Sunday, November 1, 2015

ARC Review: Unscripted (Heartsville) by Nico Jaye

Theater manager Teddy Carbone's life has gone pretty much according to script... until now.

To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who's looking at him like he's chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter's proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving.
When Teddy introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter's cold, all-business lifestyle, though, he soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.

Dani's rating:

Teddy & Carter's story

This is the final book I read in the Heartsville series. All the stories can be read as standalones, in any order, but they are best read TOGETHER as a unit.

I recommend this entire series for some easy, fluffy reading: gayborhood, sexy boys, mild steam, friendship, sweetness, a promise of a HEA ... it's all there. Plus, the covers are gorgeous!

I so enjoy Nico's writing, and Unscripted is no exception.

What's Teddy to do when a numbers guy inherits half of his beloved theater, the one he's managed for nearly a decade?

The story is told from Teddy's POV, so I never got a good feel for Carter. One minute Carter wants to sell the theater. The next he wants to get into Teddy's pants (understandably so). And the one after that he's all about giving the theater a chance and heading to dinner with Teddy's boisterous Italian family.

That all felt a bit, well, rushed.

I don't expect a lot of character development in a novella, but Carter remained an enigma. I would have loved Carter's POV and a more definitive ending.

Don't get me wrong: the sexy times were sexy, and Teddy was such a good guy, I could only hope Carter's change of heart would last, and it did.

I wanted the enemies-to-lovers theme to be better developed. Teddy was only irritated with Carter for like a minute, and then Carter had him bent over a couch.


This is a little tasty treat with a tentative HFN.

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