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Very Wicked Beginnings (Briarwood Academy (1.5)) by [Madden-Mills, Ilsa]
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From NYT and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a stand-alone novella in the BA Series. Amazon Top 100 Bestseller!


A ballerina from the wrong side of town...
The wealthy football star who can't forget her...
 

Meet Cuba Hudson, the heartbreaker of Briarwood Academy:

I'm the tattooed bad boy girls think they can change.
I have it all: a football career, a stellar GPA, and a family that owns half of Dallas, Texas. Everyone wants to be me, but all I want is to forget...

Then she shows up.

Dovey Beckham arrives at Briarwood Academy and looks right through me, unconcerned that I rule the school. I wasn't part of her precious plan, and it drove me insane...so I made it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost.

She would be mine and her heart would be broken.

I didn't plan on falling for her, and I sure as hell didn't plan on losing her...

Welcome to Briarwood Academy...where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Wicked Beginnings.

"Angst, dark secrets, and off the charts sexiness abound. First love never sounded so hot and good. Ilsa never disappoints!" Shanora Williams, NYT Bestselling Author

"Cuba is hot, delicious, and intoxicating...the perfect book boyfriend. Be prepared for a heartbreaking yet addictive read." Tijan, NYT Bestselling Author


*Author's note: Each book in the series is written as a stand-alone love story following a new couple, but you'll enjoy reading the other titles and seeing familiar faces return.

1: VERY BAD THINGS (Nora and Leo)
2: VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS (Dovey and Cuba--prequel novella)
3: VERY WICKED THINGS (Dovey and Cuba)
4. VERY TWISTED THINGS (Violet and Sebastian)

About the Author

Bestselling 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. Sign up for her newsletter (sent out less than five times a year) to receive info about sales and new releases.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Little Dove; 2 edition (May 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K9ZLW3K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I liked this series ....but I found personally they were too young for my age group...but the story was good and the writing was interesting
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Good introduction for the next book coming out. I recommend this book
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HASH(0xa09c0990) out of 5 stars Seriously how could you not love it! May 13 2014
By kdmcnu - Published on Amazon.com
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First, bravo to the author. The proceeds from each copy sold go to charity. That's just freaking awesome. Nothing to do with how FANTASTIC this book is but still kudos!

Ok to the good stuff. I just want to go and give Cuba and Dovey a hug. Seriously, these two souls have been through so much. So much burden lies on their shoulders. You want so much for them to find that spark in each other. You want them to have someone to lean on when the world seems to have taken away everything else.

I can't tell you how much I recommend this novella. I am a huge fan of the Briarcrest Academy series. While you don't have to read this one to understand the full length novel, it does give you tremendous insight into the characters that you may miss otherwise. I whole heartedly recommend this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08cc7f8) out of 5 stars Honest review given May 13 2014
By Mrs Rymer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great introduction to book 2 in the Briarcrest Academy series, Very Wicked Things. It is a prequel novella and it gives you a little taster of how Cuba and Dovey met and how their relationship began. It is very short but also very sweet. Cuba is introduced in book 1, Very Bad Things, as a sideline character, he is portrayed as a player but also an overall nice guy. In this prequel novella you see another side to Cuba, you get a glimpse into his home life which gives some insight into Cuba's ways. It is written in both his and Dovey's POV's and switches between the two from chapter to chapter with the majority being Cuba's POV. I fell in love with his character reading this novella and found myself really rooting for him. Dovey is also a great character, you don't find out much about her in this short story but what you do see of her is that she is head-strong and her own person, an individual, and not just another mean-girl bimbo of the popular crowd.
5 epic stars from me for this super sweet novella, this series is fast becoming one of my favourites!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08cea20) out of 5 stars Sweet little novella May 12 2014
By Romance Readers Retreat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great introduction to book 2 in the Briarcrest Academy series, Very Wicked Things. It is a prequel novella and it gives you a little taster of how Cuba and Dovey met and how their relationship began. It is very short but also very sweet. Cuba is introduced in book 1, Very Bad Things, as a sideline character, he is portrayed as a player but also an overall nice guy. In this prequel novella you see another side to Cuba, you get a glimpse into his home life which gives some insight into Cuba's ways. It is written in both his and Dovey's POV's and switches between the two from chapter to chapter with the majority being Cuba's POV. I fell in love with his character reading this novella and found myself really rooting for him. Dovey is also a great character, you don't find out much about her in this short story but what you do see of her is that she is head-strong and her own person, an individual, and not just another mean-girl bimbo of the popular crowd.
5 epic stars from me for this super sweet novella, this series is fast becoming one of my favourites!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa072e168) out of 5 stars WICKEDLY GOOD BEGINNING TO CUBA & DOVEY'S STORY May 11 2014
By Debbie Black Heart - Published on Amazon.com
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"...this was just the beginning. A very wicked beginning."

Ilsa Madden-Mills couldn't have given her fans a more perfect surprise present than giving us this prequel novella for Very Wicked Things. It might be a short read but it packs all of the heart wrenching emotions that I have come to love about Ilsa Madden-Mills writing.

"I don't play pranks. 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."

VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS tells the story of when our hero, Cuba Hudson, and heroine, Dovey Beckham, first meet in the halls of Briarcrest Academy. While they might have attended the same school for the last few years, it wasn't until his junior year that star defensive end player, Cuba "Hollywood" Hudson, notices ballerina, Dovey Beckham, during ballet practice. Cuba is immediately mesmerized by Dovey's sculpted ballerina body and elegant dance moves. Being one of the biggest womanizers in school, Cuba sets his eyes on adding Dovey's name to the long list of girls he's been with at Briarcrest Academy. But as soon as he sees that Dovey isn't anything like the other girls in his school, Cuba realizes that he might be falling into something more wicked than he had ever planned.

"I blame myself for a lot of things. Loving her wasn't one of them."

VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS will get your taste buds salivating for what's to come in Very Wicked Things. As I said earlier, Ilsa Madden-Mills packs in a lot of heart wrenching emotions in this short novella. Madden-Mills gives is a very clear glimpse of what makes Cuba's past so heart-wrenchingly painful, and why he does what he does to try to mask the pain he hides. Ilsa touches on a very serious and delicate subject in this short story and it will definitely leave you a bit breathless from the hard gut punch she throws at you.

"...there's nothing like being as low as you can get and then getting that spark that tells you it's not over yet, that you still have fight left in you."

This short novella will make your heart bleed for this playboy and have you craving for more of Cuba and Dovey in Very Wicked Things. Not only is VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS a definite must read in this series, but your purchase of the novella will also go towards a very good cause. Make sure you purchase this book the same day as when Very Wicked Things is released. You will love every extra minute you get with Cuba and Dovey.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05f7300) out of 5 stars Not what I expected May 14 2014
By Love to Read - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read a high school story since, well, since I was in high school. This book was very well written and I was disappointed when it ended, wanting more...so I started in on the next book.