"Daisy and the Front Man is a great continuation of this fun series. I love getting to meet the guys of Seconds to Juliet and the girls in their lives. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that they are a made up band and not a real band filling the pages of teeny-bopper magazines and “clogging” the airwaves with their bubblegum pop songs. I can’t wait to read the next one!" -Joli, Actin Up with Books
When Daisy Morris finds out she’s spending the summer with her dad, bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet—the hottest boy band around—she knows it couldn’t be more perfect. But not because she’s a fan. Oh, no. Because ever since front man Trevin Jacobs completely humiliated her by standing her up for homecoming, Daisy is out for a little revenge. Yup, Trevin Jacobs is goin’ down…
When one of his bandmates bets Trevin he can’t make Daisy—the gorgeous but surprisingly ice-cold daughter of their bodyguard—fall in love with him, it’s a bet he can’t resist. Sure, Daisy won’t give him the time of day for reasons he can’t understand, and her dad’s hell-bent against his little girl spending time with a superstar. But the terms are set, and Trevin is determined to make Daisy fall…hard.
But every front man should know never to trust a girl with a pretty face…
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, sexual situations, and seriously hot boys. It may cause swoony daydreams involving a certain super-cute front man.
Each book in the Backstage Pass Series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 - Aimee and the Heartthrob
Book #2 - Mia and the Bad Boy
Book #3 - Daisy and the Front Man
Book #4 - Anya and the Shy Guy
Book #5 - Abby and the Cute One
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Daisy and the Front Man
A Backstage Pass Novel
By Rebekah L. Purdy, Stacy Abrams
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Nine months later ...
Lights pulsed onstage as girls screamed Trevin's name. He smiled, pointing at a brunette girl in the first row. "Girl, I just want you to know ... You can kiss this," he sang, gesturing back to his mouth.
The girl reached up to touch his hand, and he bent down, letting his fingers graze hers. She screamed louder, her eyes welling with tears. When he pulled away, he felt her slip something into his palm, and he glanced down to see a pair of panties dangling from his fingers. Damn.Not another pair. His face burned. Someone could probably write a book about his cheeks called Fifty Shades of Red.
Ryder slid across the stage next to him and grinned at the underwear. No way would he live this down. Still holding the mike, Trevin quickly shoved the panties in his pocket. The drums pounded out and Ryder leaped back to his feet, humping the air in front of him and singing "Kiss This."
The song ended, and Will moved to the front of the stage. "Good night everyone — thanks for coming out ..."
They stood in a line and bowed, Ryder on one side of him and Miles on the other.
"You're blushing." Ryder nudged Trevin's arm. "If you don't want the panties, maybe you can give them to Nathan."
Trevin rolled his eyes. Nathan was the youngest in the group and the most innocent. Plus, he wouldn't be caught dead holding anyone's panties. Trevin watched as Nathan's ears turned pink, and he shook his head at Ryder.
"What did I say?" Ryder chuckled.
"Do you need to ask?" Trevin hurried offstage. They'd have just enough time to get out the door and onto the tour bus. Already, screaming fans were pouring out of the stadium. A few girls pushed toward them, but their bodyguard, Beau, quickly blocked the way.
"Get a move on, guys — these girls mean business tonight." Beau held out his arms, moving them ahead.
"Am I the only one who cringes every time I see our tour bus?" Will asked, coming up beside Trevin.
Trevin glanced at the giant pictures of him and the guys, standing shirtless and posing like they were bad-asses. "No. I kind of want to spray paint a shirt on me. My nipples look cold."
"And cover up those gorgeous abs? The chicks love them." Ryder tore off his T-shirt and the girls in the crowd went wild. The mob pressed forward, nearly shoving Beau over. "Here you go," Ryder shouted and threw his shirt into the thrashing group.
They squealed louder. It was like giving blood to piranhas. After a few minutes of pushing and shoving, the guys finally scrambled onto the bus.
"All right, boys, we're on to the next town," Beau said, leaning against the edge of a chair.
"In case the rest of you missed it, Trevin was given another pair of panties tonight," Ryder said.
"How many does that make now?" Miles kicked off his shoes and slid off his belt.
"Too many." Trevin attempted to run a hand through his dark hair. But the three tons of hair product the stylist had used held it in place.
"Let me see them," Ryder said. "Is it a sexy black thong or are we talking granny panties here?"
"I have no idea."
"Wonder if the chick wore them before giving them to you." Ryder waggled his eyebrows.
"You're sick, you know that?" Trevin ripped the undergarment from his pocket and tossed it in the trash, then hurried to the bathroom at the back of the bus to scrub off whatever germs now clung to his skin. What he wouldn't give to have Ryder go back to his quiet, jerky self where he avoided everyone. But ever since he'd started dating Mia, he'd become more involved with the guys in the band.
When he came back out, Beau stood like a giant tank, watching everyone. He cleared his throat, his short red hair standing in spiky pieces. "Don't forget, tomorrow I've got to pick up my daughter at the airport. She'll be joining us on tour."
"Is she hot?" Ryder asked.
Beau narrowed his gaze. "You'd better not try anything with her."
"Whoa, I was kidding." He held up his hands. "I have a girlfriend, remember?"
"For your sake, I hope you were kidding," Beau said, before he went to sit up front with the bus driver.
"Five bucks says she's a dog ..." Ryder grinned at Trevin.
"Don't be an ass." If Ryder riled up Beau, their bus would turn into a giant boxing ring.
Ryder took a swig of water, sat down, put his feet up on the coffee table, and then said in a hushed tone, "Trust me, she'll probably use her dad's connections to make a move on one of us."
Trevin frowned. "Why do you assume every chick is out to scam us?" Okay, so Ryder had massive trust issues, and in this business you never knew who might be trying to work what angle, but their bodyguard's daughter? "It's Beau's daughter, dude. No way would she be like that." He turned on the Xbox and handed one of the controllers to Miles. "How about a little Black Ops Zombies?"
Miles snorted. "Sure, mate. But you remember how bad we got our arses handed to us last time, right?"
With a smile, Trevin clicked on the video game map. "Yeah, but this time we don't have Ryder on our team."
"Screw you." Ryder threw a pillow at Trevin's face.
Will grabbed one of the other controllers. "I'm in."
Trevin watched him for a moment. He'd been a lot more talkative lately, which was so un-Will-like. He shook his head and turned to Nathan. "You wanna play, too?"
"Nah. I'll just watch."
"Is he even old enough to play that game?" Ryder tossed his empty water bottle at Nathan. "Isn't it rated 'M for Mature'?"
"If it's M for Mature, that counts you out, doesn't it?" Laughing, Trevin sank back onto the couch and relaxed for the first time in days. They had the rest of the summer ahead of them. A new town every couple of days. Hanging out with friends and bandmates. Doing what he loved most in the world. This was what dreams were made of.
Maybe it wasn't his exact dream. He'd hoped to be able to write more of his kind of music. So cookie cutter boy band didn't exactly satisfy his musical tastes. But their records were selling big, and they were the hottest band out there right now. Just look how well things had gone in the last nine months. Their manager, LJ, had orchestrated an appearance at the VMAs for them — he'd completely surprised them the day of, flying them out to L.A. Not to mention getting their faces on the cover of Rolling Stone. Everything had finally fallen into place.
They just had to keep on track and stay focused.
* * *
The scent of tofu burgers assaulted Daisy as she pushed into the house, glad to be done with her last recycling run. It'd been hotter than hell today and she just wanted to collapse in front of a fan and drink twenty gallons of ice water. She took the wadded-up newspaper article from her pocket and tossed it in the trash. The one Emma had left taped to the outside of her locker. A "last day of school send-off," she was sure. It'd been a copy of the original story from last autumn when Trevin had ditched her.
The whole school year had been like that. Bullies leaving her stupid notes and pictures and clippings of that horrible night. A constant reminder she couldn't leave behind. There'd even been videos posted to her social media pages, which she deleted, but they kept getting reposted. Daisy thought things would blow over after a couple of weeks — that everyone would find something else to talk about, but in her small town she continued to be the biggest news.
One of the jocks had even given her the nickname "Dump," which caught on like a wildfire in a drought. But, thank God, it was summer. Maybe things would finally die down over vacation.
"Hey sweetie," her mom's voice sounded from the deck.
"Okay, what have you done with my mom?" Daisy yelled from inside.
Her mom's laugh rang through the house. "What do you mean by that?"
"Um — you never cook, so what's the special occasion?" Daisy kicked off her flip-flops and tromped out onto the deck where her mom stood manning the grill.
Mom's face lit up and she tossed the burgers onto a plate. "Can't I make you dinner without you getting suspicious?" She'd totally avoided answering the question. Her eyes darted around the backyard, focusing on anything but Daisy.
"Seriously, what's going on?" She followed her mom back into the dining room.
Mom set the food on the table. "You like Dr. Bradley, right?"
"Yeah, I guess, but you've only been dating him for a few months so I don't know him that well —"
Mom squealed, hopping up and down like a drunk on a pogo stick.
"Oh, God, you're not engaged, are you?" Daisy's mouth went dry. It'd been just the two of them for so long. Not that she didn't like Dr. Bradley — he was nice, if not kinda nerdy — but she already had one dad who didn't come around. She didn't need another.
"No. It's just, well, he — he asked if I'd go to Italy with him for a few weeks to meet his parents. But I can tell him no."
"Wait, you mean just the two of you?"
Mom's face fell. "It's not that he doesn't like you — he does — we just thought it'd be a nice way for us to get to know each other better. We've had some really great dates. But if you don't want me to go ..."
Great. Daisy knew her mother never put herself first. And it wasn't like she'd dated much since her parents divorced all those years ago. How could she be mad about her going away? With a sigh, Daisy rushed forward and hugged her. "That's great. I mean, what an amazing opportunity. I can ask if Lena's parents will let me stay with them. Or maybe I can just stay here on my own and have Ms. Bennett from next door check in on me."
Mom's smile faltered and she sat down. "About that ..."
Oh. No. Daisy knew that look. Whatever Mom was about to say, she wasn't going to like it.
"I called your dad today. And, well, he said he'd love to take you for the summer."
"What? You never talk to Dad. Besides, I thought he had some bodyguard gig."
"H-he does. But he already got permission for you to tag along. I think you'll have a lot of fun."
"Who exactly is he working for?" Her heart hammered in her chest. This wasn't happening. All her summer plans to work on her recycling program in town went out the window in a single earth-shattering moment.
"Actually ..." She rubbed her neck, looking uncomfortable. "He's traveling with Seconds to Juliet."
"Are you serious?" Daisy stared at her, waiting for the punch line.
"Yes. I know it might seem like a bad idea, but you need to build a relationship with your father."
A bad idea? Hell no, it wasn't. Her dad was working for Seconds to Juliet — which meant he had access to Trevin Jacobs. The Trevin Jacobs, who'd stood her up and made a fool of her. Who'd caused her a year's worth of humiliation and teasing from her classmates. She'd been dreaming of her revenge for months, but she'd had no way to act on anything.
Daisy smiled. "Mom, it's fine, really. And you're right; I need to spend more time with Dad. Everything will be great. You should definitely go with Dr. Bradley — in fact, I can call Dad myself to let him know I love this idea and to get all the details."
"Really?" Her mouth dropped open in surprise. "You're not upset?"
"No — trust me, there's no place I'd rather be this summer." And she meant it. This had to be the world's way of making things right. Good old karma. Now all she had to do was call her BFF Lena and start making a real plan.
Daisy sank lower in her seat, shoving her sunglasses back into place. A pop song came on the radio and she groaned. Did the station really have to keep playing "Kiss This"? She couldn't wait to meet the idiots who wrote this piece of crap, so she could give them something to kiss. Daisy turned the dial, searching for anything else to get rid of this annoying song.
Mom glanced at her, staring at the sign for the Ford International Airport. "I thought you liked boy bands."
"Ha-ha. Funny. After what happened with Trevin Jacobs, I'm so over them. In fact, the only good boy band that ever existed was The Beatles. And they weren't even a true boy band."
"Don't be so cynical. All music has its place, even these modern pop songs," Mom said, imitating Daisy's late grandpa's words. "Are you sure you're going to be okay hanging out with them all summer?"
"Just because I don't like their music doesn't mean I won't have fun. Besides, this is about Dad and me, remember?" She swiped her auburn hair back into a rubber band. God, it was hard lying to her mom, pretending to be cool with the whole "father-daughter bonding" thing.
Soon they pulled into the parking lot, parked the car, and her mom helped her get her suitcase and ticket out.
"Call me if you need me."
"I'll be fine. Stop worrying."
Mom waited with her until she got through security, as if scared she'd change her mind. And after two connecting flights and a stomach filled with butterflies she landed in Atlanta.
Daisy trudged into the main lobby to search for her dad. Instead, all she saw were strangers milling about, chatting on phones, hollering to their loved ones.
Daisy waited. And waited. Then waited some more.
She glanced at the clock. Shit. Did he forget what time she was coming in? Not that it should surprise her; he wasn't exactly Father of the Year. Hell, he barely remembered to call her on her birthday. She expected him to let her down, to not show. But why now? Did he have to start out her summer like this? Panic coursed through her. What if he forgot her altogether and she was stranded in Atlanta by herself?
She bit back the tears that threatened to spill. Okay. She just had to keep it together. No need to have a breakdown. It's not like this was the first time he'd done something like this.
At last, she watched a tall, red-haired man dressed in black — her dad — rushing toward her.
"Daisy! Sorry I'm late, kiddo. Got caught in traffic." He grinned, holding his arms open to her. "Wow, you've really grown up."
"Yeah, I'm not fourteen anymore," she said. Fourteen, the last time he'd seen her. He'd sworn then he would be better about coming around, but Daisy learned early on not to believe the empty promises.
He chuckled, ruffling her hair. "Nope, definitely not fourteen. Come on, let's get out of here."
"So where are we going?"
"Well, for the next couple days we'll be here in Atlanta, then after that Florida ... I'm so excited for you to meet the guys. But we'll have to lay some ground rules."
"Great, can't wait."
"Hopefully this will make up for me missing Christmas with you last year, and ... well, the year before, too."
"Sure, whatever." Daisy shrugged, pretending that it didn't matter. But even she couldn't forget the tears she'd cried when he didn't show up for his visitations with her. The times she'd stood waiting at the door for him to show. Every forgotten birthday and holiday. She swallowed hard, trying not to focus on the bad memories. Last thing she needed to do was start crying. Again.
They made their way out to a black Suburban with tinted windows. Her dad placed her luggage in the backseat, then climbed in. They drove across town and pulled into a back lot.
"You ready to go meet the band?"
"Uh, sure." Daisy's stomach clenched. She was about to come face to face with the guy who'd totally ruined her year. She attempted to count to ten in her head for a distraction. Just because he'd screwed her over didn't mean she wasn't curious to see him in person.
Daisy traipsed after her dad, who led her behind the stadium. There, staring back at her like a teen girl's wet dream, were the tour buses with S2J's shirtless pictures on them — and front and center was the front man, Trevin Jacobs.
His almond-shaped brown eyes looked even bigger and sexier in the large picture. Totally kissable lips. And holy shit, he had some nice abs. Her gaze slid over the yin and yang tattoo on his shoulder. Damn, she'd forgotten how hot he was. Her mouth went dry. Okay, no reason to panic. She could do this. It wasn't like she hadn't spent most nights imagining his demise.
"You'll be living every girl's dream this summer." Her dad's smile widened. "You know they don't normally let girls on their tour buses, so you should feel special that I got permission from Lester Pearl."
Well, obviously he didn't know her fantasy, because it definitely didn't include these jerk-offs. She stood there for long moments, trying to comprehend the travesty that would be her summer. Two whole months stuck with the one guy she loathed more than anyone in the world. But she had to remember that it was her one chance to get even. No backing out now. Not to mention she'd gone along with this idea for a reason. And after all the teasing and humiliation she'd faced at school, she was ready to make him pay.
She'd insert herself on their tour. Wreak havoc. Then leave.
"Don't be nervous; they're regular guys." He grabbed Daisy's arm and half dragged her toward the tour bus.
Her dad knocked on the door, then opened it and tugged her up the stairs behind him. "We're here," he hollered.
Five pairs of eyes glanced at her. Conceit seemed to pour from them like a spilled bottle of name-brand cologne.
Daisy's gaze moved to Trevin. Whoa. He was definitely hotter in person. All six feet of him towered above her. She tilted her head upward. His almond-shaped brown eyes reminded her of freshly brewed coffee. His dark hair was messy as if he'd just gotten out of bed. The T-shirt he wore stretched across his chest, hiding the ripped body she'd seen in the picture on the side of the bus.
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I want to thank Entangled Teen for supplying me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my review or opinion. I have been hooked on this series from the beginning. I love the theme of rock star and ordinary girl meet and romance blossoms. It's what many young girls' dreams are made of. So to watch it play out across the page is not only fun, but fulfills a girlhood fantasy of mine! Daisy has a strained relationship with her dad, who happens to be a bodyguard for the one and only Seconds To Juliet. And, while Daisy has worshipped this band from a far for so long, her heart was also crushed by one of their members. So when Daisy's mother ships her off to hang with her dad for the summer, she has to face those demons. The reader starts out with a lot of sympathy for Daisy and a true understanding of her wanting to take revenge on those who have hurt her. She comes across the page as independent and fierce, and I love that. She's also nowhere near perfect, which I find totally endearing because so many of the girl characters written these day scream perfection (a trait I find it hard to connect with much of the time). Trevin is the oldest member of Seconds to Juliet. He's the one they all look up to. The one who keeps them in line. It's a lot of pressure. And what his manager says goes, as long as he wants to keep his music career (because it's what he wants more than anything else in the world). While the title of the book would have you thinking he was forefront in the group, really he strikes me as more of the glue that holds the band together, and the one that everyone falls back on. You can feel his angst when it comes to making sure the guys in the band live up to the expectations of their fans. I love that Trevin is sweet and endearing. When Trevin and Dasiy are thrown together, things change for Trevin. He feels a pull between her and the band, one that is not easy to balance. Little does he know he inadvertently hurt her before he even knew her. Its fun to watch the romance between these two blossom, but at the same time they are both so weary of the other's motives. You route for them throughout, even with the teen angst they throw from the pages of the book. The romance is sweet and unassuming. I like Purdy's writing. All the books are told in third person, which often has me fighting to connect with the characters. And, in all honestly, I really do think these books would work better if you really had the first person point of view. I don't see a need for the third person as there is nothing we can't learn about the characters through doing dual POV in this way. But the third person works well enough with these books to keep me interested and wanting to continue reading. I can see how it also might make them more consistent, since author's voices can vary so much more in first person (and every book in this series is written by a different author). Overall I truly enjoyed this story. Thought not my favorite of the series, I found it easy to get through and I really was routing for the happily ever after in the end. I like that these books don't disappoint in this respect. Anyone who grew up worshiping a band or band member will understand Daisy and her fascination with Trevin and Seconds to Juliet. Lovers of Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins will find themselves enthralled with the Backstage Pass series!
My Thoughts: This is my third Entangled Crush novel, and let's just say it's not going to be my last. I'm really enjoying the Backstage Pass series and meeting all the guys in the band. After reading Mia and the Bad Boy, I knew I had to get my hands on the rest of this series ASAP. Daisy isn't too happy about tagging along with her dad on the Seconds to Juliet tour. She won a contest before to have Trevin escort her to homecoming, but he stood her up last minute and she's never forgotten. Once she's there, she realizes she has the chance for revenge. Unfortunately for Daisy, Trevin places a bet to get her to fall for him. She doesn't make it easy at first, but then she realizes her revenge could include leading him on. Somewhere along the way, they are discovering the other isn't as bad as they originally thought. Daisy and the Front Man was a super sweet novel! Both Daisy and Trevin were amusing together, and so adorable. Not to mention all the other band mates--I can't stop giggling over all the humor throughout. I can't wait for the next Backstage Pass novel, and to see what else Rebekah L. Purdy has in store. My Rating: Very Good
Daisy and the Front Man is the third book in the Backstage Pass series, a series that follows the five members of the boyband, Seconds to Juliet. I must say, I’ve fallen hard for this series & love that I’ve had the opportunity to read the books pretty much back-to-back. What I love most about this series is that each book is written by a different author, which has allowed me to revisit familiar authors and meet new. Daisy and the Front Man is written by Rebekah L. Purdy and is the first book that I’ve read from her. Daisy wins a contest which allows her to pick a S2J member to attend homecoming with her. It’s no question which band member she will pick, so when the day comes, she’s anxiously awaiting the arrival of Trevin to take her to her high school homecoming dance, but when he doesn’t show, she’s devastated. A year later & still feeling the burn of Trevin standing her up, she finds out she gets to spend the summer with her dad, who happens to be a bodyguard for S2J. Daisy doesn’t think twice about whether or not she will go, but immediately starts thinking of ways to get her revenge. Trevin is a the oldest of the band and at the age of 18, has the responsibility of making sure the other guys behave. When the daughter of one of the body guard joins them on tour for the summer, Trevin is immediately taken back by how she acts around him. He can’t figure out what he did to make this girl so made, but he is determined to change her mind about him. Trevin is a genuinely nice guy. I immediately found myself liking him and how he treated Daisy. However, the premise of the bet he makes with fellow bandmate, Ryder, I wasn’t a fan. It was obvious though (to me) that his actions weren’t based on this bet with Ryder. I felt he truly cared about Daisy and wanted to make her happy. There were times I even forgot a bet was involved unless it was mentioned because it was obvious that Trevin really liked Daisy. Aside from the bet, there were many, many things I loved about this book in the series. This book was funny. Daisy begins to pull pranks on Trevin as part of her revenge, but of course, he only blames Ryder, the prankster of the band. I also loved that Daisy was able to rebuild the relationship with her dad, Beau. She’s always thought that men in her life would leave, especially since she has rarely seen her dad since her parents divorce, and losing her grandfather a year ago. Being able to spend the summer with Trevin who hurt her, but is trying to prove to her he is a good guy, and being able to see her dad in a new light, really helped her to overcome that fear. There is so much I love about this book and the series in general. I truly cannot wait to read the next in the series. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend that you do. Especially if you had/have a thing for boybands. Each book will leave you swooning & wishing S2J were a real band.
I had the pleasure to receive “Daisy and the Front Man” by Rebekah L. Purdy for review. It is the 3rd book of the Backstage Pass series, but I can honestly say that it can be read as a standalone novel without problems. And I believe except for small mentions of the persons that probably have been the main characters of the first to books you will not get to much spoilers. (if you can ignore the fact that the ending must have been a happy one). I choose this book fully knowing that it will be heavy on the “cliché” side and would most probably have a happy ending – but I guess this is no big surprise when you read the Blurb – so it’s no spoiler. The writing is flawless and the story is told fluent. The author brings the reader near to the thoughts and dreams of a teenager. And while it is logical that a lot of stuff seems to be to good to be true – the reader will accept it as it has to be a part of a “feel good” novel. Most of the story did feel really good when you take the age of the characters into consideration. Although there were a few things that I could not relate to, as even in a fictional story all those parts that relate to reality should remain “real”. Example the part with the hair dye… anyone ever trying to dye his/her hair will agree that it is not possible to dye dark (especially thick Asian hair) from black to full blond within the time period of one - short hair – hairwash. Still in total I enjoyed this book and I will probably take a look into the first books as well as the probably following ones, because the authors writing style is really good. And I assume that it is again just me being my natural critical self. So please readers – Enjoy this book as a nice sommer/beach read …
4 stars Daisy and the Front Man was such a fun, sweet and entertaining read. I was drawn in from the first page, couldn't wait to read how these two would ever get together =) Daisy and the Front Man is the third book from the Backstage Pass series, I've enjoyed all the books and I'm looking forward to reading Will's book next in Anya and the Shy Guy
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books 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! I've had a very love/hate type of experience with this book and I'm pretty conflicted on how I feel about it now that I've finished. On one hand it made me laugh, swoon and even tear up a bit. Yet on the other hand, well if I'm being honest, I wasn't feeling it and had moments that I wasn't sure I wanted to go on. I fell head over heels in love with the first two books in this series. But that's the problem when you have multiple authors contributing to a single series. Sometimes it works very well and others it kind of doesn't. Everyone has their own style and so there's that chance of a lack of consistency. So while the first two books were seamless and perfect and they flowed together as if they were coming from the same person, this one was more like a loose annoying thread that you tug and tug on until you realize it's come free and started to unravel and come apart from the rest. I took major issue with two events in the very beginning of this book and it really set this negative tone over the rest of my reading experience that I just couldn't shake. First of all for all people concerned in this story, Trevin Jacobs basically humiliates Daisy in the prologue by standing her up for homecoming. It's very public. We're talking news and everything. And yet as the actual chapters start her mother tells her she's taking off to Italy with her boyfriend for a few months and she was going to be spending the summer with her dad. Which ties into my second issue with the book... Conveniently, Daisy's dad just so happens to be the bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet. Really? First, what mother in their right mind would send their teenage daughter off to tour with a band after one of it's members broke her heart basically for the entire world to see? I just do not buy into that at all. But even more perplexing was the fact that her bodyguard absentee father would not only be okay with it but he actually says the line, "You'll be living every girl's dream this summer." As he's leading her over to the tour buses to meet the guys. *Crickets* It was all just way too convenient. Way too easily fit into place. Girl gets humiliated wants revenge and the opportunity is just handed to her to have access to seeking it. Rough start? Yeah. You could say that. Like I said though it wasn't all bad. There were moments when I was cracking up from all the banter. Not just between Daisy and Trevin but with the rest of the guys too. So it had its moments that had me really pulled in. So what kept me reading? I think what I actually liked most about this book was the fact that we finally get more of Will and Nathan. The two guys who up until now haven't really made appearances in the books. In Daisy and the Front Man though, both Will and Nathan seem to form a real bond with Daisy and so you get to actually see them really interact with not only Daisy but the rest of the guys from S2J as well. Now my thoughts are more like I'm looking forward to Will and Nathan's books as opposed to what I had been thinking which was to refer to them as those other two guys in the band. Sorry Will and Nathan! And when I gave it a chance the relationship between Daisy and Trevin was pretty sweet, when it wasn't frustrating and way too easy and convenient. In the end I'm glad I made it all the way through because it did have it's moments. I think I've just been so excited for Trevin's book because I've really liked him up to this point. So when it started off so rough for me it was hard to shake that disappointing feeling. I wanted so much more for him because he's like the S2J glue and a really great character. This just wasn't that more that I wanted. Hopefully I'll have better luck with the last 2 guys books. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!!
I am really loving the Backstage Pass Series, they do not disappoint. Daisy and the Front Man is the third book in the series where we meet Daisy Morris and Trevin Jacobs, who are reunited by a leap of faith once again. When Daisy Morris finds out that she is going to be spending summer with her dad, she is not too thrilled with the idea especially when her dad was supposed to be working for the Seconds to Juliet band that summer as their bodyguard. But what was supposed to turn into a terrible summer for her, became the perfect setting for her revenge. For what everyone did not know was that Trevin completely humiliated her by standing her up for homecoming and now it was payback time. What she was not expecting was to find herself completely falling for the guy that failed her before. Trevin Jacobs is used to having the attention of a every teenage girl in the world, but when the outspoken Daisy Morris arrives to meet them on tour, he doesn't know what to think of her. He immediately senses the hate radiated from her and he is willing to do anything to change that. When one of his bandmates bets him to make Daisy fall in love with him, he just couldn't say no. He soon finds himself doing a lot of things to get Daisy to like him, never expecting to finding himself in a middle of an understanding between what he did in the past and the girl he unexpectedly has falling in love with. From the characters to the setting, Rebekah L. Purdy did a great job describing the events that tranpired throughout the book. I liked the overall concept that it fit really well with the characters' personalities. Daisy is outspoken and smart, whereas Trevin can seem to be the tough one, but he is a softy in the inside and that makes the story that much more enjoyable to read. After winning the prize of taking any of the band member to homecoming, Daisy picks Trevin, but on the day she gets a signed picture of him apologizing that he cannot make it to the dance. The press was there to cover the story, but they left with a completely new story after filming Daisy be humiliated in front of all of them. Now after all this time, she has promised to do the impossible to humiliate Trevin just like she did to her. We can all guess her reaction when she finally got to see Trevin only have him not recognize her at all. That made things a lot worse for her, and that's when the story takes off. As the two of them start to get closer, the more she wishes she could stop before it is too late, but a twist in the story makes it impossible for her to stop and for Trevin to actually tell her how he really feels. The ending was my favorite part as it brought everything together very well. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and the entire series. If you love boy bands with handsome band member then this is the book for you. :) *ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.*
Great read! The last place Daisy Morris wants to be for her summer break is on a tour bus with S2J! After front man Trevin Jacobs caused her ultimate humiliation in front of her entire school by not showing up as promised for the prom, she have vowed to hate him forever! Trouble is, he's a really nice guy and giving him the cold shoulder gets harder and harder! This was very well written and I really enjoyed the characters. The story moves along at a great pace as well. Overall a very entertaining YA read that I definitely recommend.