Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: MIA AND THE BAD BOY by Lisa Burstein

Title: Mia and the Bad Boy
Author: Lisa Burstein
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: May 19th, 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—├╝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.


My first initial thought when finishing Mia and the Bad Boy was, cute. This was very cute and very fun. I obviously love books like this. If you see all the books I review, you'll see a pattern of Hollywood/rocker/anything to do with bad boys, as my favorites. Don't as me why, that's just the way it goes! The storyline follows the classic good girl/bad boy trope. Let's face it, that can't ever get old. At least not in my books! The only difference is that I thought that since Mia came from such a sheltered background that maybe it would make her shy. She WAS shy for the most part, but I guess around Ryder, her snark came into play. I think I really loved that about her. 

Ryder needs to get his GED and he needs a tutor. Enter Mia. The manager for Seconds to Juliet is the one that find Ryder the tutor he needs through Mia's mom. She works for the manager. What teenage girl would turn down the opportunity to tutor one of the hottest guys in the hottest band? Just picture it: you tutoring Harry Styles! I guess it's kind of like that. He's the bad boy of the band right? Anyways, Mia takes the opportunity because it will help secure all her college funds. It's basically a win-win for her. Upon meeting Mr. Ryder, she realizes what a major ass he is. But there's also something about him that says maybe he isn't all as tough as he seems. The closer the two get, the more the walls come down. 

Ryder and Mia were such a fun couple to read about! Throughout the book I found my self grinning like a fool. What can I say? I'm forever going to be a romantic; I always look for the happily ever afters. While the romance was sweet, I still wished that maybe we could have had watched them slowly fall in love. I felt like they had instant love. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I like to feel the angst when characters don't get together right away. But eh, I guess I'm being too picky. 

Overall, I liked this a lot. Will I be reading the rest of the books with the other band members? You betcha! This is a book for those that love love and the bad boys who make us crazy for more. And believe me, you'll want all you can get! 

*Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a review copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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 view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.

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