“I don’t want anyone else – just you. And no matter where I am, wherever I go, you’re the only one who is holding my heart.“ ~Ryan
I was told that this book basically felt a lot like Thoughtless minus Denny and boy were they freaking RIGHT!! For those of you who were also fans of Thoughtless, remember those heart racing moments where you just had to keep turning the pages and probably couldn’t stop even if you wanted to?? Well oh boy does this book have you doing that too! I swear I barely blinked for the final 25%.
The story is told from the perspective of Taryn Mitchell, the owner of a bar in a small town which is being used to shoot the next major huge Hollywood movie. Starring in this movie is the world’s biggest, hottest, most coveted celebrity actor Ryan Christensen (think RPattz at the height of the Twilight fame except maybe even bigger!!). He is running away from rabid fans one day and ends up in taking refuge in her bar and the rest is history.
I really like how Taryn’s character was not infatuated with his movie star persona (she hadn’t even seen any of his movies) and how Ryan was such a down to earth, normal guy dealing with uber-mega fame. Both their characters were instantly likable… Ryan is totally adorable! He definitely made the book boyfriend list 🙂
I loved that their relationship progressed at a believable pace… they had instant attraction but didn’t just jump into bed instantly, they flirted, got to know each other, their relationship developed …healthily… it was really fun to read!
“So… am I to understand that you’re mine”” I asked teasingly.
“I can be yours if you want me to be, Taryn,” he whispered.”
Ryan and Taryn were adorable together!! I loved how crazy they were about each other and how hard they both fought to make their relationship work no matter what obstacles were thrown in their way.
“Gently he rolled me onto my back; his eyes opened and locked onto mine. ‘Are you sure? ‘cuz I want you more than air right now.'” ~Ryan
I loved that the book dealt with pretty much every situation a couple in their position (big-time romantic hero lead movie star + regular girl) would have to deal with in real life: dealing with tabloids printing lies, being followed by rabid fans, cameras, paparazzi literally everywhere, crazy obsessed stalkers, feelings of jealousy (dealing with him having to kiss hot actresses for his movies), invasion of privacy, the importance of staying grounded and having a close knit family, being able to trust each other, dealing with constant separation (shooting schedules), etc…
“The biggest question in my mind was whether peace and insanity could survive together in harmony.”
But what made all of that *points above* bearable was how functional they were as a couple. They talked through their issues. There was very little irrationality in either of their actions. Sure there were misunderstandings and drama but I could definitely understand how those situations arose, and it wasn’t out of stupidity.
Thankfully though, there is no cheating in this book. And while it doesn’t end with a HEA, you definitely get the idea that they are headed for one. Its not a cliffhanger either, but lets just say, there is a lot more to their story.
I think Ryan sums it up pretty well:
“…its our crazy story… Its been ours, only ours. There’s been a lot of romance, sometimes way too much drama… Very memorable comedy, a few pulse-racing action scenes… We’ve also had out fair share of suspense and raw terror, and unfortunately gut-wrenching heartache too. But through it all you’ve loved me, unconditionally, and I know how fortunate I am to have your love…” (the scene goes on to happy mushy stuff which I won’t spoil for you lol)
Basically, if you liked Thoughtless, you are almost certainly guaranteed to like this!! And if you haven’t read Thoughtless, and you are just a fan of romance, you are almost certain to love this. The characters feel very real, the story is engaging and the love story is utterly adorable 🙂
Here are some quotes:
You know what I think? I think you should stop all this nonesense and screw the shit out of him until he passes out from exhaustion…you’ll have to feed him, of course, to keep his energy level up, but make sure you hide his clothes so he can’t get dressed. Men can’t run when they’re naked.” ~Advice from Taryn’s best friend (they give the best advice, no?? lol)
“Ryan… you know damn well you can get any girl you want whenever you want. There are women all around the globe who would pay to have sex with you…”
He started laughing. “How much money do you think I could make from all these women who want to have sex with me?”
“Really? Help me drag a mattress out into the front yard. You can sell lemonade and I’ll just fuck people all day!” he cackled.”
“Do I have to make a poster and scream Ryan, Ryan?” I kidded.
“The only time I want to hear you scream my name is when I’m making love to you. Although you did call me God the other night. That’s acceptable, too.”
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