Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner
Publish Date: July 14, 2015 by Entangled: Crush
Source/Edition: Copy provided by publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, eBook (Kindle)
Summary provided by Goodreads:
It’s always the quiet ones…
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 book was very entertaining to say the least. It picks off really quickly and was fairly easy to read. The writing was great and the plot was quick-paced and I always like that. I was very excited for it because the synopsis caught me right away. It felt very Parent Trap with the whole twin switch-up. I didn’t love it because their love story happened too quickly. It’s not exactly instant love (thank you Suze!) but it was still faster than I would like. If their story was longer and if they knew each other longer than a week or two, it would probably be 4-stars. Aside from that, I really did like the romance. I’ve always loved musicians and thought that this was a cute, romantic, concept — even if the band reminded me of One Direction haha. I liked that, even though the story is more or less lighthearted and fluffy, the characters and the situations they were faced with were complex.
I loved the characters! I really liked Anya. I don’t exactly relate with her but I love her fiery, don’t-stand-in-my-way spirit. She has lived on the street for years now and she’s one tough chick! She fights for what she wants and she works for it. I like Matt, too. He was funny and doing that for his brother, putting aside his own life plans, just shows how close he is to his family and how much he cares for them. I liked Natasha and the rest of the bandmates of Seconds to Juliet. One of the reasons why I also lowered a star was because I didn’t get to see enough of everyone. So many names in Seconds to Juliet (the first time I read that I thought Seconds to Mars haha) but we don’t really get to know them that much. I then learned that this book was actually a part of a series and that this was the 4th book — whoops! While it doesn’t really ruin the books, nor is it necessary to read the other books to read this one, it did impact my reading experience. It also makes more sense as to why we don’t get to know more of the band members in detail — they get their own books, too. What’s even cooler is that they’re written by different authors so it’s like experimenting with different writing styles and characters. Very cool!
Final Thoughts: Anya and the Shy Guy was a quick read and it was very entertaining. I will be working my way backwards and reading the rest of the series because it was fun. Even though I didn’t rate it as high, I still recommend it. Anya will be published tomorrow, July 14, 2015. Be sure to pre-order a copy of it on Amazon or pick up a copy when it is released.