Series: Briarcrest Academy #2
on May 11th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Born on the poor side of town...
Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove sheÔÇÖs 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 bodyÔÇªbut 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 ÔÇ£HollywoodÔÇØ 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 heÔÇÖs never tasted... love.
But once in a lifetime kind of love doesnÔÇÖt come easy. When trust crumbles and doubts creep in, both will have to decide to either love or let go... forever.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive
~Review by Anja
Life, more often than not, isnÔÇÖt the fairytale institutions like Disney would like us to believe. Life is not fair or smooth. Life can be destructive and shatter everything that you believe it. Life is about dealing with your struggles and making the most of it. This is exactly what Madden-Mills showed us with ÔÇÿVery Wicked ThingsÔÇØ in one enticing package.
Dovey is a student at Briarcrest Academy, but comes from the wrong side of the tracks and she feels it. She grew up hard and fast; the only person she could rely on being her teacher and only mother figure sheÔÇÖs ever had, Sarah. Being at Briarcrest is her only way to escape a life full of struggles and uncertainties. However, due to her rather harsh upbringing, Dovey is very self-assured and prepared to do whatever it takes to make a better life for herself and Sarah. She is a very strong female character with a backbone of steel and a mind of her own.
Cuba, on the other hand, seems to have it all. HeÔÇÖs part of the popular crowd at Briarcrest, he is wealthy, the resident football star and chased by every female. At first, he seems shallow and superficial with nothing below the surface. Yet, the more we learn about him, the more it becomes painfully obvious that there is much more to him that meets the eye. He has experienced great loss in his young life and carries around guilt for it that he doesnÔÇÖt seem able to shake. Guilt that seems to control his life.
The two of them literally crashed and burned over a year ago and co-existed without having anything to do with each other after that debacle. Cuba dealing with his own issues over the guilt he carries, while DoveyÔÇÖs entire focus in on the future and her plans to escape her current life. However, fate has other plans and throws them back together. Though, are they able to resolve their issues?
While the two of them try to figure out whether or not to move forward together and how; dire circumstances have backed Dovey into a corner that is about to destroy what they try to build. Dovey only sees one solution to her horrible situation, and heartbreakingly follows through with it to save her only confidant and mother, the cost devastating.
Is Cuba able to save her or do the secrets destroy any chance the two of them had for a functioning and healthy relationship?
I absolutely adore this book! Not only is the writing flawless, Madden-Mills also has managed to enchant me with this novel from page one and I could not put it down. Both Dovey and Cuba are characters that are capable of deep emotions and show their many facets in a captivating way that you donÔÇÖt see very often. Both characters are flawed and damaged, which makes them human, and therefore are extremely relatable.
I cannot recommend this modern-day Cinderella story, with its flaws and fucked up twist and turns, enough! You will not be disappointed!
~ Review by Loredana
Dovey didnÔÇÖt have a good beginning in life.┬á Most days, she would wake up cold and hungry.┬á She came from the bad part of town, and there wasnÔÇÖt much hope in her life.┬á All she really had were her deadbeat mom and absent dad ÔÇô so nothing, really. That is, until she found dance, hope and someone to believe in her.┬á With this hope and belief, she danced her way into Briarcrest Academy on a scholarship.┬á Dance would be the opportunity for a better life after graduation.┬á Sure, she was the minority, but all she cared about was the possibility of tomorrow.
ÔÇ£BA reeked of money, sophistication and class.┬á It reeked of things I didnÔÇÖt have, like Hummers and Prada purses.ÔÇØ
These things didnÔÇÖt matter to her and she was already thinking of the future.┬á Moreover, she was ready to be far away from the one boy who already taught her a painful lesson.┬á SheÔÇÖd had enough of Cuba Hudson; theyÔÇÖd crashed and burned before they ever really got started.┬á A year had passed, and heÔÇÖd left her well-enough alone.┬á Until the day he could no longer stay away.
Cuba lacked for nothing in his life.┬á Every guy wanted to be him, and every girl wanted to be with him.┬á Money?┬á Check. Hot car?┬á Check.┬á Popularity? Check.┬á Guilt?┬á Check.┬á What he didnÔÇÖt have was love.┬á He blew that chance when he discarded and crushed Dovey.┬á For a brief moment, he had great happiness.┬á Now, his life once again all of the superficial *bs* that had previously defined him.┬á But, it was an empty, hollow skin that no longer fit.┬á He didnÔÇÖt want it to fit again, either.
Life has other plans in mind, and throws these two together once again.┬á Can they be friends?┬á Can they ever move past what happened a year ago?
ÔÇ£DoveyÔÇªPlease, I-I donÔÇÖt know where to start with this, but IÔÇÖm sorry for everything, especially the way we broke up.┬á I know I destroyed any respect or love you had for me.┬á I know I donÔÇÖt deserve it, but IÔÇÖd give anything if youÔÇÖd forgive me.ÔÇØ
Cuba and Dovey struggle to define what they feel and mean to each other.┬á Can they find their way back or will all of their wicked secrets tear them apart forever?
Madden-Mills does it again.┬á She writes such vibrant characters, and the thought she puts into the details to introduce them is impeccable.┬á This doesnÔÇÖt mean that you always like what they do or agree with their reasoning.┬á She makes them human and fallible.┬á I think this is part of the reason we love her characters so much.┬á You fall into them, cheer them on and want to love them.
Kudos, Madden-Mills.┬á You keep delivering on the book boyfriends, and for that, we applaud you!