Tuesday, May 13, 2014

VERY WICKED THINGS by Ilsa Madden Mills / Blitz and Review

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).  www.afsp.org 

Title: Very Wicked Beginnings
Series: Briarcrest Academy #1.5, a prequel novella to Very Wicked Things

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 

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.

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


Title: Very Wicked Things
Series: Briarcrest Academy #2

Born on the poor side of town…

Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body…but never her heart. 

Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Born into wealth and privilege…

Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy. When trust crumbles and doubts creep in, both will have to decide to either love or let go…forever.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive


Review #1
Wow!! Once again I am in awe of this author's amazing writing skills. I loved this story so much that I want to yell at everyone to read it NOW!!

At first I thought "Oh the ballerina and the football player blah, blah, blah. I've read that same scenario a hundred times before!" Nope, I was wrong! Not your everyday, run of the mill, teenage love story here.

Cuba was a player. I think we probably all went to school with at least one Cuba in our time. You know, the guy that all the girls wanted and the one that slept with half the female student body. He is rich, gorgeous and can charm his way through anything. Well, not everything...

Dovey was at Briarcrest on scholarship. She didn't live the same cushy lifestyle the others lived. What I liked most about Dovey was her ability to carry on even when things were terrible for her. She had it rough for most of her life and just couldn't seem to catch a break.

As I said earlier, this is not a your average teen love story so there were parts that were gut wrenching and hard to get out of your head. I was left wondering what I would have done in the same situation. 

I loved it! The writing was flawless and this author is an amazing story teller. 5 Stars from me!!  ~Christy

Review #2
To say I loved this book is an understatement. I devoured it, read it until it was done. I sat for hours wrapped up in the story that Ilsa told. I absolutely fell in love with her characters and this book. 

Cuba was not what I had expected of a Private School football player whose Dad had more money than he knew what to do with. He surprised me at every turn, and he pissed me off more than once with his actions. His story is heartbreaking in it's own right. He handled it all wrong, but who am I to judge. I knew there was more to his story than the author was telling at first. When you finally get the whole story, you can't help but love him and cry for him. 

Dovey was wonderfully written. She was dealt the worst hand in the game of life, yet she gambled and took the bet. She didn't let anything get her down, and if it did, she got up and kicked it's ass. I really liked her strength and the love she showed for her friends. It really showed her character and how wonderful Dovey really was. 

The plot of the story was intense. It grabbed me in the beginning and had me gripping my Kindle all the way through. What is he going to do? How is she going to deal with this? Why is he doing this?!?!?! Those are questions I asked myself while reading. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers of all adult ages. Cuba and Dovey have a sad and intense story, but I think you'll love them like I do. Amazing Job, Ilsa Madden-Mills. 
I give this book 5 Stars! ~Jen 

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. Drop her a line on the contact page.



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