Review: Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

Posted May 27th, 2015 in book review / 16 comments

Review: Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa BursteinMia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein
Series: Backstage Pass #2
Publisher: Self-Published on May 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 220
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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.

At A Glance

So sweet and cute.

The Good

This series is just so damn adorable. I love the boy band aspect. Plus, Ryder is the bad boy of the group, who I always went for in my boy band days. Ryder was kind of a downer but I still loved him. I love how passionate we was about his music. How determined we was to make the music he loved and how far he was willing to go to attain his goals.

I think Mia and Ryder went together perfectly, in that opposites attract sort of way. Mia is more buttoned up than Ryder. She was one smart cookie, but she lets her mother dictate her future. I love how Mia brought out Ryder’s studious and silly side while Ryder helped Mia be more wild and spontaneous. That’s how relationships should be, bringing out the best sides of each other.

I really had fun with this one. I had a stupid grin on my face the whole time. We get a little drama, but mostly this is Mia and Ryder’s story. And it’s a great story.

The Bad

The ending was about 90% the same as the ending of Aimee and the Heartthrob. I liked both books but I want more diversity in my series.

I knew it was coming, since it was the same with the first book, but there is some cheese in this story. It can get silly sometimes. A little young for me, but not a deal breaker. Though I think Mia and the Bad Boy felt more real than Aimee and the Heartthrob.

The Snuggly

There is sex but nothing is described. Lots of flirting. Good for YA.

Final Thoughts

Even though I don’t give these books super high stars, I love this series. It makes me feel all gooey inside. It’s not super realistic, but it works. Very recommended.


“He’d thought about writing a song for Mia to express the way he felt about her, but he understood now that their kiss was his song, his promise. It was all he would ever have to say.”  

“You are one weird girl,” Ryder said, but in his head he really meant, You are like no girl I have ever met. You are like no girl I ever thought I would meet.

“After all that, you haven’t even taken a drink.” Mia smiled. He’d forgotten the bottle was still in his hand. He dropped it, and it rolled along the floor. “In the desert of my life,” Ryder said, “kissing you is my water.”  


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16 Responses to “Review: Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein”

  1. Red Iza

    As much as I don’t really like boys bands, a sweet, gooey read can really be enjoyable and a nice change from the usual drama and angst stuff – I’ll keep this series in mind for a dark time when I need some cheering up 😉

  2. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    I normally don’t like bad boy stories, but if they’re done in a CUTE way, then count me in! Books that make you smile like crazy are the best. 🙂 I’ll definitely try this one out. Awesome review, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, he’s not a real bad boy. He is a PG bad boy. It works.

  3. kindlemom1

    I did like the first book, cheese and all so I’m sure I would like this one as well.
    Great review! I had no idea this was out already!

  4. Kristin

    This was an enjoyable read. It definitely had some eye-roll worthy parts though. It sucks that it ended the same as A&tHT. I didn’t read the first book so I suppose I was saved from that feeling although the ending was nothing new.

  5. Christy

    I’m not really into the good girl aspect, unless it’s done just right. A bunch of blushing and acting tongue tied – no thanks. Is she like that in this book?

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Umm….yeah, a bit. She is strong in a lot of ways, but in general, she is a bit ‘blushy’

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    I love how you mention how relationships should be about bringing out the best in each other. I’ve noticed some book relationships that drove me crazy because as I reader I just saw all the ways they were making each other’s lives miserable and causing them to make choices that just didn’t fit their character in the bad way. Excellent review 😀

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Exactly! I am getting tired of those books. Relationships should be positive or there shouldn’t be a relationship.

  7. Melliane

    Ah too bad for the end but in a whole it sounds like a good one. I haven’t read a lot of music topic books but I should try more.

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