Audiobook Review: Very Bad Things (Briarwood Academy, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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. 


Very Bad Things

Great in Audio!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻‍♀️🧔🏻👩🏻

Favorite Quote: Nora to mean girl “Sometimes I wish I had a lower IQ so I could enjoy your company.”

The heroine: Nora Blakely – she has a genius IQ and is spinning out of control because of her terrible home life. She is tired of faking so much in her life and doing all she can to be the perfect everything for her mother (perfect daughter, perfect student, perfect manners, etc…). When she blanks out in front of a crowd at school and curses the school and everyone in the audience.

The Hero(es): Leo Tate – He lost his parents seven years ago when they were murdered by a carjacker. He became the guardian of his younger brother Sebastian and recently they moved to the area to open a new Gym. Sebastian is starting school at Briarwood Academy for his senior year.

The Story: After seeing Nora’s melt down on stage and the way her mother treated her afterwards, Leo can’t help his interest in her despite her being in high school with his brother. Though after getting to know her, she tells him how she was sick prior to entering kindergarten and is nearly 19 years old.

However, despite the fact that her age is no longer an issue, Leo still won’t start anything with Nora because he likes girls that know what to expect from him. Which is definitely not love and forever. After losing his parents, Leo doesn’t want anything to do with Love, since it is just a precursor to pain when the object of your affection leaves or is taken from you.

The narrators were perfect for the characters and I really enjoyed the story. There was a lot of pining, but I like the pining stage, especially when it isn’t just one sided. There were several super steamy scenes and I like that the Hero’s in the next few books were set up in this book but not the heroine’s. I tend to like a new couple in each book not two known main characters, so that their story starts in a prior book.


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