Author: New York Times best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills
A Standalone Briarcrest Academy Novel #3
Release Date: March 1, 2015
~ SYNOPSIS ~
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, his only rule to falling in love is simple: Keep Calm and Don’t Do It. 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.***This is a standalone New Adult novel with graphic sex and language. Introductory price of $2.99 on release day for 24 hours only!
~ 4 Stars ~
“Loving means losing.”
I’ve been stalking Ilsa since her debut novel, Very Bad Things, which is when I became a huge fan of this series. To say I was highly anticipating Sebastian’s story (which is 100% a standalone novel), would be putting it lightly. Ever since he got introduced in the first installment in the Briarcrest Academy Series, I fell in love with him. He’s the type of character you can’t help but fall for, honestly. Sebastian is SEXY, funny, witty, a smartass, and an all-round good guy. He’s also got his own scars and inner ‘demons’ that make him even more special – that give him depth. Like I said, you can’t help but love him.
“Violin Girl was trapped in a cage of darkness.”
Violet. I really liked her and oh, man – that PROLOGUE gave me the creeps. Her character gets introduced in a way that will forever stay with me. I’m terrified of flying (I hate airplanes!) and that prologue really gave me goosebumps. I felt for Violet and I understood how this scene scarred her beyond physical wounds. I do think I would be the same way having experienced that!
The second Violet and Sebastian laid eyes on each other, they felt an intense connection. That was made abundantly clear through their inner dialogues, their conversations, and how they acted around each other. However, while I fully understand what Ilsa was portraying, as a reader, I lacked that connection with them. I understood they must have felt something strong – an intense passion – but I didn’t feel it. That said, I still loved them as a couple. Their relationship showed its strengths and weaknesses, and what they were able to glean from that was amazing. The pull that kept bringing them together was a force neither of them could comprehend, or fight.
“You want to be a star, and all I want is you.”
There was a little bit of angst throughout the novel, which I always welcome! (LOVE angst!) I was ready to smack that little actress silly. Violet and Sebastian deserved to be happy together. They had both gone through so much, that they deserved a drama-free life, for once!
All in all, this was a great addition to the series. The secondary characters, Spider and Mila, were fabulous, and I can’t wait to see what Ilsa has planned for them.
“You never love the same way twice, but the love of a lifetime only comes once.”
~ BRIARCREST ACADEMY SERIES ~
Very Bad Things
Briarcrest Academy #1
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…
Leaving behind her million dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.
Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.
When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.
As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.
Very Wicked Beginnings
Briarcrest Academy #1.5
Prequel novella to Very Wicked Things
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.
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, because Cuba Hudson didn’t beg for anything.
She walked around BA like she owned the place, and most days she looked right through me…the one girl I couldn’t have.
So, of course, I made it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost.
Because no girl can resist the Heartbreaker of BA.
But I never planned on destroying her.
I never planned on wrecking the one thing that could save me.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where wicked love begins…and ends.
Very Wicked Things
Briarcrest Academy #2
~ SYNOPSIS ~
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.
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…especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames threaten the very fabric of their lives.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.
~ ILSA MADDEN MILLS ~
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.
She spends her days with two small kids, one neurotic cat, and one husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.
When she's not crafting a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.
She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors.