„Dear Ava is heartwarming and angsty and don’t get me started on Knox. Read this book! You will love Ava’s fight and Knox’s alpha.”
—Tijan, New York Times bestselling author
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a gripping enemies-to-lovers, secret admirer, high school romance with Dear Ava, available now!
The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world–until they destroyed me.
The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.
Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?
Knox, the scarred quarterback.
Dane, his twin brother.
Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . .
Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Wait. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.
It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.
I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.
And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger.
Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.
„It takes a phoenix to rise from the ashes. I guess he thinks you are one.”
I am completely stunned and delighted. Dear Ava is absolutely the best story from Ilsa Madden-Mills and that means a lot, because I love all of her novels. But it’s the first time when Ilsa has put such an emotional depth and so many feelings into her book. This heartbreakingly beautiful story left me breathless right from the start. I was completely consumed and forgot how to adult until I was finished!
I adore Ava. She’s a real fighter and her character is very empowering. Even though something terrible happened to her, she keeps her chin high and she doesn’t let it take over her life. She’s brave and fierce and despite all the bad things she experienced she’s still kindhearted. She’ll do anything for her loved ones.
Knox was such an enigma from the beginning. He’s the popular quarterback, filthy rich and worshipped by the peers, but you could sense the mysterious vibe coming off of him. He appears as this cold, callous guy, but as soon as his walls are down he’s the most loveable and vulnerable guy ever. I just loved him so much! He’s caring, thoughtful and protective and totally swoon-worthy!
These two are complete opposites on the surface, but time shows that they have a lot in common. Their chemistry is off the charts and when they opened up to each other I was at the verge of tears. I wanted to put them both in the bubble-wrap and hold them close to my heart. Even the physical aspect of their relationship, although very sensual, was overloaded with raw emotions.
Dear Ava filled my heart with all the feels. I was completely enchanted with the storyline and with complicated but wonderful characters. This novel is raw, real and deeply emotional. The mystery kept me in suspense throughout the whole story and I couldn’t wait to get answers right with the heroine. And the romance… oh, the romance filled my stomach with butterflies. It was the most heartwarming love story I’ve read in a long time. Ilsa definitely knows how to pull her reader’s heartstrings!
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“What do you want?” Knox says with as sneer as I ease in the football locker room. Cold eyes flick over my cheer skirt then move up and land on the hollow of my throat. It’s not cool enough at night for our sweater uniform so tonight my top is the red and white V-cut vest with CP embroidered on my chest.
He whips off his sweat-covered jersey along with the pads underneath. “I don’t keep tabs on my best friend for you. Get out—before I scare you.”
He’s scaring me already.
But I can’t stop looking at him.
His shoulders are broad and wide, his chest lightly dusted with sparse golden hair, tan from the sun, rippling with powerful muscles, leading down to a tapered and trim waist. He has a visible six-pack, and my gaze lingers briefly on a small tattoo on his hip, but I can’t tell what it is. He isn’t brawny or beefy-looking like one might expect from a guy blessed with his athletic prowess, but sculpted and molded and—
Dropping my gaze, I stare at the floor. I shouldn’t be ogling him. Chance is my maybe-boyfriend.
I hear male laughter from one of the rooms that branch off from the locker room, maybe the showers, and I deflate, guessing that’s where Chance is.
Glancing up, I intend to ask him to tell Chance I came by to congratulate him on his two touchdowns, but my voice is frozen. Knox has unlaced his grass-stained pants and is shucking them off. His legs are heavily muscled and taut, unlike the leaner build of Chance. His underwear are white and tight, cupping his hard ass, the outline of his crotch—
“Like what you see, charity case? You can look, but you can’t touch.”
Anger soars, replacing my embarrassment. I know I’m just the scholarship girl at Camden, but why does he have to constantly remind me?
“Don’t worry about me touching anything. I don’t like ugly.” The words tumble out before I can stop them. I meant his superior attitude, not his face, but I see the moment when he freezes and takes it the wrong way.
He touches his face, tracing his scar while his jaw pops. “Get the hell out. Only players allowed in here.”
I pivot and go for the door, forcing myself not to run. “Asshole,” I mutter.
His laughter follows me.
About Ilsa Madden-Mills
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.
Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.
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