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. W ...more
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Once again, Lucy Parker delivers a lovely little gem that made me grin and laugh from cover to cover. 'Pretty Face', just like the first installment in the series, 'Act Like It', is highly entertaining, simply delightful from start to finish, utterly enjoyable and has a great mix of humor, sweetness and emotion.
Lily Lamprey is a twenty-six years old television actress, known as a female protagonist on a mediocre TV show. She wants a career on stage, so she desperately needs to pro...more
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How do you write a review for a book you absolutely loved without sounding like a pile of mush? I've found a new favorite author in Lucy Parker. I know she's only published two books so far, but I think it's safe to say in those two books I've read, she's never failed to make me smile, laugh, and feel fuzzy inside.
40-year old renowned director Luc Savage wants to get his new production rolling. With one principal actress pulli ...more
I had written a little bit of a warning at first, stating that I would probably come across as condescending in this review and reaffirming that my aim was not to shame readers for enjoying romance novels I personally want to burn (not Pretty Face!), but then my warning *did* come across as condescending so I guess I CANNOT WIN so let's write this review okay don't hate me.
I need to face facts : I've not been able to call myself a romance reader for a long time. Those days are long gone, crushe ...more
(13th Oct, 2019 - Re-read for the 4th time)
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 4.
(Tropes: May/December, Starchy (Hero) Gets Unstarched, Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden Love)
This is how my 4th re-read held up.
Three words sum this book up: SO MUCH FUN!!
I have a weak spot for May/December romances, but I rarely think they work in contemporary romances, because I ...more
WARNING! Long, gushy review ahead! #Sorrynotsorry
Luc Savage, one of London West End's premier director/producer is restoring the Queen Anne theater and capping it off with a new play. Problem is Luc lost not one but ...more
This woman killed it with her debut novel. Well, this one proves she is not a flash in the proverbial pan of bad sequels. Lucy Parker (under this nom de plume) rocks out with her clock out.
NOTE: read for 2017 New Years Reading Challenge, Enemies to Lovers.
Setting / Time / Genre: England. Londonish. Most of the time.
Sexy times: Slow burn to a few rolls in the hay that will not offend anyo ...more
Director Luc Savage is ready to reinvigorate his West End theater with a new historical play. The only problem is that his girlfriend who he wanted in the play, ran away to get married...to a man who isn't ...more
After reading and loving Act Like It, I was thrilled to get my hands on Pretty Face and it was everything I hoped for! Lucy Parker excels at writing witty, fun dialogue and banter, with British-isms like “snogging, kerfuffle, whinge, and arse-over-tits”; the last has to be my favorite, lol!
The relationship between Luc and Lily was sexy and fun, and full of emotion and chemistry! Ms. Parker made Luc and Lily come to life, writing them with insecurities and faults, but each with a purene ...more
While part of a series, you don't really need the first to enjoy this one. I know because I completely forgot who the characters in the first were and didn't really care because I was totally into these two characters.
The age difference in this one is on the extreme end (it exceeds the squick formula*) and I knew intellectually that would be a hurdle for the author to get over. She managed it so effortles ...more
11/02/18 REREAD: Will I ever not love this book?
03/16/18 REREAD: I just love this book so so much. My heart is always full when I'm done with it. <3
10/21/17 REREAD: Trix and Leo are so cute already.
07/18/17 REREAD: STILL LOVING THESE TWO SO MUCH I WANT TO CRY!
Lucy Parker was one of my favorite author finds last year. I devoured and thoroughly enjoyed her book Act Like It after recommendations from a couple of friends. To say that I was excited when I received her newest, Pretty ...more
Our heroine is an amazingly beautiful tv actress that has always wanted to work on the stage. Unfortunately her beautiful face, curvy body and sexy voice are detriments to a career in the theater. No one will take her seriously.
Until our hero sees the talent beneath the beauty and gives her a chance.
A lovely story with wonderful characters!
Even better on the re-read and it isn't every day an h gets almost drowned in a water tank tinted to look like champagne.
Lily’s professional acting career may pay well, but her starring role as the sexpot in the histo ...more
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Release Date: February 20 th
Another winner! Author Lucy Parker definitely knows how to write the perfect story, because I never thought that theatre "stuff" was that interesting, and then I just want to live in these stories. And be friends with these people.
And as such, I am now going to re-read it, because I don't know when I'll read another good story.
Lily is much more than a pretty face: she's smart, witty, and much more than meet ...more
This one just didn't do it for me. I hated the set up, but was willing to give it a chance. I couldn't get a good sense of Luc-Was he aloof, tough, did he more or less give in right away? And either because of me, or because of the style, I failed to connect and engage with the book to the point where I could follow where things were happening...I didn't love the 2 plot devices. And in this case, the age gap exacerbated the yuck facto ...more
But heroine changes his mind after an extensive audition and their combative interactions soon morph into the sweetest romance.
I really liked the heroine, but it was the hero (he who looks like Gregory Peck) who pushed this story into five star territory. Not ...more
I love this book so much.
Reread: Aug 2017
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH OK
Twitter reading thread: HERE.
Reread: March 2017
I keep rereading my faves because my slump has been so horrible I can't take up new books at all. Anyway, WHERE IS MY LUC SAVAGE-
(also when is Lucy gonna release a new book I need more)
First read: January 2017
This review can also be found on Romances Ever After.
I thought I loved Act Like It, but then I read Pretty Face.
I procrastinated writing this review b ...more
The second book by her is equally as good and it takes us back to the same setting. The heroine Lily is a TV actress and not just any TV actress but one whose character people love to hate. She has been playing the role of a sexed up vamp on a TV show for four years and wa ...more
Beautiful...witty...emotional... What a gem of the book this is!!!
5 million stars!!!
When you love a book like I love this one you WANT to write the best review ever, of course I will mess this up, but if you are still reading this GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE, in spite of my lousy attempt of a review.
So I will write just what I feel, for summaries or blurb go elsewhere.
What I love about this book: EVERYTHING
❤ the lead are epic
❤ the side characters amazing
❤ the chemistry tangible
❤ the dialogue ex ...more
I know you're not a robot who sits at your keyboard for 18 hours a day without blinking, while endlessly tapping and alternately staring at the wall. I also know that you have a life outside writing, and you actually have to talk to real people to have something to write about.
But you have to understand that after reading your first two amazing books, I am now going out of my mind waiting for your next book.
I said to myself that I'm going to be chill about this, and I'm tr ...more
Pretty Face, the follow-up novel to Lucy Parker’s successful and hugely entertaining Act Like It, is a funny, sexy Rom-Com set amid the hustle and bustle of London’s Theatreland that clearly proves that Ms. Parker is no one-hit-wonder. ...more
But five stars anyway because it deserves it.
like all the lovers of 'act like it', i thought that there was a very high chance i would love 'pretty face' but there was no chance it would be as good as richard & lainie's story and... i was both right and wrong.
i was right because both books have very different stories and very different characters and there is only one ...more
To start, can I just say how much I love this world that Lucy Parker has created? She's struck this really great balance of having temperamental asshole heroes that also are capable of tremendous emotional depth and who worship the fuck out of the women they fall in love with, and it hits me where I live. I loved Richard's snarky asshole self a lot, but I think that if I was forced to choose, I'd pick Luc Savage every single time. He's just such a great hero ...more
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 ...more