21 September 2013

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title: Very Bad Things (#1 Briarcrest Academy)
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Release date: September 9.13.2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

 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 first time I saw the teaser pictures and the blurb, I told myself: I HAVE TO READ THIS ONE!!!!  
First chapter and I was totally hooked – how can you not fall in love with this girl? Doing that stunt in front of the whole academy – it takes a whole lot of guts and some nerve. From then on – she had my heart. I freakin’ love Nora Blakely!!!! 
 Nora Blakely is PERFECT but she’s a lonely soul. She grew up trying to follow the rules set to her by her mother. She learned the piano, became a beauty queen and on her way to Princeton after high school – but still not good enough. So, she dropped her act, left their house and did what was least expected of her. 
 Then came, Leo Tate – her ‘soulmate’. She wanted him so much, but he doesn’t want her – or he’d like to think so. She was his ultimate temptation. But he was firm with his decision about girls – NEVER FALL IN LOVE. He was busy with work and taking care of his brother, and he had no time for relationships most especially to someone who is six years younger than him.
You think the pictures were awesome? Wait till you read this book!!! The plot was amazing, the pacing was perfect, the characters were great, the twists were jaw dropping, and the steamy scene – it was worth waiting for. This is one book you will not dare put down.
VERY BAD THINGS: CRAZY, Funny, Naughty, Sexy, Haunting, Intense and BEAUTIFUL!! 
*ARC was given in exchange for an honest review

As if he’d made a decision, he pulled me out into the quiet hallway. Once we were alone, he said, “Now, about last night—” he stopped, appearing stuck on what to say.


He took two steps away from me, like he needed some space between us, like what he was going to say was difficult. He ran his hand through his hair furiously, pulling on the ends a little. “Nora, look, I think you’re a pretty girl, but there won’t be anything between us.”

My face flushed because I had acted inappropriately last night. Like a slut, really. Yet I didn’t regret it. And then there was my bad list. I wanted him for my meaningless sex. Still.

“Because you think I’m too young.”

“Yes.” He blew out a breath. “I’m sorry if I come across as a prick here, but I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about me. I don’t do serious relationships ever, and you deserve something good, not just a quick fuck.”

I stared at his full lips, not holding back. “I like it when you say ‘fuck.’”

 Ilsa Madden-Mills wrote her first work at the age of twelve when she penned a little ditty about a handsome prince who had no sense. Since then, she’s always written, whether it was for work or fun. When she was young, she entered every short story and poetry contest around; when she was in college, she wrote for the university paper; when she taught English, she wrote a play along with a wonderful group of drama students. 
Very Bad Things is her first full-length novel and part of a new series called Briarcrest Academy. 
She graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in English from an esteemed university in the South where she now resides. She spends her days with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. 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 fans and fellow avid readers. Check her out on Facebook or her author website.

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