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Act Like It

(London Celebrities #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  10,851 ratings  ·  1,714 reviews
This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

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Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Carina Press
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-comedy
4 Stars!!


This book was like nothing I expected. It was very different from what I have read before and I’m not talking only about the premise – two stage actors who start a fake relationship and then falling in love for each other-, but also about the writing. The writing was...well different, but in a good way – and also flawless and witty. “Act Like It” is a romantic comedy that made me smile and also LOL a couple of times. It’s an enemies/friends to lovers kind of story with an interesting se
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 ~ 5 STARS

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What a refreshing read! This appears to be the first and only book by this author and so….Lucy Parker wins my vote for Best New Author of 2015!!


The story is based on actors and actresses performing in a long running play at the Metronome in London. This is a frenemies to lover’s story that is such a good time. The heroine, Elaine Graham has just broken things off with her castmate Will Farmer. Sadly, she still has to see this knob daily. (I learned a ton of Britishism
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars


I really enjoyed this one! A fun, romantic comedy with a grumpy hero and extremely likable heroine, set in the London theater scene. I'll try to review properly soon, but I've been bit by the lazy bug!
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

I love this book! A well-written slow burn romance with my favorite trope (hello, fake relationship!), witty banter, and a little Pride and Prejudice-esque feel to it. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a modern-day Pride and Prejudice, but there’s a lot of influence there, especially with the main characters. And y’all know how much I love P&P. I read Act Like It again as soon as I finished it. Feels!

Elaine “Lainie” Graham is in the unfortunate position of
Aestas Book Blog
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre’s Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham.

Oh my gosh, what a fun book! The whole idea of stage actors starting a fake relationship and then falling in love intrigued me, but as soon as I started reading, I fell in love with the writing. It was smart, sassy, oh-so-witty and even downright hilarious in places. I laughed out loud countless times, and loved the light-h
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

3.5 stars happily rounded-up because Act Like It was loads of fun! Truth is, I was really wary when I first started it, but let's face it, I'm always wary when I read a romance novel, because they often contain several of my biggest peeves : cheating, slut-shaming, instalove... just pick one. Albeit not perfect, Act Like It was a great surprise in these aspects and a promising debut.

Two main characters thoroughly enjoyable : meat Lainie, a nice but feisty actress and Richard, a misanthropic
3 meh stars. Review posted January 16, 2016

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What was great about this book was the author's writing. I really dug that. Unfortunately, Asking For It didn't work out for me as a romance. It's strange, really, but I felt amused, entertained, annoyed and bored in equal parts. I chuckled many times.

Some funny quotes for your perusal

“Richard? Come here, baby!”
The cat, which was bloody enormous and did not need to be fed twice a day, appeared at a leisurely stroll. It sniffed the bowl disdainf
Addie H

I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 17.

(Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Colleagues, Starched (hero) Gets Unstarched, Fake Relationship, Sickbed Vigilance)

This is how my 17th re-read held up.


- “The public loves a mismatch. The bad boy redeemed by the company ingénue.”

Quick summary: Good girl actress, Lainie Graham, is asked by her theatre production’s PR person to fake-date West End’s super talent and grumpy misanthrope, Ric
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
Such a hidden gem this one. Bloody loved it.

Very British, settled in London, the city I adore, with West End in the background.

Witty, adorably snarky and sweet heroine Elaine, is paired up with London's bad boy of theatre world. She is to repair Richard's tarnished reputation and make public hate him less.

And let me just say, the comparison used in a book was so spot on that I couldn't stop laughing.

Grumpy Richard and the cat Richard...

But to the point, they hardly knew each other before being
Jun 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book SO MUCH!!!!! Lucy Parker, you talented bitch!!!

Am I on an accidental binge of celebrity romances? ... Yes. But I'm embracing it! This is my brand now.

This gorgeous book tells the story of Lainie and Richard, two actors currently starring on a West End play.

He's a rich, snobby, sexy, condescending dick and she's a perfect earth angel who looks like Jessica Rabbit.

For Romance Reasons that involve Richard's decaying popularity (there's a fine line between beloved bad boy and hated
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This was grump/sunshine heaven!!! I can't wait to continue with the series. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)
*bazillionth reread*


I just love Richard & Lainey so much.
*cries thinking about how precious they are*
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
This is one of those books that you have to give their premise. In this case because it's kind of silly if you analyze it at all. I remember having to make the conscious choice just to roll with the first chapter or two. Fortunately, after that initial setup, this just takes off and provides some very engaging fun.

A lot of that is due to Lainie. She's kind and she's focused and you can see why it is that she has such a good-girl reputation beyond merely having a hand in some charities. Plus, she
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun and wonderful writing!

This starts out as a fake romance between British stage actors that (of course) turns into the real thing. Richard is talented, rich, and good looking, but his manners and attitude leave MUCH to be desired! He's a big grouch and his reputation is hurting ticket sales so management propose an idea to bring his popularity up. Set him up in a fake romance with Lainie, another star of the show and a fan favorite. Lainie has the sympathies of the public after being
Lucy Parker's debut is phenomenal. Her writing reminded me, quite often, of Sara Manning's work. She has the same style of British romance, complete with a brooding hero and a heroine who doesn't seem to be quite right but, nevertheless, is perfect. Act Like It is a classic fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope and I ate it up completely.

Lainie, a theater actress, finds herself kissing her ex-boyfriend every night on stage--a painful process, to say the least. Will, the lead in the drama she is starr
It's only the first week of January and here I am giving a five-star rating. I'm gobsmacked. Like, stop-the-presses, will-wonders-never-cease gobsmacked.

This book is delightful! Funny, and clever, and so very romantic. With a smart, beautiful, empowered and realistic heroine, and a hero who is a modern, sweep-you-off-your-feet Mr Darcy. By the end you will be smitten with both of them.

This book revisits some of romance's best-loved tropes without ever becoming humdrum or stilted. This is Pride
Anne Bogel
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I asked a friend for a not-so-steamy romance recommendation, Lucy Parker was her immediate suggestion.

Richard and Lainie are actors in London's West End. Though talented, Richard's cranky off-stage antics are turning his fans against him, and the theater is worried they won't be able to sell tickets. Fan favorite Lanie is already stuck working with her cheating ex-boyfriend, and then it gets worse: she's asked to pose as his new girlfriend to help Richard clean up his reputation. And fans
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: awwwdorable
4 stars!

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I enjoyed this smart, witty, and sweet story.

The Cavalier's Tribute is the play running on the stage of The Metronome, but the backstage antics may be more drama.

Recently dumped by one of her cast-mates, Lainie Graham understands awkward. Each night she has to interact with her ex on stage. Though she's not too bent about the situation, the press is loving the gossip that surrounds them.

The press has also been following another cast member. Richard Troy is known for his great acti
After a reread, I bumped it up to five stars. I even enjoyed it more the second time. I think because I am used to this author's style now.

Adorable “fake relationship” story set in the London Theater scene. Hero is the “next Olivier,” son of a (now deceased) disgraced right-wing politician and a actress mother. He is an equal-opportunity snob, with an aggressive manner that hides his sensitive nature.

Heroine is a redhead “ingenue” who is starring in the same period drama as the hero. She had an
There is no way I could kiss someone I hate...

I really admire stage actors. I don’t know how they memorise so many lines or remember the exact spot they’re supposed to stand. Sure, I get that if you do it enough times you’ll remember but I would find the audience very distracting. I also don’t know how actors can be intimate…without the intimate feelings attached. You kiss the same bloke every night for months, and not feel anything? How do you do that? You kiss the same bloke every night, who a
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This book, man. THIS BOOK. It’s a love story set in the glamorous and wacky world of London’s West End. Elaine Graham, theatre’s new sweetheart, is bribed into pretending to date Richard Troy, a man whose antics have turned his nickname from Byron to Dickhead. She gets a sizable donation for her charity, he gets a salvaged reputation. Too bad they can’t be in each other’s presence for five minutes without insults starting to flow.

I’m sure you can guess where this leads.

This is an absolute deligh
Joanna Loves Reading
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cr
This was a very enjoyable listen! I could see a reread raising it to 5 stars, but I'll leave it here for now. I think the ending had a little to much action. Great slow-build romance! ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This was a fast-paced read for me. Was still in the mood for something light (thanks for the recommendation Ira). Set in the London West End theatre district it follows Richard and Lainie who are sort of thrown together for PR purposes to try and salvage Richard's reputation.

But make-believe and reality sort of mesh together ...

I did not like Will and I am not sure how and why Lainie put up with him or even spoke to him off set. Yes, she was professional enough to act on stage with hi
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.

Carina's acquisitions team is seriously on point. Somehow they manage to find authors who can strike the perfect balance between trashy plots and smart writing - which, in case you were wondering, happens to be one of my favorite combinations, right up there with burgers and red wine and Jason Momoa and
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This book has been out for a few months and I’ve had a lot of people text me, email me and tweet me and say – READ IT! So I bought it and then it got buried on my Kindle (seriously, how many book are buried on my kindle??) and I kind of forgot about it. But I finally read it and I fell in love. This book is adorable, it’s sexy and the banter is top-notch.

Richard and Lainie are both talented stage actors appearing in the same play in the West End in London. Richard is very good looking and pretty

I LOVED this story so much!
I am so happy that I saw this book being discussed on Goodreads, because if not, I probably would never have read it. Also it helped that a couple of my bookish friends gave it high ratings :)
But what won me over (big time) was the Pride and Prejudice comparison : you see, Richard Troy aka, Mr. Darcy is such a sociable person when compared to me, really has a bit of a Darcy in him.
And who doesn't love a grouchy character falling helplessly in love?

From indifferenc
This is a very funny story and I love it!
It should be an easy 5 stars read until, well the last two chapters before the epilogue.
I won't give you any spoilers but involved the heroine's sad excuse for an ex, I prefer she hammer his head than let him got away like that after the horrid thing he did!!

Anyway it was a very entertaining story and the wicked dialogues will give you plenty Lol moments:)
Oh this is a romantic comedy book and rather slow burn romance, so no, not erotica romance and I will
Lucy Parker has become a trusted author, when I am in need of a light, funny & refreshing romcom.

This has been the 3rd book I read by her and I will come back for more.
Reread on July 7, 2022: What if I just reread old faves in audio for the rest of the year? I’m so tired of reading/DNFing meh books. Read via audio (narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown).
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Lucy Parker lives in New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes, and vineyards. She has a degree in Art History, loves museums and art galleries, and doodles unrecognizable flowers when she has writer’s block.

When she’s not writing, working or sleeping, she happily tackles the towering pile of to-be-read books that never gets any smaller. Thankfully, there’s alwa

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