Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Daisy and the Front Man by Rebeka L. Purdy



I'm happy to be able to continue on the journey with the Backstage Pass series with this latest installment, Daisy and the Front Man by Rebeka L. Purdy.  I'm very excited to be a part of the blog tour for this release.  Let's check out the cool details below:


Daisy and the Front Man by Rebeka L. Purdy
Release Date: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned…  When Daisy Morris finds out she’s spending the summer with her dad, bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet—the hottest boy band around—she knows it couldn't be more perfect. But not because she’s a fan. Oh, no. Because ever since front man Trevin Jacobs completely humiliated her by standing her up for homecoming, Daisy is out for a little revenge. Yup, Trevin Jacobs is goin' down...

When one of his bandmates bets Trevin he can't make Daisy—the gorgeous but surprisingly ice-cold daughter of their bodyguard—fall in love with him, it’s a bet he can’t resist. Sure, Daisy won’t give him the time of day for reasons he can't understand, and her dad’s hell-bent against his little girl spending time with a superstar. But the terms are set, and Trevin is determined to make Daisy fall…hard. But every front man should know never to trust a girl with a pretty face…


I've enjoyed all of the Backstage Pass stories so far, but I have to say that Daisy and the Front Man was my favorite so far.  I felt like it just had more conflict, both internal and external, that complicated the story and made the stakes much higher than in previous books.  The author just took the story to another level from the prior books.

I loved Daisy as a character.  I felt extremely bad for her having been stood up by the front man, Trevin at her homecoming dance.  Peer pressure and high school is bad enough, but when you publicize the fact that the front man of a famous boy band everyone loves is coming to take you to homecoming, only to have him not show up, you can only imagine the kind of backlash that Daisy had to deal with.  Add to that the fact that she's had a largely absentee father and a beloved grandpa that died on her, and you have some serious trust issues. I thought the author did a wonderful job portraying this without making her seem overly bitter or whiny.

Then there was Trevin.  He's the leader of the group, the responsible one, and the one who is surprisingly down to earth.  I loved how sweet he was, how responsible, and how fun he was with Daisy.  I was pulling for him from the very beginning, as I knew there had to be some extenuating circumstances somewhere in there.

I don't want to give anything away, but there was a point toward the end of the story that, trust issues aside, I really felt that Daisy leaped before thinking.  She didn't really do anything to try to find answers before jumping to conclusions.  Granted, someone with trust issues might possibly react in this way, and if she hadn't, perhaps there wouldn't have been conflict.  So in the end, it was fine with me.

I loved how quickly the book read, how deep the characters were, and how sweetly building their romance was.  This was such a cute and fun installment to the Backstage Pass series.  I loved it.


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Check out this cool Excerpt!

     “Come with me for a minute—I have something I want you to hear.” Trevin ushered her to the deck that wrapped around the back of the house. “Have a seat.” He pointed to a lounge chair.

     “What’s going on?”

     “Just give me a sec, okay?” He took his acoustic guitar from its case, which was leaned against one of the built-in wooden benches, and tuned it. When he finished, he cleared his throat. “I’ve been kind of playing around with your grandpa’s song.”

     “Really?”

     “Yeah, it’s got this really great melody. And the lyrics are beautiful. I don’t know how someone hasn’t tried to remake it yet.”

     Trevin strummed the chords then started to sing. He watched Daisy’s eyes light up and his chest warmed. At first, he thought this might be a great gesture to win her over for the bet, but seeing how it was affecting her now, he realized he was doing it for her. Not just to beat Ryder. “Haven’t you heard, I’m stuck on you, my heart beats only for you…”

     When he finished, she just stared at him. Like she didn’t recognize him.

     “I-I didn’t realize how well you played.”

     “Did you like it?” He set his guitar back in its case.

     She nodded, her eyes welling.

     He moved closer to her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

     “No, it’s not you. I just miss him, you know.”

     Trevin touched her cheek, wiping away the stray tears that trickled down. His finger pushed strands of hair from her face as he pulled her against his chest. Her body trembled against his as she cried, and all he could do was hold her. “Shh…it’s okay,” he whispered softly.


      She clung tighter to him, and he let her. She felt good in his arms. Soft. Warm. Perfect. His palms stroked her back, her bare leg pressed against his. His lips brushed against the top of her head, so lightly, he didn’t think she felt it. But she tilted her large brown eyes up, until they met his. And in that moment, he saw a lot more than he wanted to. Her pain. Her hope. Her trust. And it nearly destroyed him.

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Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book
and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids) she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.


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