Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Kellie's Review: If I had to pick one book to recommend to everyone I know, this would be the one. Some of the books I have loved were not for every person- you have to like rockstars or BDSM or tattooed bad boys or controlling doms to enjoy and relate to some of the books I have loved. This one, though..... everyone can find something to relate to in this book. Wanting what or who you cannot have, being ignored by the people who claim to love you the most, being in an unhealthy relationship, being misunderstood and needing to find out who you are.... there is some of all of that in this awesome book.
Leo Tate is "Mr. Never Fall In Love" and Nora Blakely is "Miss I Will Make You Fall In Love With Me". They definitely make life more interesting- like fire and ice.
It is definitely a coming of age love story. Maybe a tortured love story that you think will never happen when you are reading, but a love story just the same. I highly recommend this book, as you may have gathered. Lol! Five stars for Ilsa and I cannot wait to read more Briarcrest Academy stories in the future. <3 Kellie
Carrie's Review: I was given an Arc for an honest review and let me just say it was everything I thought it would be, and more!! Ilsa Madden-Mills you knocked my socks off lady! Among other things ;)
We meet Nora Blakely rich girl who has it all, or that is how everyone on the outside world sees her. Nora does have everything, but one thing money can't buy someone to love her! I loved Nora so much! You feel for her right way! A crazy mother who shows no love or emotions, a father always away, and a brother who would make your skin crawl is what Nora has as her family. Nora has secrets that she has buried so deep that she never plans to share them with anyone EVER! Nora sets out to be the opposite of what her mother,and rest of family want her to be. She decides its time to live a little a do some Very.Bad.Things but one person is set on stopping her from her self destructing behavior!
In walks Leo Tate!! Ladies get ready to SWOON!! Leo for the love of all things holy he is a hot piece! I mean smokin HOT!! Flames and all! Good grief I can't stop! Ok..I'll get serious for a min..Leo is older than Nora and is determined not to touch her, or be more than her friend. We learn there is a much deeper reason for why he won't let Nora into his heart. Being forced to take care of his brother for reasons that has broke him we see Leo go on a roller coaster of emotions for his buttercup! <<<< yes he calls Nora buttercup! Swoon city!
Leo continues to push Nora away, but the entire time each push rips his heart out! Just when you think he might let her in he stops himself, and I was screaming at him the entire time!
I don't want to give away everything but the connection between these two is off the charts!! You can feel the love they both have for one another even when they would hold back! I had tears streaming down my face a couple times, and the next page I was laughing so hard! Very Bad Things deserves way more than 5 stars!!! I absolutely loved it! I loved the characters! Sebastian- you will meet him too OMG! Can I just keep him in my pocket for safe keeping Ilsa? Go read this fantastic book and love it as much as I did please!!
Synopsis: 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.
Author Website: http://www.ilsamaddenmills.com/