Audiobook Review: Very Twisted Things (Briarwood Academy, #3). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Very Twisted Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sassy violinist who lives next door. 

An obsessed rock star who watches her through binoculars. 

And one night when she bares it all. 

Life will never be the same in Tinseltown.

Vital Rejects front guy Sebastian Tate never imagined his YouTube music video would go viral, sky-rocketing him to acting success in Hollywood. Okay, maybe he did. After all, he’s a cocky dude who knows he’s hot-as-hell, and it was only a matter of time before his stars aligned. 

But life in Tinseltown is never what it seems. 

After being cheated on by his ex-lover, his only rule to falling in love is simple: Keep Calm and Don’t Do It. So, spying on his mysterious new neighbor with binoculars seems innocent enough, but quickly escalates into an erotic game between two very unlikely people.

Twenty-year-old Violet St. Lyons is a world-renowned violinist who’s lost her mojo on stage. She hides away in a Hollywood mansion, trying to find her way through her twisted past in order to make her future. 

He’s the life of the party with girls chasing him down for his autograph. She’s the introvert with a potty mouth who doesn’t even know who he is.

When they meet, stars collide, sparks fly, and clothes come off. Yet, giving his heart to a girl isn’t Sebastian’s plan; falling for a guy who craves attention isn’t Violet’s. 

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy—Hollywood style—where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.

Very Twisted Things


Hollywood romance!


The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: ☺️🥸😎🤩

Favorite Quote: “The remedy is the poison.”

The heroine: Violet St. Lyons (a.k.a. V) – comes from old money. Violet was in a plane crash while on a trip for her 18th birthday. Her parents died in that crash and she blamed herself since they were on the plane for her birthday trip. She now has PTSD from the crash and is holed up in her mansion. She plays her violin on her back patio because she can no longer play for the symphony without getting anxious and nauseous.

The Hero(es): Sebastian Tate – Lead singer of Vital Rejects. Best friend to Nora from “Very Bad Things” and Cuba from “Very Wicked Things”. Sebastian was hurt by a girl named Emma in high school who claimed she wanted him but then slept with her Ex-boyfriend who was a complete jerk. Sebastian is famous, is fake-dating an A-list Hollywood Actress to improve his image and get a part in a movie.

The story: Sebastian was the all around good guy in the first two books. Sebastian kicks around with Spider, the english guy who is the guitarist in his band. Spider was best friend to Dovey in “Very Wicked Things”. Sebastian has become a bit of a stalker of the woman in the mansion behind his. Sebastian watches Violet every night on her patio through a pair of binoculars and one night when she plays Led Zeppelin on the violin while nearly nude, he is entranced.


The narration was good, though I hated Spider. He sounded like a disgusting old man instead of a hot British Rockstar. The story was good, though I liked Sebastian so much better in the first book. Though I suppose that is to be expected since someone who is a best friend is easier to make likable than a broken Hero.

I liked that Sebastian was fake dating Blair Storm who was an actress that was trying to keep herself in the public eye and looking like a young leading lady by dating a hot young musician. Blair is quite the witchy diva and took an immediate dislike to V and was a terrific villain.

I must say that I am getting a bit sick though of people that get so hurt from being cheated on that they decide never to love again. Seems to me that is just a huge cop out for a weak mind. Though it is a pretty standard thing for a lot of romance novels. I liked the PTSD angle though, that worked well.

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