Audiobook Review: Spider (English, #3), by Ilsa-Madden-Mills. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Spider by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new stand-alone 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….


Tattooed British Bad Boy Rocker!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💙💚🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😁☺️🤬🥵😘

The heroine: Rose – Rose had a terrible childhood in a very bad part of town called tin town until her mother dies when she was 11 and she is eventually adopted by a rich but strict woman. She is on her way to see her adopted mother and try to talk her in to letting Rose attend university in New York.

The Hero(s): Spider – after playing a show in New York and partying like a rockstar, he wakes up hungover and finds himself having to take an early morning flight to visit his father and his new wife.

The Story: Spider and Rose meet and find themselves seated next to each other on an airplane. They are attracted to each other from the start. Spider thinks Rose is in college, but she is seventeen and a few weeks short of graduating from high school.

I loved Spider in Very Wicked Things. He was in Dovey’s best friend and he was awesome. He seemed the same in the prologue of this book when he is in high school and meets 11 year old Rose. She was hiding out from her mothers boyfriend when she sees him buying drugs and he is nice to her.

Fast forward 6 years and Rose meets Spider at an airport and he is exactly what you think a British bad boy, up and coming rock star would be. He is handsome and has an over-inflated ego due to the way women fall at his feet. Some of Spider’s first thoughts we see are his assuming he could “get to know” Rose better on the flight and his craving for white powder to get rid of his hangover and to cover up his feelings about having to go to his father for help.

Like in a lot of romance novels, the Hero turns from an arrogant jerk to a deep and likable human being in record time as the heroine gets to know him. I liked Spider as a person and he has a lot more going on than at first glance. His relationship with his father is strained, his band starts to do well and he does some things that make him very relatable.

The Narration was great. Savannah Peachwood is one of my favorites and was perfect for Rose. Rusty Coles did a great British accent for Spider. I couldn’t tell if he is actually British or just faking the accent but it was very believable for the character.


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