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Very Wicked Beginnings

(Briarwood Academy #1.5)

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This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B00K9ZLW3K.

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,
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Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published July 2016 by Little Dove Publishing (first published May 11th 2014)
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Jennifer Kyle
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a great little novella in which all proceeds for this month going to a great cause. Perhaps I was just in the perfect mood to meet Cuba and Dovey but I really enjoyed this short story.

Cuba Hudson
* Big man on campus
* Star quarterback
* Terrific dialogue
* Loves his family
* Just fell head over heels for a ballerina from the wrong side of the tracks

Dovey Bekham
* Snarky and sweet
* Her best friend, Spider is the bomb
* Not mean but not a pushover
* Finds Cuba to be the hottest thing on cam
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
REVIEW may contain mature content reader discretion is advised.
4.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Cuba Hudson is famously nicknamed Hollywood by his class mates at Briarcrest Academy. His friends all think that his life is 'perfect' They have no clue. Cuba’s dream is to help people by becoming a doctor; he loves football and is well known for his position on the field. He’s all smiles and a big flirt at school yet it’s all a facade. The real Cuba lives with guilt, regret and pain and it r
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
Nice introduction to Dovey and Cuba.
Ilsa Madden-Mills
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
THIS BOOK IS NOW FREE!!!

Meet Cuba Hudson:




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,
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Jessica *The Lovely Books*
In this surprise novella from the wonderful Ilsa Madden Mills, we get to meet Cuba and Dovey. Well...we get reacquainted with Cuba since we met him in Very Bad Things.

My first thoughts on Cuba were "omg I love him!". And him and Dovey with their cute banter, you just know they belong together.

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We deal with Cuba's very depressed mother in this book due to an event that killed his younger sister. I felt like I was able to relate to his mother in some ways. Mental illness is very serious and I'm g
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Kerri Mirabella
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very Wicked Beginnings is the prequel novella to Very Wicked Things. It tells the story of how Cuba and Dovey first met and gives you a glimpse into their life and relationship as it begins. And man do I love them!

Cuba Hudson



Cuba Hudson is Briarcrest Academy's idol. He's their star football player, he's gorgeous, built, and has more money than he knows what to do with, and he's also a player. He is nicknamed Hollywood because everyone thinks his life is so golden, but that is just the mask he u
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Red Cheeks Reads
"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
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Erin
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely adored the beginning! I got to see Cuba in a whole new light. He has dreams and aspirations I never thought he'd utter. And he's not the man I assumed he was from VBT! Dovey and Cuba 1st encounters are the best!

Out of my peripheral vision, I caught a flash of pink dashing past the window. She was back.
And like I was addicted to her, my eyes drifted to the building again, one part baffled by the fascination, the other part wanting to get another glimps of her long legs.


I got a pan
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Debbie

4.5 VERY WICKED Stars

Review also posted on Keep Calm & Read Romance Book Blog

"...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. Y
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Ezinwanyi
A short intro to Dovey and Cuba. Enough to peak my interest. It's actually on the same audiobook as audiobook 2
Jennifer Marie
Very Wicked Beginnings by lIsa Madden-Mills

Review by Jen (BestSellers & BestStellars)

Very Wicked Beginnings was such a great prequel novella! It really is a great beginning to /i>Very Wicked Things. We get to see how Cuba and Dovey meet, plus the the start of their relationship, if that’s how you want to label it. I was really happy that lIsa gave us this surprise, because I feel like it sets the stage for what’s to come in Very Wicked Things. I loved reading about Cuba and Dovey and th
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Michelle
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuba seems to have it all, but nothing could be further from the truth. Sure he’s popular, rich and has broken more hearts than most, but no one really knows the real him. When he spots Dovey through the dance studio window the heart-breaker is suddenly dreaming of something more. The only problem... he has no idea who the girl is. But once he finds her, he’s going to give chase.

This prequel gives us a small taste of what to expect with Very Wicked Things and a few moments to get to know Cuba a
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Andrea Fleury
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dovey and Cuba

This is book 1.5. Dovey and cuba. It's an introduction to book 2. He likes her. She likes him. How will he get the girl. Read book 2 to find out
Tantalizing
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Wicked Beginnings is the prequel novel for Very Wicked Things.
I love that we got to see how Dovey and Cuba meet, and how exactly they got their start. The banter between the two was down-right adorable.



A complete story of opposites attract. The rich, popular, athletic, player and the poor, scholorship, ballerina trying to make something out of herself. Both drawn to each other, even though Dovey faught the attraction.
“We aren’t compatible. We come form two different places. You’re rich
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Amy McGlone
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back to Briarcrest Academy...



And what a welcome it is.



We first meet Cuba Hudson in Very Wicked Things. We get a blatant view of his playboy ways. An excellent introduction to him in my opinion. I did not expect Cuba to have the layers that he has. In Very Wicked Beginnings, Ilsa gives us a birds eye view into Cuba's first glimpse of Dovey and where that glimpse takes him. Little did he know, his whole world was about to change.






Dovey felt someone watching her. She didn't know where it
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Gina
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised when I learned that Very Wicked Things was getting a prequel. I absolutely loved this book!! Very Wicked Beginnings gives you just a taste of how Dovey and Cuba's relationship came to be.

In the beginning we get to meet Cuba who is a living legend at Briarcrest Academy. He is a rich spoiled brat that is super HOT!!



He sees a girl dancing one day at football practice, and becomes enamored with her. He can't get her out of his head, he even dreams about her.

"Me. The guy who could
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Selene
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

Very Wicked Beginnings is the prequel novella to Very Wicked Things featuring football star

Cuba Hudson



who we first met in Very Bad Things (Book 1 of the Briarcrest Academy series) and ballerina

Dovey Beckham. 




It's their junior year at Briarcrest Academy .... a prestigious high school for Dallas' elite. The novella details their first meeting and a bit of the "woo-ing" Cuba does to try to convince her to give him the time of day.

Even though Dovey has been at Briarcrest, it isn't until now that
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
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This is our first introduction to Ilsa Madden-Mills and the Briarcrest Academy series and we really enjoyed it. This novella is a glimpse at the beginnings and background to Cuba and Dovey’s story. The moment Cuba saw Dovey and the consequential attraction that spans much farther than initial lust. This is so much more; this is about two broken young adults who’ve seen too much bad in life, who feels undeserving, have experienced too much emotional pain and have had to grow up way before their t
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
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This is our first introduction to Ilsa Madden-Mills and the Briarcrest Academy series and we really enjoyed it. This novella is a glimpse at the beginnings and background to Cuba and Dovey’s story. The moment Cuba saw Dovey and the consequential attraction that spans much farther than initial lust. This is so much more; this is about two broken young adults who’ve seen too much bad in life, who feels undeserving, have experienced too much emotional pain and have had to grow up way before their t
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Michelle
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, new-adult, novella
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review

☆ ☆ ☆☆ 4.5 WICKED BEGINNING STARS ☆ ☆ ☆☆

VeryWickedBeginnings

Very Wicked Beginnings has me wickedly excited for golden boy, “Hollywood” Cuba Hudson of Briarcrest Academy. We were first introduced to Cuba in Very Bad Things and I couldn’t wait to dive into Cuba’s story. In this prequel novella, readers finally see the “real” Cuba Hudson and are introduced to his love interest, Dovey Beckham, a ballerina, who has tiptoed and danced her way into Cuba’s mind.

Cuba Huds
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Stacy
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very Wicked Beginnings is a prequel to Very Wicked Things. It gives us a little background on who Cuba and Dovey are and how their relationship began. Dovey is a smart girl who is from the wrong area. She works hard to prove that she is somebody. There are things that she doesn’t want to share with anyone.

“We aren’t compatible. We come from two different places. You’re rich; I’m not. You like to party; I don’t. You like high heels; I don’t wear them.”

Cuba is the cocky, rich, football star who
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Raquel
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, arc, new-adult, reviewed
I received an ARC for free in exchange for an honest review.

This is going to be one of those really small reviews because, let's face it, Very Wicked Beginnings is a pretty small novella. I read Very Bad Things a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved it! Nora and Leo's story was beautiful and heartbreaking and disturbing and I don't regret it at all. Cuba Hudson, resident heartbreaker had his own appearance in Very Bad Things, and while I was primarily captivated by Sebastian--Leo's youn
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Mags-- Who Picked This?
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Cuba is BA’s ‘hot guy’ with the looks and the football skills to get him any girl he wants. And he wants them for one thing and one thing only. That is until he gets literally blind-sided by a beautiful Russian ballerina. Dovey has ballet and that’s all she need to make her happy, well that’s what she thinks until she meets Cuba. Very Wicked Beginnings is simply that. The beginning of Dovey and Cuba’s journey and is a huge insi
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Excessive~Reader
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure how to rate this novella at first. As a story I just shrugged my shoulders, I was indifferent to it... but as a long prologue it did what it intended to do. Therefore I’ll be referring to it as a prologue.
Furthermore as a Suicide Prevention story it gave a whole new meaning to Very Wicked Beginnings.
Cuba was introduced in Very Bad Things, but only briefly and superficially. In this Prologue we get to see deeper into his behavior and past, but it’s just the beginning. There is no
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Nadine Hook Me Up Book Blog
4-4.5 ★

Golden Boy Meets Girl from The Wrong Side of Town

These two couldn't have been more different; their goals, their attitude towards life, their upbringing, and choice in holding on to the person they fall for.

Two things about me: I play football - and girls. ~Cuba Hudson
Yup, you've read correctly; that's him. Mr Hollywood, getting what he wants and who he wants. Cuba is the star at his school; girls are drooling over and for him. All they see is Mr I-have-everything but little do they kn
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The Real Housewives of Romance Book Blog
Reviewed by Heather

“I didn’t like what I’d become, but here’s the thing, I’d do anything to make the memories get the fuck out of my head.”

VWB is a beautifully written novella introducing you to the damaged side of Cuba. We got a little taste of him in VBT and as far as I was concerned it wasn’t a very good taste. I was sure it was impossible to like him and Ilsa had me scurrrrred that I would not be able to connect with him in this book. However, by the time I finished this little novella, Cu
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Rebecca
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's always a beginning to every couple's story, and Very Wicked Beginnings is the explanation of how Cuba and Dovey, two people who couldn't be more different in living and social status, end up together. But the novella provides readers with so much more than their first encounters; it provides much needed insights into what makes Cuba and Dovey who they are - what shaped them and ultimately changed them. It's the perfect set-up for the true story of their past and present - Very Wicked Thi ...more
Nasha
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book provided by the author for honest opinion

In this prequel you will get to meet a little bit of Cuba and Dovey. You will learn about their past, how it doesn’t matter if you have a lot of money or you are poor, the past is something and the life of everyone is something you can’t judge by the image someone is showing just because they want to hide a pain, a past, a mistake.

‘‘Because no matter who people think you are, no one really knows what’s underneath.’’

You will see that Dovey is someon
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Lisa
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear goodness, this was so needed to better understand the complex characters, that are Dovey and Cuba. I loved every page of this prequel. It fills in the necessary holes for Very Wicked Things. So make sure to read this goody up first.

In this sweet little prequel, we are introduced to two characters that took a piece of me with them. Cuba, the womanizing spoiled rich boy. And Dovey, the unique beautiful Ballerina. These two perfectly imperfect characters have so much to offer. Dovey had a dept
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