Description from Goodreads:
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…
Miss Riki’s Review:
First off, I have to say that I already loved Lisa Burstein from her other work. (If you haven’t read SNEAKING CANDY and THE REALITY O- both adult romance- get on it. They’re great!) So, when I found out that she was writing one of the Backstage Pass books, a YA!- I was thrilled. I read the first book in the series, AIMEE AND THE THEARTTHROB by Ophelia London and fell in love with Miles, so I was super excited to get to know Ryder, better known as the bad boy of Seconds to Juliet.
And boy, was I in for a treat. Ryder Brooks is all sorts of swoonworthy. He might be surly and a little on the moody at times on the outside, but it’s covering up a world of hurt and I fell for that hook, line, and sinker. I absolutely love the idea of a good girl falling in love with a bad boy, and Mia was the perfect heroine for him. I absolutely loved the way they meet for the first time, and how they get off on the wrong foot right away. It made all the opening up Ryder does later on so worthwhile. He becomes someone different- calmer, more collected- when Mia is around.
Don’t get me wrong- Mia is no pushover. She may very well be a good girl, but she’s headstrong and hardworking and expects nothing but the same from Ryder. Even as they fall for one another, she is there- pushing him to pass his GED. But, study can be fun, and some of the best moments of the book are when Ryder and Mia flirt through studying. It’s so freaking cute.
The beauty of this book is seeing two very different people, from such different backgrounds, find common ground and ultimately fall in love. There are so many wonderful moments in the book, some that made me laugh, and so many more that made me swoon. It is YA at its best- all sorts of firsts.
I highly recommend this book, and if the first two books are any indication, I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!