Author: Lisa Burstein
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: May 19th, 2015
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.
Mia and the Bad Boy was the perfect companion to Aimee and the Heartthrob! It followed yet another boy in the band, Ryder Brooks. Ryder is the classic bad boy of the group and he doesn't even really want to be a part of the band anymore. He wants to right his own music; music that he's writing for himself rather than what he knows will please his fans.
The thing is, Ryder Brooks has a secret. He flunked out of high school and couldn't graduate, so now he needs a tutor. That's where Mia Reyes comes in. She's coming for a month to tutor him and help him pass his GED, though Ryder doesn't want anyone to know that so he tells her that she has to pretend to be his girlfriend. Of course, Mia has found Ryder to be super attractive since forever since she's a huge fan of the band, though she doesn't let him know that and she goes along with it. She even has to spend the night in his room every night to keep up the act. How long can it stay an act before it turns into something more?
I absolutely loved this book! It was told in both Ryder and Mia's perspectives, which I adored. It was great to see inside both of their heads in every situation so that I wasn't just wondering what was on the other's mind. One thing I really loved about this book was how innocent Mia was, and how much she changed Ryder. He has this huge bad boy facade going on, yet Mia comes to find that he's not really that bad after all. He's actually kind of chivalrous when he wants to be.
Not only is Ryder talented, he finds out that Mia has a special talent for singing too. She even writes her own song lyrics in her journal. Mia is interested in the music industry, but her parents always tell her to be realistic, so I loved how Ryder tried his hardest to change Mia's mind about that. I was really hoping for Aimee to randomly show up, but sadly she didn't! However, Miles definitely did, which was cool because he's part of the band. It was great to see old characters! I definitely can't wait for more books in the Backstage Pass series. 5 out of 5 stars, highly recommend.
About the Author
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.
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