Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Danny Byrd’s film career as a line producer is severely threatened when his partner takes off with their investors’ money, and Danny ends up in jail. He then has an unexpected chance to redeem his career, a short window of time to pull off an unlikely film project, and an unforeseen ally—and possibly more—in lawyer Megan Pierce in Unscripted by author Davis Bunn.
In some ways, this novel reminds me of an earlier one I enjoyed, My Soul to Keep, by the same author: an underdog film situation, with a team of people determined to create something big, surprising, and rather impossible in Hollywood. This novel’s opening chapters, with a lot of technical talk, didn’t pull me into the story or characters that well, but my personal interest in filmmaking kept me reading.
While there’s a romantic thread and suspense woven into the plot, I wouldn’t say those elements are on the level of romantic suspense, here. The romantic side in particular wasn’t the most convincing for me, as I didn’t get a compelling sense of chemistry between the characters, despite the narrator’s declarations of their love. Also, I wasn’t the most moved by the film story within this story, although the characters clearly feel it.
Nevertheless, I’ve been reading this author for enough years to know that whatever he says, he’s going to say it well, with good descriptions and turns-of-phrase that will keep me on my toes. And, my goodness, I so love the book cover! It strikes the right serious tone in clear but unassuming, deftly blended green and gold, with a contemplative hero looking out over Hollywood from behind Hollywood, where the lights make a statement without a bright and glamorous feel. Excellent imagery!