Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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.

Publication Date: May 14, 2014

For a steamy New Adult contemporary romance, I highly recommend Very Wicked Things. I read the first book in the series a while back, but each novel can be read as a standalone I believe since they feature different couples. Cuba and Dovey were a great couple with so much chemistry.

I really liked the romance in this book. I felt like Cuba and Dovey sizzled together in each scene they shared. Their relationship has a lot of angst, but I empathized with both of their situations. From the outside, their lives seemed so different, but I liked the way the author showed how each were facing their own unique struggles. 

The only thing I didn’t love was the good girl/man whore stuff. I don’t know why, but I think the dynamic is feeling a little tired for me. I still liked Cuba, but I’m just getting over how many books feature a reformed player.

I do really enjoy this series. After I already read the book, I realized there is a prequel. I’m thinking I should’ve picked it up to get more of a feel for Cuba since he only makes a quick cameo in Very Bad Things.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Does sound like a good chemistry to read about

  2. This one has been on my radar for a while, but I haven't checked it out. I will have to look into it

    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. Reformed players are the rage because it's all about taming the man who can't be tamed with love like he's never had :) hehe You almost have to root for the heroine in that situation, no? Awesome review :)