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Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: November 16th, 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
He’s cute. He’s famous. And he could ruin everything…
Every member of Seconds to Juliet has a girlfriend—except for Nathan Strong. Now the band’s manager is leaning hard on “The Cute One” to play the role of the band’s heartthrob. With the band’s sales in decline, it’s up to Nathan to keep the fans’ fantasy alive.
The plan is to stage a fake relationship and a fake breakup, and then let the fans fight to be the one to mend Nathan’s broken heart. Just one problem. There’s another girl in the picture–one Nathan can’t stay away from. In private, Nathan’s stealing kisses with the band’s new opening act, Abby Curtis.
If they’re caught, no one wins. Abby will be fired, and the band might not recover the success they need to survive. But even with the pressure mounting, Nathan and Abby can’t stop themselves from stealing one more touch, one more kiss. And it’s only a matter of time before it all falls apart.
This is the fifth book in the series – and I’ve read, enjoyed and reviewed them all! Having said that, I don’t think you need to have read the others to enjoy this one, but they’re all great so why miss out on the others?
The Seconds toJuliet boy band are on tour and are about to audition for a new opening act. Youngest band member Nathan Strong is sixteen years old and coming under pressure from their manager who is endeavouring to change Nathan’s image from the cute youngest one to their new heartthrob even though this isn’t a role that he finds easy. When he meet Abby Curtis they are instantly attracted and that’s before she auditions and becomes their new opening act! With rules banning them from fraternising life is about to get very difficult for the two of them. With threats of breaking up the band and firing Abby, Nathan is torn – he doesn’t want to jeopardise anyone’s career bur really wishes they could give their young love a chance . . . .
This is another tale of LJ threatening a band member, separating them to manipulate and, in effect, blackmail them into adhering to his commands. You have to really feel for any young people achieving their dream of stardom but having to put up with all the shenanigans of the very people who should actually be supporting and helping them. The characters are robust, well rounded and, in most cases, endearing. The story has a relatively straightforward but credible plot with enough twists in it to keep the reader interested. It is well written giving further insights into backstage life for young people in similar situations.
A great finale to the series which I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who’d like to explore behind the scenes life for a boy band as well as escape into a well written romance.
About the Author
Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.
She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.
Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Also thanks for the other materials used in this post to Young Adult Bound Books who also organised the blog tour.