Love Unscripted is the first book that I've read from Author Tiffany Odekirk. Her first book, Love on Pointe, happens to be about the twin sister of Evie, the main character in Love Unscripted. After reading this second book I know I'll be going back to read the first book about Emmy. This novel is a contemporary romance written mainly for LDS readers. It has a strong messages about belief in God, repenting and forgiveness, accepting Christ's atonement into our lives, and healing from sorrows. There is a lot of religious talk, but I found it very uplifting.
This book covers many emotions from one end of the spectrum to the next. There is humor right from the beginning when Evie meets Hollywood star Ridge Dashly, in the women's bathroom one day at college. He's being chased by crazy fans. Their first conversation is wonderful! Even though Evie is playing coy with the star she's had a crush on for many years, she handles things very well. This of course spurs Ridge's interest in her. Soon the reader finds out that Evie is hurting greatly from past events in her life. Ridge, whose real name is Bridger, has his own problems that are plaguing him. Even though they both are interested, there are many things standing in the way of them dating and pursuing a relationship.
I really liked how the author wrote Evie and Bridger interacting. Things developed in a realistic time frame. The added bonus in the story is being able to see a side of a Hollywood star not often seen. I loved Bridger and how he cared for his mother and those less fortunate. I also liked how he never gave up on Evie. I have to say, I smiled so much near the end of the book when someone buys a mood ring. I'm not going to say who, but it made my heart happy. One of the main messages in this book is one of following your heart, loyalty, forgiveness,and love. I recommend this book to upper teens and adults who enjoy reading LDS Contemporary Romance stories. This was a great read and I know you'll like the ending.
Love Unscripted is a beautiful novel, inside and out. It has the draw of a fairy tale type romance (famous actor falling for regular girl), and it also has a lot of depth and a great message about forgiveness. I loved Odekirk's first novel, Love on Pointe, so when this arrived in my mailbox I couldn't help but bump it ahead of several other books. And, I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint.
Evie is dealing with the aftermath of some bad choices. She's really struggling to love and forgive herself, and to think that others can do the same. She has support, but her guilt and self doubt is screaming so loud that she can't really let that help in. On top of that, she has had to move back in with her parents and start at a new university. A new relationship is the last thing on her mind, but things take an unexpected turn when she meets Ridge Dashly, a famous actor.
Odekirk does an excellent job of creating deep and likable characters. Love Unscripted has a wide range of emotions, and feels very real. It is LDS fiction, but I think it could appeal to anyone interested in a redemption story. This is a companion novel to Love on Pointe, and while it would probably be fine as a standalone novel, I highly recommend reading Love on Pointe first to have a better appreciation of Evie's situation and to learn more about the supporting characters.
Love Unscripted is an excellent, quick read that I'm looking forward to reading again.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
What a perfect title for this story! Love never goes as planned, and adding an actor into the mix makes it ideal, especially that first encounter.
I've been curious about Evie since reading Love on Pointe, as she is twins with the main character from that book. Evie is very endearing, from her vulnerability to her quick wit. In an effort to move on with her life and find the peace she craves, she isn't one to back down to anyone, and yet, who can control love?
I've always had a fascination with celebrities and Evie's run-in with Ridge was utterly adorable, but it's the way she treated him--separates him, if that makes sense--that hooked my heart.
This story offers so many wonderful and compelling emotions. Evie has a very loving and supporting family, and she needs it because she cannot get over her past mistakes and move on with life, but it's not just her who needs love. These characters are deep and complex, with many layers to unravel and this author does a great job of revealing their true selves in a swirl of hope, forgiveness, and love. And of course, there are challenges, because every good story has them.
Content: mild+ romance (only kissing, but vague talk of immorality before marriage); talk of addictions (pills and porn); moderate+ religious aspect (the references are specific to the LDS church and are relevant to the story (repenting, forgiving, praying, etc).
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
When I picked this book up I was so excited because this is a nice thick book and I knew if the story was a good one, I was in for a treat. And yay! It was a good one- a journey of forgiveness, love and new beginnings.
Evie is a broken and hurt woman. She's made some mistakes, she's been burned by love and now she is lost and aimlessly drifting along instead of really living. She is trying to find her footing again. Enter Ridge, who challenges Evie and helps her begin on the path to find herself and forgive herself.
Both of these characters are vulnerable which is what connected me to them. It was their flaws that helped me relate, and their strengths that helped me admire them. I felt so connected to their stories. I loved the beginning meeting (in a bathroom!) and I loved the ending. This was a very satisfying read.
Content: This is an LDS specific book so there are many religious elements (talk of God, repenting, forgiving, praying), kissing, mention of a couple different forms of addiction (prescription meds, pornography)
- I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
When I read Love on Pointe last year, I knew that I wanted to read Evie’s story soon. I’m so glad that Tiffany Odekirk didn’t make me wait too long!
Love Unscripted opens with Evie in one of her classes at UCAL. It’s a film class and the guest that her professor is interviewing happens to be the one and only Ridge Dashly. He a movie star, one that Evie and her twin Emmy had a poster of growing up. But Evie’s not looking for love. She’s not sure about anything in her life. Evie’s character made me think. She’s had a hard last couple of years with an accident, a divorce, moving back to LA from Provo. And she’s dealing with some anxiety as well as her family wanting her to be the person she used to be. A person long gone.
Then she meets Ridge. I love the way they met. Him hiding in the bathroom she was using on her way to her next class. He wants to stay in the bathroom, but Evie needs to get going. So she gets resourceful and is able to escape. Ridge is not what I would have expected him to be. He’s a star, but he’s really down to earth and kind. I loved the way he was always going out of his way to make life better for Evie. Even if it met staying away from her.
In the book Ridge starts off as Ridge, but as the story went along, for me he became Bridger. And as Evie says, they’re two different people. I loved the way his persona kind of melts away as the reader reads more of the story and gets to know him better and he becomes just him.
The plot was great. Evie needed a lot of closure in this one and she got it. There were so many things at the beginning that she was conflicted about, and those things all resolved themselves by the end of the story.
If you love great romance books with great characters, this one’s for you! And bonus, it’s clean and sweet, just the way I like them to be.