Review: Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

Publication Date: April 29th, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out 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.

Between the Lines tells a story about a household bad boy actor’s pursuit of a relationship outside of his ‘normal’. Tired of the same old, same old, Reid had gotten used to getting what he wants, when he wants without breaking a sweat. When an unknown actress becomes a bit more than a blip in his radar, he pursued her with an unrelenting fervor. Emma, on the other hand, is reluctant to step into the limelight and being in a relationship with Reid would just about thrust her where she’s not at all prepared to be – right in the middle of the Hollywood fast life. She longed to live the normal life of a teenager. Good thing she still has her best friend Emily to keep her grounded and Graham, an indie actor whom she just met. Sooner rather than later, she finds out the ugly side of the glamorous life and all the reasons why she doesn’t belong.

I’d have enjoyed this book more had I not been given privy to Reid Alexander’s head…and perhaps if his character wasn’t pertinent to the story, I’d have bypassed his POVs altogether.  I’m still trying to understand why the author chose to write Reid’s POV instead of Graham’s. That being said, I have an inkling to grudgingly agree with the author. It’s not everyday that I get to read a book where the villain of the story gets second billing. And though being in Reid’s head was torturous, I still found it insightful.

It’s difficult not to symphatize with Reid to some degree. He has one of those, typical Hollywood celebrity upbringing. Very little guidance, very little emotional connection resulting in being acquainted with one of the most selfish, spoiled, arrogant character I’ve ever known. And yet, there were times when I felt mildly sorry for him. I was tempted, on many occasions to skip his inanity simply because his penchant for self destruction angered me. But I’d rather read of an evoking character no matter what the emotions, rather than reading about someone who didn’t make me feel anything at all.

As for Graham and Emma, there is some comfortable ease between them that I enjoyed reading. Their instant connection that had nothing at all to do with being in love –  a closeness that developed over time and even though sometimes I wanted to smack Emma over the head when she starts waffling between Graham and Reid, I still found it refreshing to see the boys in her eyes. I know, I know. I’m a bit of a contradictory when it comes to love triangles but believe it or not. I don’t abhor all of them. There are some, that when written competently, manage to incite some enjoyment from me. And this is one of those. I read and watched and waited for Emma to realize she’s going about it all wrong. If she truly wanted a life of a regular teenager, starting a relationship with actors (especially prominent ones), is an asinine idea. And as much as I love the boy, Graham’s crafty mixed signals frustrated me to no end. He was one of those evasive, slippery characters that the more you try to figure out, the faster he fades.

And another thing, I don’t know about you but by my interpretation, the synopsis alluded to the fact Graham would have a POV in this story. I was definitely disappointed that there was none.

Over all, Between the Lines was a pleasant read (regardless of Reid’s POV). It’s a romantic tale of finding your true place in the world and surrounding yourself with the right people.

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