Audiobook Review: Very Wicked Things (Briarwood Academy, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive. 

Very Wicked Things


The player and the dancer!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻‍👩🏻

“I sat there, letting the idea of starting again soak in, finding beauty in the balance of life. We have ups and downs, and how we deal is up to us.”

The heroine: Dovey Beckham – scholarship student at the prestigious Briarwood Academy. She has her best friend, British Bad Boy, Spider that rarely is with the same woman more than once.

The Hero(es): Cuba Hudson – he is the most talented football player at BA and is one of the most popular guys at school. He is tall, hot and a player of epic proportions.

The story: I thought (and hoped) the story would pick up right where the prequel left off but unfortunately it didn’t. It takes place a year later when they are seniors. Cuba had pursued, conquered and left Dovey. Now he ignores her. Of course we find out what happened in flashbacks. But I really hate flashbacks sometimes. I just wish we would find out in a linear timeline.

The narration was great. Guy Lock and Savannah Peachwood were the narrators. I have heard her in many other books. She does a lot of L.J. Shen and other Ilsa Madden-Mills books and does a great job. Guy lock was perfect for a wealthy playboy like Cuba.

Cuba has issues to say the least and Dovey has problems. I don’t want to go into the specifics and give away the plot. However, a lot of things happened in this book I didn’t like (and a lot of people probably wont). Like the main couple splitting up and both being with other people in between, despite the fact that they have feelings for each other. However, I did like it because it was real and life is not always sunshine and roses.

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