Isn’t it a universal dream of most girls to grow up and have the handsome prince fall in love with them? And doesn’t the modern corollary change the prince into either a mega-popular film or rock star?
Reber takes the modern fairytale and using incredible detail shows how a dream come true might not be for everyone and might be much more work at greater cost than most of us want in our personal romances.
When Seaport, RI bar owner Taryn Mitchell opens her doors and gives shelter to super popular A-list movie star Ryan Christensen, he is being chased by fans and paparazzi. She hasn’t seen his most recent popular film, or any of his movies at all for that matter, although she does recognize him. Ryan is harried and a little frightened which makes Taryn want to give him respite before she must open the bar to the public.
Ryan is a solid guy, who is trying to cope to the best of his ability with his fame while Taryn, having recently caught her fiancé having sex with another woman, is not looking for another relationship. She’s the perfect friend for Ryan, someone who won’t pursue him, scream her love for him, or act like the hordes of fans who throw themselves at him.
Grateful to Taryn for giving him time to be himself and be at peace, Ryan looks at her and her bar as havens. Slowly, while Ryan’s movie films nearby, they fall in love, each finding the essential person hidden under layers of baggage and Ryan’s popularity.
This fairytale would be complete with a long kiss and fade to black except that in addition to his private life being conducted in public one of the fans has become a menace and one of Ryan’s former bodyguards just might be making a play for Taryn.
Readers will feel the impact of a superstar trying to live a normal life while he’s not filming. Is our obsession with every minute of our favorite movie star’s life really the price he or she must pay to entertain us? Or are we asking way too much from these modern icons?
How Ryan, Taryn, Ryan’s family, and their friends cope with strangers peering at them, trying to scavenge bits and pieces of their clothing, personal belongings, or bodies, and making them the heroes or villains of fan fantasy becomes the real story Reber is telling. Under these conditions, it’s amazing that any superstar finds love.
Reber also asks her readers how far they would go to become part of their idols’ lives. Why is this obsession necessary for so many people’s lives? What are we doing to ourselves by idolizing, then destroying superstars?
While she writes a poignant and moving romance, Reber imbues it with reflections important today, reflections we all need to take to heart.