Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills
on May 5, 2019
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you take a chance on love.
Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick.
Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.
If only he knew she was alive.
Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible.
Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.
But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts.
Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak?
A standalone hockey romance

DNF @ 43%

I feel like these NA novels are hit-or-miss.
I might enjoy them a lot, or hate them with all my heart. In this case, the feeling is just “meh”.

First issue: the heroine. I disliked her instantly, mainly because she says one thing, but thinks something completely different. For example: “I’ve never actually met Zack. Is he as hot as everyone says?” Yes. Hell yes. “He’s okay.” Might not be the most accurate example, but trust me, she always did that. 

Second issue: the bargain itself. She wants a chance to be admitted at some Law School and the dean is a fan of a certain hockey player, so she wants him to be her fake boyfriend to make a better impression? 🤨 
“William Fitzgerald is the dean of admissions and a huge fan of the Predators.” I twist my lips. “It’s public knowledge from his social media. He’s constantly posting about how excited he is to see you join the team in Nashville this summer…”

Third issue: the hero. He suffers from anxiety and blames himself for his ex-girlfriend’s death. He has some alpha tendencies, but not enough for me to like him. I don’t know what’s that special about the heroine, that made him fall in love with her. Plus, I dropped the book at their first argument, where he said:

“I don’t even care about that bullshit bargain. This is about you and me.” “It’s not bullshit to me.” Her voice is flat. I look up to the ceiling, sighing. “We’ll go to my room and figure this out, okay? If you’re lucky, I’ll fuck you again. You don’t seem to have an issue as long as my dick’s inside you.”

So both MCs aren’t my cup of tea and I don’t like the plot. Why should I bother continue this?