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Pretty Face

(London Celebrities #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,560 ratings  ·  799 reviews
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. W
ebook, 372 pages
Published February 20th 2017 by Carina Press
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Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-2017
4.5 Stars!!

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

Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 Flapper Barbie and Backtrack Ken stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages

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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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
Addie H
The book that started it all is on Kindle sale for USD 3.99 today 18th of April 2020

(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
Geri Reads
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I feel like the book goods are smiling down at me and they send me a book that ticks all of my "how romance should be" boxes. Reading Pretty Face by Lucy Parker is definitely one of those times. And oh my gosh, I don't have enough words to express how much I love this book.

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
Al George
Theatre? Check. Humor? Check. Delightful cast of characters? Check. I freaking love this book!

Nick Cage excited

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.

Series: Yes

Sexy times: Slow burn to a few rolls in the hay that will not offend anyo
nick (the infinite limits of love)
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.


Original Thoughts
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
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I fell completely in love with Lucy Parker's first book, Act Like it. Taking us back to the West End and the theater community with a hero who is a curmudgeon (at least to start) and a heroine who is on a popular yet trashy television show, and the tabloids have a field day with her character.

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 a man who isn't
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Parker’s début novel, Act Like It was – it seems – an instant hit, one of those books you suddenly see all over your Goodreads feed because all your friends are reading it. I’m confidently predicting the same for her follow up, Pretty Face, because it’s every bit as vibrant, funny, sexy and poignant as the first book – quite possibly even more so, on all counts. I finished the last page with a smile on my face and feeling uplifted – and wondering if I had the time to go back and read it all ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars

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
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
I finished this over a month ago, so I've lost some details. Not the important ones, though.

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
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much!! I adore Lucy Parker! She’s a genius!
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!
Laura Florand
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much. I'm just in awe of Lucy Parker's ability to write dialogue and her characterizations and the way she captures the West End theater setting. She brings all of these skills in spades to Pretty Face, and on top of that it's a beautiful love story. I adored Act Like It, but I think Pretty Face may have topped it, although of course now I want to go back and read Act Like It again. Lovely. So glad to have had a chance to read this early. ...more
Another exceptional story with really funny moments and the romance was excellent. I love this author and I love this series.

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.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars) While waiting for Lucy Parker's fourth book in her London Celebrities series, I decided to reread the first two: Book 1, ACT LIKE IT, and this Book 2. (The third one, MAKING UP, is also good but is my least favorite, so far, of the series.) They're about actors, directors, producers, managers, etc. in the London theater and entertainment world and are in the top tier of contemporary romances, IMO. Great writing, interesting, flawed, complex characters, and snappy, intelligent dialogu ...more
Maria Rose
When you find yourself laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and rereading passages you just read, you know that you’ve found a real gem among a sea of contemporary romances. Pretty Face by Lucy Parker is a witty and engaging look at the London theater world and a forbidden romance trope story involving acclaimed yet cynical theater owner and director Luc Savage and his new stage protege Lily Lamprey.

Lily’s professional acting career may pay well, but her starring role as the sexpot in the histo
Sam (AMNReader)
Maybe I'm more sensitive to workplace dynamics than I thought.

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
Reread: Dec 2019

I love this book so much.

Reread: Aug 2017


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

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
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a well written novel

Arc Provided by Carina Press through Netgalley

Release Date: February 20 th

4.5 Stars

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
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first story in this series was wonderful, but I liked this one even better. Director hero is reluctant to cast soap opera star heroine in his West End production. She's a blonde bombshell with a wispy voice. He calls her Helium Barbie.

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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first book by this author Act Like It left quite an impression on me. It didn't just feature excellently fleshed out characters but a completely new setting for me when it comes to contemporary romance: the English theater.

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
Dear Ms. Lucy Parker,

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
2020 : this is my perfect romance, my perfect romantic dream, my perfect romantic lady, my perfect romantic grumpy hero, my perfect london background, etc etc

2017 : listen, i have so much LOVE for this book that i promise i can't read it without weird noises coming out of me. i literally have no emotional control for it. IT IS THE WORST.


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 rich
I've given this a B+ for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals, so I'm rounding up to 5 stars, as in my book, those grades make it closer to 5 stars than 4. BUT - given the choice, even though the audio is good, this is one of those books I prefer in print.

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.
Okay, the thing is, this is SO GOOD, and so my kind of characters and YET. I am just a hairbreadth away from connecting emotionally. Like, it's ALMOST THERE, but I never quite get to the feeeeeeeelings.

But five stars anyway because it deserves it.
A delightful, witty, smart, hilarious, charming read. Worth all the hype it gets. Seriously. The writing is damn good. I had so much fun just pulling memorable quotes. There are a lot of jewels in this one, too many to choose from. Lucy Parker definitely has a new reader in me. My only complaint and why this was shy of a 5 star is one thing. Well, actually 2 reasons. One, I felt the last 30% really dragged and was just filler till the couple actually faced some kind of conflict near the end i.e ...more
LOVED this book! Fantastic dialogue and a sweet romance - this was complete perfection! Luc Savage and Lily Lamprey had great chemistry from their very first meeting and the banter between these two was amazing. I loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author! ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I am really liking these books - they are heartwarming and funny and overall just lovely.
It is another sweet, cozy read by Lucy Parker <3

I don’t have much to say except that I like the protagonist and I like the love interest. They’re cute. There are bantering moments and sincere, deep moments. I also got a little emotional towards the end with the plot twist, and the events after that.

I still like Lainie&Richard’s book more, but this is a solid book. Also, cheers for cameos! Again, I appreciate the family theme and the friendship theme. Parker’s books are so well-rounded. Even th
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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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