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**Note: For this review I am going to try a different style of reviewing.**
Series: Unscripted #3
Publication Date: October 8, 2020
Source: Gay Romance Reviews
Success was lonely.
I should have been on top of the world but I felt trapped, suffocated by fame.
My life wasn’t my own. I belonged to the fans and the media. Too famous to leave my house without attracting a crowd. Like a prince in a palace of glass watching life pass me by.
I’d almost resigned myself to the impossibility of a relationship in the time of hook-up apps made more impossible as an actor. I was almost okay with my inability to date, until I met the only person forbidden to me: My director.
The most beautiful guy I’d laid eyes on, twenty years older than me, and seemingly interested too. Now I had four months of working side by side while trying to keep my hands to myself, or one of us would lose our job. The temptation was going to kill me.
Unwritten is a slow burn, May-December with low angst and a dog that’s in charge. This book can be read as a standalone.
Unwritten had my heart by the end of the first chapter! I was rooting for Tobias and Mel to get through filming the movie and then get together as a couple. They both have amazing chemistry and they truly love each other. The best part, they both are willing to wait to be together.
Like I mentioned, I loved the characters. Tobias is so real with speech disfluency and also his anxiety. These characteristics really brought another dimension to his character. Mel is a strong leader and works really well with Tobias. Yes, there is an age gap between them but they are not letting that in the way of their feelings.
I felt like I identified the most with Tobias. He is younger and he also has anxiety like I myself do. While he is famous and rich while I am not, he is really down to earth. He does not have many friends and while he is an extrovert he seems to be cautious of being a burden to those around him.
The minor characters in the book such as Finley, Hale, Quell, and Rose were all well rounded. But I think my favorite minor character was Alfred, Tobias’ dog. He is just so smart and likes Mel. He wants to see them together and does everything he can to make that happen.
Most of the book took place either on the set of the movie or in Tobias’ condo penthouse. There were scenes in other places such as in Vancouver and at Hale’s condo. But the settings were detailed enough that was able to picture them all in mind while reading.
Plot & Writing
Unwritten changed the point of view (POV) pretty much every other chapter switching from Tobias and Mel. The really helped when reading so that the reader can see both sides of the characters and what they are thinking. It worked really well for the book overall.
The plot was really solid. The writing made it feel natural and believable which is really important. I couldn’t see any glaring plot holes or anything was unresolved by the end of the book. It all progressed rather nicely.
Like I mentioned before, the world-building was really good. Now, I have not read the previous two books in the series but I was able to enjoy Unwritten as a standalone. It really did not rely heavily on the previous books in the series and the world-building that took place really enriched the reading.
Overall I really loved Unwritten. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a feel-good romance read. My favorite part was the ending and I really did not have any parts that I did not like. Everything just made sense and it made for a really good reading experience.