Friday, September 20, 2013


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.


I was honored when Author Ilsa Madden-Mills offered me an ARC of her novel.  I had been anticipating this one for awhile now.  I watched and re-watched her video book trailer and knew right away that I was going to love this book and Leo Tate ;)  Not only did I love this book...I loved Leo & Nora.

Nora Blakley is GORGEOUS, RICH & she is an accomplished pianist. On the outside...she is PERFECT but on the inside she is dealing with a lot of demons. She decides she is tired of being the PERFECT friend, daughter etc...So she writes down a list of "VERY BAD THINGS" for her to do in her life to break that mold. 

 Nora had me right from the get go when she was first introduced. I love how she is the carefree spoiled rich girl on the outside... & I'm not usually a "fan" of  female characters in books like I am of the male characters...But boy did Nora reel me in...she reeled me in good.  I love how she can be sweet but I love her sassiness the most.

Leo Tate is HOTT...SIZZLING HOTT...with a SMOKIN' HOTT BROTHER (ahhh, Sebastian) ;) He is determined to take care of his little brother and get his "new" gym up and running.  His priorities don't include relationships with women.  He does not do COMMITMENT & he makes that loud and clear. He only dates with no strings attached. His priorities include making sure Sebastian has a great education so he enrolls him in the prestigious private school "Briarcrest Academy". 

This is where Leo's life takes a dramatic turn. He is knocked for a loop when the feisty blonde, Nora, deliveries an EPIC speech at her school.  He CAN NOT stop thinking about her and this confuses him because he DOES NOT do relationships or even give any woman a second thought...except Nora.  He has a hard time with the age difference as well.  He is 25 and Nora is 19. The age difference does not bother Nora.

I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to stop before  I do.   All I know is that everyone needs to read this book. The writing of this book is spectacular && The chemistry between these two is too AMAZING to pass up.  I did not put this book down once I started it.  I was glued to my kindle....literally ;)

Ilsa Madden-Mills is a TALENTED-AMAZING AUTHOR. I CAN NOT WAIT to read more from her.