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5 StarsI m completely smitten What a fabulous first time experience with new to me author, Ilsa Madden Mills I ll admit, I wasn t sure what to expect going in Not only is this YA NA in theme, but the story also opens with a possibly triggering and uncomfortable prologue, depicting seventeen year old heroine Ava, as she wakes up alone in the woods after attending a school kegger, scared, confused, and clearly having been sexually assaulted by an unknown classmate Although her assault was neve 5 StarsI m completely smitten What a fabulous first time experience with new to me author, Ilsa Madden Mills I ll admit, I wasn t sure what to expect going in Not only is this YA NA in theme, but the story also opens with a possibly triggering and uncomfortable prologue, depicting seventeen year old heroine Ava, as she wakes up alone in the woods after attending a school kegger, scared, confused, and clearly having been sexually assaulted by an unknown classmate Although her assault was never shown on page, the theme of rape hangs heavy over this story and potential readers should be warned.When the story kicks off, it s a year later and wrong side of the tracks Ava is finally returning to Camden Prep, an elite private school where she holds a scholarship but was so cruelly ostracised from after she spoke up about her assault, with many of her peers still calling her a lying bitch and a snitch.Ava is nothing if not independent, strong willed and highly resilient, choosing to return to a place where the people have unfairly cast her aside as trashy, deceitful and unworthy of their time Despite the harsh return welcome, Ava is determined to show these southern elitist assholes that they have not and cannot break her spirit and hopefully, well she s at it, she can also break loose some of herelusive memories of that fateful night, in order to work out exactly which football player from the kegger was her assailant.Ava refuses to let any of them get to her, but when a love letter is left in her locker on her first day back, she begins to question the motives and attitudes of the people around her, and slowly but surely, she begins to lose her heart to the one boy she thought was the biggest enemy of them all, but whom she misjudged so very greatly.Honestly, that s all that can be said without ruining the story and the epically beautiful romance that unfolds within There were a lot of moving parts to this story, many of which were emotionally exhausting, but I was just so caught up in the wonderful writing and by the engaging plot, that I couldn t help but fall hard and fast for Ava and her very, very dreamy hero I loved every moment of reading Dear Ava and I m now positively bursting at the seams to readfrom this author HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 3 5 The Heart Knows When It Sees Its Forever stars ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one s courage Anais Nin Ava Harris has had a tough life and has always had to look out for herself She gets into the prestigious Camden Prep School in Sugarwood, Tennessee on scholarship, and wants to fit in The Sharks at Camden Prep are rich, popular, and untouchable They rule the school, and she wants to be part of their world until one of them destroys her.It 5 The Heart Knows When It Sees Its Forever stars ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one s courage Anais Nin Ava Harris has had a tough life and has always had to look out for herself She gets into the prestigious Camden Prep School in Sugarwood, Tennessee on scholarship, and wants to fit in The Sharks at Camden Prep are rich, popular, and untouchable They rule the school, and she wants to be part of their world until one of them destroys her.It s senior year, and Ava figures she has nothing to lose She ll be living be her own rules now, and Ava 2.0 is fierce She wants to be independent, get into the college of her dreams, and have the future she deserves She just has to survive her last year of high school around all the kids who try to intimidate her with their dismissive, superior attitudes Between her ex who broke her heart, the guy who is out to get her, and the one who writes her anonymous love letters, it s hard to pretend they don t exist with constant reminders everywhere she turns Ava is curious to figure out who her secret admirer is Could it be Knox, the scarred quarterback, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the jerk who dumped her She has no clue who it is, but has serious chemistry with one of the guys They are complete opposites, and come from different worlds They share a connection she can t explain, and she finds herself wanting to know him better The guy in question is fascinated by Ava as well, and desperately wants her to be his He s tried to fight his growing feelings, but feels consumed by hereach day She s devastatingly beautiful, although I don t think she knows it You look at me and I feel something REAL And that never happens Something twisted and dark that resides in me yearns for him And I don t even know when it snuck up on me I want this Whatever it is He s the kind of guy who doesn t love often, but once he does, it s with everything he has Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden Mills is an emotional standalone, enemies to lovers romance It s a deep, intriguing, fantastic book that deals with some serious subject matter It s a dark high school love story full of hot football players, a delicious set of twins, mystery, suspense, angst, humor, and all the feels I adored this book, and was completely captivated throughout This story was unlike anything I ve read by this author I am a huge fan of Ilsa s writing and devour anything by her This story just had aintense vibe, and really takes you on the heroine s journey I loved how strong Ava is She never gives up, and is a fighter Then there s the guy she chooses to give her heart to Swoon, swoon, and swoon someOm, my heart He was just everything NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 This was a surprise for me I don t usually, if ever pick up books that are set in high school, but I read a review saying to disregard that aspect because the book is worth it, so here I am now, saying the same What did I love about this A lot of things everything From the very beginning I was sucked in When Ava describes waking from a particularly horrible experience right at the start of the book it was a beautifully executed scene regardless of the subject matter It really p 4.5 This was a surprise for me I don t usually, if ever pick up books that are set in high school, but I read a review saying to disregard that aspect because the book is worth it, so here I am now, saying the same What did I love about this A lot of things everything From the very beginning I was sucked in When Ava describes waking from a particularly horrible experience right at the start of the book it was a beautifully executed scene regardless of the subject matter It really put you there and made you want to see her journey going forward The writing, pacing , the description of things, emotions, events I loved it all One thing I noticed about this book is how the characters are pictured very realistically The fact that these were 17 18 year olds was not disregarded, quite the contrary We see the MC s worried about the same stuff every other teen does Being good enough, being loved, thinking of the future with trepidation, trying to figure out how to juggle every conflicting emotion No matter the money, the status , the good looks we are ultimately slaves to the same insecurities I loved how this was portrayed here Despite of the obvious youthful way they handled themselves with, the lead characters were also strong and wise beyond their years which was acknowledged and reflected in their actions Ava and Knox were such a perfect mix of strong and vulnerable, as individuals but also as a couple It was a beautiful relationship to read about Their little interactions, the honesty with which they eventually relate to each other, it really pulls you into the story Overall, I d say I enjoyed thisthan I thought I would Maybe it s because I went into it expecting something different I don t know, but it s something I d recommend if asked MY REVIEW AND OTHERS can also be found on my blog KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS DEAR AVA Is a full length stand alone from enemies to lovers romance novel by Ilsa Madden Mills I really enjoyed this one The beginning took me down a road I wasn t prepared for, this was such an emotional journey, and it set up this story perfectly, the untouchable Shark players, from Camden Prep who ruled the school and fathers that ruled the town Dating one of the Shark players offers Ava a tas MY REVIEW AND OTHERS can also be found on my blog KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS DEAR AVA Is a full length stand alone from enemies to lovers romance novel by Ilsa Madden Mills I really enjoyed this one The beginning took me down a road I wasn t prepared for, this was such an emotional journey, and it set up this story perfectly, the untouchable Shark players, from Camden Prep who ruled the school and fathers that ruled the town Dating one of the Shark players offers Ava a taste of their world when she attends a bonfire but all that ends before it began and once again Ava is left standing on her own Ava Harris is one tough cookie, life has been an uphill battle from an addict mother, to living on the streets until she s under the care of the nuns whilst caring for her six year old brother Tyler who has special needs Now Ava is attending Camden Prep as a senior on scholarship, she s got one hell of a backbone and goals that no one can take from her But when everyone at school treats her like a snitch because of something that went down at the bonfire, yet again she s being treated as an outcast.Throw in an anonymous letter she discovers in her locker, someone whose out to get her, and a new hate love connection had so many elements which had me glued to my ipad from start to finish.I loved Ava, so strong and fierce, add in Knox and I was a big ball of mush These two were perfect for each other This author deliveredthan a romance, it had all the feels, all the angst, everything us book lovers like to encounter in our books A tough heroine and a hot hero, whatcould we ask for The storyline flowed perfectly, the characters easily became ones that we could all connect with on some level, making this book one I highly recommend Teaser used is off the authors facebook page Ten months ago something happened to Ava at a school bonfire.Now she s finally back at the elite private school near Nashville.She doesn t really belong there she s a scholarship girl She s not one of the millionaire kids She s an 18 year old semi orphan living in a home run by nuns.The kids at school all think she s a snitch for telling the police about what happened at that party Everybody hates her.And then she finds a letter from one of the football guys But who Her ex One of the Ten months ago something happened to Ava at a school bonfire.Now she s finally back at the elite private school near Nashville.She doesn t really belong there she s a scholarship girl She s not one of the millionaire kids She s an 18 year old semi orphan living in a home run by nuns.The kids at school all think she s a snitch for telling the police about what happened at that party Everybody hates her.And then she finds a letter from one of the football guys But who Her ex One of the hot twins The new guy Whatever she doesn t have time for romance anyway She has to concentrate on school Her dream is it to get into Vanderbilt College and to make a great life for her and her little brother I LOVED IT Such a beautiful young new adult highschool dramance Our darlings are going through some very sad and heartbreaking and serious issues and the reader just wants to fast forward to when they can all live happily ever after in their new and perfect lives But of course Ava has to fight really hard for that happy end It s not easy being back at that school and it s not easy falling for one of the guys she has hated ever since she stepped foot in this school three years ago.I loved reading this book Ava is amazing She fights so hard to make a life for Tyler and herself And now maybe she doesn t have to fight so hard all on her own But can she trust him There are still some secrets left to unveil let s hope we ll get our happy end PS the cover YUM DEAR AVA was a beautiful love story Starting with this gorgeous cover all the pretty words inside and the whole cast Such a heartbreaking exciting mysterious funny sweet YA NA dramance I adored it Run to your nearestfor your own millionaire highschool football star this one is MINE A tiny little thing that I loved or rather 2 things PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK YET it s very spoilery view spoiler First of all I loved the 2 epilogues ADORABLE And then I SO loved that Dane didn t die I was so worried about him hide spoiler First off, I was hesitant picking up this book Mainly because of the cover This didn t look like a high school new adult to me, so I was surprised when I picked it up and found out that it was Ava is our main character and this book starts out with her waking up in the woods after being sexually assaulted at a party A lot of this book has to do with Ava dealing with stigma from her peers over this event and uncovering who was the one who possibly drugged her and then assaulted her Please kn First off, I was hesitant picking up this book Mainly because of the cover This didn t look like a high school new adult to me, so I was surprised when I picked it up and found out that it was Ava is our main character and this book starts out with her waking up in the woods after being sexually assaulted at a party A lot of this book has to do with Ava dealing with stigma from her peers over this event and uncovering who was the one who possibly drugged her and then assaulted her Please know that this is a huge part of the storyline Immediately when we meet Knox, I absolutely loved his character He s always had a soft spot for Ava and this isn t a high school bully romance Knox is actually very protective of Ava and so sweet when it comes to her I really enjoyed how he was actually a nice guy and tried to be there for Ava when she needed him, even when she thought she didn t What I also loved about this book was how it was about so muchthan just the romance Ava was trying to remember what happened that night and figure out how to support her special needs brother with no parents Then Knox is trying to help Ava while making sure his brother was okay I really loved the relationship between Knox and his brother and how much Knox tried to be there for him too The ending of this book was surprising and I appreciated how different it was from other high school new adult books Ava needed time And that s what she got Overall, this book was just so good and I could not put it down I loved the romance, the family dynamics, and the journey all of the characters took Wow I really enjoyed this one Review to come soonish 4 4,5 stars PERFECTION IG MiftahulmslovesreadingARC WAS KINDLY PROVIDED IN EXCHANGE OF HONEST REVIEWLet me go in a corner and cry for a while, My sweet little broken bean Knox I loved him so much My heart hurt for Ava and Knox they both dealt with so many things but stood strong This book is perfection its a mixture of dark, sweet romance, like I legit devoured it I usually dont like many books and end up hating it after 60% and when I started reading this I thought I ll hate it too but NOO PERFECTION IG MiftahulmslovesreadingARC WAS KINDLY PROVIDED IN EXCHANGE OF HONEST REVIEWLet me go in a corner and cry for a while, My sweet little broken bean Knox I loved him so much My heart hurt for Ava and Knox they both dealt with so many things but stood strong This book is perfection its a mixture of dark, sweet romance, like I legit devoured it I usually dont like many books and end up hating it after 60% and when I started reading this I thought I ll hate it too but NOOOOO HOLY SHIT I dont have words, I was not ready for Knox And Ava is the real definition of strong heroine She doesnt take any bullshit, she is fiesty and knows how to take a stand for herself I loved her so much, and Lets not start talking about knox He knows how to write poems, play piano, LOVES AVA, a football player.ugh he is perfectimportantly, his words are very profound, i felt it in my soul His love for ava is so intense, i cant knox is so cute and charming This story is about a girl names Ava who one day found herself on the woods, she thinks she has been raped but no one believes her, including her ex boyfriend Chance who is a Shark The Sharks are rich boys who rules their school and Knox is one of them but he always had feelings for Ava even though when she was dating his best friend No one believed her what she said but Knox was determined to ruin the person who hurt his girl I loved all the characters from this book, it was just wow though Ava annoyed me a little but she is damn strong It was written gracefully and showed how two broken people heal each other, knox was a perfect hero He was kind, and respectful towards Ava and let her trust him This book had such a serious plot, suspense and romance included llsa took this book to the next level, I mean THE NEXT LEVEL The beginning was perfect, the ending was perfect, the romance, the attraction, the suspense, the chemistry EVERYTHING WAS WOW I need a knox in my life, I seriously never read a book where a highschool rich asshole is respectful towards the heroine And the fact that they dont jump into sex and then fall in love makes ME LOVE the bookbecause now a days books are all about sex there are no emotions, connection, feelings or anything but this book had it all Knox loves his brother so much, my heart hurt for them Their relationship is so purelet me go and cry There are so many things I want to say about this book but also dont want to spoil it This book should be devoured, and I mean it No matter the road you take, it doesn t matter if it s beautiful or ugly, hard or smooth, paved or pitted with ruts it s your road to take What matters is how it endswell this surprised the shit outta me.there were so many emotions i felt while reading this book and honestly, the last time i ever felt this way was when i read Landon Shay Part One and First and Forever Heartache Duet 2.Ava Harris h was TW drugged and sexually assaulted by one of the jocks from her school in juNo matter the road you take, it doesn t matter if it s beautiful or ugly, hard or smooth, paved or pitted with ruts it s your road to take What matters is how it endswell this surprised the shit outta me.there were so many emotions i felt while reading this book and honestly, the last time i ever felt this way was when i read Landon Shay Part One and First and Forever Heartache Duet 2.Ava Harris h was TW drugged and sexually assaulted by one of the jocks from her school in junior year and comes back in senior year to show everyone who didn t believe her and bullied her that she was strong and unbreakable Knox Grayson H was the school s QB1 and the most popular person in school, who coincidentally is the leader of the group of popular kids called the Sharks where one of them was the one who sexually assaulted Ava although this book had heavy subject matters, this was still so sweet and exceptionally romantic Ava and Knox s story focuses on second chances, redemption, resilience, and growth their love for one another was so next level compared to the other books i ve read by this author that i was evensuprised by how good this was characters Ava h she loves star wars, secretly nerdy, one of the most selfless h s i ve ever read, is the guardian of her six year old brother, and just overall STRONG i love this girl although she went through something horrific, her perseverance was so heartwarming to read that i just in awe of her Knox H THIS DUDE i love him i just i love him why because his words made me swooon imma give y all an example I want to know everything about you What you eat, except for tomatoes God I hate those, what you dream about, what songs you listen to, what makes you laugh, what makes you happy, how you feel when I fuck you I want you breathing for me I want you begging me forof this I want you kissing me, just me I want you, Tulip, you, you, you, you BRUH.and another one You can t go because I won t get over you I won t ever find someone like you I won t ever kiss a girl like you I love you againBRUHchokengtitiktitikchokeng I was crying like a baby during this scene.honestly, reading Knox s character just made me depressed just because guys like him are super duper rare in real life and i ve said this before and i ll say it again there s plenty of fish in the sea but there s alsotrash sooo bullying and slut shaming i got so heated when people did not support, did not believe Ava s rape and basically bullied her and calling her hurtful names reading about Ava s inner monologue when people called her a slut when she s a victim of rape really made me feel all the feels, mainly because even though this is fiction, this still happens in real life and it s equally maddening and disheartening but when this happens, Ava s perseverance and resilience truly is admirable to me this type of strong heroines are the ones i absolutely love what i disliked SPOILER this is pretty minor but i just really didn t like the separation and the rushed ending of when they reunited almost 2 freaking years later im kinda spoiled with these kinds of scenes and i always wantbut yeah, they separated at the end because as Gabriella said in High School Musical but to be fair, their reunion was still very sweet and filled with passion like, i can actually feel their longing for one another in an intense way.and another thing, what happened to Chance h s ex who was an asshole but had a redemption arc will he get his own book with Camilla h s dorm neighbor who was also sexually assaulted by the same rapist because that would be chef s kiss.again, i cried A LOT here this book was emotional and really makes you feel EVERYTHING one thing i look for in any romance novel is the passion and overwhelming emotions of love between the h H and these were definitely present here also, H was the first one who fell for her and pined for her for years that s definitely plus though, he did still sleep with OW and the h even caught him three times in the past i didn t mind this as much because the h didn t feel hurt and she actually made fun of him when she told him both were also celibate after the assault and after the separation.even though some might be hesitant to read this since it is based in a high school setting, i still recommend this 100% because it was honestly just so surprisingly good and this is definitely one of my favorites this year 5 stars ^Read Epub ↡ Dear Ava ↮ WSJ Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden Mills Delivers A Gripping Enemies To Lovers, Secret Admirer, High School RomanceThe 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 MeThe 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 QuarterbackDane, His Twin BrotherOr Chance, The Ex Who Dumped Me Dear Ava,Your Eyes Are The Color Of The Caribbean SeaWait That S StupidWhat I Really Mean Is, You Look At Me And I Feel Something REALIt S Been Ten Months Since You Were Here, But I Can T Forget YouI Ve Missed Seeing You Walk Down The HallI Ve Missed You Cheering At My Football GamesI Ve Missed The Smell Of Your HairAnd Then Everything Fell Apart The Night Of The KeggerDon T Hate Me 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