Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Love Unscripted by Tina Reber Review

From Goodreads: 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?

Rating: 2.5/5

Plot: 3.5/5

Characters: 3/5

Ending: 1/5

The idea of a celebrity romance that deals with the harsh reality of the paparazzi and the famous life was very intriguing and I think this was a great example. Unfortunately, the plot was over-thought, over-written, and incredibly too long: it was too much and it made things complicated and overall just bad.

To start, the characters were likable (most of them) and, in the beginning, well-written, but as the story went in and the writing got worse, the characters seemed out of place and unlike themselves. The story went well the first 200 pages or so (still a little slow though but I didn't mind) but I think the author had so many points and opinions to make about celebrity relationships that the story got scattered. At some points, I thought the author was trying to show how the fame of being a celebrity can affect a relationship but there was never enough juice to to the story or any hints or real knowing as tot eh truth of what was going on. I don't want to give too much away so I'll make a spoiler post later, but the bottom line of this book: Great potential but in my opinion, it sincerely failed, hard.

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