Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band.
Problem is, Will Fray isn’t who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will’s identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he’s having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…
But if the secret gets out, it won’t just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s.
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Entanged: Teen.
Anya and the Shy Guy is a special, heart-warming romance. It’s sweet, playful, and powerful.
- Anya is a wonderful character. Spunky, honest, she always says what’s on her mind, is quick-witted, and adorable when flustered. A sweetheart with a strong voice, Anya uses her words to make a difference. Living on the streets has made Anya wary of trusting anyone. She pushes away romantic feelings for fear of sinister intentions. Anya can’t open her heart, it’s a matter of survival that carried through from her time on the streets. Anya’s anxiety, her constant scanning of her surroundings, how she treats food as something that needs to be stored for later, is all powerful and written extremely well. You get the feeling that though Anya suffered, her past is horrible, that she will not let it break her. Anya is incredibly strong and a wonderful role model. Anya is willing to work hard to succeed.
- Anya and Will are deliciously awkward together. They’ve both got huge secrets and aren’t sure who to trust. They fumble and make mistakes, it’s embarrassing, sometimes weird, and yeah the flirting gets a little lost but it’s more endearing than anything else. Once they start to learn each other, it heats up crazy quick. The chemistry is not overwhelming, it’s a nice, easy exploration that is laugh out loud hilarious and full of cute blunders.
- Secondary characters are fully developed and memorable. The S2J guys are edgy, sexualized, sarcastic, and playful, everything you’d expect from a bus full of boys. Natasha is a dazzling, inspiration lady who makes a great friend for Anya. I would have loved a whole book just on her.
- Will (Matt) is flirty, sometimes shy, clumsy, and attentive. The way he moons over Anya is enough to make you melt. Will (Matt) is a kind guy who will go to any lengths to save his family and fool the band. It’s laughable how bad he is at time sometimes, the mistaken lyrics are hilarious, and he’s a romantic. The star-gazing, his casual touching, it’s a tasty combination that draws you in and doesn’t let up.
- The ending felt rushed and conflict was easily resolved. There was hardly any resistance. The fact that Anya didn’t at least pretend to reject the offer wasn’t like her and conflicted with her character. Issues with Jude, the Cherry members sort of fizzled out at the end without much follow through though they were major plot instigators.
- Sometimes Ella’s character was a little confused. The phrasing made her sound British and other times Will (Matt) had an almost Southern accent. Yeah, he’s from Jacksonville, so that’s okay but it wasn’t consistent for either character.
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