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Unscripted: A Novel (2019)

af Davis Bunn

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A Hollywood producer reeling from his best friend's betrayal and an LA lawyer who has sacrificed everything for her career are drawn together to untangle a web of lies and deceit that threatens their future.
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    The Maestro af T. Davis Bunn (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both deal with an entertainer coming to terms with changes in life circumstances. The Maestro has more Christian overtones than Unscripted does.
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    Take One af Karen Kingsbury (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both deal with groups trying to get a film made.
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Thank you in advance to JustRead Publicity Tours and Revell for sending this copy to review. A positive review was not required and all words are my own.

This was my first introduction to author Davis Bunn.

This novel centers around line producer Danny Byrd who is well-known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. Because of his former partner (and former best-friend), RJ, taking off with some money from investors, Danny’s reputation is tarnished. And, he even faces criminal prosecution.

That is until Megan Pierce enters the scene.

Megan Pierce, a Los Angeles lawyer, has sacrificed years of her life proving herself to her impossible bosses only to find herself disgusted at their snobbery and their specious business practices. When an opportunity to actually make a difference comes her way, she knows she has to grab it--even though she's not entirely clear what "it" is.

Danny and Megan are each other's best hope for redemption. What they never could have imagined was that they might also be each other's best hope for love.

And with that, Bunn takes readers deep inside the film industry. One that is notorious with scandal, accusations of misconduct, as well as its own snobbery.

Now, Danny has a chance to redeem himself. Part that comes when he inherits a hotel, or at best the majority ownership. He’s wondering what that has to do with the restoration of his career and reputation.

Everything.

There he meets a young talent who has the makings of a star. Without a script and the only idea being a “Valentine’s Day” project – Megan, Danny, and a few colleagues set out to redeem his career.

As everything begins to look good, it goes bad – issues with the lead actor and other trouble behind the scenes. Still despite the adversity, they continue on, and the story develops even more from there. Even when RJ comes back into the picture, Danny is able to let go of that connection and form and romance with Megan.
This had twists and turns like a Hollywood movie, and some of the insight into the industry was exciting, frustrating, uplifting, and disheartening. Realism at its best in a fictional package.

Some of the story involving the script and filming felt forced and out of place, at least to me. It was hard, even by the end to tell what the plot of the “movie” was or was supposed to be – so the titled “Unscripted” works. The characters of both the “movie” and the book seemed out of place, but still worked in some manner of cohesiveness.

The concept of second chances, redemption, and overcoming odds was beautiful, as was the test of everyone’s faith. Bunn didn’t overly preach in the book, and some might find the references to God and faith are too light. Others might take issue with a song “That Old Black Magic”.

This book was definitely a look into the film industry as well as challenges, hope, and forgiveness. Definitely an interesting book with raw emotions, and determination.

I was expecting a bit more suspense in this. It had a great premise and I feel more could’ve been added on the suspense.

Overall rating: 3.8 stars ( )
  medwards429 | Feb 9, 2020 |
There was a time when I couldn't get enough of Davis Bunn's books (He wrote under the name T. Davis Bunn back then.) At some point though, his writing style began to get to me and I haven't read that much by him lately.

WARNING: SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

*****

Danny Byrd has good reason not to trust people. His foster-care-friend-turned-brother, Johnny, has double crossed him by taking off with all their money, leaving behind unpaid contractors and landing Danny in jail.

Enter Megan Pierce, who comes to Danny through Sol Fiennes, even though she works for a different law firm. Megan quickly gets the charges dropped and Danny out of jail. Sol reveals that Danny owns 51% of a hotel. Oddly enough, many of the people hurt by Johnny's double cross are still willing to work with Danny because his reputation is honesty and being able to deliver the project on-time and on-budget. In fact, Greg brings Danny in on a film deal because of what happened--and Megan quickly takes the negotiating reins and gets them a better deal than what they'd have gotten on their own.

A story that fits the title they've been given sort of falls into their laps and they're off and running. At the same time, many impediments come up that lead Megan to conclude that there's some underlying deal behind what's going on. I have to admit that I didn't follow all of that part or how she put it all together.

It has the "happily ever after" type ending that is so common to these books. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Dec 15, 2019 |
"Unscripted" takes the reader into the film industry. It describes the deception, betrayal, and backstabbing. We are taken into Danny Byrd's life who is trying to redeem his career but ends up in jail for a crime he didn't commit. His partner ran off the investor's money. In the first few chapters, we are with Danny in jail. He is mysteriously released from prison and given ownership of a hotel and a second chance in the film industry. He meets attorney Megan Pierce. She helps him out with his film. I can tell Bunn wanted the reader to feel Danny and Megan are growing to love each other.
This is my first Davis Bunn book and it won't be my last. He did a fantastic job of developing relatable and likable characters who you are rooting for. The information about the film industry is pretty dead on. It was a fun mystery, suspense and a hint of romance. Themes of trust, give and walk away from things that hold her down and make you unhappy. I would really suggest getting this book.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review. ( )
  sn11386 | Oct 23, 2019 |
I really enjoyed learning a bit about how the money is gotten for a movie or tv show. I also enjoyed the romance and seeing a young girl get discovered. I liked the romance and the little bit of mystery behind who was helping Danny. This story made me laugh and cry. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. ( )
  Virginia51 | Oct 22, 2019 |
“Unscripted” is a standalone novel by Davis Bunn. It tells the story of a wrongfully imprisoned filmmaker, a lawyer dissatisfied with her job (and her life), and what happens when they are drawn together to try to make a made-for-tv movie.

This story drew me in immediately. The plight of filmmaker Danny Byrd seemed to be hopeless at first, but circumstances quickly changed as unseen forces began to intervene in his life, and the reader begins to experience hope along with Danny. I had trouble putting the book down, as I was so eager to see what happened next. This seldom happens with non-thrillers, and is a testament to Mr. Bunn’s ability to keep the reader engaged in the lives of his characters.

The story was fabulous. I learned quite a bit about the filmmaking process, including the on-set aspects, the behind-the-scenes aspects, and some of the legal/contractual aspects I had never considered before. I found all of this fascinating, as it was explained as the story (and the film in question) progressed. I almost felt like I was right there with the characters, trying to create something magical in a very short time frame.

There were plenty of characters, and all were well-drawn and distinct. Watching Emma bloom before my eyes was lovely, as was watching Danny open up to Emma and learn to trust in the general goodness of people again. Through the characters, the author subtly explores such themes as forgiveness, hope, and second chances. Personally, I would love to see a sequel covering Emma’s continued career in film and music, and possibly a redemption storyline for actor Alex Cross. A prequel about Jennie Finch’s life and early career would also be fascinating.

The romance between Danny and lawyer Megan was, for the most part, enjoyable and believable. I would have liked a bit more conversation between them to show how they were drawing closer to each other. It seemed that there was an initial mutual attraction that was beginning to grow, and should have been allowed to continue on its course. After all, both characters were under a lot of stress, were working insanely long hours, and had only limited time to get to know each other. Instead, Megan delivers an ultimatum that doesn’t seem organic to the story up to that point. I think the reader should have been shown some of Megan’s frustration prior to her outburst. Despite this odd interlude, the relationship deepens as both characters mature and come to terms with things about themselves. Overall, I liked their dynamic; I would simply have omitted the odd bump in the road in the development of the relationship. Enough was going on in the book that this was not needed, and did not help the flow of the story.

I rated “Unscripted” a bit lower due to his issue with the romance, but immediately bumped it right back up due to that fact that, this one small thing aside, I absolutely LOVED this book. It is my favorite of my recent reads, and I highly recommend it. So…read it for yourself, and come back to comment with your thoughts. I’d love to discuss the story with other readers.

Five out of five wedges of the always-popular Gouda! ( )
  Simmmba | Oct 21, 2019 |
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