Thursday, June 12, 2014

Between The Lines (BTL #1) by Tammara Webber


Reid Alexander is used to getting what he wants - and what he wants next is his newest costar, Emma Pierce. The universe is lining up nicely to grant his wish, until he's confronted with two unexpected obstacles on location: a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for Emma's affections.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after years of filming commercials and made-for-TV movies. Winning the lead role in a wide-release film - opposite the very hot Reid Alexander - should be a dream come true. But Emma's heart is hiding a secret fantasy: she wants to be a normal girl.


Between the Lines is the book that I thank for introducing me to the world of independent authors.  Shortly after I bought my kindle, I stumbled across it on a blog I was following. Having my own background in theatre/film, the setting sounded interesting & I was looking for something new to read so I decided to give it a chance.  I was immediately drawn into the fun, crazy, behind-the-scenes world of a teen drama in the making.

Recently, I have been listening to the audio version of some of my favorite books as a chance to revisit "old friends" and actually write reviews for them.  This series is one that I think I could re-read on a regular basis & love it just as much each time.  The summary above barely scratches the surface of what kind of story to expect from Between The Lines. Set in Austin, TX during the filming of School Pride, a teen drama retelling of Pride & Prejudice, we get to spend time with the majority of the cast as they get to know each other on & off the set.  We mainly follow the four major characters, Emma, Reid, Brooke & Graham, and see the story through Emma & Reid's eyes.

Emma is a sweet, naive girl who has no idea what she is getting herself into when she accepts the role of Lizbeth Bennet.  She has been acting in small roles since she was a kid, but has never been in anything as big as School Pride and has never worked with someone as famous as Reid Alexander.  Pushed by the encouragement of her best friend Emily (who adores Reid), Emma accepts the role even though part of her hates the idea of what this film will do to her favorite novel.  Overwhelmed by the idea of sudden fame along with the attention of two very different boys, she can't help but question whether the path she has chosen is really what she wants.

Reid is Hollywood's it-boy.  As charming as he is handsome, he has had everything handed to him for as long as he can remember & he likes it that way. Used to girls throwing themselves at his feet to be used & discarded as he pleases, he doesn't quite know how to handle his growing feelings for Emma or the competition he feels for her attention as she gets closer to Graham.  Add in Brooke, the only other girl he has ever truly had feelings for & his life is about to get complicated in ways he has never known.

I don't know how to adequately describe how much I love this series.  I love & hate all four of the main characters in various ways. They all have room to grow & learn from their mistakes, none more than Reid Alexander.  He's such an arrogant ass!  But even though he is all kinds of wrong for Emma, there is something about him that makes me root for him.  I'm never really one to fall for the "bad boy" and this one certainly doesn't have a heart of gold...but we see glimpses of something better that give us hope.

I love the way that Tammara Webber brings her stories to life. Her characters are real.  Her best ones have flaws & her worst ones still have redeeming value. Maybe it is because I have read the entire series & know where everyone ends up, but I can't help being pulled back in by these books & enjoying the ride time & again...even when I want to shake everyone in them & tell them to open their eyes to the mistakes they keep repeating.

I wholeheartedly recommend giving this book a chance if you enjoy teen dramas. It's a fast read that actually managed to surprise me a couple of times, and it's a fun - and from my experience fairly accurate - look at the world of film.

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