These two books tell the story of how 27-year-old Seaport, Rhode Island pub owner Taryn Mitchell got together with the hot movie star Ryan Christensen, who serendipitously ducked into her pub one day to escape his screaming fans. Taryn is probably one of the few women on the planet who has never seen Ryan’s films, and treats him like a regular person. Before long, they are in love. But there are a lot of obstacles: Ryan doesn’t just have women throwing themselves at him all day long; he also makes movies in which he is the romantic lead. Taryn not only has to learn to cope with the “fandemonium” and potential jealousy over his acting roles, but also the pressure of constant paparazzi and tabloid lies that threaten to destroy their happiness.
Discussion: These books – especially the second, have a LOT of sex in them. I mean every which way in every which place and going on all the time. It is all described rather tastefully, so to speak, and sometimes is fun, sometimes is funny, but after it while – DON’T TELL ANYBODY I SAID THIS – it got kind of, well, BORING! I was starting to write grocery lists in my head while they were going at it, just like in real life! HA HA HA. Just kidding, HA HA! (One reviewer called this “light erotica” – light? Whoa! I wonder what qualifies as “heavy”? LOL)
Evaluation: Much to my amazement, I enjoyed these books, even though I usually don’t go for Hollywood celebrity stories. I really did get a lot better insight into how media personalities themselves react to all the attention, how hard it is for their significant others, and how hard it is on them not to be able to have a “real life.”
I enjoyed these books, so why didn’t I give them a four? Well, they are not badly written, except for the constant “smirking” of the characters. There is much to like about the story and the characters certainly grew on me. But Taryn and Ryan are both too good to be true, and there is also way too much of a fairy-tale wrap-up in an inordinate number of areas of their lives. It makes for fun happy reading, but there is not enough gravitas for my personal taste to go with a four. Still, this series has huge fans. Here are some of the reviews from Goodreads, in brief:
…you get the idea….
My Relatively Phlegmatic Rating: 3.5/5
Published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2010 and 2013