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Very Wicked Beginnings is just that, the beginning of Cuba and Dovey's 'relationship' if we can even call it that. Cuba spots Dovey from afar and although he is the typical player/bad boy, something in Dovey's nature calls to him and he can't help but imagine having more with her. Which is pretty crazy as Cuba himself admits he knows nothing about her. But Cuba has other things going on in his life, he may have the elite status and more money than sense but with an unhappy household, material things mean nothing to him. With a dad using work as avoidance and a mother struggling with depression Cuba has his work cut out for him.
I really liked Cuba's character immediately. We had briefly met him in book one, Very Bad Things and I skimmed again to refresh my memory. So far, we have the typical lothario impression about Cuba but upon reading the first chapter from his POV I was hooked, there is more to him than his reputation and I really can’t wait to get his full story. When he would daydream of more with Dovey my heart melted, he was just a boy looking for the love that he secretly craved. I can tell he’s going to steal my heart as well as Dovey’s.
Dovey is from the poor side of the tracks yet she has fought her way to a scholarship at the prestigious Briarcrest Academy for ballet. Dovey doesn't care about the social hierarchy or fitting in, she is there to dance. Of course, Cuba catches her eye and even though she knows he's a player she can't help but be intrigued.
Again, I liked Dovey's character immediately as soon as I read her POV, she hasn't had the best upbringing but it has made her resilient and determined and that's the kind of heroine I like.Read more ›
I didn't realise when I started reading that this wasn't the first book so now I have a decision to make, do I go back and read 'Very Bad Things' or do I continue on with Cuba and Dovey's story and read 'Very Wicked Things' decisions, decisions.
Cuba is the hottest most popular guy at school, he's the star of the football team, makes a pleasant change he's not a quarterback I must say, he's bright, rich, good looking and has the perfect life, so much so that his friends call him Hollywood, but looks can be deceiving and while there's no doubt he's handsome, rich, bright and talented his life is far from perfect.
Dovey is poor and only has one friend, she's lonely most of the time but she has her ballet dancing to keep her busy and secrets to keep her alone.
What could Cuba and Dovey possibly have in common, well apart from being attracted to each other, nothing really so surely nothing could come for this.
Like I said I really enjoyed this book and I think I'll stick with Cuba and Dovey and read 'Very Wicked Things' next then I'll go back and read 'Very Bad Things'
There is some mystery to both of these characters which I'm presuming and hoping will develop and be dealt with in the next book ,,, there is also some other info in this one surrounding Cuba that for me plays a big part in who he is ,,, I would say that this one is def one your gonna wanna and need to read in order to get the full effect of Cubas background :)
We also find out about how these two first meet ,,, and begin their connection :)
Great ,,, love Ilsa Madden-Mills work :)
I will say I am not usually a huge fan of angst driven plot lines HOWEVER, Ilsa manages to deliver a story so carefully crafted with depth of character and plot it is impossible to get weighed down by the angst when there is always a glimmer of hope. The strength of the characters is a direct reflection of Ilsa stunning writing abilities. Her books are definitely not for the faint-hearted and will most definitely push comfort levels with some of the situations the characters endure. Yet, it provides insight and understanding to events in life we can only hope not to have to face ourselves.
Very Wicked Beginnings lays the foundation for Very Wicked Things providing a deep level of insight into the demons plaguing Cuba. Although he is never alone he is always lonely. Keeping people at a safe distance by playing the part expected of him; he never lets anyone close enough to see his emotional scars or the stress he is under on a daily basis. His home life is no longer a sanctuary for him instead he is forever treading on eggshells and losing himself in the process.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is only 68 pages and it wont take very long to read.
This book is to be read after 'Very bad things' This is the start of Cuba and Dovey's story. Read more
brilliant book to wet your appetite for Very Wicked Things... It gives you Cuba and Dovey's full back story and although not essential to read before starting VWT, it will enhance... Read morePublished on 2 July 2014 by Emma Allsop
Wanna read the next ones now this has gave me a taste an now i want more i want to see hiw dovey and cubas story goesPublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by Claire
I loved the first book very bad things so one clicked as soon as these were released. Great intro to book 2 very wicked things, Cuba and Dovey's storyPublished on 20 May 2014 by Anne M
This is a short introduction to the story of Cuba and Dovey that gets you hooked! Definitely worth a read.Published on 14 May 2014 by Book1
This is a great introduction to book 2 in the Briarcrest Academy series, Very Wicked Things. It is a prequel novella and it gives you a little taster of how Cuba and Dovey met and... Read morePublished on 13 May 2014 by Mrs Rymer