November 11, 2022 | Posted in:Blog Tour, Review

Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

Princess and the Player, an all-new neighbors-to-lovers romance featuring an NFL football player and a masquerade ball from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is now available!

A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills. Levelheaded Francesca Lane never thought she’d miss her own wedding. But when her fiancé betrays her, she puts on her wedding dress and ditches the altar for a masquerade ball—at an exclusive lifestyle club. There, she meets unknown-to-her NFL star Tuck Avery, dressed as a prince and hiding behind a mask—he’s there to celebrate his birthday. For one night, Francesca and Tuck indulge in a wickedly incognito affair. No names. No strings. And the masks don’t come off. Unfortunately, Francesca realizes quickly that her masked prince is the wealthy jock who lives in the penthouse of her apartment building. His hobbies include parties and supermodels—or so the tabloids say. Getting tangled up with a shallow jerk is the last thing Francesca needs right now, so she vows to keep Tuck from recognizing her (not that she’s his type anyway). But fate has a teeny-tiny trick up her sleeve…a plus sign on a pregnancy test. Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Princess and the Player is the second book in the Strangers in Love series by the fabulous Ilsa Madden Mills. I knew when we met Tuck I was going to love him. His story is everything I wanted it to be and more! He’s funny, sexy, a pro baller, but he’s also hurting and has a past that’s constantly haunting him. When he meets a beautiful stranger at a masquerade party at a sex club, it seems like the perfect night. No names, no faces and just one night. But fate had other ideas. Turns out she lives in his building and doesn’t seem to want anything to do with him. Francesca never thought her one-night stand would turn out to be her rich and famous neighbor, but here we are. Now not only does she see him everywhere, she’s keeping a very big secret from him. She’s pregnant. What are the odds. The connection between Tuck and Francesca is too strong for either of them to ignore. For once Tuck wants to actually get to know a woman. There’s just something about her that calls to him. Calms him. Makes him want to be a better man. But what happens when he finds out about the baby? Will that be the end of them or the beginning of their story? Oh man! I loved Tuck and Francesca! Their romance isn’t all fun and games. They both have pasts and have a hard time accepting love. But they are destined to be together. I loved watching them fall and grow and finally give in. Overall, I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and just loved it!


Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Princess and The Player is the second book in the Strangers in Love series by Ilsa Madden-Mills. I loved Tuck in Beauty and The Baller so I was so excited when Ilsa announced that he was getting his own book! It is a total standalone by the way, but I recommend reading Ronan’s story since it’s awesome too! 
It’s Tuck’s birthday. It was supposed to be Francesca’s wedding day. Fate brought them to a…sex club that night. She calls him a perv and that was it, their start. Their night ended with a bang. A few of them. A one-night no-strings attached night. No names. Makes stayed on. No kissing. It was a night neither of them forgot but it was always supposed to be that one night. And when she realizes who he really is…she doesn’t want more. He is an arrogant playboy who dates model after model and plays football for a living and happens to live in her building. She doesn’t want him to recognize her especially after she finds out her illness is not a bug trying to kill her from the inside but a baby. She doesn’t know what to do, should he feel like she trapped him? Would he be angry? Would he abandon her and their baby? She is confused and more so when she actually starts to get to know him. Maybe the prince could love the princess and live happily ever after… but wait will happen when he finds out about the heir? 
I loved this couple! They are a hot mess and that makes them even more real. From start to finish I was addicted to them. I also loved her little family of misfits and their billionaire. And of course Jasper. That man also has my heart. ♥️
“So do you ever think about that night?” I don’t have to ask which night. 
“No, never.” Big. Fat. Lie.
“Yeah, me neither. It really sucked. Worst ever.” 
“Totally, right?” 
“Totally.” He smirks.
“Life sure does want you to see him,” he murmurs. 
I grimace. Fate is a tenacious bitch. 
And sometimes when she doesn’t get what she wants, she tries again and again.
“You undo me, Princess . . .”

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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