Love Unscripted by Tina Reber
Publisher: Atria Books
Review Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 8, 2012
My Rating: 4/5
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?
First this was a very long story. I really liked it and look forward to the second book. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some things that annoyed me. If I read the word giggle one more time I might have screamed, except for that is was a great read. There were a lot of ups and downs that were fun to ride out.
Taryn is a pub owner with self-esteem and trust issues when it comes to men. Yet she is also strong and confident in business and is not looking for love in any way. She is fiercely loyal to her friends. I got to go through Taryn’s struggle with a relationship in the public eye. I could feel her pain, especially in Florida. The fight to get over the betrayal and hurt in her past comes across clearly.
Ryan is just a regular guy who happens to be a famous actor. His struggle is convincing Taryn that he’s with her for life. He loves her and would never hurt her. I was so caught up in the story and loved feeling as if I was right there as they lived.
The side characters were great and I’d love to read more about them in the future. I didn’t notice any issues with editing, or I was so into the story I missed them. I said before that this is a long book but it’s well done. Not a lot of time on descriptions or other fillers. The detail on their friends and the side stories was enjoyable.