★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★
This was my first book from author Ilsa Madden-Mills and have to say I thought it was pretty good. Being English, I was instantly drawn to this book, the cover is gorgeous and to be honest, I wanted to run my critical eye over it to see if she could pull off the English slang – a lot of non-British authors try really hard and quite often I am left disappointed. Well, Declan was no Hugh Grant (thank the Lord!), he was a normal every day guy from London. Or as I would say, a proper geezer and all round decent bloke.
Declan Blay is one of two, he is a twin, yes that’s right – there are two of these sexy mangods!
“They were double trouble, sex on two sticks.”
Having grown up in England with their mum in a small house, their life was ripped apart when they were ten, when she died of cancer. They were taken to the US to live with their dad, an ambassador. He is about to graduate college, but instead of being a lawyer like his dad wants him to be, he is determined to open his own gym and become a UFC fighter. Currently he is engaging in underground fights, all is not what it seems, because in his spare time he likes to read the classics, and is a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice. Obviously a romantic at heart.
Elizabeth Bennett isn’t looking for her Mr. Darcy, she was left broken after her high school prom night went severely down the drain, and only hooks up with men that she knows don’t have the power to hurt her. She is most definitely not about to jump in with both feet with the notorious ladies man who has decided to woo her.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read, a slight bit of drama that always seems to be present in these college reads and an annoying ex that I wanted to slap. I didn’t quite connect with Elizabeth as much as I’d hoped, she had good reason to want to push Declan away, but sometimes I thought she was cutting off her nose to spite her face a bit too much. Declan though, I defy you to fall in love with him. He was swoon-worthy, and had a way with words to rival any classic novel.
“I wanted her in my skin
I wanted her in my soul
And I wanted in hers”
I was left pondering if a twenty one year old that had lived in the US for the last 11 years would still be talking like a Brit, but still, the slang was spot on and he really did come across as a fellow Londoner to me. Kudos to Isla Madden-Mills. If you are looking for an easy read, nothing too taxing then go for it.
Highly recommend for NA lovers. Oh and come on love, there has to be a book for twin brother Dax. He was an enigma I’d like to unravel.
Dirty English is a standalone NA romance, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review