“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 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 have a sort of like and dislike relationship with this book. I don't wanna say love and hate because hate seems so extreme and I do not hate this book. In fact, I love it. Well, parts of it, atleast.
Let's start with the stuff I like. I like how the writer build up Taryn and Ryan's relationship. I find it charming how they started off as friends, really good friends who call each other a lot and care for each other. With how they act around each other, one can forget that Ryan is this popular actor and Taryn is this low-key, bartender in a small town.
I like the sincere approach of how the author treated the problems surrounding the couples. I understand Taryn's insecurity and Ryan's attitude towards his fame. His loneliness as a result of being a celebrity was thoroughly discussed
I also like the supporting characters. Taryn have such adorable friends who support her and care for her. Ryan also has a lovable family. Down to earth and totally kind.
However, there are also some stuff that prevented me from liking this book more. Even though I love the slow build up, I was kind of put off by the length of this book. I don't think their kind of love story is something that you would need 668 freakin' pages in order to be told efficiently. I find a lot of situations and events to be fillers and don't actually contribute to the whole story other than reiterate to the readers how good Ryan and Taryn are for each other. But we actually don't need these extra scenes because we have more than enough scenarios already presented to us in the same manner.
The lead characters, though adorable, also feel unreal. Why? Because Taryn is so perfect and Ryan doesn't really act celebrity-like. Taryn is so beautiful, kind and totally not into celebrities. She's a good cook, she can play the piano and guitar, and also sing. She can even make stained glass photo frames. So, maybe there are times when jealousy and insecurity start rearing its head but other than that she's depicted as a freakin' Mary Sue!
Also, some dialogues are cheesy and the author tends to over-describe and over-explain. We, readers, can read between the lines too, you know?
I think if Tina Reber kept this book to around 300 pages, it could've been better. There wouldn't be too much repetition and pages where there are absolutely nothing of interest happens. I'm still planning to read Love Unrehearsed. Actually, it's already on queue in my Kindle. Because I love Ryan and Taryn's love story in spite of everything, I really hope the next book is better.
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