Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Shelf: Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein

This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

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Mia and the Bad Boy is the second novel in the Backstage Pass series, this time written by author Lisa Burstein and is another brilliant story that features sizzling romance, wonderful dialogue and is impossible to put down.

After the brilliance that was Aimee and the Heartthrob, I was really excited to see more of the Seconds to Juliet boys and I can say without a doubt that Mia and the Bad Boy is a worthy follow up! Straddling the YA and NA fence, Mia and the Bad boy this time tells the story of Ryder Brooks, the self professed "bad boy" of Seconds to Juliet and Mia Reyes, the girl who is brought in to tutor the failing rock star and ends up becoming his pretend girlfriend as well. As Mia and Ryder spend time together, their "fake" romance quickly becomes reality in this fun, sweet and highly addictive story!

A little birdy has told there will be five books in this series; I imagine detailing a romance between a different Seconds to Juliet member and their leading lady with each installment. If the first two novels are anything to go by, then there's a chance each novel may be written by a different author, something that has seen Aimee and the Heartthrob and Mia and the Bad Boy maintain the same fun, highly entertaining feel, whilst having very different characters, something that is very evident in the different personalities of all four main characters so far.

Mia and the Bad Boy, like Aimee and the Heartthrob before it, is told in Ryder and Mia's dual POV and allows readers to see into the minds and hearts of both main characters at opportune moments. Lisa Burstein's writing is solid; simple but well detailed and sees the author build Mia and Ryder's relationship in a way that is pure gold. The attraction, magnetism and passion that builds between them is spot on, and the chemistry is just the kind I love.

Ryder is a bad boy, but as Mia and the Bad Boy unfolds, the reasons behind Ryder's actions and attitude become clear. He'd guarded due to having been used in the past and you can't really blame the guy. Mia isn't the kind of girl Ryder expects to be attracted to, but she's honest, natural and a bit geeky; managing to become a friend to the guarded rock star even as the instant attraction between them simmers and builds in the background.

I loved both Ryder and Mia and haven't got a bad word to say about either of them! Though they're different, they're actually perfect for each other and I loved how Lisa Burstein wrote both their characters. Mia stands up to, and teases Ryder in a way he needs and Ryder is able to bring Mia out of her shell and help her discover confidence in herself. They better each other. Oh, and the chemistry is on fire too! Something that certainly doesn't make Mia and the Bad Boy hard to read.

Fun, sassy and perfectly paced, Mia and the Bad Boy is a delicious read! Lisa Burstein hits the nail on the head and cements Mia and the Bad Boy as a perfect tale if you're a fan of bad boys, boy bands and everything in between. I'm totally ready for the next book, no matter which remaining Seconds to Juliet member it features and can't wait for it's release; whenever that may be......

Source: Sent for review by Entangled Publishing (Thank you guys!)
Format: Kindle ebook through Netgalley
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
My Recommendation: If you like boy bands and rock starts this is the perfect YA series!
Cover: Awesome. And very sexy....
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes! Can't wait!

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