Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills: My Book Review of Her Latest Football Romance

Check out my book review of Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills to see what I think of her latest football romance that features a virgin.

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Not My Match  is a contemporary romance book by popular romance book author, Ilsa Madden-Mills. This opposites attract romance book pits a virgin with a professional football player. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books, to see if this is a romance book worth reading.

Not My Match
by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Series: The Game Changers
: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Opposites Attract, Roommates, Virgin, Football
Published January 2021

Rating: ★★★
Boyfriend Rating:

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Get ready for a sweet romance between a quirky virgin physicist and a hot professional footballer!

Giselle feels like she lives with a curse around her birthday and this year is no different. Her dream internship is falling through the cracks, her car got broken into,  and there was a fire in her apartment building rendering her homeless.

Luckily her sister just married Jack who’s a player on the Nashville pro football team and she’s gotten to know Devon, the top wide receiver in the nation, and he’s offered her a place to stay.

Let me start off by saying that the title of this book is perfect.

Devon and Giselle are too complete opposites and don’t make the perfect match for each other on paper.

She is a physicist working on her Ph.D. and hoping to score her dream job at CERN in Switzerland.

She’s also a 24 year-old virgin who’s ready to give up her V-card but is not having any luck in the online dating department.

Devon on the other hand is this sexy football player who’s not one to be without a date if he wants one.

Plus, he’s in on the secret that Giselle is a virgin and has been sworn to keep hands off by his teammate and her new brother-in-law Jack.

Though total opposites on the surface they both feel an attraction toward one another.

The Characters

Giselle is definitely one quirky gal.

While I love how she speaks her mind, has zero filter and doesn’t try to be what she’s not, she was maybe a bit too quirky at times for me.

I’m all for learning something new in my romance book reading, but the physics facts that were shared and the plot to her sci-fi romance novel just didn’t add much to the story for me.

I loved Devon’s reactions to her dates and potential suitors and would have loved if there was even more to her online dating woes to see his protectiveness come out.

He got just enough backstory to understand his hesitancy to start something with Giselle, which made his actions at the end all the more endearing.

Book Boyfriend Material

As far as book boyfriends go, Devon is a keeper.

Hello, he lets Giselle drive his precious Maserati!

But he is fantastic for more than just sharing his personal possessions obviously.

I loved his protectiveness when it came to Giselle’s blind dates and set ups.

He only wanted what was best for her, especially since she was a virgin, but you knew it was because of his own feelings brewing!

He not only made her feel special for her uniqueness but he also fully supported her goals and dreams even when it broke his own heart.

The Wrap-Up

This is book two in The Game Changers series but can easily be read as a standalone.

I haven’t read book one yet and didn’t feel lost in the story at all.

I love that it’s told in dual POV so that you could understand what was going on in both Giselle and Devon’s heads.

Overall, this was a fun read, but it just didn’t fully click for me to love it. But the cover….that I love!

*Thank you to Social Butterfly PR for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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