Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger

Title: Semi-Scripted
Author: Amanda Heger
Format: ARC
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publish Date: November 8, 2016
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "Marisol Gutierrez has come to Los Angeles with a single goal: win the prestigious grant that will save her family's struggling medical clinic back in Nicaragua. But, when a cute guy invites her to sit in the audience of a hip-but-failing comedy program, Marisol figures she'll get a little entertainment out of her otherwise stress-filled trip.

Evan Abramson thought an internship at "The So Late It's Early Show" would be the start of a long television-writing career, but their ratings are sinking. With every show, his plans seem one step closer to collapse. When a backstage crisis throws him into an onstage encounter with a gorgeous and charming audience member, Evan and Marisol become overnight sensations. And soon their made-for-television romance is the only thing keeping "So Late" from cancellation.

As things heat up onscreen and off, Marisol and Evan are caught between their careers and their growing feelings for one another. Being together in front of the cameras puts Marisol's grant at risk, but keeping their romance offscreen means Evan's show is sure to fail. Together they have to decide whether to stick with the script and save their careers or improvise their way toward a happily ever after."

My Two Cents:

In "Semi-Scripted," Marisol finds herself in L.A. on a mission. The health clinic her family owns is in major trouble. Marisol knows she needs to do something to save the clinic but since she happens to be in the same place as where her favorite game show is taped, she figures she may want to do something while biding her time. She doesn't get into her favorite game show but she does meet Evan, a guy who works for sort of a down-on-its-luck show and hilarity and romance ensue.

This is a meet-cute romance with an original story line. Marisol and Evan are both great characters. Marisol has a great heart; she is driven to make sure that she is able to save the health clinic. She is also witty and funny as we see in some of the first scenes with Evan. Evan just wants to break in to show business and it doesn't look like the show where he is an intern is going to be his big break since it is failing so badly. When Marisol and Evan are together, they play so well off each other and have a lot of chemistry. I love how the author that was able to capture that chemistry!

This is a really cute story and I loved the romance. It's a quick read and whetted my appetite for more. I would have loved to get to know the characters a little bit better. The book ends with an ending that seems like there could be room for another story.  


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