“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.
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“And someday, someday, I’ll have a beautiful road, smooth and easy and perfect.”
I am a big fan of the whole enemies-to-lovers romances. Something about the whole I hate to love you, but I just can’t seem to help myself thing just draws me in. Ilsa Madden-Mills is also one of my favorite go to authors. I have loved everything I have read from her so I had high hopes for this one going in and she did not disappoint with Dear Ava.
Ava hasn’t had it easy by any means growing up, but she works her ass off to get a scholarship to the prestigious Camden Prep Academy. Although many of the kids are either cruel or indifferent to her and treat her like a charity case, she finally feels like she’s settling in when she starts dating a Shark. The Sharks rule the school and all their minions fall into place. But Chance is different, isn’t he? So when he begs her to attend a party she steps out of her comfort zone and goes. That night changes everything. The Ava that went into those woods for a party is not the same Ava that comes out.
“I just know the real me gravitates to broken people. Their secrets.”
Fast forward ten months and Ava is returning to Camden with her head held high and determined to find out the truth about what happened that night in the woods. She wants revenge and she wants to show these assholes that they didn’t break her. So she deals with the names being tossed her way as she makes her way down the halls. Snitch and slut are their favorites but screw them she expected it but she’s here to stay. What she wasn’t ready for is the note in her locker from a secret admirer claiming to be a Shark. Who can it be or is it just one of their sick games? And why is Knox the king of the Sharks suddenly always everywhere she is? Why doesn’t it bother her as much as it should? He’s one of the bad guys, right? So why does he seem to care so much that she’s back and why can’t they seem to stay away from each other?
“He let me see…a window inside himself. Anguish mingled with want, longing.”
A lot is happening when Ava returns to Camden and there’s so much mystery around what really happened the night of the party. Although we do quickly figure out who put the note in the locker. I just love him. And I was pretty sure I figured out early on who was responsible that awful night, asshole. But it takes a while for all the pieces to fall into place. Ava soon discovers she doesn’t have to do it all alone. An unlikely ally comes in the form of the super sexy and mysterious king of the Sharks, Knox.
“A broken girl. A fierce girl. Just for me. God, how I want that. I want to spread her out and devour her. I want to wrap my hands in her hair and take her.”
I cannot even put into words how much I love Knox. There is so, so much more to him than meets the eye. He is loyal and sweet and omg I loved him and Ava together. I adored Ava and my heart broke for her…well, for both of them. But Ava was so strong and determined and just an amazing character. There were also some secondary characters I loved in this story. As well as a few I loathed. Some parts in this book were hard to read…especially right off the bat, but stick with it because this book was amazing! I loved Ava and Knox’s story. It wasn’t an easy one. It was heartbreaking and crazy and beautiful. I desperately wanted them to get their happily ever after. And omg thank you Ilsa Madden-Mills for those epilogues!! I loved this story and can’t wait for more from this author.
“He’s here. He’s waiting. He’s been waiting. We both have.”
“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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