Considering how much I loved Love Unscripted, I had a pretty good feeling going into reading this one that I'd love it as well. I was right.
Love UnrehConsidering how much I loved Love Unscripted, I had a pretty good feeling going into reading this one that I'd love it as well. I was right.
Love Unrehearsed begins pretty much right where Love Unscripted left off, and I really appreciated that there wasn't a huge time jump that had changed the climate of the relationship between Ryan and Taryn. They were still the couple I'd loved reading about in the previous book.
As much time was spent exploring the challenges of maintaining a relationship with a celebrity in Love Unscripted, I think Love Unrehearsed really dove deeper into the complications that come along with Ryan's acting career.
However, I felt like Ryan and Taryn were a much stronger couple in this book. They'd already weathered a lot together, and I appreciated that they weren't so easily shaken. That's not to say that this book has any less drama than the previous one. Believe me, they have it in spades.
I thought the pacing of this book, like it's predecessor, was really well done. It explored a lot of new avenues in Taryn and Ryan's relationship and aspects of their lives while they still battled some of the old problems.
Some of the characters that were introduced in Love Unscripted had a bigger presence, and I enjoyed seeing new characters along with the ones I'd already come to love. The subplots involving the supporting characters were really interesting as well.
The story felt very layered, as far as where the different couples were at in relationships and it was a good contrast to where Ryan and Taryn were at in their relationship.
I found myself feeling quite frustrated throughout because of some of the crap that Taryn and Ryan had to put up with, but in all I really enjoyed the novel.
In some ways, I think I enjoyed it even more than Love Unscripted. I can't exactly explain why, but I think a large part of it had to do with the new sense of solidarity between Ryan and Taryn.
Even though I would have been more than happy to read more, I felt completely satisfied when I reached the end of the novel....more
I stumbled across this book while browsing at the library. I was initially interested because of the title. I had some doubts about how good the bookI stumbled across this book while browsing at the library. I was initially interested because of the title. I had some doubts about how good the book might be because it was so short, but I decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad that I did.
The story begins because of a game a group of kids invented to pass the time while waiting for their school bus to arrive. Mark, Ben and Little Tracy give Anna starting points and she tells them a story. However, one rainy morning Anna decides she to wants to choose the story, and thus begins the tale of Hitler's daughter.
Even though the book is likely targeted at a younger audience, I finished the majority of the book in one sitting because I found it to be such a compelling story. It raised a lot of questions and left me feeling unsettled. ...more
Even though Love Unscripted is a pretty hefty book, it's such a fast and enjoyable read.
While all of the other women of Seaport are busy swooning oveEven though Love Unscripted is a pretty hefty book, it's such a fast and enjoyable read.
While all of the other women of Seaport are busy swooning over actor Ryan Christensen while he's in town filming a movie, strong and independent Taryn Mitchell can't see what all of the excitement is about. At least not until Ryan seeks shelter in her pub.
I really enjoyed these characters. The chemistry between Taryn and Ryan is amazing. Sometimes I find myself frustrated when I read a book where the characters are allegedly drawn to each other immediately because it sometimes tends to lack something. Here, in Love Unscripted, I saw it happen and I believed it.
There was a lot of time put into establishing first a friendship and then a romantic relationship between Taryn and Ryan, and I really appreciated that. Even though the feelings were there from the start, it was still nice to get to know these characters and want to see them get together.
For me, one of my favorite parts of reading a romance is seeing the journey of the characters coming together, so Tina Reber certainly won points with me for taking me on that journey. Then she took the story many steps further by exploring the ups and downs of Taryn and Ryan's relationship and the struggles brought on by his fame and the long periods of time apart.
As much as I enjoyed the story, though, I often myself myself getting frustrated. I certainly felt for Taryn's friends and Ryan's family. They were real troopers and great supporting characters -- especially when Taryn and Ryan needed the people in their lives to be the voices of reason.
Taryn was so fiercely strong in the beginning of the story that it was difficult for me to see her fall apart later in the book. However, I think the circumstances leading up to her meltdown -- as well as past situations -- made her behavior and reactions believable. It was still difficult to experience, but it didn't feel totally out of character. I think the same argument could probably be made for Ryan, but since the story is told from Taryn's perspective, it's harder to know what's going through his head.
It wasn't an easy courtship by any means, but it was certainly a wild ride. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. As Ryan put it, there was a lot of romance, drama, comedy, action, suspense, and heartache. The story really took me on an emotional journey, and while sometimes it was hard to press on because my heart was breaking for the Taryn and Ryan, I truly enjoyed it.
I just finished Love Unscripted early this morning, but I cannot wait to start Love Unrehearsed because I already miss the characters and want to see what comes next....more
It's always an amazing feeling when I pick a book I've heard such good things about and finish it nodding my head while saying, "Those other people weIt's always an amazing feeling when I pick a book I've heard such good things about and finish it nodding my head while saying, "Those other people were totally right. That book was awesome."
Easy is one of the those books for me. I'd been hearing about it, read some reviews that said great things and had a trusted friend tell me she loved it, so I was really excited when I started it.
I think the book was aptly named for many reasons because I just immediately fell into the story with ease. The opening scene had my heart pounding, and I found it incredibly hard to walk away from the story.
The story deals with some heavy issues, but it's handled in such a careful way and isn't burdened with unnecessary angst. The characters are fleshed out well and their actions and dialogue always felt believable. The multiple layers of the story were constructed in such a way that the story just flowed effortlessly. There was never a moment when I found myself feeling bored or wanting to skip ahead.
I loved every minute of the readings experience and have no doubt that this is a book I'll be rereading in the future. ...more