Review + Giveaway: Very Twisted Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Series: Briarcrest Academy #3
Release Date: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: New Adult
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★★ 

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.

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.

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Very Twisted Things is Briarcrest Academy grown up style!
the record, you CAN read this book as a stand alone – you will not be
lost for not having read Very Bad Things or Very Wicked Things. That
being said, you should read both of those books. 😉
The prologue
of Very Twisted Things is one of the saddest and scariest things I’ve
ever read. It completely drew me into Violet’s head and compelled me to
know how anyone could survive what she experienced.
Violet is a
woman after my own heart. She’s part fragile dove, part fierce
lioness. She’s lost her entire world, become somewhat of a recluse and
is scared of so much life has offer her. Yet, when an absolutely
gorgeous man moves in next door and starts spying on her with
binoculars, she’s all to willing to brave giving him his own private
show. Even if that show ends with her flipping him the bird.
Tate came to L.A. for one thing and one thing only. Fame. He’ll do
whatever it takes to be successful and not let his brothers sacrifices
go to waist. Love only gets in the way and he’s been burned by it
before. He’s not about to let it hold him up again. Yet, something
about his quiet neighbor won’t let him rest until she’s part of his
And boy…when Sebastian sets his mind to something…damn. That boy is is fucking hot!
is what these two both struggle with. Violet struggles to believe she
can trust someone with her secrets and they won’t just disappear, while
Sebastian has to learn to trust that if he gives someone his heart they
won’t shatter it.
Both are cautious, both are drawn to one
another like nothing before, both can be the ruin of each other or
everything they never knew they wanted.
Madden-Mills has shown me
with Very Twisted Things that she can write a story with much less of
the drama she threw at previous characters and still have it hit its
mark. You still feel the stress of life, the pain of heartache, the joy
of new love. It’s a more stripped down story, yet still dramatic enough
to pull at all your emotions.
Like the previous titles, I find myself absolutely, wholeheartedly, forever in love with the characters Madden-Mills delivers.

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