Published by Entangled: Crush on April 14th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…
Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…
As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.
But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Guest Post by Ophelia London
Topic: a letter to your teenage self about a heartthrob you might have had
Dear Teenage Ophelia,
Hey girl. You have the shiniest hair. Keep growing it out, but ease up on the streaky highlights; you’ll pay for those later in seriously expensive leave-in conditioner. But I digress. I’m really writing to you about Nick Carter. Yeah, I know, just reading his name is making your heart beat fast and your palms sweat and all you want to do is blast “I Want it That Way” while staring at the poster above your bed. Your love for Backstreet Boys, and Nick, and boybands in general will see you through a lot of hard times. Some of the boys who you’ll date won’t understand your mild and innocent obsession. They’ll tell you boybands are stupid and that (while they listen to their very serious Nirvana and Pearl Jam) their music is way cheesy and poppy. You’ll just smile, pull at your ponytail, and nod because you couldn’t agree more. Pearl Jam? Seriously?
But don’t worry, your love for Nick…along with Justin Timberlake, Tom Fletcher, Harry Styles, the list goes on and on… will be delicious fodder for when you write your very own book about a boyband. That’s right, dude, you’ll be a writer. About a boyband! So keep on dreaming, little one. Blast those awesome, cheesy songs until your ears bleed. Use everything you know and feel, and pour that into creating Miles Carlisle, the lead singer of Second to Juliet, your very own boyband. You’ll have the best time writing this book. You’ll feel fifteen again, and it’ll be so totally epic.
Older & wiser Ophelia xoxo
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes.
For anyone who has ever had a crush on a member of a boyband, this is the book for you. For me, that heartthrob that I crushed hard on was Justin Timberlake. I was all about N’sync and all things Justin, even during his awkward ramen noodle hairstyle. Don’t get me wrong, I also had a thing for Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys, so I crossed that “forbidden” boundary of crushing on battling boyband members, but I don’t care. I dreamed endless dreams that I would one day have a rockstar to write songs for me, but alas, that wasn’t the case for me. This book, Aimee and the Heartthrob, allowed me to revisit that fantasy I once had and I was able to live vicariously through Aimee as she fell for her own rockstar, Miles Carlisle.
What teenage girl wouldn’t love to have the opportunity to spend a month on tour with one of the most famous boybands? I would have volunteered immediately to have that chance back in the day! As for Aimee, she’s known Miles Carlisle for years and has always had a big crush on him. When he leaves home to make it big in the music industry, Aimee is crushed, but moves on with her life. Little did she know is that two years later, when her parents leave on a trip, she gets shipped off to live on the tour bus and tag along on the musical experience of a lifetime.
I love the journey this book takes you on and the connection between Miles and Aimee. The way these two childhood friends begin to fall for one another is heartwarming and swoon worthy. Miles not only is the heartthrob of a boyband, but British too. I mean, come on?! Who can resist the accent? I know I can’t. He has also overcome a lot and you see that throughout the book. It’s hard not to like him and I think the main reason for that is because he isn’t perfect. To me, that makes him even more likable.
Aimee and the Heartthrob is a fun & romantic story that I loved every minute of reading. It allowed me to live out my fangirl fantasy of being part of a boyband tour and left me crushing hard on the fictional, yet dreamy, Miles Carlisle. I for one cannot wait to read the next installment and continue on this journey in the Backstage Pass series.
4.5 out of 5 stars