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.
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Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner is the fourth instalment in the highly addictive, wonderfully written and just plain awesome Backstage Pass series! This time following “Will” and the sassy reporter who wins him over, ensuring readers are sure to fall in love with the band all over again.
Seconds to Juliet members Miles, Ryder and Trevin have all found love and now it’s Will’s turn. Only he’d not really Will…..he’s actually Matt Fray; Will’s identical twin brother who is pretending to be Will while his brother is in rehab after becoming addicted to prescription drugs after an unfortunate accident while rehearsing. Not quite as reserved and as shy as his brother, Matt is fighting to keep his secret in order to protect his family. A fight that becomes harder than ever when he meets Anya, a reporter sent to interview Will for an online magazine and who seems determine to uncover his secrets.
Anya Anderson has spent the last few years on the streets and she’s no stranger to dealing with hard decisions. When an article she wrote earns her the chance to interview and follow Will Fray, one of the members of the most popular boy band in the world, Anya is determined to use the opportunity to get herself and someone she cares about back on their feet. Even if it means digging up dirt of Seconds to Juliet’s resident “shy guy”. Only Will doesn’t seem so shy at all and soon Anya finds herself falling this contradiction of a guy.
I was seriously surprised when I first read the description of this novel and discovered that Will wasn’t exactly “Will”. It was a unique twist to actually have Will turn out to be his brother Matt, but suddenly it made his recent actions in the last two book makes sense. Will has been a bit more outgoing than he was when we first met him and it seemed so obviously when you realise it was Matt who acted that way. It was a clever twist to the series and I liked that the authors behind Backstage Pass decided to do something outside the box with at lease one of their male leads.
Told through both Will and Anya’s POV’s, Anya and the Shy Guy was another fun book; just like the previous three. I enjoyed following Matt, or should I say Will and thought he was a likable guy. Anya was the standout for me in this novel however. I loved that author Erica Winegardner gave Anya some real depth. Anya has been through a lot; experiencing homelessness and hopelessness and it was very sweet seeing her find her feet. Anya had some very real fear issues and I think Winegardner did a nice job touching on them lightly and highlighting the plight of those without a place to call home in this YA novel.
The romance between Anya and Matt was sweet and I liked seeing them together. It wasn’t as strong as some of the others in my mind, but it still went wonderfully with the story and I thought Anya and Matt made a nice couple. Aside from the romance between Anya and Matt, I was really excited about the revelation that the real Will was with, and is now with again, Natasha—I thought they were super adorable and if any of the authors in this series are reading this……a novella or prequel featuring them wouldn’t go astray!
Sweet, entertaining and addictive reading, Anya and the Shy Guy is another great read that you won’t want to put down. With only one member to go (Nathan!) I’m looking forward to seeing him paired with the new Youtube singer the guys have seen, Abby!
Source: Sent for review by Entangled Publishing (Thank you guys!)
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
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My Recommendation: This is a fabulous YA series perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Katie McGarry.
Cover: Fits perfectly with the previous three :)
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes. Can. Not. Wait!