Unscriptedby Jayne Denker
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
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. . ..
"Irreverent, unpredictable, and just what I needed."—FicWishes
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This is the third book of Ms. Denker's that I've read and she has yet to disappoint. A little more 'in your face' than her sweet, small-town Marsden series, Unscripted is a funny look at some behind the scenes of the Hollywood TV scene. From the first paragraph, I was hooked. Seriously, one of the best first paragraphs I've ever read. A closed-door romance that will have you cheering for Faith. This is romantic comedy and chick lit at its finest. Ms. Denker is a go-to author for me, and Unscripted is a must read.
Oh my gosh where to begin with this book, there is so much greatness in this story. In it we follow Faith "Freakin'" Sinclair who has gotten herself in a major jam at work when she offends her boss and finds herself unemployed and black balled basically everywhere. Finding herself with no other option she swallows her pride and decides to hunt down the one person who can fix her damaged career barring she can convince him to come back to Modern Women. While on the hunt for Alex she comes eye to eye with Professor Mason Mitchell who seems to be a thorn in her side when she is trying to trap Alex to talk to him. Pro. Mitchell will only allow her to access Alex as long as she doesn't brow beat him into submission or con him into returning. The other contingency is being asked to co-teach a class in order to have access to Alex to begin with. It takes a bit for Mason and Faith to meet eye to eye on anything and that is after Faith's step-brother has been helping himself to all her money and she is stuck relying on Mason to help her find a place to stay while co-teaching. Then Faith winds up sick and Mason and one of his students help her get better. I loved this story so much the realness of the characters that Ms. Denker brings to the reader is so incredible. She writes characters you can hate and ones you can love. She also gives you a book you don't want to put down it's that good. She is definitely one of my favorite authors. Reminds me alot of Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins but in her own right so much better! If you haven't read her books you are really missing out!
If you're looking for an entertaining chick lit romance that will tickle your funny bone, then Unscripted by author Jayne Denker is the book for you! As the creator and executive producer of a hit TV drama/comedy, Modern Women, Faith Sinclair is at the top of her career ... that is until she gets into a knock-down drag-out argument with her boss and grabs his (ahem) balls ... now she's persona non grata in Hollywood and has to find a way to get her career back on track. Faith embarks on a journey of self-discovery full of trials and tribulations, crazy antics, and a unexpected romance with a hunky college professor who will change the way Faith lives her life. Author Jayne Denker weaves a fun story written in the first person narrative that has the reader following Faith Sinclair as her journey to regain her career in the Hollywood entertainment industry is wrought with humorous trials and tribulations and an unexpected chance at finding love. From the opening line of the story: "Usually, grabbing a man's balls can take you far in this business," Faith takes the reader on a hilarious roller coaster ride of a journey that will keep them in stitches. From a crazy British stepbrother, a Mother who is a Hollywood legend, to the college professor who is the perfect man to teach Faith a life lesson, Faith's plan to reclaim her career turns into a journey of self-discovery where she rebuilds her family relationships, while teaching her a life lesson that will change the way she focuses on her career and life. Unscripted was an absolutely fun story to read, it had quirky wit and humor and a subtle romance that will satisfy chick lit fans. You can't help but love Faith, she's sassy, independent and determined to make it on her own in Hollywood, but the journey she embarks on will profoundly change her way of life when she meets up with hunky college professor Mason Mitchell. With the story set in Hollywood, there is enough drama, crazy antics, romance, and laugh-out-loud moments that will keep you thoroughly entertained!
Five thumbs up for Jayne Denker's sexy romp through Hollywood highs and lows, Unscripted. After reading Jayne Denker's soon-to-be-released Down on Love (21 Nov 2013 pub date), I really wanted to some of her other books. Luckily her publisher had one, Unscripted, available for review. What a difference between the two books - Down on Love the quintessential small town romance with Unscripted set in big, bad Hollywood. But what they both share are two kick-ass heroines whom I admired more with each page I turned. I've never spent time in Hollywood for work, but have worked around stage actors, writers, and directors for a long time, so when the plot lines that Denker used seem real to the reader, may I say that they are. Mom, who was also a theater brat, told me to (a) never marry an actor and (b) never marry a Hungarian (long story). I followed her advice and remain unmarried, but did date a few actors along the way. They were nice and probably would have met with her seal of approval, but I also saw quite a few that would have served as role models for Luke. In fact, if this were ever made into a movie or television special they should audition - it would be typecasting. The studio heavy, the wild Brit brother, the seemingly self-absorbed mother who demolished Hollywood's glass ceiling, and the hot, hunky theater professor - yes, this is a fun book to read. But it's more than fun, it's touching. Faith Sinclair, the creator, producer, director, and writer of the hit cable series Modern Women - goes from Hollywood hottie with everyone's ear to persona non grata after literally grabbing the balls of her boss. I did say she was spunky and kick-ass, right? I won't give a way the plot, but somehow she finds herself co-teaching a script writing class with Professor Mason Mitchell, the head of a community college theater department, while she tries to convince Luke to return to his role on Modern Women - which would save the show and also return her to her rightful place as producer. As the story unwinds, so does Faith, and as we learn more about her the more we care about the outcome of Unscripted. I have to say that I still love Down on Love a little more, but Unscripted has a place in my heart too. Denker has a real gift for making her characters come alive on the page and making us care about them. So definitely five thumbs up for Unscripted and don't forget to pre-order Down on Love. Let the cameras roll.
Faith Sinclair was on the top of her career path, when she made the mistake of grabbing her boss by the "cahoonas" to make a point that he was being a sexist pig. As the producer of a top rated TV show, Fatih now finds herself blacklisted. Jobless, Faith unintentionally enbarks on a journey of discover. If that isn't enough, something strange is happening with all her credit cards and bank accounts leaving her without access to her money. Deciding the only way back to the top is to convince “Alex”, the star she kicked off the show, to come back. Tracking him down to an acting program in a community college, Faith finds out that convincing Alex may not be as easy as it seems. The professor in charge of acting, Mason Mitchell, is very protective of his students and offers Faith the chance to contact Alex only if she agrees to co-teach a class. This is a very funny, sweet story about Faith's growth as a person. Jayne Denker provides fabulous insight into Faith's journey to self discovery, rebuilding family relationship and finding what she lost by her single minded career focus. I loved Mason, he provides such strong support but is willing to tell Faith how it is and not cower to her fame. Uncscripted was a completely enchanting, entertaining and wonderful read. It had me laughing out loud and routing for the quirky Faith till the end. I received this ARC copy of Unscripted from EKensington in exchange for a honest review. This books is set for publication August 1, 2013. Written by: Jayne Denker Print Length: 270 pages Publisher: eKensington Publish Date: August 1, 2013 Rating: 4.5 Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Recommendation: Adult
'Modern Women' has been Faith Sinclair's baby since its inception. She created it, lobbied it, sold it and worked it for as many years as she cared to remember. The TV show was her life! But her sexist boss apparently does not take too kindly to being grabbed by the balls....literally....because she now finds herself outside of the studio gates, without an office, a job.......a show! After spending some time aimlessly floating, Faith pulls up her bootstraps and sets out, determined to regain the favour of the studio, her boss and get her show back. And she knows just how to do it! Alex had been a fan favourite member of the 'Modern Women' cast, but had left the show the last season under........let's just say, difficult circumstances. Faith will convince Alex to come back to the show for the new season and is sure that the job will be hers again. She doesn't count on a small town college professor, however. Professor Mason Mitchell has offered Alex privacy at the college where Mason is head of the theatre department. All Alex wants to do is hone his art. The only way Mason will let Alex's former boss even on the grounds of the college, is if the renowned Faith Sinclair helps him out and teaches a part time course in scriptwriting. Not having anything better to do, and really wanting a chance to corner Alex, Faith takes on the task. In working with the students, and oh so closely with Mason, Faith is discovering she may have more valuable things to learn than she has to teach. Faith really comes across as an island at first.....not necessarily maliciously egotistical, but more naively unaware of anything outside of her immediate periphery. Anyone and anything connected to her show however, has her highest priority. Growing up in a bubble does that to you. When she starts teaching at the college and makes connections there, she can't help but notice that everything to do with her or the show, has a ripple effect into the rest of the world, and she starts viewing her role and her actions in a different light. Mason plays a big role in that discovery, just as Faith encourages Mason to view his dreams more as possibilities to pursue, rather than secrets to hide under the bed. This was an absolute fun read!! Lots of smart, witty humour in the writing. Some aspects of the story felt a little 'unfinished', but I think in a way that fits with the Hollywood theme. There was a romantic aspect to the book, but it didn't take a major role and it remained PG. Well written!!!