October 15, 2020
“Another touchdown for Ilsa Madden-Mills! It’s glittery sports romance perfection.” —Tia Louise, USA TODAY Bestselling Author
I Promise You, an all-new sweet and sexy, new adult, sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!
Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me. Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?
There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her.
You might even put a ring on it.
As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run.
Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights?
Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer.
Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type and hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years?
So why can’t he stop trying to win her?
Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?
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I Promise You is the newest standalone in the Waylon University books. I 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. Every leading man steals my heart and every leading lady kicks butt and takes names. We’ve met Dillon before and his story is everything I wanted it to be and more! It’s emotional, silly, fun, awkward, sexy, aggravating and a little sad at times. There’s a legend about the person you kiss at the freshman bonfire. Dillon fell for it and the mystery girl. But he never saw her again until three years later. Now it’s his mission to get her to pay attention to him. To see him. To want him like he wants her. It’s a promise, and he never forgets a promise. Serena isn’t about to fall for his charms. Or his sexy jawline. Or his abs. Nope. Been there done that has the baggage to prove it. But man is Dillon relentless. He shows up at her house. Keeps running into her on campus. It’s like fate is helping him out. Dillon is usually so smooth with women. He never has to work hard. He’s a football player and he’s good looking, girls just fall at his feet. But Serena isn’t swayed by his status. And he can’t seem to say the right things. He gets awkward and stammers and can’t get it right. But it’s endearing and sweet and shows Serena the real him. Is it possible to fall for someone after one kiss? To find your forever with one look? Oh man. This story! Dillon and Serena have so much in common and that makes them more vulnerable to each other, but it makes them more real. You can’t hide that kind of connection. My heart was breaking for him and the tears were streaming down my face. But he also made me laugh out loud and want to give him hugs, and pat his head and say “bless his heart.” Serena is strong, driven and trying to forget her past. They are both a little broken, but a lot hopeful. Overall, I loved it. I laughed, cried, swooned, cried again and smiled a lot. Dillon just makes me happy!
“Do you like me, you know, as a person? Check yes or no.” He squints at me as if dreading the answer.
He is irresistible.
“I check yes” I feel like a twelve-year-old talking to the popular guy.
He exhales. “Thank you, Jesus.”
“I can’t believe I just said that. I can’t get anything right with you. Kill me now.”
Oh. He’s getting it right. He’s part smooth charmer, part uncertain college by, and it ticks all my boxes. Help.
Put the D in me, football player.
I Promise You is Ilsa Madden-Mills’ newest sports romance. You can read as a standalone but I do recommend reading I Dare You, I Bet You, and I Hate You since they are all connected to the Waylon University football team. Like I said though, you don’t have to but I promise you, you will want to afterwards. I was first introduced to Dillon in I Bet You and I was so excited when I read he was getting his own book.
Three years. That’s a long time to think about one kiss. With a total stranger in the dark next to a bonfire. Three years of wondering what her name was. Where she was. What she was doing now. Did she graduate? Was she with someone else? Did she even remember him? She ran off and never looked back. He looked for her. And now, three years later he sees her. He wasn’t sure if it was really her until he really saw her. He should have known from the way his body reacted to her in the store. She was a woman who didn’t even know him and he liked that. She was a woman who hated him from the start but there was something lingering between them. Still, she didn’t want him. Not then and not now. The legend about the bonfire was bullshit or was it…
Serena didn’t want to like him. She really didn’t. He was an egotistical jock with an harem. She didn’t have time for that shit. Her life was crazy enough without a hot AF player getting in the way. Her plan was to stay away but fate had other plans, or her boss did assigning her to following the football team for the Gazette. It also didn’t help that he was actually kinda sweet and shy in his own. Talks are surprising. Fun is had. Chemistry is fire. Promises are made. Will they be broken like her heart was before him?
I love them! Serena is fucking hilarious and she loves Oreos! She is my kinda girl. Funny, smart, witty, and sarcastic. Dillon is just a big softie when you really get to know him. He is also funny, smart, and sweet even if he makes dumb decisions. Together, their banter is the best. Their connection is amazing. They just made me laugh, tear up, flush, and laugh some more. They definitely have their work cut out for them though. It’s a perfect addition to the series.
P.S. I ♥️ Nana!
“Know what I’m thinking?” I ask.
“That I’m irresistible—”
“Ha. I’m thinking you’d have a hard time keeping up with me.” Yeah. I just said that.
“I’m hard, alright.” He lowers his gaze, his top teeth tugging at his bottom lip. I burst out laughing. “And people say romance is dead!”
“Call me Mr. Darcy if you want.” He does a weird bow, then puts his hand over his heart. “‘You have bewitched me, body and soul.’”
I burst out laughing. “Nice quote, but your curtsey needs work.”
“Hand over the hat, buddy.”
The kiss burns a hole right through me and blood rushes to my groin. I’m in over my head—Who cares?—and I groan, deepening our connection. My hands slide down her cheeks, her throat, then to her arms at her sides. Our joined breaths mingling, I trace my thumbs over the rapid pulse in her wrists. My head swims with images of her body draped on top of me— A cry comes from her as she breaks away from our kiss. “Jerk! Don’t do that. I don’t know you!” “You liked it, babe.” “What? No.” “I’m Dillon.” “Um, I don’t care. Step away.” “What’s your name? You got a number?” Dillon McQueen does not give up easily. When he sees what he wants, he goes after it. He also sometimes talks about himself in the third person. “Are you a freshman? I play football. Quarterback.” Usually that’s enough to catch a girl’s interest. She shakes her head, looking almost surprised as she touches her lips briefly. I think she mutters pigskin-toting Casanova. Then, she flips around. “No, wait! Don’t go!” I say, reaching out for her, but she’s gone, daring one look over her shoulder as she disappears into the crowd of people. I take off after her, navigating through the throng, jostling into dancers. One of them, a big barrel-chested guy, shoves at me when I bump into him. I fall on my ass. Heart pounding, I scramble back up, dirt and grass on me as I dart through the crowd and look around. My height gives me a decent vantage point, but she’s vanished. Off in the distance, the football guys hoot my name, then chant Venus over and over. Well, hell. The bonfire got me good. She’s gone. Legend 1, Dillon 0.
About 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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