Book Review – Pretty Face (London Celebrities #2) by Lucy Parker

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Highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Act Like It Lucy Parker returns readers to the London stage with laugh-out-loud wit and plenty of drama

The play’s the fling

It’s not actress Lily Lamprey’s fault that she’s all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that’s not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn’t so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He’d be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily’s suddenly rising career, it’s threatening Luc’s professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they’re not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

 

 

Expected publication: February 20th 2017


MY REVIEW

If you want to read something different – this book is the one for you!!!!

Lucy Parker writes books that are character driven and utterly enjoyable. When I read Act Like It (London Celebrities #1) in 2015 I was blown away by the author’s unique writing style. And Pretty Face wasn’t any different.

Lucy Parker delivered by writing dry humored dialogues, fantastic chemistry between her main characters, and by creating a completely captivating plot that kept me turning pages like crazy.

Lily Lamprey,  soap opera star, couldn’t wait to leave her TV persona behind and to start out on stage. But to get there she would have to convince the very dictatorial and bad-tempered  Luc Savage. Luc, the director and owner of the West End theater, was currently casting new members for a lofty new production – which Lily wanted to be a part of.

After her audition, Luc saw something in Lily that he thought deserved a chance. In his eyes she had huge potential if she was wiling to put in the work – namely voice lessons.

From the very beginning Lily was attracted to him, not in an insta-lust kind of way, more like a simmering boil. Even so the attraction went both ways, Luc had his doubts about her age, especially since his brother’s marriage too a much younger woman was a sore point.

But Lily pretty much steamrolled him with her integrity, tenacity and her caring nature.

He just gotten out of a long-time relationship that ended amicable, but also brought to light that Luc hadn’t really been as emotionally invested as he thought. He was known for being married to the theatre first, and his former partner found that out the hard way.

But suddenly Lily stormed into his life, messing up his thoughts and existence to such a degree that he couldn’t imagine a life without her anymore.

The tension built the closer they got to the opening night. The pressure was on, not only to perform but also to show everyone that Luc still had it in him and that Lily wasn’t just a soap opera starlet but a real actor. It didn’t help that the tabloids took their infatuation and had a field-trip with it.

It all came to a point when Lily and Luc had to decide what was more important, their career or each other.

 

 

I adored Luc, he was swoon-worthy in his quiet demeanor, steadfastness and his solid character. He wasn’t the overly protective alpha, instead he was genuine and authentic, a regular guy I would love to call my own.

It’s not always the muscular, aggressive, jealous types that stand out. NO, it’s the guys that I could meet on the street, at the office or in a theatre.

He was solid in his feelings. His smallest touch was more meaningful than a groping could ever be. He was wonderfully genuine and a honorable person – I LOVED him.

Lily was the perfect women for Luc. Her caring nature gave him a reason to live outside of the theatre. She had a huge heart, that always craved her parents attention and never received more than a passing pat on the head. Parental support was non-existing and she had some trouble letting herself believe in a relationship that was not built on any gain whatsoever.

I especially loved how well they both new each other after such a short time. Their body language, character traits, and weaknesses. Luc especially blew me away on opening night, I did not see his reaction coming and it was a huge WOW factor. I love when characters surprise the heck out of me.

I love books that are written in interesting locations and a stage production has always been immensely entertaining to me. I’m looking forward to the author’s next book.

4 stars

ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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