Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills

POV: Dual 1st person
PoP: 44%
Tropes: One Night Stand; Football Romance; Close Proximity; Accidental Pregnancy
Series: Strangers in Love
Type of Series: Series of Standalones
Rate:  5/5 Stars
Release Date: November 8, 2022

When you get into this book, you think it’s going to be lighter and not suck you into emotional upheaval. But Ilsa Madden-Mills quickly makes that notion a moot point. This book, I fell in love with Tuck and Francesca as their story played out. These are two people who haven’t had it easy, but are still dealing with the aftermath of their upbringing. However, they deal with it in completely different ways. When you first meet Tuck, you think he is this shallow jock, but he is so much more. You want to hold him close when you get his back story because it has held him back from so much. Francesca uses her past to push her forward. While she takes her past and pushes forward because she doesn’t want to wallow, Tuck uses his as a defense mechanism. These two, there are so many sweet moments, but they fight with everything to be together, but at the same time fight to be together. It is a juxtaposition of events that work really well… then they have their moment and you are expecting it, but at the same time you aren’t. There is so much growth and in the characters in this story that you get sucked into it and won’t want to put it down. There is an amazing cast of secondary characters that leave no moment in this story wavering. Ilsa Madden-Mills outdid herself with this one.