Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills


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Meg's Review:

This book was as good as everyone says. Even better. Ilsa sent me the book asking for a review and I am over the clouds that I got this opportunity. This was a story of self discovery and self-preservation. Nora has been through so much. Through a picture perfect childhood filled with self loathing and the screams behind the smiles. Life throws curve balls at this girl like it's a sole purpose. She finally finds love. She finds that pure attraction that she hopes will give her a check on her list and that opens her up for even more hurt. She can't have him. Or, he won't let her as it is better put. Leo won't have it. And BOY do I want this man to just please give in!!! I loved his strength on his decision but it tore him up as much as her. Even with the Love story at play in this novel there is so much more going on. Nora has far too much going on in her life to handle. Even with the huge changes that she forces upon herself she is still so deep under all the secrets in her life that its suffocating. Its sad and I just wanted to fight for her. I wanted to be that voice for her. She finds it though. That inner voice that is waiting to scream gets its chance and its great. The title for this book is so completely fitting in more ways than one. I urge you to read it. It's a wonderful novel and wonderfully written.


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.