Book Review: Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills

The second book in the Strangers in Love series was a hit. I thought Tuck and Francesca had an amazing story together. It was equal parts entertaining and emotional and I couldn't get enough. I loved this so much! 

Book Review: Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Princess and the Player (Strangers in Love #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills


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 fiancĂ© 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?

5 out of 5 stars

Princess and the Player was fantastic, I could not put it down! It was sweet, entertaining, and super sexy, but there was an undercurrent of pain and emotion with these characters that had me rooting for them. I loved this!

Francesca and Tuck were heartbreakingly beautiful characters. I loved learning about their painful pasts and having them open up and share. Francesca was amazing. She was not a woman who needed to be saved but could save herself. I loved the family she formed and how she made the best of things. Tuck had my heart right from the start. I felt for him because of where he was at in life and his past history. I loved getting to see the man behind the smile he showed everyone. Tuck and Francesca’s chemistry was off the charts, I loved the want and need between them. Their relationship was a bit of a rollercoaster and I was there for it. There was a good mix of playful banter and fun times as well as some incredibly emotional, raw moments. There were excellent details woven in for both of them as they got to know one another and really connect.

I loved Francesca's friends and how supportive they were.  They helped to create a lot of humorous scenes with their sarcastic and light-hearted barbs. I really liked Tuck’s friend Jasper. He seemed a bit wild but he cared with his whole heart and was incredibly sweet. I adored a side story that was happening for Francesca and loved how it was incorporated into the story. It was a great touch!

This was a truly wonderful story with an incredible build. I cheered for Tuck and Francesca, laughed with them, and got frustrated with them. More so with Francesca, I understood her reasons and couldn’t wait for them to get to that moment where it all works out. It was so worth the wait! These people hurt and had scars but I loved that they found their way to one another in such an entertaining way. This was a heartfelt journey filled with hope, acceptance, and love. I absolutely adored this!

Complimentary copy received from Montlake. 

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