REVIEW – SPIDER by Ilsa Madden-Mills


From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new standalone romance about a flawed hero and the woman he can’t forget.

“She crossed my path and changed my whole direction.”

He calls himself Spider.

I just knew him as the sinfully gorgeous guy with eyes of fire that fate sat next to me on the airplane.

I didn’t know who he really was…British rock star…my stepbrother.

He kissed me because he thought we’d never see each other again. We would.

Everyone warned me about him.
They told me he was ruthless and cold and screwed up.
They said he’d leave me with a hole in my heart.

Maybe I should have listened.
Maybe I should have built up a fortress to keep him out.
But I crumbled instead.

They say an unbreakable thread connects those who are destined to meet. If that’s true, then the moment he sat next to me, we were bound together forever.

He just had to figure it out before it’s too late…



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I get a buzz from the connection that’s always been between us, that knowledge that she and I are two parts of a whole. I let out an exhale. I’m nothing without this. Without her.



SPIDER is one of those books that once you start it, you simply won’t be able to put down till you get to the end. It has so many of my favorite tropes that there was no way I wasn’t going to fall madly in love with this book! Get ready for an addictive story involving a gorgeous bad boy British rocker and his beautiful and vivacious little step-sister. This is one seriously angsty second chance romance that left my heart soaring by the time I got to the end.



Rose is a young woman who had a rough start in life. In her early childhood years, there were very few people who showed her true kindness, one was her grandmother who taught her to believe in herself and the other was a beautiful boy who offered her help during one of the lowest points of her life. Years later she is adopted by a woman who provides a stable environment and the best education that money can buy. Rose is months away from graduating High School and her dream is to attend New York University in the fall. On a flight back from New York City to Dallas, a gorgeous British Rock God named Spider ends up in the seat next to hers. There’s an electric undercurrent between them from the moment their eyes lock on each other. They both have this odd sense of familiarity. Flirtatious banter results in a passionate all-consuming kiss that knocks the wind out of the both of them, but soon enough they reach their destination and head off expecting to never set eyes on each other again. When they get to baggage claim the two are in for a huge shock when it turns out Rose’s adopted mother is Spider’s soon to be step-mom.



Spider is devilishly charming and has no problem with the ladies, but he uses sex as a quick fix and no one has ever gotten inside his heart. His childhood is plagued by loss and sadness. He became addicted to drugs during his teenage years, and at twenty-two, he hasn’t been able to kick the habit even after several stints at different rehab facilities. His relationship with his father has been strained and the atmosphere is filled with tension when they all arrive back home. Spider’s dad can see the looks that pass between Rose and his son and he’s not having any of it. He warns Spider to keep away from Rose.

As hard as he tries there is something about Rose that he can’t resist. The two are like magnets that have a strong pull towards each other. Just when Spider and Rose are about to give in to their feelings, things come crashing down on them in spectacular fashion and Spider is forced to push Rose out of his life. It’s not at all what he wants and completely soul-shattering when it happens. The angst from this point on in the story is quite unbearable. But deep down you will realize that Spider needs to deal with his demons and conquer them before he can be any good for Rose because even though he’s breathtakingly beautiful, your heart will belong to Rose and want only the best that life can offer her.



Years later we find that Rose has accomplished her dreams. She’s now taking graduate courses at NYU and dating her college sweetheart. It took nearly four years but Spider is clean and is a world-renowned Rock Star. But no amount of time or distance has diminished his feelings for Rose and he’s on a mission to win her back. Will he be able to get a second chance with his one true love?

Here are my overall ratings on the book:

Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 4.5
Angst: 5
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

SPIDER is currently available and I highly recommend it. I promise you will get sucked in by this amazing story!


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