Review: Gwynneth Ever After

Gwynneth Ever After

Gwynneth Ever After by Linda Poitevin
Pages: 222
Publisher: Michem Publishing
Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Release Date: June 18, 2013
My Rating: 4.5

Blurb:

Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out, leaving her alone with three small children, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of heartbreak, and so she has an unbending policy of no dating and no unattached men in their lives.

Until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap…and the hero won’t take no for an answer.

My Thoughts:

This was a wonderful read for me. It was a great break from angst, danger, mystery or anything else other than slow sweet love. Don’t misunderstand there were issues to deal with, but they were handled without over the top drama. It slowly builds from beginning to end.

Gwyn is raising three children on her own and is a very strong woman that has been badly hurt and betrayed. I really liked the fact that she didn’t fall for Gareth right away. I mean she knew who he was, who didn’t? She put her children first in all things, even over herself. As a mother I get that, but towards the end I wanted to scream at her to get over it and do something for herself. The fact that her ex left her, not to mention the way he did it had left a pretty big scar on Gwyn’s heart. When she finally lets someone in he unavoidably causes her pain and she pushes Gareth away and tells him it’s over.

Gareth is in town for a reason no one can know, and he sure didn’t expect to fall for anyone. That was before he sat next to “Gwynneth with 2 ns” during a local play. He was let into her life slowly and he wasn’t leaving. He had to fight Gwyn’s reluctance at almost every step, but he did. After he realized he had found the love of his life, it all gets away from him. The reason he’s in town becomes known. On the evening news no less, and Gwyn feels betrayed and lied to.  Gareth fights, begs, and anything else he can think of to get Gwyn to let him back in, but despite knowing the truth and why he couldn’t tell her she of course says no. Gareth, not knowing what else to do gives in and books a flight to leave town. Of course that isn’t the end of the book, but I will not spoil that for you.

I loved this amazingly sweet love story, especially the fact that it took it’s time to build up to the conclusion. They got to know each other and Gareth came to know Gwyn’s fears and insecurities enough that he could mostly work around them. Don’t get me wrong the attraction between them was obvious and intense from the beginning, but they took it slow. I felt for Gwyn as she faced and worked through her excruciating fear of the pain of loss and living through it again.

This is a stand-alone, no cliffhanger! I wouldn’t mind more of Gwyn and Gareth though.

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Love Unscripted (Love #1) Review

Love Unscripted

Love Unscripted by Tina Reber
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 592
Review Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 8, 2012
My Rating: 4/5

Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

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. 

 Love Unscripted on Amazon