Daisy and the Front Man (Rebekah L. Purdy)

Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned…

When Daisy Morris finds out she’s spending the summer with her dad, bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet — the hottest boy band around — she knows it couldn’t be more perfect. But not because she’s a fan. Oh, no. Because ever since front man Trevin Jacobs completely humiliated her by standing her up for homecoming, Daisy is out for a little revenge. Yup, Trevin Jacobs is goin’ down…

When one of his bandmates bets Trevin he can’t make Daisy — the gorgeous but surprisingly ice-cold daughter of their bodyguard — fall in love with him, it’s a bet he can’t resist. Sure, Daisy won’t give him the time of day for reasons he can’t understand, and her dad’s hell-bent against his little girl spending time with a superstar. But the terms are set, and Trevin is determined to make Daisy fall…hard.

But every front man should know never to trust a girl with a pretty face…


I was supposed to read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, but she ended up finishing before I made a dent on it, eheh. Either way, go HERE to read her take on this book.

I will start by saying that this book was way better than Mia and the Bad Boy, and probably even better than Aimee and the Heartthrob, but I couldn’t give it 3 stars (like I gave Aimee), because it still couldn’t quite grab my attention, and I ended up skimming a huge portion of the chapters.

Let me tell you what I felt was better than the previous books, ok?

  • The writing was slightly better, though it was still in the same “formula” as the other ones, and so, not my favorite thing.
  • The relationship between the guys was finally good! I felt like they were truly friends and family, and all the boys had much more impact on this book than on the previous 2.
  • Trevin was definitly a better male MC. He was a good guy and it showed.
  • The romance was super super cute.

Now, I did give it 2.5 stars, so a lot of things still didn’t quite work for me…

  • The characters. While Trevin was a better character than the previous 2 guys, there was still shitty things there, like the fact that he even accepted the kind of bet he did with Ryder. It was just so wrong on so many levels, especially given that Daisy was the daughter of someone they liked, admired and respected.
  • Daisy… I don’t even know what to say about her. She was so childish sometimes, and the sort of stuff she pulled was deplorable. Look, I understand trust issues, I do, but her grandfather died… he didn’t “leave” her on his own free will…
  • I hated her whole “revenge” plot, because it honestly made no sense to me. She understood she was dealing with someone super busy and famous, and she still felt like he HAD to remember her. I don’t know… no logic.
  • While the romance was cute, it also developed super fast, as usual. Well… at least they both acted like the teens they were supposed to be.
  • While I did like that Trevin’s family life was talked about a bit, I felt like there should have been a little more about it. His Korean roots were strong, and I felt like it could have been a little bit more explored than just with food, you know?
  • The whole plot was a huge NO NO for me, unfortunately.

Overall, I did enjoy this one a bit, but not enough to make me want to read the final 2 books of this series. I’m sorry to say that I’m giving up on the Backstage Pass series, because it’s just not working for me. The characters should have been made a little bit older, and the plots less childish. It’s a huge contradiction to have the characters as they are described and hyper sexualized, and then have such plots. It’s just not for me.

So, guys, have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it?

Mia and the Bad Boy (Lisa Burstein)

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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.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go HERE to read her take on this book.

I’ll be honest here, we weren’t exactly excited to read this book, because neither me or Cátia liked Aimee and the Heartthrob, but we have the whole series, and we just wanted to advance a bit, so we went for it. Oh boy… yeah… NO. At this point I’m thinking that I just kind of want to give up on the whole thing, even though it’s an ARC and I should really read the whole 5 books, right?!

Either way, we read it. We didn’t like it.

The plot is simple enough and it could have worked if done differently. Ryder needs a tutor, his manager provides him with Mia, but he doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s failing high school, so they pretend to be in a relationship. The fake turns to real, until everything falls apart. Simple, right? I’ve read a lot of fake relationships stories, and even a few about boy bands and rock bands, and this story was definitly the most unbelievable of them all. In some ways it kind of reminded me of Online Girl, and I really didn’t like that book at all.

The writing felt very much like the first book – OK, but nothing special – and if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that it was by the same author. But again, my issue was how young this book felt! The two main characters are supposed to be 17 and 16 years old, but their thoughts and actions were younger, while trying to look older.

I didn’t like Ryder. I understood that he had a sort of tragic past, but that didn’t excuse his douchiness. And while he does have his good moments, it bothers me a lot the way he talks about the guys of the band, even when he’s “better”, he’s still never nice or just okay to them.

Then we have Mia, and the nicest thing I have to say about Mia is the fact that I really like that the author included diversity and Mia is also from Mexican descent. Mia has spent all her life doing what her parents wanted, and I was kind of glad she had some spunk when dealing with Ryder, but even that was a bit inconsistent. But I didn’t exactly hate her or anything, she was just very “meh”, but then after a few decisions made by HER she has a huge regression, and it didn’t make any sense to me.

To be honest, a lot of things didn’t make sense to me. Ryder is worried about people finding out he failed high school… ok… he had been on tour for a while, he was in the band for almost 2 years… where did he go to school? He should have a private tutor to begin with, right? Also, there’s a 16 yo guy in that band, I’m assuming he has classes in some form too… RIGHT?

Then Mia… this is a girl who wasn’t allowed to own a cellphone at the age of 16 because she had ultra protective parents, and yet they send her to tutor a member of a boyband, while on tour, without any supervision or strong plans made? I don’t buy it.

Book 1 was already way too sexualized for what the characters were, but this one was even more, and idk, it just wasn’t believable.

That’s my main issue with this series so far, I don’t buy anything in these books, and that is not good. I mean, sometimes these YA romances are a bit out there, but there’s usually at least one element that you say: “yeah, i see it”, right? I don’t see it here. These relationships would have been cute and fine if they were written outside this context. But the boyband scenario behind everything is just not well done.

Another thing that I really hate is the fact that these 5 boys don’t even seem to like each other. They have been together for almost 2 years, and they barely know each other. Hmmm, no, I don’t like that. I would like it a whole lot better if I actually saw any affection or friendship between them. I hope this is something I feel in book 3. I really really hope I do, because otherwise, I’m about ready to give up on this series, and that’s not something that pleases me.

Aimee and the Heartthrob (Ophelia London)

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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…


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go check out her blog in the next few days to read her review of this book.

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a little while now, so when the whole series showed up on Netgalley, I requested it, obviously, and so me and Cátia started our way through the Backstage Pass series with the first book, Aimee and the Heartthrob.

I don’t really know how to describe this book with any other word than “meh… I usually love Entangled Crush books, but this one read way too young, if you get my drift. The writing was ok, and the pacing flowed well and the story is told in dual POV, in the third person. But it didn’t exactly stand out, to be honest.

The characters felt so much younger than they were supposed to be, and, as Cátia so well put it, this story would would way better if the characters were aged up a bit, because some situations (especially in Miles’ past), were not very credible to happen to a 15 yo boy. Aimee was also kind of annoying at times, and honestly, the whole fanfic thing she had done when she was 14?! Weird as hell… I mean, I guess I would be ok with that if she didn’t know the guy from before, but she did know him in real life, and I really thought that blog was kind of creepy… sorry!

The plot was extremely predictable and cliché… I was kind of hoping for something a little more out there =/. The couple did have a few cute moments, but the constant lies and hiding their feelings, didn’t quite work for me.

Overall it wasn’t the strongest beginning for a series, let’s hope that the books get better as we go.