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 Entangled Teen Crush book is as forbidden as the secret romance it contains! It has hot kisses, graphic language, and extreme misbehaving. DO NOT GET CAUGHT WITH THIS BOOK…unless you want everyone to know you believe in true love.
Abby and the Cute One is absolutely adorable! The story is a sweet romance with infinitely likeable characters, a healthy dose of stardom and fame, and just enough conflict to keep things interesting. Abby is a sixteen-year-old singing sensation, auditioning to be the opening act for the hot boyband Seconds to Juliet, or S2J. She’s also a huge fan of the group, particularly their youngest member, sixteen year old Nathan, aka “the cute one.” Their meet-cute ends in an amazing kiss — one that can never happen again. Because the band’s manager has big plans for Nathan that involve another girl and solidifying his status as the most eligible of bachelor now that the rest of his bandmates have steady girlfriends.
The plot is all about Abby and Nathan. They want to be together but can’t. If Nathan acts on his feelings, Abby will be fired as the opening act. Abby wants this chance at her dream almost as much as she wants Nathan. The only thing standing in their way of happiness is the manager and the record label itself. Nathan can’t destroy the band for love. Can he?
The two main characters are charming, and Erin Butler does an amazing job of letting us get to know the rest of the cast as well, even though I suspect they are all fleshed out in the earlier books in this series. She does such a good with the rest of S2J, as soon as I finished Abby and the Cute One, I rushed out and picked up the other four books in the Backstage Pass series.
There isn’t a lot of character growth, but the cast are all relatively well-rounded. They have their quirks and flaws pretty well established. I’m assuming that the other four guys had their own arcs in the previous books, so that wasn’t a big deal. The character arcs in this book for Abby and Nathan are subtle, but this is a lighthearted romance and what we get is good enough.
The ending fits the story, it’s equally delightful.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed about Abby and the Cute One:
1. The band angle. It was fun to pretend that S2J is America’s Five Seconds of Summer or One Direction.
2. The bromances. Seeing how the Nathan interacts with the rest of his band is a refreshing break from the Abby/Nathan romance.
3. The realities of fame. I’ve never been one of those people who dreams of being a singer or in a band. In fact, that whole fame thing would never work for me, because there’s no way I could maintain a public persona. I’d open my mouth and something authentically me would pop out and ruin my image. I love how Erin Butler gives us a glimpse of the dark side of fame rather than just the exciting parts. The fact that the guys can’t even go out and buy a hot dog without creating a scene or needing a bodyguard makes the story far more realistic.
4. Sweet romances. It’s rare when any romance involves only mild kissing these days and still maintains some heat.
5. Living the dream. After reading several dystopian stories lately, it’s nice to switch it up with a bright, happy story about teens achieving their dreams.
Abby and the Cute One is a lighthearted contemporary romance that’s as adorable as the characters themselves.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my review.
About the Book
Title: Abby and the Cute One
Series: Backstage Pass #5
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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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.
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