Tuesday, November 8, 2016

REVIEW: "Semi-Scripted" by Amanda Heger (Contemporary Romance)

by Amanda Heger

Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 8th 2016

Series: Wanderlove, #2
Standalone: Yes

Other Books in the WANDERLOVE Series/by Amanda Heger:

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Description from Publisher:
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.
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This story is so darn cute. This is the second book in the Wanderlove series and is Marisol's book. In this one, Marisol has traveled to L.A. to go to a public health conference, hoping to be chosen for a grant to keep her mother's foundation in Nicaragua afloat. But first, she tries to get into a game show, which leads her down a crazy path. I absolutely adored Marisol that much more than I did in Without Borders, which is definitely saying a lot. She is sweet, feisty, and has an awesome sense of humor and adventure. Her plunge into American infamy and talk shows was so entertaining to "watch" as it was unveiled.

And then there is Evan, the lowly talk-show intern from Peoria, IL that she finds herself thrown together with. He is an adorable dork that you can't help but melt for. This not-exactly-a-country-boy chasing his dream in L.A., with all of his awkwardness, was a fun match to Marisol. I adored his grandpa, as well, and laughed at most of their interactions, about as much as I was touched by them. Speaking of laughing, this book was FUNNY. There were so many chuckle-worthy moments and the layer of silliness was seriously charming. The amusing costumed audience members that crop up really add to it as well.

I appreciated the dashes of realism in this, too, with not everything being "perfect" in the end, but it all working out anyway. What happens with the various awards, and the future of the show, and even the romance between Marisol and Evan itself. It was perfect to help convey the overall message of the story.

This was a truly fantastic rom-com! It was fast-paced, and I just couldn't put it down, eager to see how it all played out.

My Source: I received an ARC from Amanda Heger to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with two unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur. She's also certain that Amy Poehler is her soulmate, and one of her life goals is to adopt a pig and name it Ron Swineson.
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