Author Website: Tina Reber
Form: eBook, Netgalley
Genre: Adult Romance Fiction
What girl at one time or another hasn’t dreamed of randomly catching the eye of their favorite, super-hot, movie star?? This is basically the story that Tina Reber has written. Even if Taryn wasn’t actually dreaming of the dreamy Ryan Christenson, she has definitely caught his eye and affection – this spinning her off into the limelight and razzel, dazzle of the paparazzi, grocery store tabloids and the craze that comes with ultimate fame.
Honestly, what Tina has captured is exactly why I do not go ga-ga over movie stars. I absolutely love movies, and yes, of course I like the way actors look – who doesn’t…but even as a young teenager I really didn’t become star struck. Okay, I take that back. I really had a thing for Devon Sawa. He was a cutie! Anyhow, just knowing that 1. I never stood a chance, living in the middle of Ohio, of ever actually meeting these people, and 2. The fact that deep down they were just people, continued to keep me grounded ( and still does) about movie stars. Reading Love Unscripted I was continually brought back to the Twilight craze when the first movie was filming. I felt so bad for both Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in those early days. I honestly wouldn’t want to live that way.
Anyway, Love Unscripted captured my attention pretty early on. Taryn’s chance meeting of Hollywood superstar, Ryan Christenson, was entertaining – and the chemistry was great from the very start. The book continued to keep me engaged – mostly. Really, over 700 pages of this relationship seemed a bit too much. All I know is that I was torn between, “is this about done yet?” and “I have got to know what happens…” pretty regularly.
I can tell that this book was a first complete and published novel (at least as far as I can tell by website, etc.) because it is a little bit rough around the edges. Sometimes the dialogue was a bit flat and seemed….well…scripted. There is a part where Taryn and Ryan decide to let their relationship “grow naturally,” and I kind of feel like the book could have used a little bit of that as well. As I said, the story was good, and kept me engaged from the start, but it does get a bit rough to deal with Taryn. She is a bit of a tough cookie. She has had a run of bad relationships, and that doesn’t help, but she is suspicious at every corner – just waiting on the other shoe to drop. (Who wouldn’t, he’s a MOVIE STAR!) No matter how true it is though, the constant back and forth in the book would make anyone reading roll their eyes along with Ryan, “what, we’re back to this?”
I also had a hard time with her difficulty receiving gifts, and feel that there should have been some kind of impactful big “ah-ha” moment that helped her overcome this…or compromise. Something.
The good parts – the chemistry between Taryn and Ryan make this book worth the read. When it’s just the two of them, and no suspicion or anything, they are excellent. They are both romantic and loving. Ryan, from the start, is a normal down to earth guy with an awesome job – even a bit shy, which is always endearing. With the exception of a brief time in Florida, he seems to remain that way. Both of them just want to love and take care of each other, even if Taryn is a bit unreasonable with her, “I’ll never let them hurt you,” mantra that she continues to repeat. Silliness is what that is. Oh well.
I feel like I may have been a little hard on this book – I really did enjoy it. I think that a good portion of my feelings about the parts I didn’t like would have been eliminate if a couple hundred pages of this book was cut out. Yes, really. They went back and forth on the trust issue so many times, I’m pretty sure we (readers) could get the point without it happening so much. I think that Tina’s writing will get increasingly better as she continues to write and publish books, and I’m looking forward to watch her grow.
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wait what? 600 pages? wow, and like you I was never really that starstruck but I DID have my days with this korean band that I obsessed over and still love. ANYWAYS, I'm a not a big fan of flat dialogue, especially scripted ones because those drive me crazy, but you did say you enjoyed it in the end and the synopsis does sound great!
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