Friday, March 15, 2013


Love Unscripted (Love, #1)
by Tina Reber

Published March 6, 2010 by CreateSpace
Buy at Barnes & Noble • Amazon • other stores

 (Technically 3.3, rounded to 3 )
NOTE: Not for YA! New Adult novel with sexual content and themes

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?
I normally shy away from adult novels, especially non fantasy ones. However, I was intrigued by teaser and gave it a shot. Though it had a great deal of potential, I was saddened by the overindulging of sexual content. It would have been perfect if it wasn't a "how-to" book on sex positions.

With a completely refreshing plot, we follow the lives and budding relationship of Ryan and Taryn. I was incredibly impressed with the realistic portrayal of what the life a celebrity is really like. The constant running from the paparazzi, trying to hid in order to find a brief moment of peace, the constant fear of being attacked, the shocking and disturbing fan mail, fighting with selfish managers and the internal self doubt. Not stuff usually talked about. The writing was incredibly dynamic and powerful. Reber wonderfully shows us what that pressure can do a relationship.

Though that was a main aspect to the book, what I also was enraptured with was their personal stories. Both came from loving homes but had a lot of emotional baggage. The interweaving of their own issues along with their professional lives made for a intricate and fascinating tale.

Their relationship had immediate attraction, but I was thankful it didn't boil down to wild animal sex in the first few weeks. Whew! What I found that detracted from the quality of the novel was the step-by-step "how-to" sex scenes that proliferated the book. It was TMI and overkill. It cheapened the book to a book stand romance novel when there was so much more to the book.

Don't get me wrong, I like great romances. But no regular human has that much sex in that amount of time. It is not humanly possible. And it degraded the relationship to me. I found the scenes where they were struggling with issues and even just kicking back to be the best scenes in the book.

I cautiously recommend it. There is language and a TON of sexual content, but the bare bones and plot of the book make it a great read. THIS IS NOT for anyone under 18... preferably 21... Yes, I know I'm a MAMA, but really..