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Artistic License

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,623 ratings  ·  232 reviews
"Picasso would have loved his face."

When of the worlds prestigious art collections comes to the resort town of Queenstown, New Zealand, shy art student Sophy James is immediately drawn to the pieces on display and to the massive, silent, sexy presence keeping watch over them. Shes completely fascinated and attracted by the striking planes and angles of his unusual face,
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Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published 2014 (first published December 11th 2013)
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Jacob Proffitt
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy
This was a delightful, quick read and a really good short romance (I mostly like my romances longer, so I mean this as a compliment). Sophy and Mick were outstanding together and the story was very sweet.

This is one of the best depictions I've read of an introverted character who also has a healthy dose of the shy (bordering on debilitating social anxiety). Or, at least, she's a whole lot like my oldest daughter and I recognized her so well in this. Sophy is an artist (unlike my daughter), so I
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namericanwordcat
I was utterly charmed by this love story and stayed up very late last night to finish it.

This book is talk about a bit because it has an "ugly hero" but as the heroine never sees him that way I don't either. He is very large and built and this factors into the story.

The heroine's introversion is compelling in how that way of being plays out in the process of falling love. It really well done and feels so true.

The romance between them processes so naturally. It is a wonderful read.

There is
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Skye Kilaen
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Low angst, feel-good (non-queer) f/m romance that begins when Sophy James, a graduate art student who values her independence and alone time, meets "ugly" security consultant Mick Hollister by having a near-fatal asthma attack. That wasn't her plan or anything. She was just sketching him, totally engrossed in his artistically beautiful face (Picasso would have loved it!). And then there was a terrorist with a smoke bomb, and she, uh, got in his way and he knocked her over? Totally humiliating. ...more
Chachic
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.

Act Like It by Lucy Parker surprised me with how good it was. I even included Lainie and Richard in my recent list of favorite literary couples. I immediately wanted to read more books written by the author but saw that she only had one title that was out. Then I followed her on Twitter and discovered that she self-published another book under a different name: Artistic License by Elle Pierson. To make things even better, the Kindle edition was
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Celestine
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This is a gentle story about two unlikely people falling in love. Two things are remarkable in this witty, contemporary story set in New Zealand. First, Mick Hollister is ugly, and second, the process of how difficult it is to give up oneself in a relationship is contemplated.

Mick is not scarred or slashed. Mick was not in a debilitating fire. Mick is not deformed. He is not hiding his hideousness behind a mask. In the words of author Elle Pierson, "The others [Mick's security co-workers]
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Wow. I did not expect this level of awesomeness.
Dear author, PLEASE write more books!!!!!!!!!!!
Mandy
I really loved this book. How refreshing to read about an imperfect hero who is self-conscience with his looks. I loved Mick and Sophy! This was a really sweet romance and I look forward to reading more by this author.
Renégade ♥
4 to 4 1/2 stars

"You don't have to give up everything when you share your life with someone. You make allowances; you make compromises. But what you get back in return should make it worthwhile. If it seems like a sacrifice, if it doesn't seem worth it - only then should you not be in that relationship. You hear me?"

I've been wanting to read this one for quite some time and I'm so glad I finally got around to it. It was different and it made me smile and laugh often. I enjoyed the dynamics,
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Susana
Loved it! Another well written and developed story by author Lucy Parker.
I loved the characters, especially the fact that Sophie is an introvert; a courageous introvert that doesn't let that stop her from living her life. At the same time, the author doesn't shies from showing us the particulars of what make us introverts. It was nice to read a story in which love isn't shown as "all healing".
Her relationship with Mick was sweet and cute...except when it was HOT, lol
There were a number of
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Lenore
2.5 stars.

Cute, but nowhere near as delightful and technically well-executed as Act Like It.
Leigh
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, age-gap
Artistic License was a short, sweet, slow burn romance. I loved the fact that Mick is not handsome but Sophy proved that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I loved how their friendship turned into love but honestly the pace was just so slow that I was bored.
Naksed
Absolutely endearing! Exactly what a sweet, contemporary romance should be. Set in New Zealand, the story revolves around a young, extremely introverted sculptor, Sophy, and her unlikely friendship that turns into more with Mick, who would make the New Zealand rugby team look like a bunch of toddlers.

Elle Pierson has created a totally swoon-worthy character in the person of Mick Hollister, the perfect blend of strength and vulnerability, an Alpha who is not a jerk, protective without being
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Mandapanda
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very likable contemporary romance. I loved the characters especially the introverted artist heroine Sophy.

Her fingernails were cut short and workmanlike, but were painted in pink and white stripes. The smartphone leaning dangerously from the pocket of her loose dress was a similarly aggressive shade of candyfloss, which seemed a crime against an otherwise perfectly decent model. She was the most overtly feminine person he had met since his kindergarten days, when small girls came bedecked with
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Katie
Partly, I was out of it while reading a lot of this book. Partly, it's that same old problem where the super-shy character still has a great friend (and apparently other friends she can call on for rides and things?). WE DON'T ALL HAVE THAT. Even now, at ten years older than the character, I don't have a lot of people in the area I could comfortably call on.
Blackjack
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars! Like other readers, I only found out about this book because I'm a huge fan of Lucy Parker, Pierson's other alias. Artistic License is an early effort though it definitely has glimmers of Parker's wit and strong characterizations in her more recent books.

I really like the theme of life as an introvert in this story, almost more than any other aspect. It's such an unusual topic in romance writing, and as an introvert I completely relate to the heroine's reserve and strong need for
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Anja
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you serious?? :D :D :D :D

That book was AAAAAA-wesome!!!

Writing style was stellar, Sophy and Mick were fantastic characters, humor was off the charts ...

I was giddy, I was laughing, I was grinning, I loooooved all the references ...


"I was hoping that I would get the chance to thank you." From a distance, in a nice card.


And Mick, ugly but totally caprivating giant of a hero and foot-in-her-mouth awesome heroine? Recipe for an incredible wonderful book.

"His voice was expectedly deep but more
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LAKristy
Very well written and edited. This is a stand-alone novel.

This is a very charming story with humor, old fashioned romance, a little heat, and some suspense. The two main characters are well educated, and their conversations and internal thoughts reflect their maturity and sophistication. It really was lovely to read a book about two young adults (the female lead is about 25) who behave in normal ways, yet are still very interesting people.

The story is set in New Zealand, which is fast becoming
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Rhode
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely charming. I especially loved how awkward and introverted (in a good way because she's aware of and sticks up for her social needs as an introvert) she was. And he was adorable, a giant scary bruiser with a heart of gold type.

It takes place in New Zealand and is clearly written by a local, which is also interesting, although not guidebooky. In fact, I heard through the grapevine that the author Elle Pierson is a pen name for Lucy Parker (or vice versa) a kiwi whose recent Act Like It
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Andrea
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm so glad I learned that Lucy Parker's Act Like It was not her only novel, and that she published this under another name. It's just as sweet, funny, and quirky as Act like it. I loved that for a change the heroine was the shy, introverted type with commitment issues (and that she was aware of that and fought it), and that the hero was considered "ugly" by everyone but her (he's not disfigured, or scarred, or anything, he's just not drop-dead gorgeous).
HJ
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real struggle for me with too much telling, not enough showing.
Zuzu
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original read 6/8/14.
Re-read 8/21/15.
Re-read 4/29/17

Such a sweet love story where their relationship slowly develops. He isn't a good looking guy but she likes him for the person he is.
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4/29/17 - For a romance that only has one sex scene, this is one of my faves. I rarely read MF anymore, but this one is a keeper. So sweet and I love the developing relationship between Mick and Sophy.
Rosie
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and interesting

I really needed to read something without spanking and this book hit the spot. I read it smiling most of the way through. A little editing here and there would have pushed it to a higher level for me.
madandelion
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rtc XD
Amanda
This book came to my attention as word spread across romance sites that Lucy Parker had written an earlier book under the name Elle Pierson. (I have no idea if these are both pseudonyms or if one of these is her real name? Not that it matters.) Naturally, I was very intrigued and excited because I've absolutely adored both Act Like It and Pretty Face. This book isn't as good as either of those, but that's not to detract from this one. I still very much enjoyed this story.

Artistic License is set
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Elaine
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 4-stars
This was a nice, sweet book. I liked the writing right away, and it didn't take long for me to like Mick and Sophy too. I don't think I've ever read a book about an introverted, asthmatic sculpture artist and a beefy, sensitive security guard before. I enjoyed the unlikely, non-handsome male MC. He is so kind and thoughtful, and the fact that the female MC finds him attractive is so great. There isn't too much unnecessary drama, no love triangle, and very little angst. The book was on the short ...more
Sue
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Does right what it says on the label:

This is great, he said happily. Its like Tinker Bell falling in love with Captain Hook.

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Bria Quinlan
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quirky-girl-rec
A book about who sees you the most clearly and not judging a book (or human) by its cover.

Loved it - was my September Quirky Girl Rec!
SmartBitches
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I grabbed this with fast grabby hands when Mandy at Smexxybooks mentioned that Elle Pierson was also Lucy Parker and, well, yall know how I feel about her book Act Like It .

This is an earlier book, and it sort of shows. I could see some of strengths I found in Act Like It emotional resonance, creatively talented characters living deeply artistic lives, solid world building, and terrific, realistic dialogue. Whenever characters were talking, my
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
This was cute. Sophy is an asthmatic art student and an introvert more comfortable observing people for her sketches than interacting with them. Mick is a security consultant with a protective streak and doesn't have classic good looks. It's a bit of a beauty and the beast type thing going on. They meet when Sophy witnesses an attempted bombing at an art exhibit.

This is kind of insta-love, as this takes place in just a few weeks and that's enough time for them to be declaring their ILUs to each
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