Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Review & Teaser (@ilsamaddenmills)

Ilsa Madden-Mills is an author I like to pick up whenever she releases something new. She's amazing at creating a fascinating world with interesting characters that I want to get to know.
Dear Ava
Title: Dear Ava
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 1st 2020

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WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a gripping enemies-to-lovers, secret admirer, high school romance.

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world--until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?

Knox, the scarred quarterback.
Dane, his twin brother.
Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . .

Dear Ava,
Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Wait. That's stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It's been ten months since you were here, but I can't forget you.
I've missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I've missed you cheering at my football games.
I've missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger.

Don't hate me because I'm a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.

I wasn't sure what to expect when picking up Dear Ava, but I was certainly unprepared for the shattering opening chapter. My heart broke for Ava, but the more I read the stronger she became and I was proud of the woman she turned into. It wasn't always easy, but she fought her demons and with the help of some good friends she was able to walk with her head held high.

I loved meeting Knox, and seeing the impact that he had in Ava's life. He was a strong character beneath his scars, and had suffered so much loss as well. He was strong and willing to do all he could for those he loved. He had an amazing bond with his twin and they both looked out for one another. His good friend Chance was Ava's ex and I could see these three boys would do anything to get to the bottom of Ava's problems.

This was such a good read from start to finish. I liked meeting Ava's friends, Piper and Wyatt, knowing they would do anything for Ava. Knox, Dane and Chance were all amazing characters too, and I hope we get to see more of them. The storyline was pretty good—most of the time—there were a few moments that didn't make a lot of sense, and could have been smoothed out a little bit, but overall it was a good read.
These are little glimpses into the world and the writing style of Dear Ava...

“Steel yourself,” I whisper. “Beyond these doors lie hellhounds and vampires.” I smirk. If only they really were. I’d pull out a stake and end them like Buffy. Sadly, they are only human, and I cannot stab them.

Kindle Page 13

I want her.
I fucking do.
But you can’t take a beautiful, soft flower and crush it under your cleats, not when she’s halfway to broken already.

Kindle Page 156

Ilsa Madden-MillsWall Street Journal, 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 best known for her angsty, yet funny, New Adult college romances. 

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. 

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