Accidental Tryst (A Romantic Comedy)
LOVE, INTERNAL JOURNEY
YOU'VE GOT MAIL, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, SERENDIPITY
TRYSTAN MONTGOMERY: 30S. LEAD. CHARMING, AMBITIOUS, CONFIDENT, HONORABLE.
EMMY DUBOIS: 30S. THE OTHER LEAD OF THE BOOK. TRYSTAN'S LOVE INTEREST WHO ACCIDENTALLY SWAPS PHONES WITH HIM. GENUINE, BOLD, CLUMSY, VULNERABLE.
ARMAND: EMMY’S BEST FRIEND AND AN EARLY SUPPORTER OF TRYSTAN AND EMMY’S RELATIONSHIP.
DAVID: EMMY’S FOSTER UNCLE WHO IS SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA. TRYSTAN HELPS HIM GET INTO A HOME WHERE HE CAN BE CARED FOR.
ISABEL MONTGOMERY: TRYSTAN’S COLD GRANDMOTHER WHO CAST HIS MOTHER OUT WHEN SHE HAD TRYSTAN, BUT NOW WANTS FORGIVENESS FOR HER ACTIONS.
BEAU: TRYSTAN’S COUSIN AND CLOSE FRIEND FROM CHILDHOOD. HE FINDS HIMSELF IN A STRANGE POSITION WHEN HE MUST MARRY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE HIS INHERITANCE.
Strangers, and opposites, Trystan and Emmy accidentally swap phones while at an airport charging station when Trystan is on his way to Charleston and Emmy to New York, in this edgier, sexier You've Got Mail meets Must Love Dogs story for the smart phone era.
Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal
Charleston SC, New York NY
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Publisher: Natasha Boyd, LLC
Year Published: 2018
Self-made, suit monkey Trystan Montgomery has to travel to Charleston for estranged family funeral. Flowy, boho, restaurant instagrammer, Emmy has no family except an aging pseudo uncle with dementia who she urgently needs to help. Emmy persuades Trystan not to ditch her phone until they can meet.
As their circumstances get difficult to deal with, they have to rely on each other, and begin a digital relationship that becomes dizzying in its chemistry. Trystan doesn't 'do' relationships, and Emmy doesn't trust. But when the sizzle extends to real life they have decide to take a leap of faith.
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Mature Audience Themes
Plot - Other Elements
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Name: Trystan Montgomery
Key Traits: Masculine,Honorable,Unapologetic,Decisive,Confident,Sexy,Blunt,Sophisticated
Additional Character Details
Name: Emmy Dubois
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Clumsy,Empathetic,Engaging,Modest,Selfless,Funny,Romantic
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Engaging,Outspoken,Blunt,Seductive,Faithful
Additional Character Details
Name: Isabel Montgomery
Key Traits: Aggressive,Gracious,Villainous,Blunt,Power Hungry,Manipulative
Fun loving instagrammer Emmy has taken precious time off from work to go help her only family left, a beloved adoptive uncle David, with dementia. Accidentally picking up a stranger's phone is a disaster. David has her number memorized! Commitment-phobic, suit monkey, Trystan is stressed to the max closing a huge deal and on his way to a funeral with a long-avoided and estranged family. Somehow he’s persuaded to keep her phone until they can swap back. It’s Emmy who keeps him smiling with their texts and banter and their insane chemistry. He’s not even missing his dating apps. Though all his dating notifications are driving EMMY CRAZY. Just like Emmy’s 10,000 plus unread emails are driving Trystan CRAZY. After a particularly difficult day where Trystan clashes with his family, Emmy’s uncle goes missing and sets off a SILVER ALERT and its Trystan who’s able to save the day. They bond, and, one thing leads to another. (PHONE SEX) Boundaries have been crossed, vulnerabilities exposed, chemistry has exploded at flash point. But how will Trystan, who’s used to escaping so fast he leaves scorch marks on the carpet, survive this morning after? Is it a REAL morning after? Turns out they might have something real. Resolution: Through Emmy, Trystan has learned the importance of family and intimacy. And in Trystan, Emmy has learned to depend on people again. Now they’re taking a leap together and turning their accidental online tryst into a 'in real life' relationship.
COMEDY, ROMANCE, MATURE AUDIENCE
When two strangers accidentally swap phones at the airport, they find themselves in a meaningful relationship as they share their lives through their phones, chat, and grow closer than they could have ever expected. Trystan is a self-made businessman and Emmy is a caring and relaxed woman who deeply cares for her friends and family. In many ways, Trystan and Emmy are opposites, but they're also a perfect fit. In the end, they decide to give their relationship a chance.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, the Book Profile does accurately reflect the book. Though it is worth mentioning that this book also features explicit sex scenes, as well as language/profanity when it comes to the mature themes.
Draw of Story
The overall premise of this book drew me in immediately. This is the kind of brilliant premise that readers will be shocked they haven't already read. The characterization is also great. Emmy and Trystan couldn't be more different, which makes their shifting perspectives incredibly entertaining.
Certain sections of this book feel repetitive. Sometimes it’s interesting to watch one scene play out from both Trystan and Emmy’s perspectives, but often it feels a bit dull. If Trystan and Emmy don’t have very different, entertaining reactions, then readers may tire of the number of times they have to read about the same even from different points of view.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook in this novel is absolutely the premise. The love story between Emmy and Trystan is also delightful and so fun to root for. It's easy to imagine this book adapted into a hit romantic comedy.
Yes, absolutely. This book has everything it needs in order to be a fun, light, and low budget romantic comedy. There are tons of fans of the genre who would show up to watch it regardless, but the clever hook makes it an even stronger pitch.
This project would probably not have Awards potential. It's fun, engaging, and sweet, but it feels more like it would be a made-for-TV film or a streaming project that probably wouldn't attract Awards attention.
Similar Films/TV Series
YOU'VE GOT MAIL, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
What’s New About the Story
The premise of this story is quite original. The way that technology is used to the story's strength, for example, makes it stand out. Trystan and Emmy's characters could stand to be more original. And the ending is quite predictable as far as rom-coms go, but apart from adding a few more unexpected twists and turns, there likely isn't much to be done about that fact.
The complex family situations make both Trystan and Emmy stand out. Their vibrant personalities are also in such strong contrast to each other, which makes them both feel very memorable.
Uniqueness of Story
Yes, I believe this is a rare gem.
Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series
The premise is brilliant, the characters are strong, and the writing is engaging in this book. Readers will find themselves rooting for Emmy and Trystan every step of the way.
When two strangers and complete opposites accidentally swap phones at the airport, they find themselves in a meaningful relationship as they share their lives through their phones, chat, and grow closer than they could have ever expected.
What We Liked
There's so much to like about this project. The characters are vivid and realistic, the premise is wonderful, and the writing is strong. This project also boasts a fast pace and an impressive structure that keeps readers flying through the pages.
Film: This project has a clear beginning, middle, and a satisfying end that would work perfectly for the romantic comedy film structure. It would need very little development in order to work as a script.
TV: As a limited series, this project could be ideal. Because Emmy and Trystan are in different places, experiencing different things, there are plenty of potential episodes. It would be satisfying for TV viewers to explore both Emmy and Trystan's worlds through different episodes.
Key points: 1. Great premise. 2. Engaging characters. 3. Genuine love story at the core. 4. Poignant themes and relationships. 5. Satisfying ending.
We meet Trystan and Emmy in the airport. Trystan is busy, always working, but he’s flown home for a funeral. He has important work meetings though, and he plugs his phone into an airport outlet and takes the meetings on his computer. Emmy is from Charleston, SC, but she’s flying to New York City. She accidentally misses her flight and grabs her phone from the charger without double checking it. Trystan does the same after his meeting. When Trystan and Emmy go their separate ways, they don’t realize until it’s too late that they’ve accidentally picked up each other’s phones.
They manage to reach each other and Emmy begs Trystan not to cancel the phone. She needs it and she can’t afford a new one. She also asks that he text back her contact named David and pretend to be her. It’s clear Emmy is concerned about David checking up on her.
Trystan goes to his grandfather’s funeral and readers learn more about his past. He and his mother were kicked out of their grandparents’ home by Isabel Montgomery, Trystan’s grandmother who he still can’t bear to be around. During the reading of his grandfather’s will, it becomes clear that his grandfather was a wealthy and important man, the CEO of Montgomery Homes & Facilities, Limited. In a shocking moment, Trystan learns that he has been named CEO and left a number of shares in the business after his death.
In New York, Emmy goes to see David, her foster uncle. He is in a home and his dementia is rapidly progressing. By the end of the month, he’ll need to move to a more intense facility and Emmy doesn’t know how she’ll find the money.
That night, Emmy and Trystan talk on the phone over dinner. It’s sweet and flirty and they both feel a little uncomfortable when it seems like a date. The next day, Trystan attends a meeting about his new CEO position. He discusses his feelings on the matter over lunch with his cousin Beau.
Trystan learns that his hotel has been booked and he’ll need to find somewhere else to stay. He agrees to meet his grandmother and she apologizes for kicking his mother out of the house. Trystan doesn’t forgive her though, and he vows to fly back home immediately.
Meanwhile Emmy deals with an emergency with David. She calls Trystan and tells him that David has gone missing. He comforts her. When David calls Emmy’s phone, Trystan answers and arranges a car to drive him to safety. He also talks with Emmy about his hotel situation and she lets him rent her apartment. Once David is home safe and Trystan is in Emmy’s apartment, the two talk on the phone and realize they’re both getting in pretty deep with each other.
Trystan arranges for Emmy to stay in a nice hotel. They spend the evening talking and flirting over the phone and eventually have phone sex. In the morning, Emmy has doubts about what they’ve done. She also learns she is on thin ice with her job. Emmy decides to fly back home to Charleston, but she doesn’t plan to tell Trystan she’s there until the next day. She is anxious about meeting him.
Emmy arrives in Charleston and goes to stay with Armand, who ends up telling Trystan that she has arrived. At the same time, Trystan has dinner with his family. Again, his grandmother tries to make amends. Trystan begins to soften. When he leaves, he gets a text from Armand that tells him where he and Emmy will be out dancing.
Trystan goes to the club and finally meets Emmy in person. Their chemistry is completely undeniable, but Emmy is afraid of being just another hookup to Trystan. He tells her that isn’t the case and that he hopes she’ll come back to her own bed that evening, where he’s staying.
Emmy eventually turns up at her place, where Trystan is waiting. They sleep together and it is magical. But in the morning, reality crashes down on Emmy and she panics and leaves.
At work, Emmy pushes back against her boss and gets a huge raise. Afterwards, she gets a call confirming that David has a spot in one of Trystan’s family’s facilities. Trystan goes to check on David and learns that Emmy is afraid of relationships because of her childhood in foster care.
For a while, Emmy and Trystan don’t speak. It nearly breaks Trystan’s heart though and he manages to convince Emmy to give him a shot. He also tells her he is moving to Charleston. In the end, Trystan and Emmy are together, in love, and taking a chance on each other.