(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Backstage Pass #1
Published by Entangled Teen on April 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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…
If someone had told Aimee Bingham two years ago that she would be spending one whole month on the road with Miles Carlisle, she would have been over-the-top happy. Now, after being crushed by the famous pop star, she begs for another alternative.
The girl Miles sees is not the girl he’s known for five years, and he wants nothing more than to get to know her. Aimee tries to keep her old crush hidden in the corners of her mind, but Miles won’t stay away. Can she trust this Hollywood Heartthrob or will he leave her to pick up the broken pieces?
I could not get enough of this book. The characters, the transient setting, and the budding romance entranced me from the first page. I received a copy of Aimee and the Heartthrob from NetGalley and started reading it not long after I had downloaded it, barely able to put it down. I thought it might be cheesy at first, and even though it did have its moments, felt like those moments added to the young romance. London captures the true essence of young, unsure love, with a dash of drama to keep things interesting. This is the first novel I’ve read by Ophelia London and will definitely check out her other books – this one has raised the bar!
It was told in 3rd person and switched from Aimee’s point of view to Miles’s. Knowing how each of them saw the other added to the intrigue and suspense of the story. I felt the writing was effortless and light, and both of the main characters each had a unique voice. Aimee, especially, had a connectable quality about her, since she had been the ultimate fangirl when it came to Miles Carlisle. Who can’t attest to having an extreme love for some type of artist? Though, hers may have been extreme at some points, which made it funny and light-hearted. Her worst fears and old desires resurfaced when she got to spend time with the object of her 12-year-old self’s adoration, and it was exciting to read as it all unfolded. No longer the devoted fan, she got to spend time with him as Aimee instead of the future Mrs. Carlisle. Finally, she saw the real Miles instead of just the surface.
There is no way I couldn’t fall in love with Miles. His character did have his faults, but his ability to overcome it all made him even more likeable, if that’s even possible – British accent, charming wit, and inferior ninja skills were difficult to beat. The beginning of the book had a cautionary remark from the publisher stating, “…Its swoonworthy hero may ruin all others for you” and Miles fit perfectly into that category.
Aimee and the Heartthrob is any fangirl’s wildest wish. There was a perfect balance of love and hate, trust and doubt to keep me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Backstage Pass series and continue to tour with Seconds to Juliet.