Sunday, November 29, 2015

ARC Review: Love Unscripted by Tina Reber

Title: Love Unscripted
Author: Tina Reber
Kindle, 668 pages
Published: March 6th 2010
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: via Netgalley

An A-List Movie Star. . . 
Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans . . . and finds much more than he expected.

A Small-Town Girl. . . 
Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in by his humor, charm, and undeniable good looks. At six foot two, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and an incredible body, Ryan has every girl in Seaport swooning. But Taryn isn’t every other girl.

A Relationship That Doesn’t Follow the Script. . . 
Despite her better judgment, Taryn soon finds herself falling hard for Ryan. But is their bond strong enough to survive the tabloid headlines, the relentless paparazzi, and the jealous fans who seem determined to tear them apart? 
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Love Unscripted is a book that has been on my Kindle app for a while now, but I only felt like reading it now. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was really excited. I mean, it's an amazing concept, and it's an adult book so I felt like there would be no silliness whatsoever. But when I read this, I was disappointed.

For the first 300 pages of the book, I was really liking the novel. I was even ready to give it 4 stars. Until I realized that I was only 50% through when I expected to be near the end of the novel. This book is excessively long - it has close to 700 pages, and it's a contemporary novel! I mean, I would understand a fantasy novel that's 1000 pages because there's world building and there's generally a lot more going on. I could even understand that many pages on a contemporary mystery novel. But on a contemporary romance novel? I felt like it was excessively long.

As the novel dragged on, I became more and more annoyed.. Either Ryan or Taryn would get jealous, they'd fight and remind each other that they love each other, then they'd have a long talk about trust, and then they'd get back together. The whole book was pretty much a couple cycles of those happening over and over again. By the time I closed the book, I couldn't help but just roll my eyes and think of what a waste this novel has been. I saw potential at first, yet I was so disappointed when I closed it.

If you're okay with reading a contemporary romance novel with almost 700 pages and a repetitive theme, then by all means, go ahead. However, I just felt like if the author wrapped up the novel around the half of this one, then it would have been so much better. Because I have to admit - I did feel all the feels and connect with the characters; but only in the first half of the novel.

2.5 stars. Ah, it's okay. 

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