New Release, Excerpt, and 5 Star Review: Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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“Who can turn down a sexy hockey star with a big . . . stick? Zack is hot hot hot, and Sugar is the perfect blend of sweet and sassy! Their chemistry sizzles in Boyfriend Bargain!”

— Melanie Harlow, USA Today bestselling author

Boyfriend Bargain, an all-new sexy and emotional sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!


Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick

Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.

If only he knew she was alive.

Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible.

Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.

But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts.

Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak?


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“We should kiss, just get it out of the way and move on,” I say, sure of the crazy idea as each second passes.

There’s a hitch in Z’s breath, and his eyes go straight to my lips. “Works for me.”

“But just one. None of that fancy tongue work.”

“Afraid of falling in love with me?” He grins.

Well. My eyes take in the broad shoulders and the dragon tattoo on his muscled chest. He’s definitely my type: pure, grade A male hotness—exactly what I don’t need. “I won’t fall in love.”

Another grin. “Liar.” 


Michel’s Review

The Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills was more than a new adult sports romance. Although it would seem like the plot was predictable, the story went to another level. The characters were more than college coeds manipulating the system to advance their positions. The both had very pressing situations in life that needed a “bandaid” or a significant other to hold the problems at bay.  Zack Morgan is trying to focus on his final college hockey season before he heads to the Nashville Predators. The pressures of being a superstar player come with problems of their own let alone adding emotional baggage to the heap. Zack needs Sugar by his side to keep the fans and women at a distance so that he can focus on hockey. He’s attracted to her and is falling hard but he’s keeping secrets. Secrets have a way of surfacing at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons. He has to learn to face his own issues before he can fully give himself to Sugar.

Sugar Ryan has not had an easy life. She has had to work hard for everything. She wants to attend Vanderbilt Law School but has been wait listed. She wants to recruit Zack Morgan to be her fake boyfriend for the formal dinner at Vanderbilt for wait list recruits. She has discovered the admissions dean is a hockey fan and knows that Zack will soon be a Nashville Predator. Having him by her side may be the opportunity to make herself stand out amongst the other waitlist recruits. What she didn’t count on was falling for Zack in the process. She has just gotten out of a long term relationship that ended badly. The only thing she needs to focus on now is getting into the law school of her choice.

Life has a way of throwing curves and forcing us to face the hard truths. Life also has a way of sneaking up and rewarding us with what we really need. Zack and Sugar need each other more than they know. Zack and Sugar also need to open their eyes and see what their souls really need.

The Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills is more than a new adult romance. It’s a story of finding oneself and sharing your complete self, flaws and strengths, with someone else.

Ilsa Madden-Mills always delivers an excellent story!


About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her contemporary romances ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

Seven of her ten novels have placed in the Amazon US Store Top Six Best-seller List: Dirty English hit #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You hit #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things all placed #6 in the Amazon US Store.

The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, hit #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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