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Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Now, while the bad boy character was extremely stereotypical with the harsh facade and soft heart within, I felt that Ryder was formulated and put together so well that it didn’t bother me as much as Mia did. At least Ryder's character was consistent.
As far as Mia's character was read, I loved her at first. I like that she was a hardcore fangirl who was determined to hide it so as not to make herself look like a dork, But, that was where the ability to relate ended. What I didn't really understand about Mia's character was how snarky/sassy she was right off the bat. Her character came off as being sheltered and quiet, but she really wasn't. It took me out of the story for a moment.
The romance was cute, but I felt like it wasn't really developed as well as it could have been. It felt rushed and a bit forced. I also think that ending was kind of copied from the first book in the series. I haven't read the other books and i'm still unsure if I want to, but if these two were anything to go on. The next book will go as follows: boy meets girl, girl makes boy feel normal, public s*** storm, boy blames girl, boy wins her back by public declaration of love that ends with the couple on stage.
Overall, I did like the book despite my problems with specific aspects. The predictability took away a lot of the fun, but the writing was really good. There is promise for Lisa Burstein.
I won't lie, I did skim through some of these pages. I wasn't a huge fan at all of the fake relationship between Ryder and Mia. However, I really felt like the romance was well written when it became real. It just felt like getting to that real relationship took about fifty more pages than it probably should have. All in all, the plot was sort of creative although it danced with being cliche for a good part of the story.
It wasn't my favorite of these books, but I did enjoy it anyway. It felt like it had even heavier drama than the first one, but I did enjoy the character growth of Ryder and his past was particularly heartbreaking. I like how the author dug deeper with him instead of him being this bad boy with no depth at all, he was much more than what he seems to be. Some of the scenes, particularly the one where they go out in disguises to go to a carnival, were seriously memorable and adorable.
I read the first book in the series, Aimee and the Heartthrob, back in March after receiving a copy from NetGalley. What’s so unique about this series is that a different author writes every book. Mia and the Bad Boy is Ryder’s story written by Lisa Burstein, a new author for me.
In the first book I didn’t learn much about Ryder, but his attitude and snarky persona was well established. He was one of those guys in the story that you hate to love, but no matter what he does you can’t help but love him. The secrets about his life were what made him so likable, the broken and battered state of him. In any well-written story, there has to be a reason for why the broken and misunderstood character is the way he is. Ryder didn’t want to let anyone in, so it was easier to live a promiscuous life so that no one found out too much about him. Mia was the first person that broke through his barriers and discovered the real him. Their quick romance spanned deeper than mutual attraction and included a need for something new and adventurous. Ryder expanded Mia’s horizons and showed her that not everything had to be cookie cutter perfect, whereas Mia taught him that structure could be a good thing.
I missed Aimee and Miles in this book. At the end of the first book, she headed back home, and she and Miles decided to continue a long distance relationship. Miles and Ryder had never been close, and while their friendship did gain some stability, I would have loved to of had more of the characters from the first book. However, Ryder’s lonely attitude meant that there weren’t many scenes with any of the guys from the band until the latter half of the book. I’m looking forward to the whole band playing an ample part in the oncoming books, reading as they all fall in love.
Ryder Brooks is impossible to resist, and you won’t be able to put down this boy band romance. Lucky for you, you don’t have to read the book succinctly, so you can cuddle with Ryder whenever your heart desires. I strongly recommend becoming a Seconds to Juliet fan; however, once you’re in there’s no escaping. You’ve been warned.
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