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**Dirty English is a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice**
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’s supposed 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.
“Love is never perfect, in fact it’s the exact opposite of perfect, but that’s okay, because it give you room to grow and explore.”
This book will captivate you from the very first page till the very end. You won’t want to put it down. It’s full of angst and jam-packed with so many emotions you’ll feel like you’re on a rollercoaster. You will fall in love with Elizabeth and be swooning for Declan. In the end, you’re going to want to read again.
“Nothing matters without you.”
With both an absentee father and mother, Elizabeth Bennett did not grow up with the best childhood but she made the best with what she had. She was the shy kid in her class, did not have very many friends, loves books, art and excelled in school. Elizabeth pours her heart into anything and everything that she is passionate about. So when the popular boy in her class shows interest in her and wants to take her to prom, she drops her walls and goes all in. I mean no one has ever been interested in her before and here Colby wants to be with her. The day starts off to be the best night of her life. When she wakes the next morning her world has changed forever. The old Elizabeth has gone and a new one has surfaced. No one will ever believe her…. Elizabeth is no one….
“Everything I’d believed about myself..about who I was..about love..unraveled, turning into something dark. Dirty.”
Declan Blay grew up with his twin brother Dax and their mom until she died of cancer. At that point, they were shipped to move in with their dad and his new family where Declan didn’t really feel a part of. Thought Declan had no choice since he was young and had nowhere else to go. When he sets his mind to something he is determined to go after it. Declan loves fighting, owns his own gym and hopes to fight in the UFC one day. However he is not your typical fighter. He is actually very well educated, he doesn’t drink like a lot like every other guy out there and he’s had his fair share of ladies but none of them too serious for forever. He and his father have always butted heads on what his future would be. With Declan wanting what his heart desires and his father wanting him to become a lawyer. But no matter what, Declan has always followed through and has excelled in school, while pursuing his love for the gym on the side.
“The moment that dragonfly landed on you, I knew you were going to rock my world.”
Elizabeth’s life has changed drastically through the years. Since not having anyone to really depend on, she has become so independent, very strong and she’s very closed off. The wall is built pretty tight. She spends a lot of her time focusing on school, working, and reading. Elizabeth needs to be in control of her life and everything around her. Her passion for art is locked up tight and her best friend is trying to get her back into it, but she doesn’t budge. Who knows where Elizabeth would be without the support of her friend? If she does spend time with a man, it’s for just one night and she won’t talk to him ever again. It goes by her rules or nothing at all.
“There’s a magnet in my chest that’s drawn to yours.”“He was everything I shouldn’t want but did.”
When Elizabeth goes to her first frat party and she spots Declan she knows instantly that she needs to stay away from him. It’s like she is a moth drawn to a flame. He is everything that she needs to avoid. But when Declan saves her from her worst fear from happening, she can’t help how her body reacts to him or how he reacts back to her. There’s no denying the chemistry between the two of them. They try so hard to fight it. And it works for a while…Till they realize that avoiding one another is inevitable.
“I can’t put words into it, but I feel safe with you and like nothing bad will happen to me again.”
They learn that they are neighbors and that they also share a class in school where they will learn about the world of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, a subject in which they are both quite familiar with. They try to keep their distance from each other. They push each other’s buttons. He wants her just as bad as she does but no one wants to budge. But when he keeps coming to her rescue and does little thoughtful things for her, it makes her begin to wonder what it is about him. They get to know one another better. About their pasts, their family, their experiences, their passions, goals and their futures. But some things are still kept behind hidden walls, not ready to come out. When the sexual tension boils down to just one night, Elizabeth’s rules go flying out the window. Declan is different than anyone one she has ever been with before. One night of heated passion is not enough for either of them. They always want more.
When Elizabeth’s fears come rearing back, she is doubting her relationship with Declan. Fighting has always been a no go for her, but yet it’s Declan’s dream. Declan and Elizabeth’s world and dreams and completely different from each other, she feels that they have no chance to be together. To top it off Declan’s past is keeps making an appearance, putting the doubts at full force. But when Elizabeth’s ultimate blast from the past comes back to haunt her, it puts her life into tailspin.
“With us it was about two broken people who looked deep into the eyes of the other person and just meshed. “
Will Elizabeth and Declan be able to survive everything being thrown their way? Will Declan be able to put all Elizabeth’s doubts away? Can Declan and Elizabeth get through her issue of him fighting? What will happen with Declan’s future? Since he wants one thing and his dad wants another? Will Elizabeth be able to overcome the situation from her past? Will Declan be able to help her through it? Will they make it through together?
“In that moment, life-we-were perfect. I’d never been like that with a girl before. Spontaneous and fun. Real.”
I absolutely loved this book!! Ilsa nailed it for sure! She captured all the feels put into one. I fell in love with Elizabeth and Declan, I mean how could you not? Declan, wow! Talk about hot! A gym fighter, smart and hot?! I’ll take him please. I felt for both of their stories and the situations that they went through growing up. They are both strong willed and determined individuals and did not let their past dictate their future. They pushed through it and rose from it. They are two broken souls who found peace in each other. While reading, you definitely can feel the emotions that the characters are feelings, it’s poured our right into the pages. Ilsa does a fantastic job putting us right there with them. Everyone needs a BFF that Elizabeth had. She has always stood by her side, never leaving it even when she was down. The secondary characters were awesome. It’s like they were one big family. I wouldn’t mind a book on Dax. That would be a fun one to read.
I received an advanced copy for my honest review.
This review was done by Jenn.
Excerpt of DIRTY ENGLISH
“Come to my apartment and spend the night with me.” I touched his face, my fingers stroking the softness of his sensuous lips. “Just one night and we can make this shitty world disappear.”
He exhaled. “A one-night stand?”
He cupped my chin. “Someone hurt you, didn’t they?”
My lips tightened. No one at Whitman knew about Colby except for Shelley and Blake, and I sure as hell wasn’t telling him. He’d judge me like everyone else had in Petal, North Carolina. “That’s none of your business.”
“I see.” His eyes searched mine until I felt like a bug under a microscope. “What if I wanted more than just one night?”
“Then your hands can let go of my hips now.”
He removed his hands slowly, the tips of his fingers grazing mine. “This may surprise you, but I don’t sleep with every girl I kiss.”
I’d been rejected. Again. “Blake said you got around, that you used—”
“And you believed him?” His voice was incredulous. “Dude is in love with you and he saw exactly how we looked at each other tonight—”
“Looked at each other? What are you talking about? You refused to dance with me and then you ran off with your girlfriend. Not to mention I just kissed you and you didn’t even care.” I threw my hands up.
“I wanted to fuck you the minute you walked in that party,” he snapped.
“Then why don’t you,” I bit out, tossing back my shoulders.
“You think you want me?” he said tightly. “You can’t handle me, Elizabeth. I can see it in your eyes. You’re scared of something, maybe not me, but something.”
My eyes went to his black eye.
He let out a harsh laugh. “Ah, that’s what you’re afraid of. You want the real truth? You told me tonight you didn’t like violence, but I’m an arsehole who uses his fists. That’s who I am.”
“What do you mean?”
His gaze was intense, dark and low, his face struggling as he fought to find the right words. “I’m in a fight club for money. I show up at warehouses and fight other blokes. Sometimes I beat them so bad they need medical attention. A few times, I’ve been beat to unconsciousness. I’m everything you need to stay away from.”
I inhaled, anger and lust and excitement all riding me. Anger that he was pushing me away, lust for the alpha male in him, and God help me, the fighting thing repelled me and excited me at the same time. “I don’t want to stay away from you. I want you to fuck me and stop making excuses for why you can’t.”
My words seemed to snap his taut restraint.
He pulled me back in his arms, his lips fusing with mine unerringly. His tongue plundered me in a sensual way my body had craved for years. I wrapped my arms around his neck, my anger morphing into all-out desire as he turned us and pressed me against the wall.
Yes, yes, this is what I craved.
A passion to remind me that I was real, not just some sad excuse of a girl who chose to exist on scraps of love.
Before I knew it, he’d shoved my robe off, his hands sculpting my shoulders, massaging them as he ravaged my mouth. I reveled in the warmth of his hand on my neck as his mouth skated down, kissing the hollows of my throat, sucking on my collarbone.
“Like this?” he asked, his voice dark and gravelly. “You want me to take you up against this wall?”
“Yes,” I moaned. Gone. Past caring as long as he kept his hands on me.
Out of control, my brain whispered, but I beat back the dark warnings as his warm hand found my breast and squeezed, his fingers rolling my nipple between his thumb and forefinger.
I gasped in pleasure and arched my back to get closer to his body, ignoring the fear that pricked at the surface.
The rules girl in my head stamped her foot and yelled at me. I ignored her.
But even if I wanted to stop right now, I couldn’t. My tongue tangled wildly with his, my hands pulled at his hair, spurring him on, his hand palming my breast and then tugging. Sharp sensations of need went straight to my core.
“Is this what you want? Something quick where we just take what we want and forget each other the next day?”
No. Not that. Not like the way he said it, like it was something dirty.
“Yes, like that,” I whispered against his shoulder, my mouth on his skin, tasting him as my teeth bit down.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.
She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.
She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education.
When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.
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Ilsa Madden-Mills’ other books:
VERY BAD THINGS
VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS
VERY WICKED THINGS
VERY TWISTED THINGS
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