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Love Unscripted: The Love Series, Book 1 | [Tina Reber]

Love Unscripted: The Love Series, Book 1

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. 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
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2012 Tina Reber (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-02-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-02-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "It's just sooo long..."

    Taryn, a small town bar owner is swept off her feet by the major movie star, Ryan Christensen.... Oh, this story had so much potential!

    But... This was one of the most painful books I have ever read. It just drags on and on and on...
    The majority of the book is spent talking about how poor Ryan is hounded by the paparazzi and how Taryn wishes she could protect him from his Hollywood lifestyle. If you are looking for hot and steaming scenes the book lacks this as well.
    Once Taryn & Ryan are officially a couple the next part of the book is spent reassuring one another that they are indeed in love. Honestly, they said "I love you" so many times it almost became unbelievable.

    I found the dialogue quite awkward and forced at times and the constant use of the endearments 'Honey' and 'Dear' made the characters seem really dated to me.

    I'm glad I finished this book as it reaffirmed that I definitely do not want to read the sequel. But it does leave me asking the question, if there was always going to be a second book, why would you make the first one so long??

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Erin NORTH AURORA, IL, United States 09-24-13
    Erin NORTH AURORA, IL, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a great story...."
    Would you listen to Love Unscripted again? Why?

    Of course I would. First of all, the story was great and definitely kept you wanting to listen more and more. Secondly, the narrator was amazing and did a great job with the characters throughout the book. And finally, the love story between Taryn and Ryan was beautiful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Taryn because she was such an honest, independent and realistic character. She never steered away from her morals and roots, which made me resonate with her.


    Have you listened to any of Madeleine Maby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not, but she's a great narrator! Especially when you have to incorporate a male voice as one of the main characters...it's important to listeners that it sounds as realistic as possible and not fake and she did a great job at this.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually experienced both. The story was not one that's too realistic as how often does a celebrity walk into a bar you own and fall in love with a normal pedestrian? But, it does allow you to dream and hope that this might happen. The characters were pure and fun to get to know better. It was a great journey and I really enjoyed the love story as well as the ups and downs between Taryn and Ryan.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 07-21-13
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Started out great..."

    It started out really good but got old and tiring to me. That is why the 3 stars. good for half the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis 06-26-13
    Alexis 06-26-13 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Cute! Rich, famous, hounded, and in love..."

    I was in the mood for a nice sweet love story, and this perfectly fit the bill. It was just the right amount of sap at the right moment for me.

    When you scan the reviews for this book, two things are repeated over and over.

    First, that this feels a lot like that old movie Notting Hill. Second, that it’s bogged down by way, way, WAY too much harping about the evils of the paparazzi who hound the poor, woebegone celebrities.

    Both statements are entirely true!

    If you’re looking for an easy, relatively low-stress love story, then jump right in! If you’ve seen Notting Hill then you know what sort of story to expect. If you thought it was too slow or had too little plot, then a similar audio about eight times longer probably isn’t your cup of joe. This is not a fast-mover, it’s a slow ride. Whether that’s good or bad is up to you.

    I really enjoyed this and will definitely listen to the next book, but not right away. I need a break from the crazy amount of whining about how the lives of all those poor, helpless, giving celebrities are ruined because of the press and the ungrateful public. Author, thy need an editor with an iron whip! Or possibly a weed whacker! Yes, the paparazzi are off the wall, but instead of balancing that theme within the story, the story got a bit bashed with that theme. (And um… If it wasn’t for the interest of the public, does anyone think the celebs would be getting those huge paychecks?) I’m only knocking one star off for that, because I still thought it was a great listen. So now I'm the one harping out of proportion! ;)

    The narrator was lovely. I thought she sounded just like Taryn, which is perfect for a first-person narrative. Glad to see she's doing the next book as well!

    Recommended for lovers of sweet sappy love stories who don't mind taking their time with a listen. Hollywood gossip lovers may be attracted too, although I'm not and still liked this one quite a bit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 12-07-12
    LeftyMom North Carolina 12-07-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Better than WOW!!"

    I absolutely loved, loved this book! I listened to Love Unscripted and Love Unrehearsed back to back and was still sad to see it end. What wonderful writing!! I felt like I knew these characters and looked forward to every moment I could listen. The narrator, Madeleine Maby is fantastic and made the words come alive. I can't wait for the next book by this author. Thank you for the fun journey Ms. Reber.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Haley Napier, New Zealand 11-15-12
    Haley Napier, New Zealand 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read - A goodie for FSOG fans"

    Really enjoyed this book. I really like books that are over 15 hours of listening, it means you get more into the characters etc.

    Im a fan of the FSOG series and i definitely think this in my top 5 of if you love FSOG you'll love this....

    It was very easy to listen to. Defiantly worth a credit in my opinion.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 01-29-15
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    "Interesting story, but...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Eliminate the tremendous overuse of the words "my body" and gratuitous, awkward sex scenes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Taryn is an independent woman with realistic issues


    What about Madeleine Maby’s performance did you like?

    No accents, nice tempo, pleasant tone


    Was Love Unscripted worth the listening time?

    Interesting idea and likeable characters


    Any additional comments?

    Contrived, too long sex scenes don't really contribute to the plot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah WA 12-17-14
    Deborah WA 12-17-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Torn on this one, it grabed me and then let me go."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am not sure it started out really good and then drags on then started up again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Unscripted?

    There really was none just keep me holding on thinking more was to come.


    Do you think Love Unscripted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I got the second book but really wish I had not have had in for over 2 months and have not finished listening to it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a tease to me took me a long time to listen to this one. The make lead seems to be a bully and the female lead who is suppose to be strong gets lead around by her ***** if you know what I mean. I could have saved my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 07-07-14
    Ann 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Are girls really this clueless!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No....I hope people don't think this is okay-to treat this woman like this. Sure Taryn jumps to conclusions a lot, but mostly she puts up with a lot of crap and gets very little sympathy for it. She should of told Ryan to f-off along time ago. He hides their relationship from the world and lets his publicist, agent, and the public at large think she's nothing and allows the world to believe he's hooking up with someone else. He makes her wait across the street and watch him schmooze with his co-star who is in love with him. He expects her to be okay with watching him kiss his ex-girlfriend co-star day after day. But when he has his jealous fits over nothing (as far as he knows) he tries to control her and the situation to make him feel better . He was such a manipulative, narcissistic jerk and by the end of the book I was sooooo hoping she would dump him and make him gravel a little.


    What could Tina Reber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not made Taryn such a doormat.


    Which character – as performed by Madeleine Maby – was your favorite?

    None, but it wasn't the narrator's fault. I even hated Taryn's best friend, Marie--a lot!....if she was my best friend and she slapped me knowing what I'd been through that night I would have punched her in the face and fired her from my bar.


    Was Love Unscripted worth the listening time?

    Not really.....it was sooooooo long. I feel the editor could have cut the book down by 1/3 and still told the same sexist story.


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    Chris United States 04-02-14
    Chris United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow just wow"

    wow, what a romance who would not fall for Ryan and Taryn's hesitation, it has everything loved it. The narrator did an amazing job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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