Love Unscripted by Tiffany Odekirk (Review & #Giveaway)

I ended my review of the first book I read by this author, Love on Pointe, with the wish
to read Evie's story... this is it. Read my thoughts and enter the tour giveaway below...

Love Unscripted
By Tiffany Odekirk
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 333 Pages
September 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications


Evie Jennings doesn't believe in happily ever after—it's been a year since moving home to Los Angeles to gather the pieces of her broken heart after her divorce, but she is only going through the motions. That is, until a chance encounter on her college campus brings about an unexpected turn of events: Evie finds herself face-to-face with the heartthrob whose poster decorated the wall of her teenage bedroom. And he's desperate for her help.

Hollywood sensation Ridge Dashly is facing a career crisis—a bad review threatens his A-list status. Desperate to win back the favor of the media and his fans, Ridge reluctantly agrees to enroll in college, never dreaming he'll meet someone who can see past his fame to his true self.

As their paths continue to cross, Evie's seeming disinterest intrigues Ridge, and the pair form a tentative friendship that slowly grows into something more. But when confronted with the unrelenting paparazzi and the nagging shadows of their pasts, will they follow everyone else's script or fight for their own happy ending?

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My Review

LOVE UNSCRIPTED is a story about learning to forgive yourself and taking a chance on love. The characters are fun and genuine, making them easy to relate to. The romance is sweet with some romantic tension and a relationship that was formed in friendship before moving to more. There is a wonderful family dynamic that made the story more enjoyable. An overall enjoyable LDS romance!

I loved the book about Evie's twin sister, Emmy, that I read last year so I had high expectations going in for this one. It was fun to have some cameos and texts from Emmy, but those who haven't read that story won't feel lost in this one. They can be read completely on their own.

I really liked Evie from the start and particularly loved when she first runs into Bridger or "Ridge" in the bathroom. It was super cute and also quite humorous. I loved all the different relationships in the story and the little things that connected these characters. Bridger's bodyguard, Sean, was a fabulous character and loved how just a few words or a look carried so much meaning. Then there's Evie and her entire family. Some of her siblings you don't get a whole lot on, but then others are fairly strongly depicted. I also love Bridger's mom and agent. In other words... I loved these characters and all the relationships this story portrays.

I also really, really liked how Evie and Bridger are somewhat curious or infatuated with each other, but they form a friendship first. I thought it was fun that they were also doing a test run or probationary period. They both fight their growing feelings because they don't think they'll work out. There's a scene when Evie asks about a kiss on screan... *sigh* So fun! The ending was also really, really sweet.

I did have a few issues... I thought Evie's self-torment was a little much or maybe I was just really frustrated with her. She was trying to fix something that didn't need fixing that could have ruined her entire life and I just didn't get that completely. I also didn't love the inspirational moments. Not that I didn't love this having an inspirational element, but maybe I wanted that worked in a little differently and stretched out a little more. I also wanted a little more discussion about some things, like Jason's issues, in maybe just a talk between him and Evie.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed these characters and romance! I'm hoping for another book or two based on this family, maybe on each of the brothers.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Tiffany Odekirk believes cooking should take less than thirty minutes, frosting is better than ice cream, and all books should end with happily ever after. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Tiffany completed an internship with LDS Family Services in adoption and then went on to work with homeless women and children in the non-profit sector. Married to a Broadway star, Tiffany’s days are filled with music, and her nights are spent writing the types of characters she hopes her children will one day marry.

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