Mia and the Bad Boy

Mia and the Bad Boy

by Lisa Burstein

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This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and lots of swoons. It may convince even the good-est of good girls to go bad.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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ISBN-13: 9781943336180
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Series: Backstage Pass , #2
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Mia and the Bad Boy (Entangled Crush) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Ah! Give me a band and a great love story and you have me sold EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Seriously, I love a good YA love story, and this one had all my favorites! The oh so good looking bad boy who doesn’t want any part of love. The good girl who falls head over heals, and BAM, put ’em together, and you get L-O-V-E. Of course there are issues along the way, and nothing is perfect, they are teenagers, but that is what makes it such a great story. This one is part of a series, and I am excited to go back and read number one in the series, AND, I already have number three loaded up and ready to roll! Super cute, super fun Mia and the Bad Boy was a HIT!
ohitsmandi More than 1 year ago
I really really really liked this book. I think I liked it more than the first in the series. I just loved these characters so much more. Again, this series is just super fun and easy to read which is just what you need sometimes am I right? I really enjoyed seeing more of this world and all these characters. I hope that there continue to be more books in this series!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.) “You are one weird girl,” Ryder said, but in his head he really meant, You are like no girl I have ever met. You are like no girl I ever thought I would meet. This was a cute YA contemporary romance with a bad-boy rock star. I liked both Ryder and Mia, Ryder was a bit of a bad-boy and was adorably rude, whilst Mia was very much a good girl, and not the type to drop everything for a fling. “Her mother would do whatever was necessary to make sure Mia’s future was safe. Unfortunately, alone in a room with Ryder, she had no idea how she would be.” The storyline in this was pretty good, even if it was a little predictable, and I liked the way the romance moved slowly. Ryder and Mia made a really cute couple, and it was so sweet the way they gave things up for love. “You get a question right,” she flirted, “You get a kiss. You get it wrong…” “I still get a kiss?” he replied with a devilish smile. Amusement teased her lips. “Let’s just hope for your sake that you don’t get one wrong.” The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked the happy ending. 7 out of 10
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
The “bad boy” of Seconds to Juliet is Ryder Brooks. He’s a very private person, really loves music but not the type their put together group are being encouraged to write and perform. he wants to gain his GED, earn enough money to go to Berkley to study music and to have opportunities to write and perform his own songs. He also wants to be more independent of their tour manager, Lester - or LJ as he prefers to be known. The first step is to pass his GED but he doesn’t want the other members of the band to know he hasn’t done so yet. Lester arranges for him to have a private tutor to help him - the brilliant sixteen year old daughter of his maid. Mia Reyes is sweet, innocent, brainy and beautiful - definitely not Ryder’s usual ‘type’ but he’s attracter - very attracted. She’s focussed, not phased by his arrogance and attitude. Can she tame the bad boy? This is a great series and I’ve enjoyed reading every book in it so far. They work well, even though written by different authors. They have consistency in the characters, their attitudes, antics and many events. Each novel tells the story of one member of the band finding true love - in this case Ryder and Mia’s story. Additionally this explores the impact of an unstable childhood, being frequently rejected by foster carers and shows how love can hep redeem event the seemingly most belligerent of characters! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Good girl, Mia Reyes is on her way to UCLA to becoming a doctor. Her future has been carefully planned by her overprotective parents. Now, she was definitely in heaven as she has been asked to tutor one of the most sought-after rock stars! Excitement came crashing down when she meets him. He was rude, arrogant and pretty much the epitome of the bad boy his name had been attached to. She needed to do this in secret of course; no one needs to know she’s tutoring him. Especially not her parents who’d pick her up once they’d knew of what she agreed to. Fake kisses, some PDAs and not to mention – room-sharing. This could be harder than she thought. Ryder Brooks is famous. He’s one of the founding members of Seconds to Juliet. All he wanted to do was to write his own music and not something that has been shove into them for singing. But first, he needed to play by the rules which includes being good to his new tutor, Mia. Our bad boy has some past that he didn’t want out in the open. In a life that has been thrust in public, he needed something to hold on to. Something that didn’t require public scrutiny. But having someone too close for comfort had brought a sense of vulnerability he didn’t expect. Mia is different, unlike any other girls he had ever been with. He couldn’t help but open up to her. What happens when his secrets reaches the press? I like Mia, the honest, fan-girl feeling she’s having just proved to be that this girl might be one of the smartest in her class, but still is a girl who listens to popular music and goes gaga over boys. She’s a breath of fresh air, and easily likable. It’s a great romantic, light read that is easy on the heart. I have enjoyed reading it from the moment they meet, their talks, their banters and their sweet moments. With easily lovable characters, throw in some amazing lyrics and music not to mention some scenes to swoon-for, makes this book worth the read. 
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Ryder and Mia's story is simple. Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. Then it gets complicated. There is so much more to both of them then meets the eye. When they get to know one another everything changed. Ryder has a past full of heartache and pain. Now that he is famous he tries to hide all that from his friends and the viewing public. Meeting Mia changes him. He sees more about academics, the world, even girls. Mia is a good girl who does what she is told. Her parents have her life mapped out. She is following the map to her planned future. Tutoring Ryder will help pay for college and medical school. She can pretend to be his girlfriend to get all that. She just cannot tell her parents. In the course of tutoring, they see more about one another than just that they are student and teacher. Ryder learns there are things he can teach her in return. Like playing the guitar. There is so much more to learn, and it is just the beginning. Ryder and Mia are such an amazing couple together. I enjoyed the banter, the learning, the working together to deceive others. They have a secret that bonds them. Will it last if the truth comes out? Does love conquer all? Such a heartwarming story and I loved it!  ***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com and its publisher, for review purposes. My honest opinion is my own and does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
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 not altered my opinion or review. I liked the first book in this series. It was really cute. But this one? This one was really great. I mean bad boy meets good girl? What could go wrong/right there? Just about everything! Mia is a good girl. She has spent her life pleasing her parents. Doing as they say so she can be successful in what her future holds. When her mom signs her on to be tutor to one of the most popular guys in a boy band, she thinks it's just about tutoring. But it becomes so much more. My favorite thing about Mia is how she grows in this book. Even though she's a "good girl" she still sticks up for herself. She's not afraid to tell it as it is from the beginning. But during her time as a tutor to the bad boy of Seconds to Juliet, she learns she more than just her studies and pleasing her parents. She takes chances and lets herself experience things she never thought she would. Ryder has a reputation. One that screams bad boy and no commitment. But he holds a secret: he never graduated high school and yearns to break away from S2J so he can form a solo career by attending a prestigious music college. The only way to do this is to get tutored and earn his GED. Enter Mia, a girl Ryder is sure is more good two shoes than anything else. A girl who challenges him, both in his studies and in life. But Ryder keeps himself guarded, knowing for sure there's no way he could never give his heart over to anyone because it will just get hurt. His years in a foster home and the constant texts from the mother who abandoned him prove that. So what happens when you put the bad boy and good girl together? Sparks fly, of course. A relationship that starts off as her tutoring him slowly grows to more. And neither Mia nor Ryder is really sure what to do with any of it. Mia constantly questions if Ryder could possibly ever want more from her than her brains and Ryder battles with hoping Mia will see him for more than just his boy band image. Burstein has a way of drawing you in and pulling you along on this emotional journey of love and self-discovery. I am not usually a fan of third person writing, but it works well in this book. You really are able to get into the heads of both characters and feel the emotional tug of the string that tethers them. I'm a sucker for a bad boy turned good, and Ryder really fills this role. Outside he has to maintain his image: stoic, rough, incapable of committing to anyone. But deep down, he has so much love in his heart. He's loyal and fierce. Mia, well, I'm not usually someone who loves the good girls. They often irritate me, but not Mia. I loved that she was willing to open herself up for new experiences. Of course any book that revolves around music and how it makes people feel suckers me right in. I grew up with music, as in speakers in my crib when I was an infants and going to concerts at an early age. And not a day goes by when I don't listen to some kind of music, it's like my body craves it. Mix that with me being a child of the 80s, a time when boy bands really started to make their rise, and you've got someone who cannot resist this book. If you're looking for a quirky, intelligent and sassy heroine and a bad boy who just can't resist his goodness, this is the book for you. I ended up enjoying this one even more than the first one. I hope you do, too!
Laurie_ReaderGirls More than 1 year ago
Mia is a good girl, smart, driven, the pride of her hardworking parents. Ryder is an orphan, a songwriter, performer and a teen heartthrob. His life is a lie and Mia's is based on what her parents want for her. When these two meet as tutor and student, sparks fly, a story is concocted and soon true feelings emerge.  Mia and the Bad Boy is a fun, flirty read, definitely great as a summer vacation book. I was reminded of the boys from One Direction while reading about Ryder's treatment of his fellow band mates. Told from both points-of-view, Ryder is immensely likable and Mia is incredibly sweet. There were parts where I would've liked to have seen more between this new couple, forced together by circumstances, while both try to deal with the pressing issue of time. Four weeks is not long enough for two people to really have a true relationship, especially with Ryder's popularity, so I understood the insta-love between them.  Fast paced, some times things moved too fast for me, but I understood the quickness with the idea of a clock ticking away in the background. Ryder and Mia had some very cute scenes from their date to the fair and I even enjoyed their tutoring sessions filled with their flirty bantering. It was great to see Mia connect with the guy under the superstar facade because Ryder turned out to be a really nice guy. I'm also glad Mia embraced her real self, going after what she loved instead of settling for what her mother thought best. Even though this might seem like a book for tweens, because of the implied sexual relationship between the couple, I would recommend this for mature readers. Leave reality at the door and jump on in!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Mia and the Bad Boy was a sweet, fun and entertaining read, I really enjoyed it. Both Ryder and Mia were great characters, I enjoyed seeing them connect.  This was a quick and fun read. I'm really enjoying the Backstage Pass series, looking forward to the next book Daisy and the Front Man.
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
Mia and the Bad Boy was  a perfect summer read.  It was cute, romantic, and so sweet.  It had a dash of the bad boy in it, of course. I liked both of the characters right off.  Ryder gave the reader an interesting view into what some boy band members may experience when they hit fame.  People want a piece of them, want them to write, play and sing only certain types of songs, and expect a particular persona from them.  Ryder accommodates these demands by playing the bad boy of the boy band, even though, at heart, Ryder longs for other things.  I thought the author did a very good job portraying this, and his inner feelings for what he truly wants.  His vulnerability was very endearing to read. Mia was a sweet girl, but I liked that she had a little fire in her.  She's able to stand up to Ryder, despite the fact that she is a bit starstruck at first.  That doesn't last long though.  She can give back as good as she gets, and I liked the interplay between the two characters very much.  I thought the protective parent thing was a little over the top.  I had protective parents when I was a teenager, and yet, it didn't cause me to wear little girl nightgowns to bed.  So this part was a tad too much for me, but I overlooked it and was able to just enjoy the story. I did, however, feel that the ending was a little rushed.  There had been such a big build up to the huge over-parenting issue, and yet I thought the author ignored some opportunities there that might have beefed the story up even more and created some additional conflict. There were other aspects of the ending that made up for this for me, though.  I thought the writing was pretty fast-paced, the romance cute and sweet, and the story had some great moments with some good themes mixed in.  All in all, a cute story that was very entertaining.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
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! 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!!
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The first book in the series, Aimee and the Heartthrob was such a cute romantic story that when I found out that there was going to be a second book in the series, I couldn't pass down the opportunity to read it. The characters are different just so that everyone knows, but they are linked since they are part of a band, so we do get to see the previous characters in the this book as well. This book had me laughing, and swooning over the main characters, it was just a very enjoyable read.  In this book, it follows another member of the Seconds to Juliet band, Ryder Brooks. He is the ultimate bad boy and an essential member of the band, yet what everyone doesn't know is that he really wants to do something more than just be a heartthrob to millions of girls around the world. He wants to go to college and write his very own music. But to do that he needs to pass an exam, so he enlists the help of Mia Reyes, his new tutor.  Mia Reyes never dreamed of tutoring one of her favorite members of her favorite band, but when Ryder's manager asked Mia to tutor Ryder in return for a generous offer. Mia had no choice but to leave her family and go on tour with the band, but nothing could have prepared her when she finally got to meet Ryder Brooks, never in a million years she would have thought that he was going to be a total jerk to her. Now to make things worse, he has decided to have Mia as his fake girlfriend so that no one knows that he's being tutored, not even the other members of the bad. But the soon fake kisses in front of reporters, and the alone time that have to together start to turn into something neither of them expected.  There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this book, it sets the pace right away, and as readers we get to see Mia and Ryder connect as the two spend more time together. Mia has a sweet personality, yet she knows how to handle herself when she is caught up in all sorts of situations. One of her biggest dreams is to sing, but her parents have always told her that singing was not going to be a good career for her. Now that she is with the band, and Ryder, she soon starts to discover what she truly wants for herself. Whereas Ryder, he is a charming playboy who knows what he wants to achieve with his career and how to get there. When the two connect, they understand each other and their fears that makes the book relatable to read. I personally liked their scenes when they're not with the band, they are just so romantic! Overall, the story was well-written, and thought out. The ending was my favorite part overall, it truly brings everything together. I highly recommend it. :) *ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.*
ItsPortiasBooks More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Entangled via Netgalley. This is the second book in the Backstage pass series. The first one followed Aimee and Miles from the boy band Seconds to Juliet, and this one follows the BAD BOY, Ryder, and Mia.  I definitely liked this one better!  Ryder is so funny. I found myself laughing out loud at a lot of his comments - mostly the one directed at  Miles! The jokes are so terrible and hilarious! Maybe I am easily amused, but I also pick up on all his references, even though many dont make sense, so if you dont get them then it wont be funny. He was cracking me up!  Also, maybe I am still a sucker for a bad boy, because they are usually hiding good  hearts (in these types of stories anyway). I really loved who Ryder became with Mia. Mia was actually pretty funny too, and so smart.  Now of course, these stories are unrealistic. But I am enjoying them for what they are. The romance an humor in them has put a smile on my face through 2 books now, even though they aren't something I would normally pick up.  What I do believe, though, is that these are a jump away from being a new adult novel! If the people in these were all 18, it could be. There is a surprising amount of really great make-out scenes, and other obvious things happen without going into detail, which keeps it YA level. The sexual tension and steamy kissing scenes are pretty fun. I would love to see this books series with them as 18 or older. I think this was a great addition to the Backstage Pass series, and it is definitely a fun YA contemporary novel! 
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
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.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: It's been a long time since I've read a YA (at least, one that wasn't about to come out on the big screen). When I saw this one and learned about Entangled's new YA line, Crush, I was intrigued. It almost has a feel of NA in it--the main characters are under 18, but the theme is a little more mature. So, I was sold...and I devoured the story! Mia gets the opportunity to tutor Ryder in his studies while he tours. Unfortunately, Ryder doesn't want anyone to know he has a tutor, so he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend. She's less than psyched about this prospect, but goes along with it. It isn't as difficult as they thought it would be--just pretend to be together around the band, then spend their alone time studying. As they spend more and more time alone, they get to talking and get to know each other. Pretty soon, they realize there's more to their relationship than just tutoring. But Mia isn't sure if Ryder is the kind of guy willing to settle down with one girl. Mia and the Bad Boy is what the young adult genre should be made of! A story full of heart and humor with the right mixture of romance throughout. I loved the friendship that blossoms between Mia and Ryder, and seeing it develop into more. I will absolutely be reading more from the Crush line, and more of Lisa Burstein! My Rating: Very Good
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ryder is the “bad-boy” from a very popular boy band. He was a foster kid when he was younger and never completed high school. No one knows about this fact except for the band’s manager who set up a tutor for Ryder to prepare him to get his GED. Ryder is expecting some old lady to show up, but instead is surprised by someone his age. These two couldn’t be more opposite though. While Ryder is a bad-boy, Mia is the epitome of a good girl. Aside from walking around with a rosary in her hands, she’s as goody-goody as it gets. She wears conservative clothes, floor length nightgowns, doesn’t swear, doesn’t drink, and has never kissed a boy. Watching these two interact with each other was both entertaining and predictable. I grew up in the Backstreet Boys era. I was definitely a fan girl who wanted to go to all their concerts, meet them, date them (even though they were twice my age. Ew!), I had all their posters on my wall, and watched all their TV appearances. So, I could imagine what was going through Mia’s head when she got this amazing opportunity to tutor one of the guys from her favorite boy bad. She got the amazing gig because her mother is their manager’s house keeper. Although, Ryder doesn’t know that. He just knows that her mother knows their manager somehow. These two butt heads right from the get-go because he is nothing like Mia thought. He’s crude, mean, doesn’t care about anyone but himself, and most of all he knows how to push her buttons. Mia’s character had a lot of flaws. She starts off this goody-two-shoes but her character gets a bit wishy-washy as the story progresses. I mean, she went from being this girl who wore floor length nightgowns to someone who’s thinking about doing things with a guy she barely knows. The story takes place in one month. How can you be such a conservative person but throw it all in the wind a week after a week someone? I don’t know, I just think the author started her off too good. It’s a long way to fall, being as high up on her pedestal as she was. Mia and the Bad Boy is a very enjoyable read that would have any boy-band fan, both old and new, reliving their teen years. You got to go behind the scenes of their tour, run from screaming fans, rehearse for upcoming shows, and most importantly, you got a glimpse of how lonely it can all be. I may have jumped in on this story without reading the previous book but I really enjoyed it and look forward to upcoming books. There’s one really quiet band-mate who says all of maybe six words in this book. I really want to read his story and know why he’s so darn quiet!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
YA storyline for the young at heart: MIA AND THE BAD BOY is the second installment in Entangled Teen Crush’s contemporary, young adult Backstage Pass romance series focusing on the boy band Seconds to Juliet. Each installment will be written by a different author focusing on a different member of the band. This is seventeen year old bad boy rocker Ryder Brooks and sixteen year old Mia Reyes’s storyline. Told from third person perspective MIA AND THE BAD BOY follows shy, quiet, nerd girl Mia as she is hired to tutor Ryder Brooks for his high school GED. Ryder has kept secret his failure to complete high school ( among other things) and in this Mia is hired by the band’s manager to help prepare Ryder for his final test. Without alerting the media or the other members of the band, Ryder suggests Mia pose as his girlfriend in the hopes of fending off the nosy paparazzi who make it their business to uncover everything about the band. What ensues is a quick build up of friends to lovers between a bad boy, and a good girl who is afraid to do anything wrong. But Ryder hides another an even bigger secret and when the truth is revealed, Ryder accuses Mia of betrayal and breaking his heart. The relationship between Mia and Ryder begins as employer and employee. Ryder is desperate to complete his GED in the hopes of attending a prestigious music college and Mia is the last in a long line of tutors who must get past Ryder’s bad boy ways. When our couple must make public their relationship, what was once pretend becomes something more; something real. Because MIA AND THE BAD BOY is a young adult storyline, the lone $ex scene is implied and fades to black. The secondary and supporting characters include all of the members of SECONDS TO JULIET as well as the band’s smarmy manager LJ Pearl. There is a mention, in the story, as it alludes to the real-life boy band NSYNC and in this, the series reflects some of the issues encountered by JT and the boys with their own success and controlling business manager. From a ‘making of the band’ type scenario to worldwide success, the comparisons are many including the name of the band’s manager which is too close to NSYNC’s original manager Lou Pearlman. There is a slight One Direction feel to the boy band make up as well. MIA AND THE BAD BOY is a quick and easy read without the usual drama of the YA triangle –thank goodness. The characters are engaging and animated; the storyline interesting and predictable but familiar. There is little to no foul language; and no suggestive or graphic imagery. If you are a fan of the YA storyline, you may enjoy MIA AND THE BAD BOY and the Backstage Pass series, but saying that, the storyline is geared to a younger reader, perhaps teen girls who thrive on the boy band phenomenon.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this!! One bad boy pop star and one good girl academic, never has attraction between two characters seemed so unlikely or perfect at the same time! The author's fantastic writing, however, really lets us get to know these two and when we do they seem more the same than they initially appear. This is a fantastic book that shows us once again that people are usually more than the face they put on for the world to see. I definitely recommend this one.