Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Review: Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Genre/Themes: New Adult - Contemporary Romance - Surviving Familial Abuse

Series: Briar-Crest Academy (book 1)

Publication Date: 9th September 2013

Format: ebook / print / audio


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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

This book was definitely a slow starter for me. I had heard so many wonderful things about it but at 20% I really wasn't feeling it at all and didn't get what the fuss was about.. But I kept reading which, in the end, was a very good thing.
I think my initial problem was a result of the fact I found Nora hard to like or care about, and since chunks of the story are told from her POV it made it really difficult to sink into the story.
Thankfully, chucks of the story were told from the POV of LEO who I really liked and as I got further into the book there was a lot more Nora and Leo combined which I LOVED!
The chemistry between the two of them was off the charts - and the more I read the more I liked it until suddenly I couldn't put it down!
I needed to know if my suspicions were correct. I needed to see how it all played out. I needed more of the amazing feels this pair generated and in the end I got everything I wanted and more.
It was funny, it sent my emotions rocketing all over the place and by the time I read the last page I was giddily book drunk.
The one word of caution I'd throw in is that the stuff that happened to Nora in the past was seriously messed up and although there are no graphic, overly detailed, depictions of it, it may still trigger some people / put them off.
Also worth noting is that even though it is set in high school, the characters spend very little time in school and the book is most definitely NOT Young Adult. Nope. No. Definitely not.
I'll definitely be reading more books from this author and this series. If you want to read something a little bit different, then I suggest you give it a read too.

(Review copy granted via netgalley)

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