is MAGIC- fun, sexy, mesmerizing. These two just seem so opposite, but their draw to each other is undeniable. The fun and sassy banter and the comedic push-pull add just the right amount of angst, but as these two come together and break down each other’s perceptions, they fall into a natural and authentic connection that had me so charmed. They find a deeper connection in their own past hurts, a serendipitous sharing of grief that helps them understand each other. Helps them realize how they’ve been hiding to cope- behind sports, or hook-ups, or focusing on others. Serena’s vulnerability and Dillon’s boldness in opening his heart and pursuing her had me smiling, giddy with happiness. Their relationship started out so fiery, but evolved into something so sweat and healing. I could not be more obsessed.

LIke all Ilsa stories, not only do we get humor and charm, but we also find ourselves lovingly embraced by the story’s insights on loving. And this story leaves me full of optimism and joy. Here, Ilsa inspires us to lean into a promise. And no, not just the promise of fate, or the promise of a hopeful lover, even though Dillon so sweetly makes those. Ilsa is urging us to make a promise not just to a lover, but to ourselves- to promise our vulnerability and bravery, to promise an open mind. Putting yourself out there, opening your heart is indeed scary- but eventually it is worth the risk. Love deserves the chance. Because who knows? Perhaps the man stealing a kiss- or your oreos- is the half to your whole, is your something wonderful. But you’ll never know if you don’t roll the dice….or at least steal all his beer. :)
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