Friday, March 2, 2012

2 for 1 Review: Between the Lines

Between the Lines (Between the Lines, #1)Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.

Where You Are (Between the Lines, #2)Where You Are by Tammara Webber

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.

Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of—the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.

Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex—Hollywood’s reigning golden boy—she’s older and wiser and has set her sights on her close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.

Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of the film he finished last fall. The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.

Tammara Webber has written something very clever, fun, and fresh! I started reading this series thinking I knew the direction this story was going. I kept on reading and expecting things to happen until well...they didn't. The author went in a completely different direction. She stepped away from the proverbial bad boy hero.  She flushed the cliche of having the fairy love godmother wave her magic wand automatically turning the bad boy player into prince charming. Because ladies, the carriage eventually turned back into a pumpkin at midnight.

Emma is the girl next door. Even though her innocence is detrimental to her character and the plot, her naivety is stump your toe frustrating. I just wanted to shake her, alot! Graham however, I did NOT want to shake. I completely wanted to...(leaving it up to your imagination). Reid. I wanted to love to hate him, but mainly just ended up hating him. At least until the end of book two, where he has his "ahhhhhh" warm and fuzzy moment. And of course Brooke is your token biotch!

I enjoyed reading these books. The plot twists were a little predictable, but the author did a good job bringing us some YA fiction with edge. Even though I only gave it three stars, I did like it. The lower rating is because Between the Lines falls into the book-esodes category. What is a book-esode?? Its like the TV-show of the book world. There are TV shows I absolutely love and adore. Are they great? Yes! Are they as good as a big motion picture? No, but it doesn't mean I'm not going to watch and like TV :-) Would I read another Tammara Webber book? Of course!

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  1. Definitely adding these to my TBR! Thanks, Mollie for the review :D

  2. Just read both of these after seeing rave reviews. I was really unimpressed. They were good, and I loved Emma and Graham but the rest of the characters points of view I had to force myself multiple times to NOT SKIM. That was hard. I just didn't care enough about Reid and Brooke. I would say these books were no higher that 3 stars also. Thanks for an honest review.

    1. I totally agree Hope! Love her writing style, but not too fond of the characters. I totally did some scimage on everything NOT Emma & Graham :-) That's why I didn't read book 3. Totally excited about her mature novel coming out though. It's called Easy; can't wait!