May 06

Very Wicked Beginnings by Ilsa Madden-Mills Review


5 Smooches

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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.

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.


“I had a dream about you. A good one,”

Woot! I was so excited to see that there would be a prequel to Very Wicked Things. I was not let down. This was a great way to be introduced to Cuba and Dovey and get a small taste of their story and of the intense drama and attraction that was to come.


We start by meeting Cuba Hudson and learn that he is not boyfriend material. He is popular, athletic, rich, and a player. Though he knows this about himself, it doesn’t stop him from being fascinated by the ballerina in the window!

Fuck Me. I wanted the girl in the window. But not enough to find her.

Dovey is the girl from the wrong side of town. A scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy and knows that she is out of place there. Keeping to herself and her one close friend, Spider. Dovey does not understand Cuba’s sudden interest and knows it is best to just stay away.


Very Wicked Beginnings was such an amazing novella. I loved the chemistry between these two and even more I loved how the dual POVs gave me the opportunity to see how this story developed from both Cuba and Dovey’s perspective.

“It ain’t over till I say it’s over”

As I knew it would, Ilsa’s writing grabbed me from the start and never let me go. I devoured this in one sitting and could not wait to start Very Wicked Things. Anyone wanting to read Very Wicked Things should give this novella a chance because it really gives you some great insight into the minds of these two characters.