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Publisher's Summary

Movie star 101: A smile hides all pain. 

Quellcrist King has been playing a part his entire life. The more famous he becomes, the more he hides. The only person he ever let see the real him rose with him from nothing to the very top. 

They were the king and queen of Hollywood - and then she wanted a divorce. The only way to survive his depression is to bury himself in work. If he can be a character, maybe he won't have to remember himself. A gay role can't be any different than playing a straight one, can it? 

But instead of finding solace in the character, he finds it in his costar. Hale becomes his best friend, his lifeline, the light in his darkness. Quell is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about himself while filming intimate scenes with Hale that feel more real than anything ever has before.  

He's lived his entire life following the script. What would life be like unscripted? 

Contains mature themes.

©2019 J.R. Gray (P)2020 Tantor

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A Frustrating Listen

I have so many mixed feelings about this book, and frustration wins out. I feel like it warrants saying here that to me, there's a very big difference between being told a story, and being inserted into one. With this book, I was being told a story; it was all telling, no showing, there was zero scene-setting and very little description. In fact, the main characters were never fully described, which really pulls me away from the story. My senses weren't engaged.

This, unfortunately, carried into the sex scenes. They were short, and felt so blunted by the lack of emotion and sensory input that they carried very little interest for me. I needed some tension, some oomph!

One thing that bothered me quite a bit throughout the novel was Quell's depression. Not the fact that he had it, but the fact that it was used as a prop and a weapon to wield, without fully explaining or detailing what was happening to him. How long has he had it? What remedies has he tried? What sort of depression is it (there's a spectrum)? Is he on medication? The fact that medication wasn't mentioned, or the fact that he would, perhaps, need to adjust his medication dose, *really* bothered me. As some one who *has* depression, I know for a fact that searching for the right brand and proper dose of medication, remembering to take your daily doses, brain zaps, etc. are a *huge* part of life and what we think about. So why, WHY wasn't this mentioned? Clearly Quell needs medication, but instead, he's become an alcoholic, which MAKES DEPRESSION WORSE, not better. Plus, if he *was* on medication that the author forgot to mention, the thought of the alcohol conflicting with his medication would probably be a frequent thought, as well, because most antidepressants are supposed to be taken when not abusing alcohol. This part of the novel was handled so poorly.

Another thing that bothered--or rather, confused and frustrated--me was the passage of time. The scenes were jumpy, and I felt like the author missed out on potentially great scenes by skipping ahead. But even while the time was jumpy, the story went *so* slowly. It might have been better if there was some sexual tension to keep us going, but there just wasn't.

Something else that was confusing was the heroes' ages. Did anyone else get confused by this? One minute they're one age, and the next they're another. It was baffling and inconsistent.

Lastly, the ending. Without spoilers, I just can't get on board with the ending. There's this moment in a book that writers always put in, where the main characters feel like all hope is lost. It's their dark moment, when the reader's heart is supposed to clench and their emotions get tugged. Then, one or both of the characters are supposed to find a solution to the problem, and voila, they live happily ever after. In this book, however, there WAS NO SOLUTION that brought the heroes back together in the end! They came together because they wanted sex, not because anything had changed; their problems were still there! Argh.

That leads me to the narrators. I have absolutely no idea why John Solo was brought into this when Joel Leslie carries the book and is fully capable of making the whole thing amazing.

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excellent I want more!

Dual narrators John Solo and Joel Leslie delivered a yummy treat. These dudes gel as beautiful and potent as Fireballs and Cheesecake Shots. Their independent characterizations came together in a harmonious natural rhythm, creating a delicious, warm your belly cocktail for listeners to indulge on. This sexy gay awakening was silky smooth around the edges, bursting with a distinct flavor of perfection and gripping anticipation. Both narrators are accomplished A-grade narrators and blending them together created a medicinal experience spiced and laced with a sugary sweet romance.

I do recommend this audiobook, it’s not to be missed!

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  • Lady Di
  • 2020-12-23

Ehh. Just ok

I’m kinda disappointed with this story. I was frustrated with quellcrist. He just let his ex and his fear drive him through this whole book. The romance wasn’t as hot but they were dealing with fear. It just didn’t do it for me in MHO. The narration sucked. Why bring in John solo? He’s horrible and Joel Leslie could’ve carried this book alone as he always did. So yeah it was a disappointment for me. I guess I’m discouraged as nobody is coming up with new original story’s. They’re all the same repetitive storylines. It’s either an actor,a body guard,a nanny,a fake boyfriend for a wedding , a billionaire , shape shifters, vampires ......etc. I guess I’m going through a real book funk waiting for someone with something incredible and new. Maybe historical m/m???

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  • Rachel
  • 2020-12-28

Unscripted

Both narrators did an amazing job bringing
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I’ve never read anything from this author and never read a book like this. I usually don’t like slow burn I usually get bored and frustrated. I did not want to put this book down! I was interested from page one. I loved the two characters, they become friends first, it did take a while for them to get together. Right when I was starting to get restless they finally admitted wanting each other. This book was amazing keeps you interested the entire way, I do wish it was longer since the first 74% of the book is built up to then coming together. I feel there wasn’t enough of them as a couple. But there is a second book out and I can’t wait to see where there story takes them.

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  • deborah
  • 2021-01-27

slow burn!

this story was so good you even got invested in the background story of the film they were shooting. A friends to lovers with lots of baggage and addressing a real problem of depression. The friendship grew and the waiting for the mc's to realize what the reader sees coming is torture, a nice torture but still. I would love to see more of their story. They will stay with me for a long time. The 2 narrator audios I usually stay away from, but Joel Leslie and John Solo are very good at what they do and made it work here.

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  • Jessica Whitney
  • 2021-01-16

Loved it!

My two favorite narrators reveal the two different personalities of these characters. Fun amd low angst, this is definitely worth multiple listens.

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  • Christina
  • 2021-01-12

Heat and Heart!

JR Gray always brings heart with equal amount of heat in his stories. In Unscripted, Quell and Hale fall into a fast friendship that gets you invested!

The narrators are a perfect match and make the story special with their chemistry and easy tones. Devoured it in one day!

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  • naty
  • 2021-02-28

Loved it!!!

Loved it!
The story,the narration-everything
Can’t wait for the next book in this series!