Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Title: Very Wicked Things (Briarcrest Academy, #2)

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 13 2014


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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.
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…especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames threaten the very fabric of their lives.

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



Teaser Dovey 

Liz’s Review

Well, well! Ilsa Madden-Mills, I love to be surprised, and you certainly accomplished that!

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Very Wicked Things is one of those stories where the reader is gifted with a taste of several genres. First and foremost, though, VWT was a second-chance-type love story about two high school seniors--wealthy, Briarcrest Academy football star, Cuba, and scholarship student/ballerina, Dovey, product of one of Dallas' worst neighborhoods. Their brief, emotional relationship during junior year was cut short by Cuba, and the opportunity for reconnecting was lost due to his devastatingly tragic, deeply personal loss and grief. However, a year later, their feelings hadn't changed or diminished, and Cuba found it increasingly difficult to stay away from Dovey. For her part, Dovey was broken-hearted and left believing that she had been nothing but a curiosity, a taste of the slums, to the uber-wealthy player. Hating him fueled her...or, so she told herself. She filled that empty year with different relationships, but none of them lasted. None of them were Cuba. Not even Dovey's best friend at BA, the fascinating and sexy Spider. Dovey and Cuba were two opposites who should have, realistically, never attracted. Well, never say never, because, in this case, opposites did indeed attract!

How else would I describe Very Wicked Things? It was a small dollop of romantic suspense, as well. This was highlighted by Dovey's home and family situation, which I won't ruin by discussing further. VWT incorporated slight twists and turns which filled out the story and gave these two characters something to really chew on.

Speaking of twists and turns, Ilsa Madden-Mills, at moments, lulled me into a somewhat false sense of well-being. I was, at times, convinced VWT was confined to, and defined by, that sort of very popular New Adult formula (which, with no shame whatsoever, I admit I'm quite fond of!). Then, !WHAM!, the author threw in a few doses of hard, cold, unbeautiful reality and knocked me off of my comfy perch. I've read a few comments claiming Very Wicked Things is much darker than its predecessor. To that, I have to reply. 'Dark' is subjective. How I define dark would be very different from how others define it. Honestly? VWT wasn't dark. Rather, several scenes and topics conveyed a few of the harsh realities of life. Plain and simple, it was the author writing the characters' truths. That's my personal opinion. And, frankly, I'd much rather read this type of story than one that simply skims the surface and doesn't bother to dig any deeper. Oh, and by the way? Those character truths were handled beautifully and written respectfully and in a non-judgmental tone, as they should have been, by the author. Well done!

Very Wicked Things, in addition to the above, provided growth for everyone's favorite, sweet, charming BA boy, Sebastian. I can't wait to see where his story goes! And, may I say, Spider? Oh, yeah. Waiting impatiently for more of him!! I do hope, as I follow the lives and stories of Briarcrest Academy's most interesting students, that a certain Miss Nora Blakely will appear again in a more substantial way. At the close of Very Bad Things, book #1, I truly believed she had more to say and reveal, and that hasn't changed.

Very Wicked Things, Ilsa Madden-Mills' second book in the Briarcrest Academy series, was a twisty, emotional, romantic, fun, super-sexy New Adult Contemporary Romance which you should not and do not want to miss!!


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Very Wicked Beginnings - Prequel Novella (proceeds going to charity)-

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I got out of the shower and dressed hurriedly, anxious to get back to Cuba.

The door opened, and like he did it every single day, he stepped inside the steamy bathroom.

“Think I need a shower, too,” he said, his fingers easing off his football practice shirt.

What? Now?

Trying to play it cool and failing miserably, I moved my eyes off his naked chest and checked out his track pants and the obvious bulge he sported.

Oh. Did his lower body match the rest of him? Was it all sinewy muscle and big?

Just, yeah. That thought got stuck in my head and went round and round.

“You staying?” he asked, a grin working his face. Pleased at my open admiration, probably.

“No,” I said, but made no move to go. ‘Cause I had no shame when it came to catching a glimpse of his muscular body.

“Good,” he said, his smile broadening.

He pivoted to turn on the shower, and my eyes betrayed me again, admiring the muscles in his back, checking out how they twitched and rippled when he moved. Football and rowing had been good to him. My fingers itched to know how they’d feel underneath my hands. Which was stupid because we had nothing in common. Not a rich Highland Park boy and a poor girl from Ratcliffe.

And most importantly, he was a player, not to be trusted.

He hooked his thumbs into his pants, paused a moment—maybe waiting to see if I’d run from the room?—but when I didn’t budge, he slid them and his underwear off. My mouth opened. Cuba Hudson, the most popular guy at Briarcrest was standing right in front of me, naked and beautiful. And like the cocky bastard he was, he posed for me, his big-ass biceps and chiseled abs making me vibrate all over. Need for him slammed into me.

Did I say he was hot?

Well, I was wrong.

He was off-the-charts, no-holds-barred, freaking going make-me-lose-my-mind-right-there delicious. The ultimate man-candy, the kind I knew to stay away from, yet here I was, ogling him.

“Still leaving?” he asked huskily.

“Any minute,” I said in a weak voice, backing up to the wall and propping myself up. “Just chillin’. Shower wore me out. I might need to hold this wall up for a sec.”

“I want you to stay,” he said, eyes at half-mast, glowing with heat.

“Why?” I said, aching to touch him. But that was crazy. I was a virgin, and I didn’t know jack about touching a guy’s you-know-what.

“Look at me, Dovey.”

I tore my eyes from his manhood, blushing.

His eyes burned. “There’s a sense of urgency in my head. Like our time is limited.”

I nodded. Yeah, same here.

“And, I’ll be honest, I don’t want to rush you, but I’m dying to sink into you. I want to set you on fire with need for me.” He ghosted his hands over the steel rod between his legs. Once, twice, and—holy shizzle, he didn’t stop.

My chest rose faster and faster, and I tried to chill-out, but I couldn’t.

He lowered his voice. “Kiss me again, Dovey.”

Oh. “That’s a terrible idea, Cuba. Cause you’re naked, and I’m turned on because you’re naked. And you’re touching yourself. And you’re naked.” I sucked in a sharp breath. “Not a good combo. Odds are we’ll end up in that shower together or back in your bed doing the double-backed monster.”

“Then join me in the shower. I’ll be good. For you.” He arched his back, his hands still doing that back and forth that was driving me insane.

Liar, liar, pants on fire, I thought. No way he would he be good.

Because he was the Heartbreaker of Briarcrest Academy. And one wicked boy.


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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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1 comment:

  1. I love these opposites attract romances. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.