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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Movie star 101: A smile hides all pain.

Quellcrist King has been playing a part his entire life. The more famous he becomes, the more he hides. The only person he ever let see the real him rose with him from nothing to the very top.

They were the king and queen of Hollywood— and then she wanted a divorce. The only way to survive his depression is to bury himself in work. If
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 280 pages
Published November 6th 2019 by Graybooks
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Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty sure this was my first book by this author and I absolutely loved it.

It would make a fantastic romantic comedy film and it had just the right balance between angst and humour to stop it becoming stale or too obvious.

It's actually quite a slow burn, with Hale and Quellcrist (and I'm sorry but his name - possibly an homage to the Altered Carbon character - made me laugh each time I saw it in full) becoming best friends first.

Quell is still reeling from his separation and his wife is still
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Unscripted by JR Gray was ok. For some reason, I had a hard time connecting to the characters as a couple- both great guys, but together I wasn't invested. I found the story a little slow-moving, and I felt like some aspects of the story weren't completely fleshed out, and not having an epilogue didn't help. If you've read my reviews before- you know I love me an epilogue. I want to know that characters are living happy lives, and I didn't get that feeling from Unscripted. The end was a ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019
Quell and Hale started off as co-stars that slowly evolved to friends and confidantes before they eventually became a couple. The UST during the first 50% of the story was unbelievable between them, especially considering that their characters had a complicated romantic relationship in the series.

When they met, Quell was an already known and highly paid actor, while Hale struggled to make ends meet with whatever part he could score so he wouldn't have to work a second job to support himself.

Waleska 'Wally'
4.5 Brilliant Stars ! A slow burn story that gave me all the feels.

Unscripted by J.R. Gray is one of those stories that grabs your interest and curiosity from the first chapter . And as the story unfolds , it throw you into a maelstrom of emotions that it's near impossible to stop reading or/and thinking about it until the end.

A tale that smartly and with a lot of compassion deals with mental health issues as depression ; as well as, friendship, loneliness, self discovery/sexual
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok clearly I'm in the minority. Like, really in the minority. But I must be honest with my rating and review.

If you don't want spoilers of the book please do not continue reading.

First off, I was not blown away. This is my first book by J.R. Gray. I read it because I was intrigued by the description of the story.

So, I'm just going to get right into what was interesting and what I liked, and what I didn't like.

For anyone who's read any of my other reviews, you may have come across me
Fandom has perfected the "Gay For You Friends To Lovers On A Film Set/Movie Set" formula ages ago so the bar this had to clear for me was high. Unfortunately the author mostly phoned it in and failed at establishing the most basic requirements to make this kind of story work.

Let's start with the friendship. There isn't really one. Sure, we are told over and over again that Quell and Hale are Best Friends but are they really? They fall in lust at first sight at the audition, proceed to awkward
Nov 16, 2019 added it
DNF at 30% for now at least.

The writing just wasn't working for me. It was confusing, like English isn't the author's native language. It was kind of proper and there was slang that I hadn't heard before and I couldn't find when I tried to look it up which made it more confusing. It took me out of the story that I was already having a hard time following.

Maybe it's the wrong book at the wrong time and maybe I'll try again later. It just didn't gel for me.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good slow burn MM Romance
Also an Own Voice book.
Between two actors.
The chemistry was really good.
I love that the romance developed over time.
It's a little long but I really liked these characters.
Between a straight actor playing a role of queer guy, and it starts from there..
Highly recommend it..
Elizabeth A
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Look, I like a Hollywood romance. A queer Hollywood romance? Even better. And this one seemed really promising in an indulgent way (our megastar's name is Quellcrist King, I had no illusions here), especially with a protagonist dealing with depression (with a name like Quellcrist, who could blame him). And I did quite like the first half of this book when everything was on-set banter and increasingly obvious pining.

The writing started to fall off in the second half. The influence of the evil
3.5 stars

I debated with myself whether to round up or down with this, but too many things bothered for me to round up to 4 stars.

So I really liked parts of this. Quell and Hale's - interesting first names - growing friendship and romance for part of the first half was good and I was loving this. Despite some typos or weirdly worded sentences or grammatical things here and there like no comma when there should have been, I was enjoying it, and it wasn't so overt that it took enjoyment out of
*Received A Free Copy To Review From The Author*

This is a bit complicated. I really liked the characters, the plot was interesting. That was all good. But MAN did the middle drag. So much hand wringing and waffling. Just MAKE A CHOICE. This book could've stood to lose at least 20% of "oh no, I like him but he can't possibly like me back, so I'm going to just be his friend and angst." from both men. Sometimes that works, but in this case I wasn't a fan. However I did enjoy the initial set up and
Mandy Jones
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried, but just can't finish

I tried with this book. I read word for word until the character that didn't have depression started talking about his depression. Confused? Me too. Then I started skimming. When it said no one knew about him and his wife being split up except Mel and he'd already told Elle twice I was done.
I rarely leave negative reviews, but this book had potential. The idea was great. It needs A LOT of work though. The characters need more depth, not more problems, more
It's been a long time since I've sat down with an MM book and just devoured it.
It's been a long time since I've found that love for a story, one that wouldn't let me put it down.

JR Gray gave me that love of reading, that love of inclusion, that love of storytelling. He gave me that with Unscripted.

I don't know why this one spoke to me as much as it did, but from the first snippet I saw over on B+M, I knew this would be a book I would read.
I don't know which part appealed to me the most, but
Joyfully Jay
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

This is a strong book from J.R. Gray and I enjoyed reading about Quell and Hale. Quell is already a successful actor and Hale is trying to find his hit and there is about ten years between the men.

Although Quell is highly successful, he suffers from anxiety and depression. He relied a lot on his wife and the routine of the life they had helped him, but now that they are separated, Quell doesn’t know what to do besides work. His separation is not public knowledge;
Natosha Wilson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a truly amazing read. It has topics that are a major issue in life for some like Depression and mental illnesses such as depression. But it so much more then that. It is a book about ones life seemingly falling apart only to figure out what truly living means. Sometimes it takes stepping out of our comfort zone to find what truly makes us happy and to learn things about ourselves that we may have never explored. This book has drama upon drama in it but I will say that it may be drama ...more
Cee Brown
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
•*) .•*)
(.•4.5 hawt stars.

"I'd never feel this way about another person again. I was soul tied to him. ~Quell

November 10, 2019 –
So. The moment I saw this book advertised I knew I'd be reading it. Thanks to my friend A for gifting me with a copy. She heard about it all during "gushing session" during our three week road trip this fall.

As for the book. I. Just. Can't!

Truthfully, paranormal is as close as I get to fantasy. But this is truly fascinating. One well known actor, Quell decides to
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
My first book by this author and I loved it!

Unscripted really packed a punch for me. It's been quite a while since I've read an "out for you/gay for you" story. I know they can be controversial, but I admit that I like them a lot.

Quellcrist King is an actor going through a secret divorce he didn't want but his wife did. He's always thought of himself as straight but the chemistry he has with his new co-star of the new TV series he is producing has him asking himself a lot of questions about his
Ruthie Taylor
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I really enjoyed this book - it has so many layers of interest to it, so many questions which it addresses, and such a lovely, slow burn, deep and intense romance at its core.

Quell is the big movie star, perfect marriage, always at his wife's side ... until she decides she's had enough of following him around, and that though he needs to support her public events for the next 18 months, they should quietly divorce. This
Becky Rendon
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unscripted and completely wonderful

It goes without saying love is love. If you've looked at this book, read the blurb, or downloaded it, you must feel the same. Or you want to...

Unscripted is beautiful love story. It's not porn. It's not erotica. There's nothing gratuitous about the love scenes but it is hot AF. Not gonna lie, I definitely enjoyed the tent action and have sympathy tree burn. J.R. Gray gave me everything I wanted, needed, and hoped for in Unscripted.

It's emotional, sexy, and
S.M. Harshell
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

I was hooked into this story from page one. I couldn't get enough of Quell and Hale's chemistry. The build up and angst was at an all time high and kept me flying through the pages to find out if they were going to get the ending they deserved.

Quellcrist is a Hollywood name everyone knows. After reading a heavy m/m book series Quell knows he can make it come to life on screen, he has to. He buys the script and makes a
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Oh wow! I loved everything about this book. It’s a steamy, angsty read that made me feel just about everything for Quell and Hale. This is a fabulous Hollywood romance that offers all sorts of behind the scenes excitement but it is also a very personal story about an unlikely friendship that slowly turns into something beautiful.

I’m not sure whether it’s Hale, the outsider and Hollywood newcomer who I loved most or Quell, the
Simone Stephanie
When i found this book i dove right into it. It sounded really good and i love mm books, where one of them starts out straight. That being said, I had some problems with this book.

1. I had a hard time connection to the characters. I felt like I, as a reader, was kept at a certain distance.

2. There were inconsistencies with the main characters ages. We get told that Hale is 24, but Quell apparently had a lot of different ages. At one point we get told he is 29, at another that he is 10 years
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

When Hale is cast in the role of a lifetime aside a gorgeous, very straight, Quell, it changes his life in more ways than just professionally. When a friendship springs up between the two men, neither expected the way things would end up. Will Quell be able to be out with Hale AND keep his career? How long is Hale willing to be kept a secret?

Unscripted is a slow burn story that deals with some serious subjects. I like how the author treated the mental health issues that Quell suffered from, and
Leelah🍁♋️ Orion
I really liked this. I think this is my first read of this author, and I really liked it. Has me interested in other books. This had some angst. Took them a while to get over their fears and get it together. And there were a lot of fears involved. But it didn’t go down the too angsty road, and it also didn’t go down the dramatic role it could have when exes are involved.
This was simply about two men fighting through fear to be with each other.

The writing was good, and I want to think the
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars just because this was hard to read... not the story, which is really really liked, but the author’s writing style took some getting used to. I had to re-read parts over because I couldn’t get the voice or the glow right. I did detract but on the whole it’s was good.
Thank you
Mo (The Scarlet Siren)
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-is-love
I'm so torn how to rate this one! Full review to come with all my thoughts.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

I really liked this book. I have never ready anything by this author before so I am eager to read more. This book really hit home for me, my brother recently went through a divorce and I finally saw how much he was manipulated and wasn't himself for years because of his wife, just like Quell was because of his wife. I loved the slow burn between Hale and Quell and usually that drives me nuts but it worked in this story. There wasn't a lot
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, gay-for-you, romance, mm
DNF at 47%.
I really wanted to like this book, but no. It feels like there's random cuts and jumps in the story, I can't relate to the characters, the POVs are a mess, you can't really tell who is who...
It's a shame, because it has potential, but it needs work.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a really nice story! However, I feel like it could’ve have benefited from some tighter editing. There were quite a few typos, and sometimes I was unsure of who was speaking. The personalities between the two men were difficult to tell apart, but their story was really sweet.

I really enjoyed the slow burn, and the chemistry between Quell and Hale was fantastic. I also loved seeing them film.

I enjoyed the book enough and it was easy enough to read that I finished it in one
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When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found at the gym where it's half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his ...more
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