Review: Dirty English by Isla Madden-Mills

27152124Dirty English
Series: English, #1

Author: Isla Madden-Mills
Publication Date: October 10, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’ssupposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*

I kind of loved this book. Actually, there’s no kind of about it. Dirty English had a strong emotional pull that sucked me in and kept me reading. I read it in one evening. That’s how good the writing was. The nods to Pride and Prejudice were cool and added a unique, fun aspect to the story. I absolutely loved reading this NA romance.

While the writing may have sucked me in, my favorite thing about Dirty English was the characters. The connection between Elizabeth and Declan was fierce. I could feel the intensity of their feelings throughout the entire book. They had sexual chemistry that was off the charts, but what really got me was the sweetness of their emotional connection. They just got each other. It was beautiful.

I also adored the supporting characters. Dax was probably my favorite one of them. He was so happy-go-lucky. I loved the way he tried to get Declan all riled up. He just added so much fun to the story!

I only have a couple of gripes about this book. First, I have to admit the story was fairly predictable. I knew what was coming the entire time I was reading. I loved the characters so much I could easily look past it, but other might not be able to. Second, Blake. While I liked what his friendship with Elizabeth brought to the story, the way he and Shelley acted behind her back didn’t sit so well with me. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I was a little concerned. Maybe I just need a Blake book to explain it all! (That would awesome! Hint, hint Ms. Madden-Mills!)

Dirty English was a great NA read. It had all the things I would expect from the genre. It was emotional, angsty, fun and sexy. I loved it so much, I immediately downloaded the second book in the series.

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