Monday, October 29, 2012

Love Unscripted by Tina Reber - 5 stars!

Happy Monday!

Today I can share a review of a book, which I personally think is a must read! Love Unscripted is the first book in theLove series which consits of two books. I read Love Unscripted already during the summer and I just finished the sequel - Love Unrehearsed and I have to admit, it is the best adult contemporary romance series I have read this year. Enjoy the review and I hope you will get a chance to enjoy Tina Reber's books, because they are really incredibly good! Be aware, that the review is quite long :)

Author: Tina Reber

Title: Love Unscripted
Series: Love #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Imprint: Atria Books
Release date: 8th of September 2012
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 576 pages
Source: 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?

My review:

Warning – since I really loved the book, there might be slight spoilers in my review!

I found Love Unscripted by Tina Reber in Netgalley and the blurb sounded interesting. I am so glad, that I stumbled upon Love Unscripted. It is one well-written and engrossing story. I absolutely loved it! Firstly, it is one of the best contemporary romances I have read lately; secondly, the characters were lovable and thirdly, it is just a great story! Tina Reber is an amazing story teller and her story grabs you from the very beginning and keeps your attention to the last page. When I finished the book, I just had to know how the story continued and by now I have also read the last and second book in the series – Love Unrehearsed. It rocked!


Taryn is a pub owner on Rhode Island who lives an ordinary life: she goes to work every day, she meets her friends every day. The only thing she is missing in her life, is love. She has been mistreated by her ex-boyfriend and she has no trust in love. That is, until the day she meets an A-list Hollywood actor Ryan Christensen, whose movie set is in Seaport on Rhode Island. Ryan is running away from his screaming and staking fans and escapes to Taryn’s pub through the backdoor and scares the hell out of Taryn.

The pub is still closed and Taryn agrees to let Ryan hide from his fans in her pub. They start talking, playing pool and Taryn has no idea who he is or anything about his movies, she hasn’t seen a single one of them. Ryan likes that he can be himself while spending time with her and she does not take him as a movie star but just like another guy. Of course, the attraction and flirting are there from the very beginning.

When Taryn agrees to help him to find a place where his parents can stay while visiting Ryan on the movie set, things take slightly more serious turn.

Taryn is well aware that her own world is miles away from Ryan’s and his lifestyle and she really tries not to fall for him, but they become friends and they do fall in love. And this is where it gets complicated. Taryn has been hurt and it is extremely hard for her to start trusting Ryan. She truly likes him, but it is difficult to cope with the world of Hollywood, his fans and the threats that come with spending time with him.

If you combine the above love story with a lunatic fan, sick security guy, obnoxious actresses and supportive friends, then you get a story which is spelling, beautiful and real. I am well aware, that many women dream about the century’s love story with a movie star and I think Tina Reber did an excellent work with showing that the reality of that kind of dream is far from being perfect. There are many obstacles when these two very different worlds meet and collapse. I admired Tina’s background knowledge which kept me wonder if she had to do a lot of research, if it is pure fantasy or has she really been working on the movie sets. It gave a whole detailed picture of what a movie world really is about. I liked that. She pealed all the fancy things away and kept it real.

I loved the ending of the book. I felt for Taryn for what she went through and the last few chapters of the book were so emotional, that I literally laughed and cried of happiness. Love Unscripted is a book, which makes you believe in love and makes you happy and gives you faith that whatever life brings you, there is a love at the end of the tunnel. It was wonderful!


Where should I even start? There are so many great characters in Love Unscripted and the pleasure of reading about them is equally divided between the main characters and the supportive ones.

Taryn is a woman who is leveled and down to earth. She has a successful business and the pub is the only thing besides her friends which keeps her going. Her friends are everything to her, because her parents both are dead. Her heart has been broken and she is not actively looking for new relationship, but when Ryan appears in her life that is changing. I really liked Taryn’s ability to adapt to new situations and challenges in her life. She is a woman who constantly learns and grows. There is one thing though which is difficult for her – to trust the man she deeply loves.

I cheered for her, I ached for her, I laughed together with her and I cried for her. She is such so strong and lovable character, that you can’t help but falling for her. She is kind and giving and very smart. She is simply adorable. Don’t get me wrong, she is not perfect and she does have serious problems she needs to deal with, but the way she tackles her problems, is beautiful. Whenever she is with Ryan in his world, she is quickly learning. If she does not know what to do or when she is insecure, she asks.

Ryan is a great guy! Being a movie star has not corrupted the ordinary man in him, he wants simple things in his life: a woman to trust, home to live in and kids and foremost – love. When he meets Taryn, he knows quite quickly, that Taryn is a woman worth spending time with. When their relationship grows from friendship to love, he is supportive and very protective towards Taryn. He takes all steps necessary to make sure, that all craziness surrounding him does not hurt Taryn. I loved the way he cared for her. Even though it sometimes seemed controlling, the story shows that his protectiveness was absolutely a necessity.

Their relationship is like music – it flows with crescendos and pianos. There are ups and downs, but they stick together, even after bad and very bad things happened (you’ll just have to read the book!).

There are so many other wonderful characters in the book: Taryn’s best friends Marie and Pete whom I both really liked, Ryan’s security manager and friend Mike, sleazy and annoying Kyle, bitchy actress Lauren, Ryan’s parents. Love Unscripted is filled with them and that makes the story interesting, fascinating and alive!


Love Unscripted by Tina Reber is one of the best contemporary romances I have read! It has a lovable story, solid plot with lots of twists and turns and very adorable characters. It is a book which gives hope and makes you believe that love conquers everything. Loved it!

5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Buy links:

Simon and Schuster
Barnes and Noble

Happy reading!


  1. Ok! I am loving you think this is one of the best contemporary romances you have read this year! Wonderful review. I have this on NG so I shall read it. Thankyou!


  2. I Loved this book! I wish the sex scenes would have been more descriptive but I got the point anyway. I stayed up until 3 am trying to finish because I just couldn't put it down. My heart was beating out of my chest....I loved all the characters and the story line. Definitely worth reading.

    Micky Johnson (Bellevue, WA Garage Door Repair)

    1. Thanks!
      It was one of my favorite reads last years :)