Monday, May 12, 2014

Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Release Day Buzz and Giveaway

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

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

Release: Both books will release on May 13th

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Cover: Photography by Toski Covey

Graphics: Sommer Stein at Perfect Pear Creative Covers

Model: Tanner Belcher

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Book Description for prequel Very Wicked Beginnings:

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.

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Charity Information:

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

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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.


After reading Very Bad Things I was really excited to read the second book of the eeries, Very Wicked Things.   I'm happy to report this series is still on my "so glad I read it" list and Very Wicked Things is worth a read!

Dovey is a ballerina that has a scholarship to Briar Acadamy.  She is the epitome of "from the wrong side of the tracks".  Growing up in Ratcliffe she knows what it's like to watch drug dealers see hookers at work, go cold, and be hungry.  While attending BA she is swept away by Cuba-the school's "it" guy.  They have a whirlwind romance and fall in love.  Then tragedy strikes and things fall apart, leaving both Cuba and Dovey heartbroken.

A year later...both Dovey and Cuba are in different places in their lives.  They've been avoiding each other since the fall-out.  When forced to work together in class everything explodes.   Unfortunately new obstacles arise, old feelings hold them back, and more drama then you can imagine keeps them apart.

I honestly am not sure how to rate this book! I wanted to love it after Very Bad Things.  I felt like it was a bit dragged out and couldn't help but compare Dovey to Nora-which Nora wins hands down, and I know I can't do this because this is Dovey's book not Nora's. What I did love about this book was the undying devotion Dovey received from her friends and those that loved her.  While it was hard for HER to see, it was clear that she had a foundation that any girl would l dream of.  
Throughout the book I couldn't decide if I wanted to throw the book across the room or keep reading it.  Cuba was DRIVING.ME.CRAZY.  Between him and Dovey, I couldn't decide who I wanted to kiss and who I wanted to smack! *Sigh*  

Overall, the book was a good read.  Not my favorite by far but if you liked Very Bad Things you'll want to read this and I'm sure you'll definitely be reading what's coming up.  Can't WAIT for Sebastian's story!

*Reviewed by Lauren

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Buy Links

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Author Bio:

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.

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