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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,609 ratings  ·  295 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, 296 pages
Published November 6th 2019 by Graybooks
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unscripted is by J.R. Gray, a new to me author. This is a M/M romance, a beautiful story of two men who weren’t looking for each other, but found each other, and maybe found themselves at the same time!

Quellcrist (Quell) King is twenty nine years old. He’s a very successful actor who has been married and faithful to the same woman for ten years. Until she told him she didn’t love him anymore and wanted a divorce. Only for now, they are keeping their separation a secret. Quell suffers from anxiet
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 p
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: love-hate, mny, meh
Pretty sure this was a ‘me not you’ moment.
I trudged along...hoping the intensity would pay off. So. Much. UST.
And yet by the final pages I was shaking my head (and kindle) wondering how I missed “IT”. 🧐
Where was the HEA?!?
Where was the resolve??
Where was the icing on the cake??
We got the cherry...but don’t distract me from the goods. I still want them and I was left crumbs.
Bummer. 😔
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 lukewar ...more
Lizzie 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 s
Meh. 2.5 Stars

So slow
So very, very slow


I thought this was a first novel
And that maybe an editor should have gone through it
I was wrong.

TW: Binge drinking/alcohol abuse as if this were a normal thing, pot smoking.

My rec? Nah
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.

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 bo
Denise H.
* A wonderful tale of deep longing and first true love. These two men each need what the other can give.
Quell, @29, is a famous movie star

who bought the rights to an M/M fantasy adventure to make for streaming TV. Quell will be the kidnapped Prince Flint. He's very excited to begin his princely role, and it will take his mind off of his separation from his wife, and the divorce.
Hale is 24, 6'4" tall, a lean and younger unknown actor,

who is perfect for the part of the sexy pirate, Sehver.

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 awakening/acc
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 rea
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 persona
*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
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 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 ex
Steph ☀️
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimted

I really and truly liked this one, even with a few flaws 💕. Even with the whole friend thing seeming a bit more weighted for one more than the other, the story still had me. It seriously had me wishing there might be a bit more to their story; maybe even a possible two book series. Regardless, the ending did leave the two MCs in a good place.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
N.M. Pratt
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of potential...
Unfortunately typos, boring dialogue, and mixing up the MC’s names took me out of the story.
I ended up scanning the second half of the book. This one wasn’t for me.
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mm-gangbang

Part of the Unscripted Series and is best enjoyed when read in order
Unscripted (Unscripted, #1) by J.R. Gray Rewritten (Unscripted, #2) by J.R. Gray Unwritten (Unscripted, #3) by J.R. Gray
Dec 06, 2019 marked it as nope-not-for-me-not-interested
DNF 31%
Inconsistencies. Editing issues. Other reviewers have gone into detail about these, so I won’t. I was interested in the characters and the setup, but the writing isn’t strong enough for me to keep going.
Grace W
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, romance
(c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) So this is a solid 3 mostly because I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. I think it was perfectly fine, the romance was fun, the side characters were fun, but a whole lot of nothing happened and then things happened very quickly. Things dragged out when they really didn't need to and lots of threads were sort of left dangling which could have been avoided if bits in the middle hadn't taken so long. I think the handling of depression and anxiety could have ...more
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; on
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is a new to me author, but the cover, title, and blurb drew me. Quellcrist (interesting name) and Hale have such an awesome story. Quell is going through a divorce, struggles with depression, and has to act out gay scenes with an openly gay co-star. Both he and Hale are good guys who are considerate and I love them. Quell's ex sucks big time but they do have good friends who are supportive.

This isn't just a light and fluffy love story. It is so many feels, ups and downs, I was totally ca
Jessica Smith
Jan 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm really surprised this book is rated so highly. I'm not usually a harsh critic but I finished it only because I've set myself a challenge to finish every book I start this year. First, the grammar in this book is awful, I can't believe there was actually an editor involved. Second, there is no chemistry between the characters. Finally, half the time I did not know which character was talking and had to go back to reread paragraphs to figure it out. A few times the text was so far off from wha ...more
Lea Setegn
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can’t get this book out of my head. I loved Quill and Hale, and I HAVE to know what happens next!!! I really hope there’s a sequel, because I feel like there’s more in store for them.
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this one....Until the last 25-ish%, so I rounded down. The UST in this one was delicious and frustrating all at once, as it should be. And then when we get to the part that we've been waiting for almost the entire book where they finally give in? It was kinda, meh. I was really expecting an explosion after that much build up...

What I liked:

Mel & Ella, their friends/coworkers. They made me laugh and truly cared for both Hale & Q

Hale ♥ Quell - I really enjoyed the way t
Fani *loves angst*
Where do I begin....

On one hand, it was an engaging story that kept me hooked after the first 20%, because I wanted to see what would happen between them. It had lots of 'unrequited' love which is a favorite troppe of mine and the MCs where interesting and likeable. Plus, I not only finished it, but read it non stop for 3 days, when I'm in a mood where I have half finished books lying all over my house and kindle :P

On the other, it was ROUGH. It needed editing like babies need milk. I've never s
Lauren Luman
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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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 exi ...more

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