Series: Love #1
Published by Atria Books on January 1st, 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: bought online
An A-List Movie Star…
Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans…and finds much more than he expected.
A Small Town Girl…
Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in by his humor, charm, and undeniable good looks. At six foot two, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and an incredible body, Ryan has every girl in Seaport swooning. But Taryn isn’t every other girl.
A Relationship that Doesn’t Follow the Script…
Despite her better judgment, Taryn soon finds herself falling hard for Ryan. But is their bond strong enough to survive the tabloid headlines, the relentless paparazzi, and the jealous fans who seem determined to tear them apart?
I think I’d give this more like a 2.5/5 but I made it a 3 because I rounded it up. *sighs* I knew this would be a cliche type of romance book and I knew at times it would be terribly cheesy. And it was.. Because the beginning was slow. They’re friends at first and that was kind of nice, but then it flew through a whirl wind romance and by the time I was done the book, the timeline said it was only six months! Six months of all of this? They move so quickly I was gasping every time because it was too much.
This book played out like a real small town girl and movie star boy love story. It’s realistic down to the last detail. Especially when the so called strong independent girl is vulnerable and can be quite jealous and insecure when fans are around her hot boyfriend. Taryn felt like a real person because she blows hot and cold, one minute she’s confident and the next thing she’s a bubbling mess. Granted her past is why she has so much baggage and Ryan has his own shortcomings as well. I just hated how she would call Ryan’s fans sluts and whores behind their back. So much woman on woman hate there, but okay she’s not perfect, I guess that was her flaw. And also when she starts being attracted to one guy out of the blue? What the heck was that? I know she has eyes but seriously, I didn’t like where her thoughts were going when he appeared. Then there’s Ryan who is trying to accept fame and be relevant in Hollywood. He tries very hard to accept all of his fame but that obviously comes at a price. I liked that two two made so many mistakes, they’re perfectly flawed human beings.
So what didn’t I like? It was boring. Seriously, there was nothing happening. Just boring day-by-day routine things like Ryan going to work and Taryn buying groceries. I was waiting for something anything to happen and it finally did, at the end. The last hundred pages. I felt like this could have been condensed by at least two hundred pages. But I’m guessing the author wanted more development happening between the characters. I only wished their romance was extended to a year because everything they do is lightening quick!
Overall, it’s an okay love story. I didn’t feel any chemistry between them really, not as much as for other characters in other stories. It was decent and the most interesting thing about this is that it portrays a highly realistic point of view of dating a movie star.