Sep 28, 2012

Review: Love Unscripted

Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs - to have love in his heart and privacy in his life.

Taryn Mitchell, the story's protagonist, is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance.

Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart.

Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn's peace and Ryan's high-profile insanity live together in harmony?

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I have often wished that romance novel would be longer so that I can really learn the characters and live in their world for just a while longer.  I got my wish with LOVE UNSCRIPTED.

This book is all about the characters and Ms. Reber has done a wonderful job with them all.  Ryan is just a sweetheart who really wants to live a normal. life when he is not on the set.  I found him to be really well grounded and just an all around prince of a guy.  

Taryn was a different story.   I just loved her character in the beginning of the book.  She was steady with both feet square on the ground.  As the time goes on however the plot line gets taken over by Taryn's insecurities about Ryan and the actresses that he works with.  It would be fine if it was only mentioned a couple times but it seems as though she is always have breakdowns about it.  Personally I feel that she was dating the wrong person if she feels that threatened.

The story is redeemed quite a bit by the secondary characters who really keep the plot moving.  I just loved Ryan's parents and Taryn's best friend Maria.  

I did enjoy this book overall but I think that it could have been so much better.  I rate it a 3.5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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