ARC Review: Mia & the Bad Boy-Lisa Burstein


cooltext1889161239 copyThis 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.

cooltext1889171582 copy3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled.

Mia and the Bad Boy is a sweet contemporary romance that explores first love and self discovery. Passionate and awakening, Mia learns that by following her heart, she’s capable of more than she’d ever imagined. 


  • Mia is shy, nerdy, and goal-oriented. Since she was small, it’s been ingrained in her by her parents that she must succeed, she must go to college, and get a good career. As immigrants to the country, it’s important for Mia to accomplish more than her parents, to be secure above all else. Mia is torn between the desire to please her parents, to live their dreams and the joy she feels when she plays music. Mia spouts knowledge, is meticulous in her studies and doesn’t step out of her comfort zone, preferring to stay the quiet girl in the corner. However, when challenged, Mia has sassy barbs and killer wit. As Mia begins to fall, she discovers parts of herself that she buried beneath her parents’ pressure. Mia starts to question her beliefs, the very things that make her the smart, yet forgettable girl people easily dismiss. 
  • Ryder is unexpected. In many ways he’s the typical bad boy, he’s promiscuous, rowdy, causes trouble, and is a general jerk for the most part. He’s sarcastic, angry, and lashes out. Ryder is deeper than his outer hotness and ability to irk everyone he meets. A mystery with a scarred past, Ryder has old wounds that have yet to heal and tucks them away. Ryder sacrifices his art, his music for fame just to escape. Under the glorious visage he’s drowning in self-loathing and angst. When Ryder’s playful, flirty side comes out it’s sexy but more than that, it shows happiness and hope for the future. 
  • Together, Mia and Ryder are a whiplash relationship that bounces roughly back and forth between love and hate. Their attraction is potent and HOT. Mia’s never been so attracted and willing to lose her inhibitions-the temptation is powerful and will draw you in. Ryder’s conscience comes to life and he finally starts to embrace his emotions. Both go though incredible moments of growth and discovery.


  • Mia’s heritage is a crucial part of her identity and while it is stressed, I would have loved to see more of her culture. Interactions with Mia and her best friend were brief and though their class distinctions and differences are mentioned, the encounters are so short that it didn’t really build on Mia’s identity.
  • Secondary characters were pretty much nonexistent. Their parts were small and forgettable. Most only functioned as a form of drama and the drama was fairly predictable when it popped up. 

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review: Mia & the Bad Boy-Lisa Burstein

  1. Wow, I’m actually interested in reading this! I’m not particularly the type to go for these type of books and guiltily, I usually glance over books with covers such as these. But this sounds really good! Loved your review.


      • Yeah, those are some very heavy topics that have been really making their way into the mainstream right now. I would love to read this book as something fresh and different!


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