Title: Not My Match
Series: The Game Changers #2
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Release Date: January 19, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance/Sports
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.
Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.
I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde head but in finding real love, which she’s not going to get with the crazy men she picks up online.
Too bad she’s a twenty-four-year-old virgin and I’m a bad boy wide receiver. She’s off limits for a hardcore player like me—and we’re just friends.
Instead, I’m her matchmaking service, no matter how jealous it makes me when I tag along on her dates.
I can keep my self-control. Right? No way will I give in to everything inside me that dreams of a girl like her in my world.
I may be the best wide receiver in the country, but how could I hold on to a girl like her?
As with all of my “reviews” lately, this will contain spoilers. If you want my unspoiled opinion, please skip to the last paragraph.
Let me start by saying I so loved Not My Romeo. But, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book knowing Giselle had taken her sister’s boyfriend. I heard the explanation, but I still wasn’t cool with it. However, I’ve been loving Ilsa’s books lately, so I wanted to give it a try. And…I have some mixed feelings. I’m going to start with some complaints (although, surprisingly they weren’t concerning the sister thing), but stick around because I did still give this book 4 stars.
I can sum up almost all of my issues with this book with just two words – character development. In the first scene with Giselle I honestly felt like she was going to be written having a touch of autism. But those personality traits that were shining in that first scene were never seen again. Also, in the beginning there was talk of her never dressing anything other than professional. Well, that never happened again either. And there were other personality traits that would seem to disappear for a while and then reappear later.
Then there was Devon, and I honestly never felt like I had a grasp on who he was. He even makes comments about never having shown anyone who he really was, so I expected something new to shine through after he falls for Giselle. But, I never saw it. It was weird seeing a bit of his past that normally would attribute to his character, but I couldn’t see his character clearly.
Okay, now for something I did like. In most romances we see guys chasing the girls, which I generally prefer. But, in this case, Giselle is clearly the one chasing. And the big reason that I really enjoyed it was because Devon wasn’t running. He would make comments about running, but his actions were always screaming that he was all in.
Another thing that I loved was that Giselle was both a physicist and an alien romance writer. How fun! And what was really awesome was that she was inspiring herself (and Devon) through her writing.
My favorite thing about this book, though (other than the romance between Giselle and Devon – which I did fall for) was the Sunday dinner prayer scene at Giselle’s momma’s house. Hilarious! And then it was quickly replaced with a bit of dread, which thankfully wasn’t drug out because I wasn’t in the mood for high angst at the moment.
Overall, I thought the romance was cute, but that the character development needed to be worked on just a little bit more. The romance was sweet (and a little steamy after a bit of a slow burn), but I was still fully invested in it even with the lack of character development. 4 Stars.
Stay tuned and I hope to have my thoughts up soon on Good Girl, Bad Blood. And maybe then on A Pho Love Story.
I’m currently 34% into A Vow So Bold and Deadly. I’m very much enjoying it, but also dreading where things are going. I’m really hopeful that Grey and Rhen can work things out, though. Fingers crossed.
I’m also listening to Namesake, but I haven’t made a ton of progress with that one yet.