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New Release Review! ANYA AND THE SHY GUY by Suze Winegardner (Backstage Pass #4)

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About the book:

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.


Such a cute story! Heartbreaking too, at parts–I wouldn’t have thought it’d be possible to do both in one relatively short novel, but apparently you can 🙂

God only knew how he’d have been able to control himself if he’d actually kissed her. He’d been so ready to seal the deal, but it’d been so dark, he hadn’t wanted to risk passionately kissing her chin or nose. There really wasn’t any walking it back from French kissing a nose. He was proud of his restraint.

LOL–wise words indeed, Matt!

I’m behind in the Backstage Pass series, but it seems this series is one that you can pick up at any point and still do okay. Though naturally you’re going to want to read all the rest of them…I’m just sayin’…

Technically, this isn’t so much the “Shy Guy”‘s story as his twin brother’s. Will does more or less get an HEA too, but he’s pretty much cheated out of a story of his own (maybe he could have a novella? I’m just sayin’). Matt’s playing the part of the Shy Guy for the bulk of this book, so that’s gotta count…even if, as Anya figures out pretty early on, Matt’s definitely not the shy one of the group.

So…he’s got a big secret. And she’s got one almost as big–she *might* have slightly misrepresented herself to her new boss to get the gig reporting on the band (aka to get her own “backstage pass”), because she’s only seventeen. And she’s neither married nor a mother…Anya doesn’t even have a place to call home or a reliable way to support herself. She desperately needs this job–and a huge scoop. Or…can she find another way…?

Naturally Anya and Matt(/Will?) are attracted to each other, and of course their secrets are going to be in the way. In a BIG way. The conflict here was very believable, and resolved nicely with Anya and Matt getting their much-deserved HEA in the end. Ms. Winegardener’s writing was fun, and I’m definitely looking forward to more in this series and from this author in the future.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


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