Goodreads Rating: 3.67 Stars
Entangled: Crush Publishing
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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.
Quick Reasons: good girl meets bad boy…and they find a wonderful happy medium; super adorable, swoon-worthy romance; awesome dual personal-growth stories; they help each other find themselves, and I love it; more butterfly-inducing feels; complex, well-written characters
Gah. GAAAAAAAH. I’m devouring these, but the feels, man! The feeeeeeeeels! My heart feels a little bit floppy right now, I’m pretty sure the butterflies exploded it…and I can’t say I’d want it any other way.
This is the second book in the Backstage Pass series, all written by different authors (which is just, let me tell you, AWESOME! I mean, I don’t mind series written by the same author at all…but to have a series written by multiple authors? That’s taking collaborations to a whole new level!)
Once again, this book mostly focuses on our main duo—Mia, the good girl tutor…and Ryder, the “bad boy” of a popular boy band. And these two? Are absolutely adorable. They both learn so much from one another, they both grow exponentially from start to finish…I mean, you can practically SEE the transformations taking place as you read, and it’s amazingly beautiful. But while they are the main two, we do still get to see the rest of the crew pop up. New relationships are forged, mutual respect is found by all… I just really, really adore that while this series picks two characters for each book to really focus on, it doesn’t forget that the other characters also exist. So far, each author has gone out of their way to include the various quirks and bonds formed in such confined, tight quarters.
Again, the plot is steady—but the read is so, SO quick. I found myself at the 60% mark wondering where the time went, where my heart was headed, where I could find MORE (of course, I still have three books in the series to get through, so I’m set on that front). There is, as always with contemporary romances, angst and drama. There is a lot of self-doubt, a lot of confused emotions, a LOT of nostalgia (for me, at least). But penguins, these books are a ton of fun—and while the characters are, obviously, nowhere close to perfect…they ALWAYS redeem themselves in the end.
There are some more mature, themes running throughout—mostly dealing with premarital sex, underage drinking, and band manager manipulations. No, seriously, the more I learn about LJ, the more I want to bash his face in—he’s such an awful, gross character, I feel SO BAD for these boys working under him. BUT—all these subjects are handled with sensitivity, and each character’s backstory is beautifully integrated into the story and plot.
I am really, really enjoying this series, and have a feeling I might polish the rest of these books off before I pick up anything else—I’m just really in the mood for contemporary romances, I guess. The butterflies in my stomach demand it. I definitely recommend to lovers of love, all things gushy, and angsty dramatic relationships. Also, loving stories about band members doesn’t hurt either.