Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless
by Alison Sweeney

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Published by: Hyperion on June 3, 2014
Genres: TV Industry, light romance
Pages: 320
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates "Hollywood." Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule - "No Actors!" - helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig's agenda doesn't exactly line up with her altruistic goal.

Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.

Maddy Carson stars (in her own romance) as a TV Script Supervisor on The Wrong Doctor, a TV show bursting into its Second Season on air. As Script Supervisor, it's her job to take copious notes on clothing, staging and line flubs. She's there for continuity, and her OCD personality is perfect for this position. In addition to doing a job she loves, she and her boss are working on pitching a new reality series based on her hometown. Not only would it highlight the lives of those she loves, but it would bring industry into the town - and maybe even a chance at moving from Script Supervisor to Producer! Did I mention she's secretly dating her boss (Craig)? She made a vow long ago never to date actors, but apparently bosses never entered into that little declaration. . .

Enter new A-List actor, Adam Devin, the foe to The Wrong Doctor's lead, Billy Foxworth. Adam is simmering and down-to-earth . . . and he likes Maddy. But, Maddy's secretly dating Craig - plus - she doesn't date actors.

While the plot twists are expected in this novel by soap star, Alison Sweeney, Maddy is a well-written character, as are the secondary players. The banter between characters is enjoyable and enough to make you want to finish the novel.

I do think the book focused too much on the Maddy/Craig plot line and not enough on Maddy and Adam. I never really got a sense of why Maddy and Adam liked one another, and I admit skipping pages of dialogue between Maddy and Craig. Sorry. I realize that this was supposed to be a light romance, but I wanted more action between Maddy and Adam. They barely kissed until 3/4 of the way into the book. I just wanted more.

The format of the book was great. It was in Acts and Scenes, much like a TV, Firm or Play script. It followed along well with the title.

I'm giving this book 3 1/2 stars because although it was well-written, the first 3/4 was Craig-heavy (you'll see what I mean if you read it), and I wanted to get to the "good" parts a bit faster.

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