Aimee and the Heartthrob
Publisher: Entangled Crush, Entangled Publishing
Genre: Teen/YA, YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Page Count: 279 pages
Series: Backstage Pass (Book #1)
Heat Level: Sweet & Mild
Release Date: 4/15/2015
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…
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I loved it! This book is every fangirl’s dream. The perfect YA contemporary romance with superb writing and engaging characters that draw readers in from the start and has them rooting for the heroine from the very first page.
Seriously. It’s ridiculous how much I loved this book. It’s so well written and all the characters, not just Aimee and Miles, are so well portrayed. And the setting details for behind the scenes stuff at concerts is spot on. In my college years, I did a lot of concert photography and concert reviews for a website I ran. I was often backstage at one show or another, attending sound checks, getting to know several headline artists and opening acts, and just generally watching how things are put up and brought down. This book brought all that back to me and it was such a fun place to visit again.
Aimee and Miles have both been disillusioned by love, by people they trusted, and though they feel as if they can trust each other, they’re both a little wary of that. They’re also quick to believe the worst, even when something else tells them they should know better. Yet, even with the misunderstandings and tentative trust, they find ways to bring out the best in each other. Because of Aimee, Miles is able to trust in himself and his talents, and because of Miles, Aimee is able to open up and let go of the hurt she’s carried and go back to enjoying something she once loved: Miles, and Seconds to Juliet.
If you love YA contemporary romance that takes a modern day fangirl and places her in the center of both her worst nightmare and her greatest wish then this is the book for you. If you’re anything like me, you’re seriously going to fall in love with everything, characters, story, setting. It all adds up to one amazingly fun read, and one that will–and should–go on YA lover’s and fangirl bookshelves everywhere.
I will have a review of the second book in the Backstage Pass series, Mia & The Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein, up on the blog on May 19th, 2015. Be sure to check it out.
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of SOMEDAY MAYBE; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD and CROSSING ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; the upcoming AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB for Entangled’s Teen Crush line, and the upcoming Sugar City series for Entangled’s Bliss line. Visit her at ophelialondon.com. But don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.