Novella Announcement - Very Wicked Beginnings (Briarcrest Academy #1.5) by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Ava's Review 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). www.afsp.org
Title: Very Wicked Beginnings
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Briarcrest Academy #1.5, a prequel novella to Very Wicked Things
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release: Both books will release on May 13th
Cover: Photography by Toski Covey
Graphics: Sommer Stein at Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Model: Tanner Belcher
Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.
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
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. www.keithmilano.org
The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). www.afsp.org
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.
"I told her I'd love her forever. And I don't even know why."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Very Wicked Beginnings is just that, the beginning of Cuba and Dovey's 'relationship' if we can even call it that. Cuba spots Dovey from afar and although he is the typical player/bad boy, something in Dovey's nature calls to him and he can't help but imagine having more with her. Which is pretty crazy as Cuba himself admits he knows nothing about her. But Cuba has other things going on in his life, he may have the elite status and more money than sense but with an unhappy household, material things mean nothing to him. With a dad using work as avoidance and a mother struggling with depression Cuba has his work cut out for him.
I really liked Cuba's character immediately. We had briefly met him in book one, Very Bad Things and I skimmed again to refresh my memory. So far, we have the typical lothario impression about Cuba but upon reading the first chapter from his POV I was hooked, there is more to him than his reputation and I really can’t wait to get his full story. When he would daydream of more with Dovey my heart melted, he was just a boy looking for the love that he secretly craved. I can tell he’s going to steal my heart as well as Dovey’s.
Dovey is from the poor side of the tracks yet she has fought her way to a scholarship at the prestigious Briarcrest Academy for ballet. Dovey doesn't care about the social hierarchy or fitting in, she is there to dance. Of course, Cuba catches her eye and even though she knows he's a player she can't help but be intrigued.
Again, I liked Dovey's character immediately as soon as I read her POV, she hasn't had the best upbringing but it has made her resilient and determined and that's the kind of heroine I like. I'm not sure if I'm convinced with the idea of soul mates but when reading this story I truly believe people can have that connection and be drawn together. Dovey and Cuba made me believe that.
I love Ilsa's writing; I get sucked in from the first page and always want to know everything I can from her characters. Very Wicked Beginnings is a little tease of how Dovey and Cuba began and where they go from here is anyone's guess.
If you are a fan of this series, you must 1-click this novella and love all things Dovey and Cuba!
Book One is currently on sale!!
Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…
Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.
Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.
When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about...until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.
As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things
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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.