Love Unscripted - Tina Reber
Released January 2013
Simon and Schuster
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Love Unscripted was not what I was expecting. First, this is probably the longest romance I've had in a long time. There was no short and sweet speed to Tina Reber's book. At over 700 pages, there was plenty of time to get to know the characters, learn about their fears and strengths, and even meet a number of the minor characters. This is part of a series, so I loved really getting to know Ryan and Taryn. Second, it paints a complete, and pretty detailed image, of the life of a celebrity. I know paparazzi are shameless, but I never thought of how bad fans can be. Yet, when you think about, with celebrities like Adele getting sent death threats against her newborn child, some fans are really that horrid.
Taryn Mitchell is a prosperous business woman. She is a partner in her friend's catering firm, she is part owner of a few wineries, and she owns her own pub in Rhode Island. When Ryan Christensen ducks into her bar one day to escape some overzealous fans, she never expects to fall head over heels for him.
Taryn's been hurt before. Her last boyfriend/fiance turned out to be a cheater. Other guys have been no better. The last thing she needs is to become embroiled in a romance with a man who is desired by many, including A-list actresses who make it very clear that he's out of Taryn's league.
Ryan wants Taryn to be part of his life, but he's been burned before too. Can this A-list actor and a woman from a quiet coastal town survive the media frenzy to follow?
Love Unscripted had me hooked from the start. I think many women can only imagine what it's like to fall in love with a star. (I've had a crush on Johnny Depp for as long as I can remember - since the day I laid eyes on him in Nightmare on Elm Street and then 21 Jump Street.) Yet, I know I'd never survive that lifestyle. Watching Taryn's resolve grow, crumble, and grow again comes off as very realistic. She certainly had her moments when I wanted to smack some sense into her, but I also understood her hesitance.
I've read Tina Reber's Q&A on if she is an actress using a pseudonym, and apparently she's not. My hat is off because her research proves she took her time learning everything she could about the life of a celebrity and the bodyguards hired to keep them safe. I can't say I have first-hand insight on the matter, but I do remember when my sister-in-law was a volunteer at a local hospital, Robert Redford's daughter gave birth to a child. Keeping his arrival to meet his new grandchild low-key took some doing. It's really a shame that there are people out there who make their money becoming little more than a parasite.
I'm not sure where this series will lead, but I'm eager to find out. I can't wait to see what happens next in Taryn and Ryan's story.