Backstage Pass is a collection of five stories written by various authors. They have all been published as single books, but have now been combined to make one book. I'm going to be reviewing each story individually so you get an idea of the book as a whole, and link to each book in the mini title.
Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London
Aimee has plans of spending a few weeks with her best friend while her parents go to Doctors Without Borders, but they come crashing down when her friend gets sick, and Aimee is sent to stay with Marsha, Mum to Miles Carlisle, member of Seconds to Juliet. This duo used to be friends, but as they got older they grew apart, and Aimee is not happy at all about these changes to her Summer.
I really enjoyed how we get to go on tour with the band, seeing the insider information on what goes on behind the scenes for this famous band. I liked getting to see this new friendship develop, and discovering things that were said may not have been true. Aimee and the Heartthrob is a great introduction into this series and definitely gets you hooked and needing to know more. I love how Aimee is not scared of showing her stubbornness around Miles and how she doesn't easily fall at his feet.
Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein
This is Ryder's story, the bad boy in the band who isn't afraid to wind the girls up. However, his secret is one that must remain a secret, and his tutor Mia must promise to do so. Ryder never passed his GED, so Mia is hired to help him study so he can pass, but to explain her presence she must pretend to be his girlfriend, but will these pretend feelings soon turn into real, or will it get too complicated for them both.
I went into this one not expecting to like it much, already knowing I wasn't too fond of Ryder from the previous book, but as I got to know him and see a different side, I realised that this front he puts on is not the real him.
Ryder turned so Miles could see his shiny eyes. "You should probably collect these in a bottle. They're rare, like unicorns."I finished the book with a very changed opinion about Ryder, but also thinking Mia is the perfect person for him. She brings out both the good and bad sides of him, and somehow mixes them together giving us a very unique individual.
Miles sighed. "Since you won't let me touch you, I want to let you know I am mentally hugging you right now."
Ryder's shoulders fell. "I'm mentally allowing you to."
Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy
Daisy wins a competition and gets to go on a date with a band member of her choice, Trevin. But with cameras and friends waiting for him to arrive, she is blown off with a signed picture. From that moment on Daisy is planning revenge, looking for the perfect opportunity to get revenge on this self centered pop star. Nine months later the perfect opportunity arises, and Daisy finds herself traveling with her father, bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet, for the summer.
Daisy was someone who I connected with immediately, I just clicked with her easily and really felt sorry for the situation she was put in. I liked her determination, even if it was for the wrong reason, and how she doesn't let this one thing push her down. Trevin isn't as innocent in all of this, especially making a bet with the band members that he will get Daisy to fall for him. But with two sets of wills determined to win, how can this situation ever be resolved.
Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner
Anya is hired to follow Will for two weeks, to write blog posts about him and post them online. This is the perfect opportunity for her to earn some money, and help get herself to a better place, finally having somewhere to call home. However, no-one knows about her situation, or her age, and she hopes that only herself will ever know the details. Will isn't too keen on the arrival of Anya, as he has his own secrets to hide. Will is in fact Matt, twin brother to Will and covering for him whilst he is in rehab, to keep the band together and avoid his Mum having to pay fines.
The more time Any spends with Matt, the more she finds little differences in his words, his actions, and his behavior, but she also can't help falling for him.
Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler
After the recent shake up of Seconds to Juliet and their supporting acts, Abby is brought on after a spectacular audition. But Nathan isn't too keen on this idea, being part of the tour means he can't date her, and he really wants to date her. To make matters worse Nathan is supposed to show her around and be the welcoming committee, whilst also 'dating' another celeb, all in order to keep fans interested in the band.
This is the final book in the series, but we get to see what has happened to the previous band mates during this tour, and I really liked seeing the band stick together for one of their own. This felt like a shorter read than the previous books, but also ended the series on a great note.
Backstage Pass has a great selection of authors, several new to me, all writing to make up a complete collection. I enjoyed seeing the different styles of writing, and meeting such an enigmatic mix of characters.