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Making Up

(London Celebrities #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,940 ratings  ·  500 reviews
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved… difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the m ...more
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Published May 28th 2018 by Carina Press
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

You know, when you're not annoying the hell out of me, you might be my favourite person."

Lucy Parker brings us back to the London Celebrities world with the third standalone, Making Up. This book is a sweet, smart, and heartwarming enemies-to-lovers romance guaranteed to make your heart flutter. The writing is perfection, the banter hilarious and riveting, and the story completely satisfying.

After the lead performer gets into an accident and the
Geri Reads
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucy Parker became an instant favorite after I fell in love with the first book of her London Celebrity series. She has never fails to deliver on the swoons and the great characters. The third book, Making Up, is no exception.

We’ve met Trix in Pretty Face. She’s a circus artist and Lily’s best friend who was in an abusive relationship with Dan. That abuse took a toll on Trix and the aftermath was even more heartbreaking. She lost confidence in herself and her talents, and just when it seems like
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Trix Lane unexpectedly lands the lead role in The Festival of Masks, a kind of circus/play, and normally she’d be over the moon, but self-doubt creeps in thanks to a bad breakup with a toxic man. Add to that Leo Magasiva will now be working on the production, and they have a long history of hating each other. Well, they didn’t always hate each other. There was a time in school they were quite close, but that went horribly wrong. Yet, now when Trix is having problems with performing the one who s ...more
h o l l i s
"This is not a we-bicker-because-we-want-to-bang' situation. It's a 'he's-a-tosspost-and-I've-learned-my-lesson' situation."
"I don't believe I mentioned sex. What an interesting direction your mind took."

I will never get tired of Parker's brand of snarky sarcastic sassy hate-to-love romances.

She was really wasted in musical theatre. Anyone who could bury that much loathing beneath layers of vocal honey was just itching to be cast in a violent whodunit.

This time we have the pint sized, and colou
nick (the infinite limits of love)
RE-READ : MAY 2018

After just three books from Lucy Parker, I am ready to sell my soul to her. There's something so special about her stories that make them not only readable but also re-readable. No joke, but I've re-read Making Up three times this year already. #noregrets Making Up still had the quintessential Lucy Parker elements to the story, but I thought Leo and Trix's story stood out on its own.

I loved Trix the minute we met her in Pretty Face. She was a wonderful friend to Lily, and ther
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured an early copy of this book in less than half a day, because I COULD NOT stop reading it! I love Lucy Parker's characters so much. They always feel so beautifully real and true, like people I could meet (and love) in real life, and I care about all of them so intensely.

Trix, the pink-haired aerialist heroine, is smart and sharp and fierce but also struggling with intense anxiety after an emotionally abusive prior relationship, fighting her way back towards believing in herself in both
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

Lucy Parker is pretty much the only author of contemporary romance whose books are a must-read for me, and I suspect that there are many, many readers out there in Romancelandia who, like me, have been eagerly awaiting Making Up, the third book in her  London Celebrities series.  Set in the world of London’s West End, the stories take place amid the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd, the backstage backstabbing, the gossip, rivalry a
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Absolutely brilliant!
Review to come.
Well, once the cover is up!:)
Gonna try this again. Hopefully I'll remember to hit "save" this time. 😒


3.75 stars

I'm waffling between 3½ stars and 4 stars. Lucy Parker books have become my new crack. This is my second try with her and I've quickly become a huge fan. Her writing just draws you right in. The beginning of this one though was a bit rough. The first 30% I abhorred. The whole "I can't stand you because I overheard you say something mean about me 10 years ago in high school" just isn't my cuppa. It's not the
Eloisa James
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fresh and interesting: makeup artist hero!
Project: Catch Up On Review Backlog, review #4 out of 11

So this review has actually been stalling me for a month now, for no particular reason. Maybe I felt pressured to live up to all the cute hedgehog gifs I’ve included below with my words. Or maybe it’s because I’ve since found (thanks to the CBR Facebook group) that Lucy Parker reads Cannonball Read sometimes (!!). No pressure, y’all. Sometimes when I write reviews I pretend authors don’t exist, for just this reason. Oh, and also it’s my 150
Sam (AMNReader)
I remember SO much about the first in this series.

But somehow Lucy Parker’s second and third offering leave me with a wandering mind, and I either miss her transitions or they are non existent because I constantly feel off balance.

I did feel the chemistry here, but there’s something lacking in the set up. I’m sending this back to he library for a more deserving reader, and heavily considering passing on the 4th
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had more stars for this book! This is an amazing love story with two characters that have shown up in other books in the series. They’ve been in the background waiting to find love and Lucy Parker helped them find it in the best way.
Our hero is a makeup artist who comes to work on the show our heroine is in. (BTW I learned so much about the London stage in these books. Brilliant research!)
Our hero and heroine have been enemies for years so they did not want to spend time together. (
H/h knew each other at school when they were teenagers, but an overheard remark and some cruel gossip nipped their romance in the bud. Every encounter since high school has been snippy and hurtful until they find themselves working together on the same West End production.

Heroine is a performer, bff to the heroine of Pretty Face. Hero is a make up artist. The story opens with the heroine witnessing a painful fall (metaphor alert!) of the lead in their Cirque du Soleil-type performance. She is t
Jacob Proffitt
This is third in a series. Characters from the first two are present, but not overwhelmingly so, in this one. I recommend reading them in order, but mostly because I think the first two books are awesome.

I wasn't as engaged with this one as its predecessors. Which is weird because I liked how well the backstory was worked into the present; as we learn of why they're so antagonistic to each other you can totally see how it happened and it kind of breaks your heart—for both of them (which is way b
Another good one in Lucy Parker´s London celebrities series.
I´m really enjoying these books and I love the theme, the theatre life and everything that goes with it.
Trix makes an appearance in the second book of the series and here she gets her own story.
Looking forward to the next one to come out.
Another fabulous Lucy Parker read, a bit more somber than the previous ones. But I was totally feelin' the lurve! ...more
Here are some of my thoughts:
• I solidly like it. There are some parts that are frustrating with the miscommunication issue from their youth that translated to 10 years of hatred and Trix being so avoidant and unsure.
• However, even though I’m not a fan of 2nd chance romance, it kinda worked out because in their youth, they didn’t even officially started dating, and were both going through their own issues, so it’s rather right that they end up together now they’ve both matured and lived through
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Original review: The Romance Corner

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*4.5 Stars!*

Lucy Parker takes us back to the West End in , the third book in the London Celebrities series. With the lead performer in the hospital recovering from a nasty fall and the understudy with one foot out the door, Trix Lane is next to take over as the lead in The Festival of Masks. But a lack of confidence has her doubting her abilities and to make matters
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I almost DNF'd this one. The previous two books were great, but the romance in this one felt flat and undercooked. I like the characters a lot individually, but their interactions with each other were childish and forced and there was little-to-no chemistry between them. The book kept telling me these two belonged together but it never quite showed it. I honestly don't know what happened. There's even a cringe-worthy babylogue at the end that was so out of place it made me groan out loud. I was ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I highly recommend this author if you have yet to try her. This is the third book I’ve read by her and they have all been adorable and sweet and sexy. In Making Up, we return to the theater, but in a burlesque/acrobatic show. The Festival of Masks is a little bit of everything – lewd humor, amazing aerial skills, singing, dancing and it’s a very popular show. When one of the lead aerialists gets badly injured during a performance, Trix, our pink-haired heroine, gets called on to replace her. Tri ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Amazing standalone in well written series by amazingly talented Lucy Parker.
This was above anything very sweet story with true and relatable characters.

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There is no drama with lead couple except their sarcastic banter even though they have some past issues. This was extremely cute and sweet read. Perfectly amazing hate to love story.
We meet Trix i
It's been over a year since I last read any romance, and maybe I should have waited a bit more. But I quite liked the first two books in this series and I enjoyed Lucy Parker's writing, so I took a leap of faith. Well, if it wasn't a steep way down.

The misunderstanding and the miscommunication between the protagonists didn't work for me. The mean-girl side character (Leo's colleague, her name eludes me), didn't work for me either.

But what disappointed me the most was the underexplored and super
This was sweet and good! So far Lucy Parker is one of those authors I appreciate intellectually more than emotionally, but she knows what she's doing.

Fulfills "Enemies to Lovers" at The Ripped Bodice Bingo
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Still lovely, still funny, not as wonderful as the first two in the series.
Another winner from Lucy Parker.

Once again set in London's theatreland, this story concerns an acrobat, Trix Lane and a make-up artist Leo Magasiva.

Trix is playing one of the key supporting roles in a daring production called The Festival of Masks, part-burlesque, part rock concert, part carnival, part dark fairytale and maybe a leetle bit of a smutty night out (according to one critic). When the lead aerial performer loses concentration and breaks her arm in a nasty fall, live on stage, Trix as
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I’m feeling the warm and fuzzies right now because this read was such a delight in terms of characterisation and dialogue. Lucy Parker has delivered on her reputation of the previous two books, maintaining quality of plot, writing and excelling at dialogue. I added a new virtual shelf thanks to this book ‘dialogue dream’.

Trix the pink-haired, petite acrobat is a prickly chip-on-the-shoulder character at first glance. I wondered if that was how it was going to play out throughout but actually you
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Trix and Leo have known each other since they were teens. They were building on a spark that they shared until Leo said something cruel about Trix and she overheard and never forgave him. Since then, they run into each other occasionally, but they act more like enemies.

I wouldn't classify this as a second chance. When they were younger they were just flirting and becoming friends. And they were both 15 and stupid. I would say it's more of an enemies to lovers type story.

I loved that T
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I have proclaimed my love for this author and her voice in her previous two works and I will do the same when it comes to Making Up. We actually meet the heroine Trix in the previous book and also hear about her abusive ex, but this book actually explores the impact that relationship had on her confidence professionally and personally. In the midst of that she comes face-to-face with Leo, her nemesis. There were in school together briefly and Trix had a crush on him when some words she ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I needed. It is hard to believe that it was only two years ago that Lucy Parker blasted onto the scene with Act Like Itwhich was universally well received amongst my friends and then followed up the next year with Pretty Face which secured that this was not an anomaly, Lucy Parker can write. Having avoided the sophomore slump, I was still worried – could she maintain the high quality contemporary romances set in London’s theatre scene to complete the trilogy? Mostly yes is the good new ...more
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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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