Very Bad Things Ilsa Madden Mills (1) [NOOK Book]

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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…

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl ...
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Overview

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…

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.
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The Lovely Books - Jessica Ramirez
"Very Bad Things is beautiful and heartbreaking...an epic love story."
Nose Stuck in a Book - Yvette Cervera
"A brilliant debut novel."
Two Crazy Girls with a Passion for Books - Bobbye Jo
"It's the kind of story you think about for weeks...wishing you could read it all over again for the first time."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148438502
  • Publisher: Ilsa Madden-Mills
  • Publication date: 9/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,981
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Ilsa Madden-Mills is a loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, and a teacher. When all that is done, she writes. Obsessively.

She spends her days with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.

When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

She loves to hear from from fans and fellow authors. Drop her a line on the contact page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    This book was AWESOME!!! A MUST read to those who haven't yet!!!

    This book was AWESOME!!! A MUST read to those who haven't yet!!! I couldn't stop reading it! I was captivated by Leo and Nora's relationship. It was sad, HOT, funny, and oooh so SWEET! I love how they both interacted with each other with the flirting, the sexual tension, the arguing, etc. Hated the book to end so I re-read again. :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Awesome!

    Great storyline and characters...couldnt put the nook down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    **5 STAR READ***

    First I have to say Thanks to everyone who reviewed this book, that's why I read it and as promised it did not disapoint!!! This book has it all!! Its a page turner and hard to put down. All the characters were great. I'm looking forward to see what's in store for all of them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    Briarcrest Academy is a school for the upper middle class youths

    Briarcrest Academy is a school for the upper middle class youths of Texas. They are Ivy league bound, and Nora Blakely is no different. Well, on the outside anyway.
    Nora feels that she is bad, that her present and future is shaped by a past she can't forget. When she snaps and says something she shouldn't at school orientation is feels oddly better. She she makes a list of bad things she plans to do to feel better. Even if it's only fleeting.
    On that fateful day she locks eyes with Leo Tate. Leo, is a twenty-something guardian of a teenage brother, Sebastian. He's worked hard to earn the money that allows Sebastian to attend Briarcrest. Leo constantly rejects Nora, or gives her mixed signals.
    There are secrets, and there is pain, but can soulmates overcome it all? 
    I had heard great things about this book, and I wasn't disappointed. It was beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. It's a bit angsty, but I got my HEA. The secondary characters were enjoyable overall, while a few were hate-worthy. I would recommend this book, and there is extra reading on Leo and Nora on the author's website. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    Very Bad Things is a wonderful book!! Nora is such a messed up y

    Very Bad Things is a wonderful book!! Nora is such a messed up young lady, whose own family especially her mother seem to take
    great pleasure in pushing her over the ledge. I really enjoyed her use of words as a coping skill, definitely topped others she tried. Leo
    really does attempt to keep himself from her, yet at the same time pulling her closer, he was a puzzle in itself. 
    I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to read more from Ilsa Madden-Mills.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

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    Loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

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    Very Bad Things. I was a little cautious in getting this book. B

    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. From the summary she seemed like a stuck-up brat who wouldn’t be likable. Yet I am so glad that I got this book! It went way past my expectations and literally blew my mind from beginning to end. 

    --- I almost feel guilty when I think about how I judged this book by the cover and summary…and not the teaser that I read. Sad smile ---

    It was waaayyy too easy to get sucked into the characters and their lives. They both had this secret and scary past that I wasn’t prepared for and I LOVED it. The drama of this book was well planned as everything that could go wrong seemed to go wrong in a very short amount of time. Some of my favorite parts of the book were reading about the characters trying to recover from the mess they made.

    Speaking of messes… Nora was an interesting character to say the least. She actually made a list of “bad” things to do. Many parts of the book her immaturity would annoy me, but then she would follow it up with something the exact opposite that I can’t help but like her determination. 

    -- I’m pretty sure the author did this on purpose to make it harder to dislike Nora…even when she was being a brat. --

    I loved the flashbacks and the glimpses from Nora’s past. They gave her depth that was missing in parts of the book and made her understandable if not relatable. Soon I was sucked into her life and it was hard to find my way out by the end of the book.

    Leo. Leo Tate. I’m just going to go ahead and admit that he was so amazing and cute in this book that even I got a crush on him! Even when he was being stubborn and hard-headed I was falling for his charm. He had Nora wrapped around his finger..even if she tried to say otherwise. Yet I can’t fault her, Leo is just one of those guys that breaks hearts without even trying. Definitely a good book boyfriend.

    Overall, my relationship status with this book is: ‘In Love!’. This book is pretty high in my favorites at the moment and I’m psyched to read the second book to the series Very Wicked Things.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    3.75 stars Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills is the first in

    3.75 stars

    Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills is the first in the Briarcrest Academy series. One thing I'll say about this book, it definitely brought out some strong emotions in me while reading.

    I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Have I mentioned how much I love free books?

    At first I was worried about this story. I don't like reading underage stuff, I guess I'm just too old for that now. I don't know. When I first read that Leo was 25 and our heroine, Nora was still in high school I cringed a little. Thankfully, we learn that she's 19, she just started school a little late. So while still a student I was okay with their relationship.

    Our heroine Nora is going through an identity crisis in a way. She finds she can no longer live her perfect (& perfectly fake) life so she starts to rebel. I found her to be a relate-able character in not only her situation but her responses and actions as well. Don't we all start thinking about who 'we' are once we hit that age of adulthood? Nora was funny, definitely crazy, and just a nice person.

    Our hero, Leo was so frustrating to me. We even get some of his point of view in this story and it couldn't help him in my eyes. I get where he's coming from (thinking that Nora was too young) but that doesn't give him the right to be an jerk. Leo does things in this book that just made me so sad, and honestly took the story down in stars for me. You know how I am. I'm possessive of my heroes, I want them to behave for the most part. I know I'm a hard judge but while I found Leo to be ok as a character, he won't ever be a book boyfriend for me. Not only did a few of his actions just tick me off and make me sad but there are times he just didn't get 'it'. I wanted to see him beg a little, make up for his mistakes. Turn on the woo. Leo wasn't great at the woo.

    Which in turn made me mad at Nora. There were a few times while reading I was so mad at her. I just wanted to sit her down and have the "talk". I'm such a Mom, it's a horror. But someone needed to tell this poor girl to have some self respect. No one should let someone treat her the way that Nora would at times allow Leo to behave around her. Nora just kept going back and allowing him to hurt her again and again. I wanted her to play a little hard to get.

    In the end I felt like the games between them just went on too long. For me a hero can start out in jerk status but they have to move beyond that at some point. Leo just didn't have enough time to redeem himself for me. I don't want to read a book where the couple spends pretty much the whole thing with someone else. I don't want to read about the heroine throwing herself at the hero over and over and over again only to be rejected.

    If you can't already tell, this book brought out a lot of strong emotions in me. That is always a good sign. I wanted to jump into the story and tell them both when they were being stupid and then hug them when they finally get it together. This book had so many good quotes I think half of it might be highlighted. It was definitely a funny read in between the emotional bits.

    Overall, I enjoyed Very Bad Things and I would recommend it to the right reader. If you're like me and hate reading about two characters who do nothing but play games, you might want to skip this one.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    Very Bad Things, Ilsa Madden-Mills Review from jeannie zelos boo

    Very Bad Things, Ilsa Madden-Mills
    Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
    Though I'm long past the NA target group sometimes I like a dip in there for the fun, deep emotion many of these books have. This one was just that, a really fun read, full of emotion, lots of secrets, some jealousies, and some hot, spicy sex. Ilsa has the knack of making even a simple kiss very sensual, and sometimes that can be more erotic than full on but poorly written sex scenes. Sadly too many books think erotica means page after page of repetitive sex....
    Anyway, we meet Nora, on the surface poor little rich girl, her parents give her everything except time and love. As we get to know her better though we learn there's far more that that behind her problems, she's hiding a very dark secret that's affecting her badly. Then Sebastian and Leo come into her life. Sebastian becomes a great friend, very supportive and helping Nora greatly. Leo though – from the moment their eyes meet there's a connection, but he doesn't respond to Nora's seductions...he's decided love isn't for him, and wants to stay well away from her. Things never work out like they are planned though do they ;-) and life keeps flinging them toghether.
    It's a great read, full of all the things I love about NA, and with characters that for once aren't dumbed down and act their age. Some NA book have people acting like early teens...here Nora is 19 and because of her upbringing she acts and thinks older than her years, likewise Leo is ( I think) 24 – 25 and has brought up his younger brother for many years after the death of their parents so he too is more mature.
    There's some really sensual scenes, its not OTT sex all the way, but lots of glances, touches, kisses before we get to the hot and spicy sex....thats a treat, and does far more for the story than if they succumbed to the attraction quickly and jumped into full on sex. I loved Tiffani ( with an I!!) she was a great character and foil for Leo, and proved the good bi tch person that most romances need IMO...Thankfully its a complete novel, a stand alone, no cliffhangers ( hurrah!!) and i'm going to look for Ilsa's next book too now.
    Stars: Five, a fun read, good solid story, lots to ponder and think about, lots of lovely emotion, beautiful build up to romance, and some rivetting dark moments.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    This book was not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I m

    This book was not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I may have expected more based on all the talk about it. Nora comes from a wealthy family and is probably the lonliest, most alienated person on the planet. Her main purpose in life is to please her parents and make them look good. I really feel for her as she only has one real friend before Leo and Sebastian move to town. They meet after Nora decides to discover herself and creates a to-do list of very bad things. Leo is stubborn and continually tries to protect Nora while constantly pushing her away. It's quite frustrating and there comes a point where someone's gonna just give up and move on. I understood the reasoning, but I couldn't hold on to Leo's tenacity after a while. The pacing of the book wasn't consistant for me and slowed considerably after the first couple items on the list. The suspenseful moments felt rushed and were almost not necessary to the story. I was anticipating a lot more to this book and was shocked that it ended at 84%. It was a good ending and I was pleased with the HEA, but it left me wanting something more.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Nora is a strong young lady who is trying to change the the way

    Nora is a strong young lady who is trying to change the the way other see her ( the way her mother want everyone to see her ). She wants them to see and recognize her for herself. Then she has a moment of clarity and she lets it all out.  Nora is strong and courageous cause most would do as there told. This is a mind blowing book I would recommend others to read it. 




    Then there's Leo he's about to open a new gym and taking care of his younger brother Sebastian making sure he has everything he needs.  Leo is the kind of person who would help anyone who needs it he has a big heart. He can't can't let go of his fear of losing his parents at 18. So he does not want to fall in love ever, but it all changes the night he sees Nora at registration ceremony and they make eye contact and he knows he in trouble. Leo fights the attraction to Nora and is pushing her way. 




    Leo and Nora are very cute together. This book is sad, funny, has lots of drama and add some sizzling parts to it. What's not to like!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

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    Very surprisingly a good read. Read it in 24 hours. Despite the age difference, both Nora and Leo were well written, both great, strong characters, both dealing and coping with life issues realistically. I would read more from this author..
    LOVETOREAD

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    This book blew me away. I was expecting lots of chemistry and st

    This book blew me away. I was expecting lots of chemistry and steam between Nora and Leo and I got that in spades but I got so much more than that. 




    Trying to figure out what it was that sent Nora off the rails was hard. Finding out why and what all had happened was even harder. My heart hurt as I read this book. You'd think I wouldn't like a book that made me cry or angry, but when a book is able to evoke strong emotions in you, it means you've connected with the characters and what the author was trying to convey.




    I love this book. I'm hoping to have the same feelings and reactions when the next book in the series becomes available.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    For awhile now I have been following Ilsa Madden-Mills on Facebo

    For awhile now I have been following Ilsa Madden-Mills on Facebook.  She is about to release the next book in the Briarcrest Academy and I thought it would be a great read.  I didn't know she had a first book.  This was the best $.99 that I have spent in a long time.
    Very Bad Things features Nora.  Nora is about to be 19 and is finishing her last year of high school at Briarcrest Academy.  On the night of the high school orientation she is supposed to give a speech. She finally figures out that the life she is currently living is not what she wants.  She is also hiding a terrible secret that is eating her up inside and its about to come out.
    When she leaves the night of the orientation she has a chance meeting.  She locks eyes with a man...
    Leo finally meets Nora.  He fights what he feels for her.  
    This is story that battles an issue that is not talked about much.  It is also about two people that are meant to be together, but fight it.  Once they come together it is an amazing story.  
    I really can't wait to to read Very Wicked Things.  This was a book that I couldn't put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Good

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Great

    Kept me entertained throughout the entire book. The charachters were well developed and there was no lull in the action. Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    I had never heard of this author before but I follow some blogs

    I had never heard of this author before but I follow some blogs and there was quite a buzz about this book and how good it is so I decided to give it a try.  I honestly couldn't put it down.  I started it Saturday evening and finished Sunday morning around 5 am.  BTW - my husband thinks I'm crazy sometimes when I get so wrapped up in a story.  Nora's story really tore me up.  As the the details of her past were exposed little by little my heart broke for her. The fact that she was ready to do very bad things to self destruct is sad but not surprising.  When she crashed into Leo and Sebastian's life it was the best thing that could have happened to her.  The relationship between Nora and Leo was both touching and devastating at the same time.  With what Leo had gone through with his own family and taking over raising Sebastian I can understand his initial thought processes when he realized that they were attracted to each other.  Although Leo was trying to do what he thought was the honorable thing it caused them both so much pain.  I usually don't cry when reading but I found myself crying for both of them.  And Sebastian, what a great guy, the unconditional friendship he showed to Nora was so touching while at the same time trying to show Leo what an ass he was while still being a supportive brother.  Not to mention the way Leo and Sebastian stood by Nora, watched out for her, picked her up when she fell, and protected her as much as they could even though they both knew she was attempting self destruction  Nora has a tremendous amount of inner strength to have survived her childhood but I think without Leo and Sebastian, Nora may have become truly lost.  I loved the entire book but I have to say that my favorite part is when Nora gives Leo a lesson in clarity and his reaction to her bombshell.  It is bookmarked and I have reread it several times.  I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series!   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Good read

    I would recommend this book, can,t wait for the next book.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    Loved this book. This book was never boring and I kept wanting

    Loved this book. This book was never boring and I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what's next. I really enjoyed the journey of Nora and Leo. I highly recommend reading this book and cannot wait for book 2. Not sure who book 2 will be about, but regardless I will be looking forward to it. Also, for those who loved this book, there will be an extended epilogue for Very Bad Things coming out December 21st. Cannot wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Great

    Sweet

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