Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review: Very Wicked Beginnings (Briarcrest Academy #1.5) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

This is the prequel novella to Very Wicked Things, and it should without a doubt be read first.  This novella goes into how Cuba and Dovey first met, and how he subsequently pursued her. Relentlessly. I loved it because this is where you really see the sweet, loving side of Cuba. And I honestly think it helped me get through some of the crap Cuba pulled in the next book, knowing that there was this part of him he was hiding away. Knowing that the guilt was weighing down the wonderful young man he really is. So yeah, read it and then dive into Very Wicked Things.

Favorite Quote

"We have a connection. I knew it the moment I sat down with you. You want to resist me, that's fine. I like it. It's like foreplay."

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Because Ilsa Madden-Mills fell in love with her beautifully flawed characters in Very Wicked Things, she penned Very Wicked Beginnings as a prequel novella to the book, featuring the story of football star Cuba Hudson and ballerina Dovey Beckham.

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, all May proceeds from the sale of the novella will be donated to The Keith Milano Memorial Fund which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Title: Very Wicked Beginnings
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Briarcrest Academy #1.5
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2014

Book Blurb:
Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.
It’s not.

But, ESPN did rank me as a four star recruit, calling me one of the best defensive players since Briarcrest Academy opened its esteemed doors. So yeah, with football and a stellar GPA, my future seemed good.

Then Dovey Beckham shows up in her short skirts and ballet shoes. Driving me insane. Making me want to beg for her attention.

But that wouldn’t happen, because Cuba Hudson didn’t beg for anything.

She walked around BA like she owned the place, and most days she looked right through me…the one girl I couldn’t have.

So, of course, I made it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost.

Because no girl can resist the Heartbreaker of BA.

But I never planned on destroying her.

I never planned on wrecking the one thing that could save me.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where wicked love begins…and ends.


Book #1
Very Bad Things

Marianna's Review

Book #2
Very Wicked Things

Marianna's Review

About the Author
Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She spends her days with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels. When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash. She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors.

Twitter: @ilsamaddenmills;

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