Very Bad Things by Isla Madden-Mills


4 out of 5

New Adult books are very either here or there for me. I have a love hate relationship with them, and this one is no exception.

Here’s the description of Very Bad Things…

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


Nora is hell bent on feeling something, even if it is self destruction. In my opinion it was easy to relate to Nora, every single person has gone down the path of self destruction, where you get off is what matters. Given Nora’s circumstances, and her raging neglectful bitch of a mother… it was easy to see why Nora snapped.

“Clearing my throat, I leaned over the podium until my lips were right on the microphone and delivered my new opening remarks, “Fuck Briarcrest Academy, and fuck you all.”
Finally, some of the pain and darkness that had been wrapped around my soul fell away.
I smiled for real this time without even trying.
It felt good to be bad.”

Leo Tate built his chain of gyms from the run down one that his parents owned before they were murdered. Leo is afraid to love again, and he’s been taking care of his brother Sebastian for the past several years. A chance vandalism by Nora has them finally meeting face to face and of course the rest is history.

“Oh baby, those pretty hearts and flowers are rocking your ride, Leo.”

Mila, Nora’s best friend and Sebastian, Leo’s little brother were fantastic. They definitely made the book better for their presence. I loved the brotherly/sisterly banter between Nora and Sebastian.

As per usual, the only person that pissed me off was the male lead, Leo. His inability to make a decision regarding Nora had me repeatedly rolling my eyes. Luckily Nora was persistent in knowing what she wanted and tried not to let Leo’s dumbassery get in the way.

Now I’m of to read book 2…. I would of preferred maybe Mila’s story or even Sebastian’s story but Cuba will do… for now!!

This ARC was provided by Little Dove via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!”

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