Series: Backstage Pass #4
Published by Entangled Crush on 7/14/15
Genres: Love & Romance, Siblings, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (See the official disclaimer at the end of the synopsis)
It’s always the quiet ones…
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.
Anya and the Shy Guy is the fourth installment in the Backstage Pass series, which chronicles the love lives of the members of Seconds to Juliet, a superstar boy band. I haven’t read the first three books in the series (those of you who know me well are gasping right now – I never read series out of order), but this book really did stand well on its own as a standalone – and now I want to read the others!
The synopsis describes the book really well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review.
What I loved:
- The twin story. I’m pretty much a sucker for a twin switch story, which is why I couldn’t resist this book even though I hadn’t read the first three. And Matt’s story definitely met all of my expectations – the pressure of the twin trying to pass himself off, the efforts to bend his personality to match his brother’s, the little details that he forgets, the one major detail that his brother forgot to tell him (oops!). I really loved Matt and I thought it was fun to watch him try so hard to be Will. His predicament also added an extra dimension to the romance with Anya because he and Will weren’t planning on ever telling people that they had switched – so where did that leave the relationship once Will came back?
- Anya’s story. I also really connected to Anya’s story – her struggle with homelessness and her fierce loyalty to the man who had helped her find her way on the streets. Plus, you just knew that eventually Anya’s cover story with her employer was all going to come tumbling down around her (I didn’t really buy that they hadn’t gotten her SSN and stuff from the first time they paid her – but I managed to suspend disbelief on that one) – so it was just a matter of when and how it was going to happen. I liked how Winegardner tied the band’s philanthropic visit to a homeless shelter to Anya’s story too – she got to see another side of the band there, and it drove her story forward as well!
- Lack of chemistry at the beginning. While I really enjoyed Matt and Anya’s stories separately, I felt a little bit of a lack of connection between them when it came to the romance, especially in the beginning of the book. It felt a little insta-lovey (and those of you who read my blog regularly know how I feel about instalove). There were some really sweet moments between them when I felt a connection, and I was on board with the romance by the end, but it took me a little longer to get there than I would have liked.
Overall, this was a fun read, and I’ve been convinced to read the first three books in the series, because I’m now definitely curious about the other guys in the band. I give this book 3.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***