Published by Entangled: Crush on May 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I received an ebook copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the first book in the Backstage Pass series, Aimee and the Heartthrob, I was thrilled to be able to read the second book, Mia and the Bad Boy, shortly after. As a girl who grew up with many boybands in which I swooned over, and as a woman in my twenties who still swoons over boybands, this book was right up my alley.
We got a little glimpse at bad boy, Ryder, in Aimee and the Heartthrob, but this book was all about him and Mia. Ryder has the reputation of ‘bad boy’ in the band, Seconds to Juliet, because of his arrogant, who give a sh** personality, but of course, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Ryder Brooks. He has a real passion for music and would love to go to college to study music and one day, leave the boyband and have a solo career. However, he needs to graduate high school first. With everyone in the band thinking he already graduated, Ryder is on a mission to have a tutor no one knows about who will help me study to pass the GED. When LJ, the bands manager, hires a girl named Mia, someone Ryder least expects, his bad boy attitude is in for an adjustment.
Mia has lived a very sheltered life. Her parents have a dream for her, but it’s not exactly the dream Mia has for herself. She’s worked hard to do well in school and never shies away from the “be a good girl, Mia” mentality her mom has instilled in her. However, landing a gig to tutor on of the hottest members of one of the hottest boybands…well, that would get any girl excited & over the moon. Little does Mia know that this bad boy band member will do more than help her step out of her comfort zone. He will help her realize that her dreams do matter.
Can I just say that I LOVE Ryder and Mia?! From the moment they first met, even though Ryder came across as a complete douchebag, there was a spark between them. Everything leading up to their happy ending was perfectly paced. I love how they were around each other. Ryder showed his softer, more unguarded side, and Mia portrayed a more spunky side that she’s never really been able to show…until now.
Both of these characters were very relatable, in my opinion. The alcoholic mom and having to grow up in foster care for Ryder, showed fans (and readers) that sure, even though he is famous, his life isn’t as perfect as we’d like to think. And Mia…I could personally relate to her. With high expectations set by her parents, she felt their was little room for error. She was even willing to push aside her own dreams and aspirations in order to please her parents. However, sometimes stepping outside of your comfort zone and giving your dreams a shot is worth it in the long run.
Ryder and Mia were so good for each other. I truly felt that they brought out the best in one another and so did the other characters in the book. Miles, who we met in Aimee and the Heartthrob, especially pointed it out to Ryder that Mia was what he needed in his life, whether he wanted to admit it or not.
While one can’t help but swoon over the romance that is obviously present in this story, it’s also important to note that it’s okay to follow your dreams, even if it’s not what others have in mind for you. It’s about being who you are and not who others want you to be. That’s a really important message for teens to realize.
Now, the boyband fangirl in me is anxious awaiting for the next installment in the Backstage Pass series. Until then, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to re-read Aimee and the Heartthrob and Mia and the Bad Boy. 😉
Five out of five stars
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