Book Reviews

REVIEW ➞ I Promise You by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me.
Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?

There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her.

You might even put a ring on it.

As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run.

Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights?

Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer.

Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type. She hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years?

So why can’t he stop trying to win her?

Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?

You’re different. You don’t care who I am. You give it back as good as I give, and most girls don’t.


I Promise You captivated me from the very start. I love the Waylon University crew, but Dillon and Serena quickly became my favorite couple to date!

It all started with a kiss at a bonfire when Dillon was a freshman. Flashforward years later, he is a senior and focusing on football and leading the team to another championship. Serena is trying to finish grad school, take care of her sister and her nana and move on from the pain of the past.

I LOVED Serena. She is hardworking, she loves her family, she has a quirky side which involves sharing super random facts when she is nervous (which I learned a few random things from her). She also has walls up around her heart, she doesn’t just let anyone one. She’s struggled and experienced pain in her 24 years that most people haven’t by that age. Dillon is so many different sides to him, too. He is caring, sweet, but he is also broken. He has gone through his own struggles and they aren’t things that he really opens up about with anyone. The two of them together have so much chemistry. They both needed each other to heal.

I Promise You is emotional, angsty, swoony, steamy, and sweet. It is the perfect combination of everything I love and add in that it is a sports romance this book is a TOUCHDOWN and worth all the Oreo’s!