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SYNOPSIS

A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposedto avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more. 

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

Dirty English

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

 “The British are coming, the British are coming.”

Yeah we can safely say we fancy us a bit of Dirty English – this story has one of the most swoon worthy heroes and our hearts melted into a puddle on the floor. The dynamics in this story felt quite original in a saturated market of male players and virginal heroines. We absolutely loved that. There were no excuses made and after reading an overwhelmingly traumatic and vivid prologue which gave us chills and had us in tears we knew this was going to play a huge part in what was sure to be a fab read.

“I’m not going to judge myself on the past. I don’t live there anymore.”

We fell in love with Declan; he was a complete attractive mixture of sexy, sweet, vulnerable, rough and dorky. In some ways it could have gone horribly wrong – but it didn’t. At no stage did we feel anything but love for his character. Again, this role reversal worked a treat, a great big passionate yummy one.

As for Elizabeth; you’d think we’d find her a complete turn off in some respects but we didn’t. She is what she is and she makes no apologies for it. What she’s had to endure and still is going through in many respects broke our hearts. It’s no wonder this girl struggles with her heart and her emotions.

“I won’t judge you, Declan. I have my own scars.”

Dylan and Dax were the perfect cheeky chappies from England and the Britishness was done perfectly – it was never overdone, crude or exaggerated – again – it just was and we believed in them. Twins McHotties in fact! We want more!!!!

“The moment that dragonfly landed on you, I knew you were going to rock my world.”

Again we use the word simplicity – in a great way, this story just was and we loved it – so well written and flowed naturally. We connected with the characters, loving them and feeling frustrated with them in equal measure as they made their way through a journey of self-discovery, stumble blocks, parental arseholes and relationship issues.

“I got you, Elizabeth. Let me take care of you. Let me be the one you run to. We can figure it all out together.”

We were disappointed to find Dirty English concluded at only 80%. We felt there was more story to tell and would have loved the last 20% to have contained more of Declan and Elizabeth’s story instead of promotional material which is a bit of a bug bear for us.

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**


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VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS (Briarcrest Academy #1.5 Prequel Novella) ILSA MADDEN-MILLS

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SYNOPSIS

A Prequel Novella

All May proceeds will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund for Suicide Prevention…

Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.

It’s not.

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.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where wicked love begins…and ends

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Wicked Collage

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

G&J ~ 4 Stars

This is our first introduction to Ilsa Madden-Mills and the Briarcrest Academy series and we really enjoyed it. This novella is a glimpse at the beginnings and background to Cuba and Dovey’s story. The moment Cuba saw Dovey and the consequential attraction that spans much farther than initial lust. This is so much more; this is about two broken young adults who’ve seen too much bad in life, who feels undeserving, have experienced too much emotional pain and have had to grow up way before their time.

“No matter who people think you are, no one really knows what’s underneath.”

Cuba comes from money, but as we all know money doesn’t buy anything but material happiness. It does not buy love or the comfort of loved ones. It does not buy life.

‘I was alive but barely living.’

This young man is everything that is popular, brilliant and attractive judged by social standards yet what he really wants he can’t have. Cuba is suffering in silence, his family life in tatters from the distressing illness of depression. Socially he’s a bit of a cock and the majority of his relationships are superficial.

‘..how could I ask her to be better, when I felt so weak myself.’

All it takes is a glimpse of a ballerina and in that fleeting moment he sees hope and inspiration; beginning a tireless crusade to bring just that into his life.

Dovey’s had a traumatic childhood littered with struggles, violence and deprivation in her line of sight. By the hand of a self-less woman she’s given a chance in life to pursue a passion of dance. Becoming a principal ballerina being the dream. Dovey was quirky, independent and doesn’t suffer fools gladly; a trait no doubt derived from never having experienced parental love, selflessness nor true happiness.

‘Love swallows up all the good parts, but ballet gives it all back.’

This novella was full of emotion and a great introduction. We now look forward to experiencing this relationship unfolding and seeing Cuba and Dovey achieve what they truly desire and deserve as they overcome their obstacles and brokenness.

‘…our lives were slowly unravelling day by day….we were helpless to do anything about it except watch.’

*ARC’s provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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VERY WICKED BEGINNING BOOK #1.5 – A NOVELLA

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VERY WICKED THINGS BOOK TWO

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