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The Austen Playbook

(London Celebrities #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,691 ratings  ·  706 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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Lucy Parker Thank you so much! :) And yes, the next book in the series, HEADLINERS, will be Sabrina and Nick's story. x…moreThank you so much! :) And yes, the next book in the series, HEADLINERS, will be Sabrina and Nick's story. x(less)
Kimberly Absolutely. I don't believe either character was in an earlier book. Only one character from Book 3 makes an appearance. That appearance is backstage …moreAbsolutely. I don't believe either character was in an earlier book. Only one character from Book 3 makes an appearance. That appearance is backstage in a brief exchange and meaningless in the overall series connectedness.(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 than pr
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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
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

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
"Chin up, Darling. Nobody handles a PR crisis like a Slytherin."

"Let it be pointed out however, that while the Slytherins in the bunch had jacked up the price, it had been a Hufflepuff to spot the obvious opportunity."

Isn't that sweet?! AWWWW! :)

I highly appreciate it when books/authors don't take themselves too seriously, especially when it comes to the romance genre.

Considering the title I expected a comfortably entertaining, run-of-the-mill Jane Austen rip-off, but The Austen Playbo
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
3.75 stars

Honestly I keep wavering on the rating for this. On one hand, I actually liked the couple and compared to Book 1, this polar-opposite couple here actually had heat and chemistry (actual sex scenes yay!). Griff was totally Slytherin inspired I loved that. What didn't really work for me was The Velvet Room plot. I mean honestly?

To say you grew up idolizing your amoral frivolous grandmother who had a notorious public affair with a married man for years doesn't really draw sympathy from m
Reread on July 8, 2022: I want a Charlie/Allegra book so bad. Read via audio (narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown).

First read on February 19, 2019:


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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 t
Jacob Proffitt
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance, audiobook
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
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
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
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
Joanna Loves Reading
JANUARY 2020 update: upped to rounding to 5 stars on a buddy reread. Such a good book.

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 t
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This review can be found on A Take from Two Cities blog here.

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
Sam (AMNReader)
#11 on my high rating reread project and I didn't have words, and I still really don't.

I reread this at a slow pace, sneaking in a chapter, here and there. Sometimes I reread passages and pages, and sometimes this book kicked off a daydream….They were just so pleasant.

And I thought, well, there’s still nothing to say, even on reread. It’s gush good, it’s speechless good, I’m trying to find a happy balance here.

I’m seeking it...maybe a list. Yeah, a list:

-Want a heroine with swoony lines. Few co
Lana Reads
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
3,5 stars

I loved the previous books and was looking forward for this one, yet somehow it missed something for me. The language was beautiful as always, Ms. Parker is amazing that way. 

The story was all over the place though. It tried to jungle so many pieces, I felt overwhelmed at some point. The really sad part was, while giving us lots of side characters with their stories, Ms. Parker somehow missed or forgot to properly give us the main characters. After a 400 pages book I still don't know mu
Theater critic hero/actress heroine in an opposites-attract story. I really enjoyed this one. Heroine is a sweetie and hero falls hard for her. Their romance is just so warm and reassuring – a cozy blanket for the reader.

I also liked all the side-threads: the mystery involving hero’s grandfather and heroine’s grandmother, the H/h’s siblings, the hero’s money problems. The Austen Playbook itself was an intriguing idea, but I can’t see how a live-action, choose-your-own-ending murder mystery would
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
This book is like a long sexy hug and I very much enjoyed reading it.
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
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is lovely, funny, kind, genuinely romantic and just SO much fun - my very favorite Lucy Parker book so far (which is saying a LOT, because she's one of my very favorite authors in the world)! I'm too tired tonight to write the long and detailed review it truly deserves, but please trust me on this: it's DELICIOUS. I was wearing a big, dopey grin on my face throughout the entire last chapter, because it's just that satisfying and delightful. Grab it!

**ETA: I've just finished my THIRD re
Addie H
On Kindle Sale today for USD 1.99 (6th December 2019)

(Tropes: Opposites Attracts, Work Relationship, Unstarched (hero), Forbidden-ish Love)


It was a beautiful day, birds were cheeping, and a man with a majestic nose and the sensitivity of a sledgehammer was frowning at her. For this one moment in time, she had a curious, rare sense of being exactly where she was meant to be.

I don’t know what it is about the curmudgeon a**hole in books that I am drawn to, because I can’t stand them in r
This is freakishly cute. I have been reading this all day and it just makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• I love Freddy and how optimistic, bubbly, friendly, and bold she is. She is the one of those people you just can’t hate. I think she also handles her problems in the book with her dad, career, morals, love, backstage drama, etc. rather well. She is an easy heroine to root for.
• Her bantering with Griff is hilarious and adorable and ughhh they’re so damn perfect
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I just love this series. They are cute and fun and just so very lovely.
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 moth
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-series
I really loved this book, heck I love this whole series! Every book has been a winner.

This one is about Freddy, an exceptional actress who is starting to wonder if she should be taking all those serious dramatic roles when all she really wants is to makes people laugh and be happy. And Griff who is a surly, grumpy, cynical theater critic. He's described as a Lucius Malfoy look-alike with his white blond hair. Yum!

The romance between these two was so fresh and wonderful. It's the highlight of the
*The Angry Reader*
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019
***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
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
3.5 stars rounding up to 4 because I really liked Freddy and Griff.

I'll come and out and say it - my problem with this book was all the secondary characters in the background. If it had solely been about Freddy and Griff and their romance + the grandparent's plot line, it would have been a solid 5 stars for me. I really liked that part of the book and I am coming to realize that Lucy Parker's really makes her two leads believable as a couple in each of her books (which is a more dignified way of
Disclaimer! I got an ARC from NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my review. I had already pre-ordered my copy of the book months ago, long before the ARCs became available. Also, because I am terribly late in reviewing it, the book is available on sale from the e-book vendor of your choice. It's excellent, you should totally spend your monies on it!

But what is the book about, Malin? You cannot expect people to fork out their hard-earned cash without knowing anything of the story. So here g
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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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