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Mia and the Bad Boy: These Butterflies are Dangerous

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Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2)

Goodreads Rating: 3.67 Stars
220 Pages
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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aimee and the Heartthrob: Someone Catch Me, I’m Swooning

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Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1)

Goodreads Rating: 3.69 Stars
223 Pages
Entangled: Crush Publishing
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He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister – and off-limits – but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails, the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback. But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…

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Quick Reasons: adorable, heart-fluttery romance; ALL THE FEELS EVER; complex, well-written characters; lots of wit and snark and yummy feel-goods; star-crossed lovers, of a sort; great brother/sister relationship; the piano song (both versions!) is literally everything; cute, quirky, quick read; my heart melted

I know, I know…I totally broke my “ARCs only” theme for this month, but give me a break! I made it most of the way through, and caught up pretty quickly. C’mon, guys—I was desperate for something cutesy and butterflies-in-the-stomach inducing. Can you forgive me?!

 

And, ohmah penguins, this book was absolutely adorable! I wasn’t sure, when I picked up this entire series just this morning on Kindle (yeah, yeah, book buying ban?! what even is that?!), that I’d actually like the series. It seems, looking at the goodreads ratings, that people didn’t really LOVE these books. But guuuuuuys…. I! LOVED! THIS! BOOK!

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Like, okay. The characters? Super adorable. I love how snarky, cool, and collected Aimee is. I love how down-to-earth and romantic Miles is. I love?! how much I absolutely loved these characters—particularly their interactions. Their relationship is complicated, and messy, and frustrating from the very beginning. I had a ton of fun watching them go through the stages of “getting to know you again” and finally, blissfully, admitting that perhaps there’s something more there than just a surface-level attraction. Of course, this book is NOT without it’s fair share of drama or angst—hello? They’re teenagers, in love for the first time. There’s going to be drama. Mistakes are going to be made.

 

While the plot doesn’t range high on the “fast-paced” or “action-packed” meter (I mean duh, it’s a romance book, what do you expect?) the read was quick and easy to fall into. My heart literally melted a good half-dozen times, if not more. I absolutely adored certain scenes—particularly those of the forbidden kisses snuck in secluded corners variety. This book took me back to that high school romance feeling—the one you’d give literally anything for. The one that surpassed everything, that took your world over, that made you do things you never thought you could. The nostalgia for me was high during this read, and I loved every minute.

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Overall, this was a cute, snarky read, and I am SO glad I decided to pick it up. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in this series—and probably will be doing so immediately. I recommend to lovers of contemporary romance, “falling for the boy in the band” novels, and forbidden loves. I mean, not to mention, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have butterflies through most of the read. This romance? Swoon-inducing.