Book Recommendation – Love, Unscripted by Denise Hunter

Book Description:

The perfect boyfriend only exists on paper…doesn’t he?

Fresh off the heels of a bad breakup, Chloe Anderson poured her heart into penning the perfect boyfriend—and the result was an off-the-charts debut beach read that resonated with women worldwide. Now, Chloe’s scripted hero is headed for Hollywood, with her book destined to become a major motion picture.

When Chloe gets wind that silver screen bad boy Liam Hamilton has been cast as the ideal-in-every-way hero of her novel, she’s horrified by the film director’s choice. How could a player like Liam possibly do Chloe’s perfect hero justice? Unafraid to speak her mind, Chloe lets her executive producer know she’s one hundred percent opposed to the casting. And oops—the call is on speakerphone, where the annoyingly attractive Hollywood star hears Chloe’s unbridled outrage firsthand.

With Liam’s reputation already on the rocks, his agent concocts a PR plan to upgrade Liam’s image while putting the story—and the film—in the spotlight. The catch? During the movie’s filming in Chloe’s cute hometown of Stillwater, North Carolina, Chloe and Liam will fake a wholesome, committed relationship. Both stand to gain something from the arrangement. Liam’s fans will see him in a new light, while Chloe can boost her struggling social media following and further her writing career. What could possibly go wrong?

As author and actor navigate the waters of the PR relationship, they’re unpre­pared when their professional agreement turns into an actual friendship. And when serious sparks start to fly—well, that’s an unread chapter for both of them.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Love, Unscripted, a fun story that’s set in a small North Carolina beach town. Chloe is a debut contemporary romance novelist who poured her heart and soul into her story that has resonated with readers. The runaway success of her book has culminated in a dream-come-true movie deal. Chloe wants the studio to find the perfect actor to play Ledger, her beloved hero who is her ideal book boyfriend.

Liam is a successful actor with a less than stellar relationship history, according to the gossips. Chloe is horrified to learn that Liam has been signed to play Ledger. Their awkward first meeting leads to a hilarious situation that snowballs into a media frenzy. The solution proposed by Liam, and backed by his people, is for Liam and Chloe to embark on a fake relationship. A steady relationship would improve Liam’s image and assist Chloe in building her social media following.

Chloe manages the front of house of her family’s restaurant where her brother is the chef. Her best friend owns the book store in town and is one of Chloe’s biggest supporters. Chloe spends time on the film set during the day and works evenings at the restaurant.

An adorable romance develops as Chloe and Liam’s initial business relationship turns into a friendship with sparks flying that feel real rather than fabricated for the paparazzi cameras. Chloe and Liam discover that their preconceived ideas about each other are far from the truth. They each carry emotional baggage that has made them wary of commitment. When secrets are revealed, the difficult circumstances challenge them both to work through trust issues and consider if they can risk everything for love.

I liked how the side characters in the tightknit beach community embraced their town becoming part of a film set for the summer. I recommend Love, Unscripted to contemporary romance readers who like small town celebrity fake relationship romances that are clean reads from a Christian worldview.

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