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Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ilsa Madden-Mills
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (587 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills
Amazon Top 10 Bestseller

"One of the top five New Adult romances of 2013." --A is for Alpha, B is for Book Blog

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.

Or is she?

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.

Recommended for mature audiences 18+ due to strong language and sexual content.

Also part of the Briarcrest Series:

Very Wicked Beginnings (1.5)
Very Wicked Things (2)
Very Twisted Things (January 2015)

Editorial Reviews


"From the writing style to the exquisite formatting, from the captivating storyline to the colourful characters, this book was truly the full package for me." 
Natasha is a Book Junkie
"Ilsa Madden Mills. Watch this name, will be hearing it a lot...Very Bad Things sucked me in from the start, and despite my not wanting to read as much NA lately, I fell for this book. It had quality about it that just made it stand out as a little more unique...there was just something special." 
Ana from Ana's Attic
"Very Bad Things deviates from the cookie-cutter mold of New Adult and is a delightfully naughty treat. Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a wickedly satisfying story about rebelling against the life you know in order to find the life you need." 
Mean Girls Luv Books
"Very Bad Things is beautiful and epic love story." 
The Lovely Books
"It's the kind of story you think about for weeks...wishing you could read it all over again for the first time." 
Two Crazy Girls with a Passion for Books
"Very Bad Things in on my list of top ten reads this year." 
Morning After a Good Book
"Ilsa Madden-Mills has an exquisite writing style that makes you feel their pain and anguish, their happiness, and their heartaches and fears." 
A Lust for Reading
"A brilliant debut novel." 
Nose Stuck in a Book
"If I had to pick one book to recommend to everyone I know, this would be the one."
My Fictional Boyfriend
" is maddening, passionate, heart-breaking, all-encompassing, and about a million other adjectives." 
Sarah Griffin of Books to Breathe and Angie's Dreamy Reads

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1506 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Little Dove Publishing; First edition (September 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F225YK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars...Very good... and then... September 11, 2013
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I was IN this book. Completely absorbed. It had about everything you could ask for in a book. I was so excited. Great writing, character description, and story line. Then the ending came. A good ending for me can make or break a book. It's what you're left with. While there was nothing wrong with the ending, I felt it was very rushed. You had all this angst and drama and then BAM! (well, I can't write what does go down cause that would give it away) It was over and I was only at 84%. It just kind of lost me and the great vibe I was feeling was a little deflated. I sat there thinking there had to be more after ALL that they went through. However, after saying all that, it was still an excellent book that I would recommend. It would have been a 4.5 star book for me had I felt the author gave a little more time at the end.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Potential but.... October 21, 2013
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"This genre of writing is really starting to get boring. Every story in this genre seems to use the same story line and concentrates on shock value and steamy scenes instead of quality work with well developed characters and a good plot. This book began well and the writing was well done but at about the 50%mark of the book the story becomes trite and cliche. The main characters transform from interesting to one trick ponies. I couldn't finish it, it became too painfully obvious to read.

That being said, I do think that this author has potential and could turn out a great book. My advice, take your time to develop your characters, make us, the readers, fall in love with them. Don't be obvious keep somethings a mystery."
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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FIVE++++FANTASTIC STARS!!! Let me start this one by saying I have a huge girl crush on the main character, Nora! I loved her so much! What a beautiful, intelligent young woman that my heart broke for because underneath it all she was hurting and just wanted to be loved. Might I also mention she is rich too, but money can't buy happiness and that cannot be more true when you read a book like Very Bad Things.

Nora is in her last year of high school at Briarcrest Academy and she is what you consider a genius with a high IQ. She is tall and thin, plays the piano, has won several spelling bees and even a few pageants. Her mother made sure she was the epitome of perfection in every way. Sadly her mother failed miserably at what a mother is supposed to do for their child and I hated her for that.

But, Nora has secrets and she has lost herself quite possibly gone mad. She is drinking and partying. She has also made this list of bad things she wants to do and I was intrigued. I wanted to know her secrets.

Her mother and father are always gone and Nora is left alone. She also has a brother Finn who she did not have the best relationship with and I just new in the beginning he was trouble.

Nora is practically on her own but deep down she is so lonely and it made me so very sad! She had her quirks like we all do and what really tripped me out was her thing for words! She also people watches and quite frankly I was enamored by her.

After a particular episode at school, that is witnessed by all, we are introduced to Leo Tate and his younger brother Sebastian. They are new in town and Sebastian will be going to Briarcrest Academy. Leo, however is older, about 25, and Sebastian's guardian since their parents were killed.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of this years favorite reads!!!! September 8, 2013
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Very Bad Things is quite possibly one of the best books I've read yet this year!

Nora Blakely appears to be the perfect girl. Perfect looks, top of her class, talented and parents who are extremely successful. She wants for nothing...except to escape it all! Leo Tate has relocated to Highland Park, Texas with his younger brother and has enrolled him in Briarcrest Academy where Nora is speaking at the registration and open house night as the student body representative. Seven little words, two of them cuss words, change it all!

The connection between Leo and Nora from the first moment their eyes meet is explosive! Leo is the guardian for Sebastian and is opening a new gym in Highland Park. Nora's life hasn't been as perfect as it seems and she is ready to take control which includes making several bad choices. One of them leads her to Leo and Sebastian who happen to live across the street from Nora's aunts bakery. Trying to get a handle on Nora is a challenge in and of itself, let alone dealing with her heart. She is deeply broken and Leo is determined to fix her, but it won't be easy. The problem with trying to fix someone is that you risk opening your heart...a heart that has its own scars. The struggle between Leo and Nora is intense, emotional and feels so real. The secondary characters in the book are amazing and I fell in love with a few and deeply despised others! Those relationships and interactions help to crack through both of their hardened hearts and open their eyes to what is right in front of another!

The intensity of Leo and Nora's love is beautiful and heartbreaking. The steam factor of this book is off the charts sizzling!! This is the first book in the series and it is not a cliffhanger, you will however, see them in the other books. Leo and Nora have a special place in my heart and always will...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No douchbags for me

Nope, I don't like my "hero" sleeping with other women for the entire book. (He's not a hero, he's a douchbag)
I don't like my heroine begging and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by IHeartRomance
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed the book, I like the story line, enjoyable quick read, looking forward to reading another book by same author
Published 17 days ago by marialynn108
4.0 out of 5 stars Very bad things
I'm happy to say this book was great! I loved read about love and happiness. I love how the two characters, knew that they loved each other forme the begging. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly wonderful
Very emotional. This book starts out in an almost adolescent way then turns soulful. It makes you want to laugh and then to cry. The ending is perfect.
Published 22 days ago by LadyDobs
3.0 out of 5 stars Better as it progresses
I did not like this book at first,I hate when the heroine is a tramp. When this book started that was exactly how Nora was portrayed,so I was extremely pleased when all of that... Read more
Published 24 days ago by kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story
Great read. A story of overcoming a dark past, finding yourself and learning to love. Who doesn't love a happy ending?
Published 29 days ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this author and I'm definitely reading more of this series.
Wow! I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. This is also my first book that I read solely from seeing ratings from friends on Goodreads. Where to start? Read more
Published 1 month ago by VClifton
5.0 out of 5 stars give in and read it!!!!
The Briarcrest Series is on of my favorites. I believe everyone should read because although you might not have gone through ever experience we all know the anxiety of others... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liz Robins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
Really enjoyable read. Great, complex characters with difficult story lines told with ease. A must have on your morning commute!
Published 1 month ago by J. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Young Heroine...not my thing
too juvenile for me
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New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She's addicted to dystopian books and all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, homemade soups, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education.

When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

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