Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Halloween Heat Index m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Purchased

Unscripted by Nico Jaye (Heartsville)

Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script… until now.

To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving. When he introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter’s cold, all-business lifestyle, though, Teddy soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.


Teddy inherits one half of the theatre he’s been managing for the last nine years. The other half goes to the original owner’s nephew, Carter. Teddy and Carter have never met, but in Teddy’s mind, the non-profit theatre is solidly in the black, therefore there’s no problem, right?

Well, Carter is a business man and as a business the theatre doesn’t make sense. So he sends papers telling Teddy to prepare for a sale. Teddy, in a mad dither, rushes into the city to confront Carter.

Carter, apparently besotted by the enraged Teddy, agrees to give the theatre a chance after giving Teddy some…

Carter eventually comes to the theatre itself and sees just how magical it really is and by the end we have a sure future for the theatre and a HFN for Carter and Teddy.


Novellas are tricky things and writing in a series with other authors can be tricky too. On the one hand, Nico Jaye is a great writer and this story flows nice and smoothly for the most part and I liked the enemies to lovers premise.

On the other hand, the other novellas in the series really emphasized a long courtship and really getting to know each MC involved– it almost felt a bit old fashioned at times. Carter and Teddy rush into a hook-up, then don’t see each other for a long time, then at the end they look like they might start their courtship. To me, it felt out of place with the rest of the series.

I also didn’t feel like I understood much of Carter or his motivations. I got a great picture of Teddy and his family – the theatre and his friends were well developed parts of his life. I wanted them to have their HEA but I can’t really say that I knew enough about Carter to say they got one. It can be hard to do a lot of character development in a novella, but I think Carter was a little under-developed.

It was still a very sweet book and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this entire series!

3.5 of 5 stars


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