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Mia and the Bad Boy

Posted on May 23, 2015 by in review |

Mia and the Bad Boy Book Cover Mia and the Bad Boy
Backstage Pass #2
Lisa Burstein
Entangled Publishing, LLC
19th May 2015
Kindle Edition

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.

What I Thought


Ryder is the bad boy of the band, Seconds to Juliet. Ryder wants more than to be in a boy band though. He wants to go to college, he wants a solo career, but he didn’t complete high school. Ryder needs a tutor to help him get his GED so he can go to college and persue his dreams.

Mia jumps at the opportunity to tutor her famous crush, Ryder. When Mia arrives to meet the band on tour, Ryder’s jerk personality soon dashes any hopes and expectations she had of this being a fun experience for her.

Ryder has a reputation to protect, an image he needs to keep up,  so he wants to keep certain things from his childhood a secret. He doesn’t want his fans, his fellow band members even, to know he never graduated high school and is working to get his GED. The only way to explain Mia’s prescence to everyone is to pretend they are in a relationship. Little did they know though, how hard it would be. Sticking to the same stories. Not getting caught out. Making it look like they are in love.

During the pretence, Mia starts to see the deeper side and the softer side to Ryder. The sides he hides away from everyone. Ryder enjoys that Mia challenges him, that she’s not just a fangirl. She seems to like him for him. From their fake relationship, feelings start to develop and its no longer hard to act like they are in a relationship.

Will Ryder be able to keep his secrets hidden? Will Mia’s parents allow a relationship between the two, to blossom? Or are their lives just too different?

Mia and the Bad Boy was a quick and easy read. I was excited to start reading about a bad boy in a bad. Unfortunately it didn’t completely capture me. I felt this book was in a bit of a genre limbo. At the very top of the Young Adult scale and the bottom of the New Adult scale.

The romance between Ryder and Mia was cute. I feel it could have been a little more developed though. Maybe a slower build up to how intense their relationship became.

Mia and the Bad Boy was well written, I did enjoy Lisa’s writing style. I liked how Mia would reference feelings and body parts to science jargon, due to her parents drumming a medical career into her. I also liked Ryder’s banter with Miles, trying to annoy him with English related insults.

I did enjoy the ending, it was super sweet!

Overall, Mia and the Bad Boy is a good story. I just happen to prefer more rock ‘n’ roll than boy band, and like a bit more bad in my bad boys.


Sweet Score


3 sweets

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