Friday, September 20, 2013

** BT & Giveaway** Very Bad Things ~ Ilsa Madden-Mills

Very Bad Things

Ilsa Madden-Mills


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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Amy's Thoughts~ 

When I read a book to write a review. I always read the story from beginning to end. I may highlight a passage or 2 that speaks to me to use later, but I always wait for the whole experience before writing. It's just my thing. With Very Bad Things, I made it about 40% in before I HAD to stop and start writing things down. My heart pounding out of my chest as I read each paid. My God! My heart weeps for Nora. To always be second choice to everyone in her life, to be so in love with a man who doesn't love her back. She's broken on a level that breaks me. 

Nora is a lost soul. In the past she's always been perfect. Allowing her mother to dress her up like a doll. Perfect. Perfect manners, Perfect student, Perfect words. Never being allowed to be herself. She. Has. Had. Enough. At her breaking point, Nora breaks the mold that her mother has created for her. And now... she lives the life she choses. To hell with the rest of them. 

Leo Tate. While his demons are different than Nora's they are demons nonetheless. He's a successful, sexy man will an iron will. Stubborn as a mule. There's so many BBFs that Leo Tate replaces (imho). He tries. Oh how he tries to stay away from Nora. Knowing that he isn't good enough for her. He doesn't want to hurt her. But jealousy is an ugly ugly thing.

How this book moved me. Read it. Go get it as soon as it's live. such an amazing, amazing story. Ilsa Madden-Mills killed it here. I will not be surprised when it hits Best Seller status. Yea. It's THAT damn good. 

About the Author~

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.


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.’”


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  1. Love your review! ♥ Is it on Amazon? I may want to use your comments in an editorial snippet!! ♥