Hello again, readers! This is our second release day blitz stop for today and we’re featuring the second book in the Entangled Crush Backstage Pass Series, Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein. We’re sharing some details about the book, as well as an excerpt from Mia and the Bad Boy. We’re also sharing our review and rating of Mia and the Bad Boy, and a link to a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 gift card to Ticketmaster (US Only)!
Publisher: Entangled Crush, Entangled Publishing
Genre: Teen/YA, YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Page Count: 225 pages
Series: Backstage Pass (Book #1)
Heat Level: Sweet & Mild
Release Date: 5/19/2015
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.
Warning: This book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and lots of swoons. It may convince even the good-est of good girls to go bad.
Read on for an excerpt from Mia and the Bad Boy and also read our review and rating of the book. And don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Ticketmaster gift card (US Only)
From Mia and the Bad Boy:
“Great show,” she said, needing to say something. She clasped her hands in her lap.
“The fans seemed to like it,” Ryder said, standing just beyond the doorway. “You didn’t have to wait up for me.”
“I kind of did,” Mia said, indicating the couch. If she set up the bed, that meant she was okay with this arrangement, and while her body definitely was, it was hard to get her mind to catch up.
Never mind catching up. Before Mia could even take another breath, Ryder was peeling off his shirt like Mia wasn’t even there, or maybe he’d done that because she was.
“Sorry, I can’t wait to get out of my clothes as soon as the show is over.”
They both looked at his belt buckle.
Ryder laughed. “I’ll change in the bathroom per your rule,” he said.
She understood with more and more certainty that she was going to share a bed with Ryder Brooks.
Would he try to kiss her? Would he try more? Would she be able to deal with it if he did? What if he didn’t? The questions swirled around Mia’s brain like fireflies.
“We don’t have to go to sleep right away,” Ryder said, maybe sensing her fear.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to sleep at all,” she admitted.
“You don’t have to be scared,” Ryder said, the muscles in his arms bulging as he pushed his hair back. She stared at the tribal tattoo wrapped around one bicep, black as the darkest reaches of outer space.
Mia’s mouth started to water and she realized she wasn’t only scared, she was hungry. She wanted to touch Ryder’s tattoo, taste the water and sweat on his skin. Regrettably, the hunger scared her, too. Mia spit-laughed to cover it up. “You think I’m scared of you? No way.”
“Then I guess I’ll change my pants right here,” Ryder replied, clearly calling her bluff. He moved his fingers to his belt buckle, and her heart seemed to fly up and beat from behind her eyes. He was taking her right to the edge.
Mia looked down. She needed to tell him the truth. “Considering what I admitted last night, it shouldn’t surprise you that I’ve never shared a bed with a boy before. I know this is an every-night thing for you, but it’s not for me.”
Ryder’s mouth widened into a grin that made Mia crave this being an every-night thing for her.
“Haven’t you ever done something your mother wouldn’t approve of?” he asked, stepping closer to her.
“Sure,” she said, not understanding how talking about her mother was supposed to make her feel any calmer about sharing a bed with Ryder.
“So tell me, then.” He stood over her, his stomach at eye level.
She was staring at Ryder Brooks’s belly button, his chiseled abs. How had she not died yet?
Mia searched her brain. Was it really that her mom would freak out if she knew she was sharing a bed with Ryder, or if she knew Mia’s feelings for him would probably only increase once she did?
“Maybe I should guess,” Ryder said, the muscles of his stomach moving up and down as he spoke. “You rode a mechanical bull once, or tied a cherry stem with your tongue.”
Mia knew he was being a smart-ass, but she could be a smart-ass, too.
She looked up at him, shirtless, beautiful, wet Ryder Brooks, and said something that no girl in her right mind would ever say. “And then what? Will you reciprocate by telling me about this one time at band camp?”
Ryder burst out laughing. “I got kicked out of band camp.” He headed toward the bathroom. “Don’t worry,” he said, peeking out from behind the door before he closed it. “I’ll put a shirt on.”
A thought her mother definitely wouldn’t approve of clouded her vision, but she couldn’t bring herself to say the words out loud. I don’t want you to.
Whew! That’s one fantastic excerpt, isn’t it?
If you liked that brief glimpse at Mia and Ryder from Lisa Burstein’s latest release, Mia and the Bad Boy, you’ll find my review and rating of the book below, as well as links on where to find and buy the book for yourself.
*Arc provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
I am so in love with this series, and I’m seriously in love with Ryder Brooks. There’s just something about a bad boy, especially when he isn’t nearly as bad as he pretends to be. He doesn’t want to care about people, about Mia, but it’s very obvious that he does. He cares what people think. What Mia and the guys think. Their opinions matter to him, even if he pretends they don’t, which is what makes Ryder so endearing to me. He’s a bad boy with a poet’s heart that he does his best to hide.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fake/pretend relationship aspect. Ryder needs to get his G.E.D. to save face in front of the rest of the band, and the world, because he lied and led everyone to believe he has his high school diploma, and he doesn’t. Instead, he has plans to take his G.E.D. in a month and he got the band’s tour manager to find him a tutor. Who he finds is smart, straight-laced, far too interesting and tempting, Mia.
Mia is a somewhat sheltered girl, a secret Seconds to Juliet fangirl, who had a little bit of a crush on Ryder, before she met him and found out what a jerk he is. Still, she agrees to be his pretend girlfriend so he can save face in front of the rest of the guys, but she wasn’t expecting to find depth beneath his bad boy exterior, depth she actually begins to like.
If you are a boy band fangirl at heart, do yourself a favor and buy this book. It’s so good. So fun and heartfelt. And so very well-written. I couldn’t put it down!
Check out my review of the first book in this series, Aimee & the Heartthrob, here
Tour-Wide Giveaway: $25 Ticketmaster Gift Card (US Only)
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She also writes as Candy Sloane from Sneaking Candy. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy and The Possibility of Us. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
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