“I don’t want anyone else – just you. And no matter where I am, wherever I go, you’re the only one who is holding my heart.” ~Ryan
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Normally, I don’t particularly care for this day because my philosophy is that if you really want to show that special someone how much you love them, you demonstrate that love 365 days a year!! Don’t just show your love on that one day in the middle of February. To be honest, your significant other isn’t the one getting the incentive of your love on Valentine’s Day. It’s Hallmark and other greeting card and chocolate candy companies that’s milking this “holiday” because they’re the ones sucking the life out of your wallet with every penny you have. I’m not bitter. I’m just saying my peace. *Sigh* I just hopped off my soap box and move on to important things. 🙂
Now I love a good love story. One that’s well-written, brings drama and angst to the plot and ultimately melts my heart with a happy ending, and I found that in Tina Reber’s first novel in her Love series called Love Unscripted.
The story takes place in Seaport, Rhode Island, where Taryn Mitchell owns a pub that she has inherited from her family and lives above the establishment. She’s had a difficult, yet quiet life. She’s maturely independent, confident, self-sufficient, and a little standoffish when it comes to men. She’s not one to be googly-eyed when an adoring Adonis lurks around the corner. A-List heartthrob actor Ryan Christensen is in town filming the second movie from a book trilogy called “Seaside.” Being an A-List celebrity is tough, since one has to deal with those pesky paparazzis and stalking fans. Ryan knows all too well about that, especially when one day he is being chased by screaming fans. As Taryn steps out of her bar, she sees him running down the street. Their worlds begin to collide when she lets him into her closed bar. Ryan manages to escape from his fans, but once in the pub he accidentally opens the back door that leads up to Taryn’s apartment. They spend the whole day together, and a friendship is born, which then leads to love.
However, their love story is not an easy one as they try to overcome several obstacles such as right to privacy, trust issues, sensational tabloid stories, jealous fans, and the ever-present paparazzi. Can Taryn adjust herself to Ryan’s world?
I enjoyed this story immensely because for once it wasn’t a lust-at-first-sight plot. It starts out slow and builds up little by little to the point where you’re like “OK! Let’s hook up already!” Their chemistry is palpable, and their interactions and emotions towards one another can be felt as a reader. Their character developments, including Taryn’s insecurities, were real. Tina Reber does a great job in exploring the culture of super-stardom. As any celebrity may tell you, though it reaps many benefits, it’s not an easy thing to be. I love that fact that Taryn stays grounded throughout the entire plot. The ensemble characters (Ryan’s castmates and family and Taryn’s friends: Marie, Tammy, Pete, and Mike, to name a few) add humor, drama, and a little vibrance to the story.
The story actually reminded me of the way Matt Damon met his wife Luciana. He was an A-List, award-winning actor/screenwriter when he met his wife at a bar she worked at in Miami in 2003. She was a bartender, and Matt was filming the “Stuck On You” on location at the time.
So overall, great book! Kudos to Tina Reber. I am currently reading the second book in the series called Love Unrehearsed. Stay tuned for my upcoming review.