|Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs - to have love in his heart and privacy in his life. Taryn Mitchell, the story's protagonist, is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance. Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart. Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn's peace and Ryan's high-profile insanity live together in harmony?|
The cover was a little lackluster, but in reading the blurb, I was intrigued. It sounded like how Robert Pattinson cannot go anywhere without getting mauled because of Twilight. Lest we not forget, that he was equally dreamy in Harry Potter, but Twilight was what really catapulted his fame. Just like Ryan in this book with the Seaside trilogy.
The scene in which Taryn and Ryan meet is heartwarming. It was like Ryan fell directly into a safe place.
Taryn can be a badass when she needs to be. She owns a pub that has been in her family for generations, and even with a degree from Brown, it is her top priority. She's also very smart. She has invested in local businesses and wineries, making sure that if the bar failed, she would still be taken care of. I like a lady that's good with her money.
Ryan is just so darn cute and dependable. He just wanted something normal and constant in his crazy life. He is not a bad boy character at all. Trustworthy, honest, and oh so sweet, he is the perfect heartthrob.
Taryn's friends are amazing. When both of her parents died, they became her family. I really liked how they watched out for her through everything she went through.
In a similar fashion, Ryan's parents are so down to earth. They keep him grounded and when Taryn needs their help, they come running. It's good to see good parental figures in a book.
This book started off really well, but started to drag towards the ending.
There were a few too many exclamation marks for my liking. It felt like every third sentence had one.
The terms of endearment that Taryn and Ryan used for each other were a bit out of control. They couldn't say anything to each other without throwing in a "honey", "sweetheart", or "baby". After awhile I wondered if they even knew each other's real names anymore.
The Wrap Up: 4/10
Overall, this was a great book. If you like straight up romance (none of the kinky stuff in Fifty Shades) this is the book for you. The Hollywood aspect kept it interesting, but Taryn's normal life kept it grounded. There is a sequel coming out next year that I cannot wait to read.
"I never understood how men could remember all those details about sports but, yet, were incapable of remembering where they set their car keys or wallet."