Saturday, July 6, 2013

Crawl - A Review of Unscripted by Jayne Denker

Unscripted by Jayne Denker

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One of Hollywood's hardest working women is about to discover there's a lot more drama behind the camera than in front of it. . . Faith "Freakin'" Sinclair probably shouldn't have called her boss a perv. . .or grabbed his "privates." But as creator of the hit dramedy Modern Women, she'd had enough of his sexist insults. Now she's untouchable in the industry--not in a good way. The only way to redeem herself is to convince Alex, the wildly popular, wildly demanding former star of her show, to come back. But there's one obstacle in her way--one very handsome, broad-shouldered obstacle. . .

Professor Mason Mitchell is head of the theater department where Alex is studying "real" acting. The only way he'll let Faith anywhere near Alex is if she agrees to co-teach a class. It's an offer she can't refuse--and as it turns out, the professor just might end up teaching Faith that there's more to life than work--and that real-life love scenes are way more fun than fake ones.

This book was irreverent, unpredictable, and just what I needed.

The opening sentence of this book really sets the tone. "Usually, grabbing a man's balls can take you far in this business." 

Faith Sinclair has struggled to make her own way in Hollywood. Having a famous director mother, Faith could have skated by on her name alone, but Faith wanted to make it on her own. She wanted to stand on her own two feet. After creating and perfecting a highly successful TV drama, Faith ends up losing her job after attempting to manhandle her boss into seeing things her way. Her only hope is to get the extremely popular Alex to come back to the show. Her best friend assures her that if Alex comes back, Faith's ex-boss will give her her job back.

Faith finds Alex attending a small college outside of L A. As she attempts to approach Alex, she is blocked by the wildly handsome professor Mason Mitchell, head of the theater department where Alex is studying "real" acting. The good professor has promised to protect Alex from fans and people seeking to harm him while he is attending the college. Professor Mitchell places Faith firmly in this category and keeps her away until he gets her to promise to help teach a class.

This story offers a different side of Hollywood than what we usually see. The relationship between Professor Mitchell and Faith Sinclair is a fun, grown-up relationship that I love. I adore the way Mason handles Faith with a strange mix of awe and steel. You can tell that Mason worships Faith and thinks she's spectacular, but he also stands up to her and challenges her in ways she's never even dreamed.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC for a fair and honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

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