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Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills Review

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 by in review |

Dirty English Book Cover Dirty English
Ilsa Madden-Mills
New Adult
Little Dove
12th October 2015

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 supposedto 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*

What I Thought


Well, what I thought is…….I LOVED THIS BOOK!! 

The cover  enticed me to this book before I even read the synopsis. 

Starting with the prologue, we are in a skeevy motel room with Elizabeth Bennett, Confused, hurting and hungover. Hardly able to remember a thing. Hangover turns into mortification upon disovering the uncomfortable feeling between her legs and her “boyfriend” bragging on the phone to his friends that she was up for it. Has she been raped? WAIT!! She was drunk, was it her own fault??

After this, Elizabeth vows never to fall in love again and sets herself up some rules to follow to ensure this never happens again, that she also never falls in love again to!


“Pick an average guy who wasn’t popular or rich or too good-looking.

Make sure he wasn’t taken.

Make sure he didn’t drink or do drugs.

Make sure he wasn’t an escapee from the local insane asylum. 

Have sex. Never speak to him again.”


Two years later, Elizabeth is out of her trailer park home, far away from the scene that ruined her, on a full scholarship at university. Upon moving into her very own apartment off campus, Elizabeth has her first encounter with Declan Blay.

Declan is a super gorgeous, English, underground fighter, nursing a broken heart after catching his girl with another guy! He just wants to focus on college and completing the work on his very own gym. 

Elizabeth and Declan properly meet later on at a college frat party. They are instantly like magnets, drawn to each other. Straight off Declan knows Elizabeth has been hurt and tries to fight her attraction, he knows he’s not the right guy for her. Not a good guy. 

They both try to fight the attraction. They both have their secrets. They both have commitment issues. But can they stay away from each other or is the pull just to strong? Is Elizabeth’s past going to stay in the past? And can she stick to those rules?

This book had it all for me! Action, passion, romance and a hottie!! Once I started reading, I finished it in one sitting. I just didn’t want to put it down. It was one of those books that had my tummy twisting and turning, them butterflies were flying all over with the different going’s on. 

We read from the male and female point of view. Even though Ilsa gave us 316 amazing pages, it wasn’t enough for me. I could of just kept reading about Elizabeth and Declan forever. 

We were treated to a detailed, chemistry filled, slightly dominant sex scene. In fact the whole storyline was detailed and expressive and helped create the scenes in my head. Helped to vizualize the characters. 

Knowing that the story had an American setting, we were constantly reminded about Declan being an Englishman through the use of certain “English lanuage” wording.

I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters, Shelley, Elizabeth’s friend, and Dax, Declans equally hot twin brother. I think all that read the book will agree, Dax needs his own book next!

An excellent New Adult read, my first from Ilsa Madden-Mills, but definitely not the last! 


Sweet Score






About Ilsa Madden-Mills


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. 


She’s addicted to dystopian books and all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. 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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