Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Sneaking Candy. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
I've always had a thing for bad boys. The first one I fell for was Bender from the movie The Breakfast Club—foul mouthed, out-spoken, sexually-explicit and most importantly HOT as hell. I spent my high school years searching for my very own Bender by dating boys who made my parents sick. Boys who wore leather jackets instead of Letterman jackets. Who drove cars they worked on themselves, who smoked and drank and didn't give a crap about anything; except—when we were dating—ME.
I think it was all about the thrill. The thrill that not only this bad boy wanted to be with someone like me, but the danger involved in being with someone like him. Bad boys break hearts because they usually have had their hearts broken. I knew that with each of these bad boys it could be over at any moment because of how impulsive they were.
It was also the danger. Bad boys are dangerous because not only do they break hearts, they break faces, and they break rules. There is no greater aphrodisiac than danger and a boy who knows how to use it.
Finally and most importantly it was about rebellion. When a bad boy shows up on your doorstep, or in my case beeps his horn because he would rather not speak to your parents, you finally feel like you are making your own choices. Why the hell not make those choices with a bad boy hottie?
But I discovered what's even better than dating a bad boy, or making out with a bad boy in his El Camino, is writing about one. Making my very own bad boy from all the things I love about them.
Ryder Brooks from Mia & The Bad Boy is the ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold and I think if he would have picked me up at my house during high school for a date my mother might not have had a heart attack, even though I definitely would have.
A guitar playing, angel-voiced, hazel-eyed rock-God with lips that make grown women cry, um yeah, heart attack central.
When I was thinking about Ryder’s character I wanted him to say things that only someone who looked as good as him could get away with, to do the things only someone with as much confidence as he has would do. I might not still be able to date those high school bad boys, but I can still hang out with them in the books I write, and the books, movies and TV shows that I love.
This good girl’s about to meet her match…
Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.
Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…
But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.
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