Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tour Stop: VERY BAD THINGS by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Title: Very Bad Things
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
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.

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.’”


Brilliant!! That is how I would describe this author's writing style. This was one of those rare finds that had a storyline like no other AND had the brilliant writing to make it believable. One of my favorites of 2013 for sure!!

Nora's characater touched me in so many ways. She wasn't as perfect as she had everyone believe. Sometimes the most seemingly perfect people have darkness inside them that they keep hidden from the world. Not the kind of darkness that is evil but the kind that leaves you empy and broken. Something snapped inside of her and she was hell bent on self destruction.

"I couldn't let them see the real me, the one that was obscene and gross, They'd hate me; they'd be disgusted by me."

She meets Leo during one of the most painful times in her life. They form an unspoken bond that day. It means everything to her but he isn't going to let himself be sucked into all the pain he sees in her eyes.

" I didn't have time for some unrealistic notion of everlasting love." ... "Nora was young and had needy written all over her."

Nora needs to realize that the pain that causes her to want to do bad things is not her fault and she is worthy of love. Leo will have to decide to either act on the feelings he has for her or let her be with someone who can give her the love she so desperately needs.

I give Very Bad Things 5 Stars and then some!! I just found another author I will be following in the future and can't wait until the release of the next book in this series.


About 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. Check her out on Facebook or her author website.

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