Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review: Love Unscripted (Love #1) by: Tina Reber

Release Date: January 1, 2013 from Atria Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"An A-List Movie Star…
Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans…and finds much more than he expected.

A Small Town Girl…
Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in by his humor, charm, and undeniable good looks. At six foot two, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and an incredible body, Ryan has every girl in Seaport swooning. But Taryn isn’t every other girl.

A Relationship that Doesn’t Follow the Script…
Despite her better judgment, Taryn soon finds herself falling hard for Ryan. But is their bond strong enough to survive the tabloid headlines, the relentless paparazzi, and the jealous fans who seem determined to tear them apart?"

My Thoughts:

Love Unscripted would have been an absolutely amazing book had it been about 200 pages shorter. Don’t get me wrong, length is not a deterrent for me when it comes to my reading choice, some of my favorite books are huge *cough*Gone With The Wind*cough*, I just think this particular book did not need to be as long as it was. I enjoyed the book and it had a very addictive quality to it, but at points I just felt like nothing was happening. Books like this are the reason I don’t rate book with stars because I really don’t know whether I loved it or hated it. There were 5 star worthy moments and then there were moments where I wondered why I was still reading.

I truly think I would have loved this book had it not dragged at certain points. That is really my only complaint when it comes to this book. I felt like it got very repetitive at points. It was a lot of paparazzi, stalkers, crazy fans, mean actresses, and tabloids over and over again. Rinse, wash, repeat. Also, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop; so to speak. While things happen throughout the story, I really didn’t feel like anything huge happened until about the 85% mark. Lots of little things occur, but it took a while to get to the big one. Once I got there, I was sucked in like no other. This is the kind of book where you pretty much know what to expect. There is a really steamy and incredibly sweet romance that faces huge obstacles. Then at some point during the relationship, the floor will fall out and the reader will have to see if the love is strong enough to survive. Well I think I spent a lot of the book just waiting for the floor to fall out. It took a lot longer to happen then I expected and then it resolved itself rather quickly. With a book as long as this, I think this should have occurred sooner. A good portion of the book saw the couple in the “honeymoon stage” and while I love the sweet moments, I also want something more.

Okay now moving on to what I did like, because as a whole I did enjoy the book, there was just some stuff that irked me. Oh wait! One more thing and then I will move on. While I got the crazy fan aspect of the book and that some fans do go beyond the normal, but the constant nagging on the fans bothered me a bit. Not because I think actors deserve to be hounded the way they are, but because in the end those crazy fans are the reason they make their millions and because not all the fans go to the crazy extremes. The majority of fans are simply people who enjoy watching movies. But I digress, moving on. For real this time!

My favorite thing about Love Unscripted was the buildup to the relationship, because it was realistic as far as books go. To me, it felt real and I could buy into it. I thought both Taryn and Ryan were very cute around each other in the early stages of their relationship and I kinda loved the shameless flirting. This part of the book didn’t drag at all; it flowed at a great pace for two people falling for each other.

I think the reason I did overall enjoy the story was the characters. I really and truly loved both Taryn and Ryan. I loved that Taryn had a head on her shoulders and that she didn’t jump into the relationship without thinking. She realized that Ryan is a movie star and that being in a relationship comes with some pretty big risks. I liked that she was strong and independent, with the exception of one moment. She wasn’t the damsel in distress waiting for the move star to make her life all better. Ryan is a character that is also easy to love. He has a lot of swoon worthy moments, but he is also real. I could easily picture him existing in real life and I kinda wish he did. The secondary characters were also great and I especially loved Marie and Pete.

While I clearly had some issues with this book, overall I did think it was a good read. I guess I just thought it had the potential to be out of this world fantastic, but such is life. Like I said, I did enjoy it and I did really love the characters and the romance. I will definitely be reading Love Unrehearsed because I am very much invested in where the story is going. All in all, a romantic and enjoyable (albeit long) book.


  1. Sorry to hear about the length and the "dragging on". I HATE it when a book drags on and on and on for no apparent reason. And I completely agree, romance is always welcome in any kind of book but there has to be more involved in order for the story to be appealing. But I am glad to hear the romance was realistic. I wouldn't have read this if you didn't say that! lol ;p I love realistic relationships, cause you can't help but cheer for the characters and it always makes the book much more enjoyable. :) And I can't wait to meet Mr. Ryan! He sounds delicious....*sigh* another Book BF! lol ;p

    Sorry some parts (most) of the story didn't work out for you, but glad you did enjoy it overall! I'll also be looking into this book! Fantaburific review Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida <3

    1. Oh yes Ryan is very yummy! This book deff had its good points but damn it was long haha

  2. So, I've had this book forever, and excited to read it. But, my cousin said it was waaaaay too long and really repetitive, so I've put it off. I'm glad you liked LU. I'll still read it at some point. Great review!

    1. Yea, I have to agree with your cousin. It is extremely long and it does get repetitive. But there are upsides to the story and it is good, I just think it could have been told over the course of less pages.

  3. I have read several recently that I just wanted to say okay get on with it would you. Yet they were very satisfying reads and it sounds like this fits that bill. Well as long as you are prepared, I think that it will go along knowing it was worth the time :) Thank you for sharing today.

  4. I've been wanting to read this one for a while now, so I'm glad you've clued me in to how long it is, that way I know I can't start until I have a clear schedule ;)
    I hate it when a good book drags for no other reason than the writer being self indulgent, I have a huge problem with that in my own writing, so while it sucks that it took your enjoyment level down a little, it helps to know I'm not the only one doing it!
    And there I go being self indulgent again! O_o
    Great review, lovely!

  5. I completely agree with you and the sequel is even worse! I'm sorry but how many times does that same issue need to occur? I seriously got bored with Taryn's insecurity by the hundredth time it popped up. I'm not sure why everyone loves this series-- I couldn't even finish the second book.

    Thanks for the honest review

    1. Oh no! I was hoping the second book would be better since it is shorter! Oh darn, well I still wanna read it and see how it ends. I'm addicted in that respect!


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