Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein

Title: Mia and the Bad Boy
Series: Backstage Pass #2
Author Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Published: May 19th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 181
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

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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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I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

This has been such a fun series so far. I mean, I realize it's only two books in but with 5 books from 5 different authors you never know what to expect. The only one of the 5 authors I'd ever read any books from before this was Ophelia London, so it was a bit worrisome reading and falling in love with the first book, being by her, and not knowing for sure if I'd get that same vibe as I continued the series. Writers all have different styles and was I going to like the rest of them? Well in the case of Lisa Burstein, and Mia and the Bad Boy at least, I feel like this is going to be my favorite book in the series. I've become an instant fan of Lisa Burstein and can't wait to read more of her books.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Ryder. As the infamous bad boy of Seconds to Juliet, Ryder can be...well, kind of a jerk. Once you read this book and really get to know him however, it's easy to see that he doesn't just act the way he does simply to be a jerk, it's more of a defense mechanism and there are deeper issues there. Ryder has been let down constantly in his past and his story is a sad one. Even though I was unsure of him when I started this book it didn't take long for me to realize that it's very easy to lose your heart over this guy. Trust me, I did. He may be a bad boy but he's got a beautiful and good soul. Oh wow, am I the smitten kitten or what?

I think what I loved most when it came to this book was Mia's character. She is so sheltered and innocent in so many ways and yet she was still just your typical teenage girl, boy band crush and all. She's also funny, sweet and wickedly smart. She was exactly the kind of YA heroine that I love to read about.

The relationship between Ryder and Mia was sweet and angsty and incredibly swoon worthy. Not only was Mia the perfect girl to tame the bad boy, but Ryder had a lot of positive influence on Mia as well. I loved seeing how much she changed by the end of the book. Well both of them really.

What I really love though, is how these books make me get in touch with my inner teenage self. The nostalgia of having that boy band that I just couldn't get enough of. Having all their posters on my walls, buying all the magazines, going to concerts, though I won't name my boy band obsession because that will age me haha. But I'd definitely have been a S2J fan if they existed and Ryder would absolutely be my guy! I can't wait to get to know the rest of the guys better and continue on with this series. The first two were amazing and I can only hope that that will continue on with the rest!

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!!


  1. Oh trust me he will! I can't wait to see your thoughts after you read it!!

  2. I'm reading Aimee right now! (i know ,i'm late, eeep!) and i just love S2J haha. I forgot to request this one bc I hadn't read Aimee yet but i'm going to have to get it after! my inner fangirl fangirls so hard for these guys ha. i'm still obsessed with boy bands (cough one direction...) but BSB and nsync will always be so close to heart haha.