Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway!

Mia and the Bad Boy

Author: Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: 19 May 2015

According to Goodreads:

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—├╝ber-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.

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My Opinion:

I received an e-ARC through NetGalley through YA Bound Book Tours, but in no way does that influence my opinion. 

Reading Mia and the Bad Boy was a fresh breath of air for me. It has been forever since I read a contemporary romance that involved a bad boy and good girl. I love watching the good girl slowly but surely realize there's more to life than following every single rule and restriction in the non-existent rule book. 

S2J, the boy band in the novel, reminded me so much of One Direction. I loved how Lisa Burstein portrayed each member of the band. In fact, I wish she would have gone deeper into each of them so the reader could have gotten to know them more. However, the whole novel basically surrounds around Ryder and Mia. 

I felt like some parts were hard to believe. For example, Mia has to share a couch bed with Ryder at one of their concert stops. She doesn't try to find Lester, the band's manager and Mia's boss, and she doesn't put up a huge fight. I get the guy is hot and all, but he's still a stranger to her at this point. If I were in her spot I probably would have made a larger deal about it than just contemplating on how she needs to be this good girl but she'll go ahead and sleep there with him. 

Overall, I found the romance was sweet and cute. I would definitely say this is a fast read with plenty of drama as Ryder figures out how to open his heart to someone leading him to be vulnerable. I would recommend Mia and the Bad Boy to all of you who are out there looking for a light contemporary read. 

About the Author:

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 and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of a view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous. 

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  1. I do enjoy fun contemporary reads to break up all the seriousness of dystopia and fantasy once in awhile and the romance in this one sounds pretty nice.

    1. Same! Personally, I'll get in a rut with my reading options. I'll just keep picking books from the same genre, so it's actually fun and exciting to pick up a book that is the complete opposite of what I have been reading.