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Review: Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger

Review:  Semi-Scripted by Amanda HegerSemi-Scripted (Wanderlove, #2) by Amanda Heger
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Series: Wanderlove
Published by Diversion Books on November 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
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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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I was halfway through this book and finally admitted that the reason I wasn’t reading much this week was simply the fact that I had no interest in this story. I was absolutely bored by it. So it was time to set it aside and move on.

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.

This was one of those books that I was offered but I didn’t jump on it right away. I thought it had a clever twist but I was trying not to take extra books in the dim hope I can catch up and maybe even read one of the books that I set aside.

While I waffled on whether or not I wanted to give it a try, I did catch a review that talked about the witty banter between the hero and heroine and the overall fun of the story. Reading that, I decided that I needed to give it a try. What I found is that I did not do much reading for several days and then finally realized that I just had no interest in this story so I was avoiding my Kindle.  To me, that is a clear sign to move on.

Evan and Marisol were so-so characters and neither one was grabbing me and their chemistry was cute at most.

I don’t even have much to discuss about the story since there wasn’t much remarkable about it.  Marisol is sent in her mother’s place to win a grant.  The competition is fierce and Marisol is in over her head.

She can’t even get on a game show she desperately wanted to get on which is a twist off of The Price is Right.  Evan usual tries to fill the seats is his audience with the rejects from the game show.   Marisol ends up in the audience and ends up playing a game at the late show and winning a free dinner.  They next film a fake next day scene asking Marisol who she took to dinner and since she knows no one in town, she points to Evan and tells a story about their bad (non) date.

“Marivan” becomes an overnight social media couple and the late show runs with the idea of making Marisol Evan’s life coach for picking up women.   Creating awkward meet/cutes for Evan and his potential love interests while all the while we are to believe that Evan and Marisol are falling for each other.

In the first half of the book that I finished, the scenes weren’t funny, and there was no real chemistry between Marisol and Evan.

I was forcing myself to try to finish it so I simply moved on.

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One Response to Review: Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger

  1. Anne November 18, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    I read a trilogy this week and I was about 50 pages from finishing the last book when I realized that I could not care any less what happened. I made myself finish and it was as anti-climatic as I thought it would be.

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