Published by Entangled Select on May 12th 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Mia Reyes has always followed the rules and has always been the good girl her mother told her to be. Ryder Brooks is the exact opposite of well behaved—he parties too much, he’s a womanizer, and has rightfully earned the title “The Bad Boy” in the band. When he fails the GED test—again—and loses another tutor, Mia is his manager’s next victim. If Mia successfully helps Ryder get his GED, he’ll pay her enough money to pay for her entire college education. Only Ryder doesn’t want anyone to know that he doesn’t have his high school diploma or has failed to get his GED, so Mia has to agree to pretend to be his girlfriend for one month. Mia is in fangirl heaven and soon starts falling for this bad boy, and, better yet, he’s falling for her, too.
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.