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The Austen Playbook

(London Celebrities #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  820 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarc ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 22nd 2019 by Carina Press
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Lucina Yes, without a problem. Both characters never really played a huge or minor role in the previous books, I can't even remember when or if they were…moreYes, without a problem. Both characters never really played a huge or minor role in the previous books, I can't even remember when or if they were mentioned. (less)

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Though Pretty Face has been my favorite of Parker's books, the central romance in The Austen Playbook comes awfully close, if not surpassing it. I have a few minor reservations about other elements of this novel, but the romance between Freddy & Griff is swoon-worthy and just quite wonderful. I already want to reread their segments.

As with all of the London Celebrities books, the grumpy hero who loses his heart to the charms of a Parker heroine is a mainstay. Griff is perhaps a tad icier tha
The man looked like an assassin in a war film, and would be temperamentally suited to the part. He probably even orgasmed with a frosty stare into the middle distance.

I finished THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK with happy tears in my eyes. This book gave me all the feels. And all the lols, too. As usual I highlighted the crap out of this book.

She wanted to do productions that she wholeheartedly enjoyed, she wanted a passion outside of theatre, and really -- she just wanted to be happy. She also wanted other
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He was all injured gentlemanly charm. It would be more successful if she hadn’t witnessed him getting absolutely rat-arsed at a wrap party, whipping his trousers off, and drawing a smiley-face on his willy. Once you’d seen a bloke doodling on his dick with permanent ink, the mystique was gone.

Look at that, her mere presence could make a man’s entire being go instantly flaccid. As superhuman powers went, she didn’t really rate it up there with invisibility and flight.

I hope the ba
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Coming from a legacy of actors, Freddy is only twenty-three and has been acting for thirteen years. After her father's career ended in a way that makes her feel somewhat responsible, she has tried to mold her career to what he has wanted. When a chance between taking a role he wants for her and one she wants for herself, with some added family legacy drama, thin
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aar, arc, romance-other
I've given this an A at AAR.

The Austen Playbook, the fourth in Lucy Parker’s  London Celebrities series, is one of the most eagerly anticipated new releases of 2019 – and I’m here to tell you your patience will most definitely be rewarded when it comes out.  It’s got all Ms. Parker’s trademarks; the two principals are wonderfully appealing, the secondary cast is well-drawn, the dialogue is snappy – and most importantly, it’s got the depth, emotional resonance and soul-deep connection between th

The Austen Playbook was my most anticipated spring read. I love Lucy Parker and her books - I re-read them ALL the time. The Austen Playbook also happens to feature her perky heroine and a grumpy hero, so I knew this one was going to be spectacular. Lucy Parker never disappoints and The Austen Playbook was just as brilliant as I expected it to be.

Freddy was a girl after my own heart. She was just sunshine and rainbows and I adored her. She had a very optimistic perspective of life which was ver
Jacob Proffitt
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance, steamy
This is fourth in a series, but they are barely related at all so reading out of order works just fine, I think. Probably.

I fell for Freddy and Griff hard. I love it when the main couple are just so right for each other and when each needs something the other gives them. I particularly loved how well Freddy was able to roll with Griff's professional criticisms without letting it sour her interactions with him—probably because it's the kind of thing I work towards in my relationship with Melissa
Joanna Loves Reading
4.5 Stars in a top-notch addition to a lovely series. The only reason I am not rounding up is I felt less sold on the chemistry between the two leads. I really liked them together. I thought they made sense and complimented each other in a supportive and necessary ways, but they didn’t sizzle as much as I thought they would. I also thought the villain a bit too vicious and self-serving.

Each of the books in this series are a variation of an enemies-to-lover or opposites-attract trope. This is no
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Delightful and witty with a great story to keep the reader fully engaged, THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK continued the series with the same quality of writing and development of characters that I have come to expect from Lucy Parker.

Book four took the setting outside of London to Grumpy Griff’s (Ford-Griffen) country seat. Griff was a TV/stage critic whilst managing the failing finances of his family’s home. Griff had thrown a few review punches at Freddy, the quirky heroine, in the past. Freddy was a brea
Yasssss! Gimme some more Lucy Parker goodness! 🙌👏👏
Mellie Antoinette
***#earc thanks to #netgalley for a fair review***

Hello, James Ford-Griffin, you sexy, sessy Richard Armitage-like beast of wonderment. You, my fictional friend, do not exist in real life. Nope, they don’t make ‘em like you!

That was really all I took away from this Austen inspired dramarom. It had a good villainous vixen, several subplots to keep things moving, and Freddy as our charactress was captivating in the sense that she made a wonderful foil for Griff, but ultimately, like any good Aust
Anna Banana
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This may be my favorite of the series thus far!

If there's one thing I love about this series it's how original it is. I can't think of any other romance series or book that centers on London theatre, celebrities and the world of drama they live in. Each book in this series has brought it's own story and trope and I love that even though the author relies on tropes for the romance, she always has her own original twist to it.

In this book, we focus on two character who could not be more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
4.5 stars -- I don't think I have the right words to sufficiently communicate how DELIGHTFUL this is. Ugh. These humans are impossibly adorable together, there's a "we're putting on a show trope" at an English country estate with a Jane Austen murder mystery play, and a past mystery that they're solving. GUYS. This was written for me. Also there's one of the most romantic scenes of all time ever. Loved this - best romance I've read in quite some time. I'm not sure if I like this or ACT LIKE IT b ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to pull stars from the sky to add. This book is AWESOME! Some writers excel at writing romances, and that would be Lucy Parker! If you love a good story with strong characters don’t skip this author!

Our heroine is an actress with a well established stage career. (Don’t you love a heroine who has her act together?) Although she’s doing well as an actress in dramas her heart belongs to comedy. But how to tell her manager/father that his dreams for her carrying on in his famous mother
This book is like a long sexy hug and I very much enjoyed reading it.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to pull stars from the sky to add. This book is AWESOME! Some writers excel at writing romances, and that would be Lucy Parker! If you love a good story with strong characters don’t skip this author!

Our heroine is an actress with a well established stage career. (Don’t you love a heroine who has her act together?) Although she’s doing well as an actress in dramas her heart belongs to comedy. But how to tell her manager/father that his dreams for her carrying on in his famous mothe
*The Angry Reader*
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs
***ARC received for an honest review***

I like Lucy Parker. I can depend on her for solid contemporary romance. And let’s be honest - I can’t say that about many authors. I like her funny, feminine, struggling heroines and broody-yet-terribly romantic heroes. She’s created an interesting and realistic world around the London theatre. And each time I’m pulled completely in to a lifestyle I know nothing about and normally wouldn’t interest me.

Griff and Freddy have a solid backstory. A good reason
THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK, forth book in London Celebrities series, can be read as standalone and out of reading order when you, if this is your first Lucy Parker's book, decide to read more of her previous books.

This is a feelgood romance novel about stage actress Frederica "Freddy" Carlton and tv producer and critic James "Griff" Ford Griffin. Their love story blossoms in English countryside while Freddy is performing an Austen who-did-it live televised play filled with Jane Austen's character on G
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I loved this book. I loved this book so much that even though I normally divide my long reviews into "Things I Liked" and "Things I Didn't Like," this review is basically going to be one long gush-fest. You have been warned. As I told someone, my secret conspiracy theory is that this book was manufactured in an Aarya factory to give me all my favorite things. I'm also pretty sure that THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK just dethroned PRETTY
3.5 stars. I liked the sweet love story in this book. H and h were well-suited and the development of their relationship was handled well by the writer IMO. I also liked the concept of 'the Austen Playbook' - both the app and the live performance.

Unfortunately for me there were too many secondary characters, and I did get them a little confused. Sabrina and Sadie I kept mixing up. Which one was that, again? For me their names were too similar. (I know, probably just me). Luckily I've read the o
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is just - so sweet. Fits its setting well, too, in an intimate country-ish small-scale way. Parker repeats some elements from previous books (TV interview bombshells, a cast together in an out-of-the-way place) but I think they’re well integrated here. There’s also a similar feeling of claustrophobia to the world, too, which might be accurate, and a sort of uncomfortable make-the-best-of-it PR attitude to almost every public situation, even ones they knowingly walk into, like relationships. ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2019
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Lucy Parker is one of my all-time favorite contemporary romance authors and she's an auto-buy/read author for me. Her upcoming book, The Austen Playbook, is a good example of why I love her writing so much. It is filled with her trademark wit that translates into such great humor and banter in various scenes throughout the book. I loved how she was able to demonstrate the soul-deep connection between two individuals who
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Lucy Parker's London Celebrities books, and this is up there very close to PRETTY FACE with being my favorite. Freddy was such a happy, great heroine, and I sympathized so much with her as she feels completely stuck between the actress she wants to be and family expectations. The whole idea of The Austen Playbook cast she joins - a live action play where viewers choose the outcome - was just so much FUN, I wanted desperately to see it for myself. The countryside setting was ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up

I really liked this, it's definitely my favourite after the first book (nothing will ever top that one, I reckon). Freddy was so open with Griff, so without any disguise, no subterfuge, no pretending to be one thing instead of another…it was refreshing. They were both so honest with each other where their feelings were concerned.

However, sadly, a character like Sadie is at the top of the list of types of characters I cannot stand. Every mention of her, every scene she was
Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
I was so excited to read this story after seeing the cover and reading the blurb but, I’ll be honest, it wasn’t exactly what I expected. Not that I didn’t enjoy the book but it wasn’t the fun, lighthearted read that I expected. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t angsty, emotional or tragic but it didn’t exactly feel like the romance I was anticipating.

There was a lot of focus on the play, the cast and the shared, and very complicated history between the heroine and hero’s families. While all of it wa
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, well-written story. 4 stars is the highest I’ve given to any Lucy Parker book, and I don’t quite know why we’re just out of reach of 5. But I think it has to do with the progression of the plot and conflict. There are multiple small conflicts throughout the book, rather than one big conflict near the end. And while there are things I love about the realism of the many small conflicts vs one big one, there’s just always something that keeps this from being a 5. And it just comes d ...more
Lucy Parker’s books are always a delight to read, I’ve had a lot of fun with the characters that I’ve come across in the London Celebrities series, (there’s a few that you want to smack upside the head), but other than that Parker knows how to bring the swoon! And she didn’t let me down with this latest book, Griff is the typical character that I always tend to find myself falling for; grumpy, tends to get under people’s skin and doesn’t seem like he a nice thing to say about anyone. So, I loved ...more
Is 5 stars too high a rating? Maybe, but this is the first book all year I've not been able to put down since I got it on my E-reader last afternoon. I kept reading until far too late last night, I read it on my way to work and in the snippets between lessons, just to keep spending time with the characters. Just the fact that the book can make me this excited about reading again deserves an extra star. Full review to come, once I catch up on my backlog.
Elley Murray
This book! First of all, I love all the literary and pop culture references, and not just to Jane Austen. Freddy repeatedly refers to Griff as a Slytherin (which I love, being someone who likes to assign characters to houses in the books I'm reading), and at one point teases him and his platinum blonde hair by calling him Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe's real name) and Malfoy (another Harry Potter reference).

Also, points for male body positivity:
"She couldn't stop touching him. His torso was long
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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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