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Very Bad Things ( Briarwood Academy Book 1) by [Madden-Mills, Ilsa]
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"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." 
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Little Dove Publishing; 2 edition (September 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F225YK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nora Blakely was an amazing heroine. She was quirky and flawed but sweet and so relatable. On her path of self-discovery, she displayed a quiet maturity about her; and showed strength and courage in facing her complex problems and painful past. All Nora wanted was happiness and love. Upon meeting Leo, she experienced an instant connection with him.

And who wouldn't lust after Leo Tate? He's a tattooed, hot musician with icy blue eyes and effortless sex appeal. He's guarded but kind and giving. He was intent on avoiding a serious relationship, but he became jealous and possessive whenever she's near. The more he fought his feelings for Nora, the more he can't resist her.

Leo and Nora had amazing chemistry together. Their witty banter and sizzling attraction to each other ignited the pages on fire. My favorite moment occured between them when she locked them into the music room. That uninhibited masturbation scene was deliciously hot, hot, hot...And then she dropped a bombshell on him...And then her dirty secret. My mouth hung open, and I was simply wowed!

"Spread your legs, Leo. Just shut up and do it, okay? Do this one thing for me. Let me see you. All of you." ~ Nora Blakely

The secondary characters really added to Leo and Nora's story. There were plenty of villians: Nora's mom; her half-brother, Finn; the bully at school, Emma Eason; and Leo's friend-with-benefits, Tiffani (with an i). Then, there was Teddy, the autistic musical savant, who was completely adorable and loveable. And Drew Mansfield and Cuba 'Hollywood' Hudson included additional heat and spice into the mix.

But for me, Sebastian Tate stole the show and my heart! His relationships with Leo and Nora were completely endearing. He was sweet and charming, yet edgy too.
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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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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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