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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 (458 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One of the *Top Five Romance Books of 2013* --A is for Alpha B is for Book Blog
FREE 4000 word extended epilogue has been added to Very Bad Things(12/23/2013)
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 through a chance encounter, 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 Bad Things is a complete standalone novel without a cliffhanger.
WARNING: This new adult romance is dark with mature content. Over 18 please. THIS IS NOT YOUNG ADULT. 
Although each book is a standalone, here is the reading order:
Book 1      Very Bad Things
Book 1.5   Very Wicked Beginnings (prequel to Very Wicked Things) NOW FREE!
Book 2      Very Wicked Things
"Very Bad Things is maddening, passionate, heart-breaking, all-encompassing, and about a million other adjectives." -Sarah Griffin of Books to Breathe and Angie's Dreamy Reads

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

From the Author

Book 2 News:
VERY WICKED THINGS (the second installation of the BA Series) is available now.
Also pick up VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS (the prequel).
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Sign up for my newsletter there. I do not spam. Promise! :) I only send out free (bonus scenes) stories and info about sales and new releases. 
Ilsa Madden-Mills

Product Details

  • File Size: 1083 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of this years favorite reads!!!! September 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars...Very good... and then... September 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hotness, Blasphemy, & Desires Ilsa! September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another Fave of 2013 <3 <3

I've been totally drawn to this story since the day I watched the trailer, and the freaking gorgeous cover also had me gaga for this book. So, once I finally had it at my wee little fingertips, I DEVOURED it. I could not stop reading, I needed to satiate my hunger for all things Nora Blakely....and Leo Tate too!

Nora, Nora, Nora!!! Girl you've gone and rocked my world. I've never hoped for a character to come out on top, as I did Nora. She's the epitome of perfection, beauty, and brains. She has the world at her fingertips and little does she know it, men within arms reach. She may have been fed by the silver spoon, but it wasn't always skittles rainbows and fluffy unicorns. Nope! Life has been anything but wonderful for Nora. Basically she was thrown to the wolves....and by wolves I mean her wonderful family. They are wolves in sheep's clothing. Other than the wolves, I was completely intrigued with Nora's approach on life. She is ready to let go of the good girl persona, and step into the world of carelessness, fun, partying, and God knows what else. She may walk on the wild side, but sometimes life throws you a gazillion curve balls when you least expect it to....enter Leo Tate, Baby!

Dear goodness, Leo had me wrapped around his pinky finger the moment he waltzed into my life. Not only does he have stunningly good looks, he has bad boy written all over him. So yeh he's super sexy!! And he also shines bright like a diamond, in my eyes. He is a bad boy in every which way, but holy hell he is also one of the kindest men on the planet. Oh did I mention he is also a freaking delicious Rocker Man?!?!?!?! Yeh, he is. He literally will boogie woogie his way into your heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOrkS of FiCTioN -
Very Bad Things. I was a little cautious in getting this book. But only because I was scared that I wouldn’t like the main character Nora. Read more
Published 4 days ago by WOrkS of FiCTioN
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but it could have been great if the hero wasn't such a ninny
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


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I went into this book, unsure of what to expect. I didn't read the other reviews beforehand, nor did I even read the description. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nora was a strong female character that went after what she wanted...
LMAO, Nora is hilarious. I love the list of bad things she wants to do. Nobody behaves this way and gets away with it,so I'm enjoying this wild side. Read more
Published 14 days ago by annmric
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I read this sooner. VBT is AMAZING!
Ilsa Madden-Mills has blown me away. This is one of the most fabulous and wickedly smart debut novels I have ever read! EVER! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lorie
4.0 out of 5 stars I was emotional when I read this! So lovable!
Riches are nothing if you are being ignored by the people you love the most. Nora did the very best she could to please her parents, but everything she did was nothing to her mom. Read more
Published 16 days ago by jhed @ When Books Defy Gravity
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
4.5 stars. I really liked this book. Two reasons why I'm not giving it 5 stars- 1. The ending was rushed- the book ended as soon as Nora and Leo got together. 2. Read more
Published 18 days ago by MTR1970
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ!!
“Very Bad Things” is the first book that I have read by author Ilsa Madden-Mills, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! Read more
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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.

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