Title: Unscripted (Heartsville)
Author: Nico Jaye
Publisher: Piping Hot Books
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Page Count: 75
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script… until now.
To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving. When Teddy introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter’s cold, all-business lifestyle, though, he soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.
Book 2 of the Heartsville series! Nice to be back at the gayborhood!
Teddy lives and breathes theater. Suddenly, he finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe. Carter, though, doesn’t seem to share the same feelings and soon he presents him with plans to sell the theatre. Teddy will have to make him change his mind.
I wouldn’t really label this as an “enemies to lovers” story. After their first meeting, Carter is very willing to negotiate, discuss things and see the theatre and its people in person.
I loved Teddy’s voice. Sometimes impulsive, self sarcastic, snarky but adorably flustered and bashful as well (especially when called Teodoro…)
Now Carter…I can’t say I connected with him all that well and not having his POV didn’t help. Although it was obvious he really liked Teddy, he always seemed cold and stiff to me. But things between them somehow worked!
I would have liked more slow burn, though. The first scene happened very fast and it really came out of nowhere. Granted, it was really hot and set the tone for the rest of the story, but it really was out of the left field.
I have mixed feelings about the ending. There is a HFN but It felt quite abrubt. BUT, there is a scortcing hot sex scene that includes fishnets and gold shorts! This is important!
Overall, this was a lovely addition to the series and I do recommend it. I ‘m starting to really love the sense of community and camaraderie among the residents of Heartsville.
Amazing covers too! Can’t wait for the next book;)