AUTHOR: Tina Reber
GENRE: Adult contemporary romance
PUBLISHED: September 2012 by Atria
SOURCE: E-copy provided by the publishers via NetGalley
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?
OK, so I need to say this straight away … I feel really conflicted about this book and whether I liked it or not. I liked the story idea, normal girl meets and falls in love a movie star, but I had problems with the story itself. I feel like my negative thoughts about it outweigh my positive thoughts and that is something that rarely happens for me.
First of all I feel that the book was too long. It was 657 pages! There were times when I was reading and I just didn’t get the point of a particular scene. These scenes, in my opinion, didn’t do anything to move the story on and if they had been edited out it wouldn’t have made a difference, the story would still have made sense and it wouldn’t have been as long. It took me a week to read this book, and you’d probably say that that’s about right since it’s 657 pages, but it was a looong time to invest in a book.
For my liking, the dialogue between the characters, mainly Taryn and Ryan, was too formal. They spoke to each other like strangers (yeah, I know they’d just met) being overly polite to each other. I don’t know if that’s just the way it seems to me since I’m English and I could be making it sound more formal in my head as I’m reading it. Also, they seemed to have no end of lengthy philosophical speeches to relay to each other. I couldn’t relate to them and how they spoke and I’m only a few years older than they are.
Taryn’s constant doubts about Ryan, his fidelity, and whether she fit into his world drove me mad! It was like ALL THE TIME! I get that she was insecure and had been thrust in to his world without much preparation but if she chose to be with him she should be able to give him some credit when he declared his love for her. We quickly went from him saying he loved her, and her saying she loved him, to her doubting him again the next day and the story would go around in a circle again.
I did like the relationship that Taryn had with her group of friends. They were always there for her, whatever she needed them for. That was important since she didn’t have anyone else. I also liked how accepting her friends were of Ryan. He wasn’t a movie star to them, he was just Taryn’s new boyfriend and that’s just what he needed, someone to treat him normally.
I liked the build up to the start of Taryn and Ryan’s relationship. It helped create a lot of sexual tension. I was dying for them to get to the point of their first kiss, and it didn’t disappoint!
As I’ve been writing this review I’ve been thinking back to different parts of the story and I realise that there were a lot of parts that I enjoyed. I think the length of the book has just been a major negative for me and that was tainting my view of it. I will be picking up the follow up, Love Unrehearsed, just as soon as I can fit it in. I have heard that it’s about 200 pages shorter, a definite plus point! But seriously, I did like Love Unscripted enough to want to read more about Taryn and Ryan so that’s a major positive!