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Pretty Face by Lucy  Parker
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really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2017, single-titles, rom-contemporary

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 wants to see movement in her career. For that she is banking on getting an audition for our hero director Luc Savage's new play.

Luc Savage is a well known director in his 40s (his direct age is never mentioned), who doesn't suffer fools gladly. His new play means everything to him mainly because he has spent a huge amount of money on the refurbishment of a theater that has ties to his family. There is a lot of media attention on him, not only because the editor of one of the gossip rags has a grudge against his family but also because his ex-girlfriend of eight years got married a couple of weeks after their break-up.

So, when Lily's name comes up in the picture, Luc doesn't react well and calls her several names based on her show and her voice (which we are told is porn like). He dismisses her as another pretty face but somehow things come to pass that Lily is indeed working with them.

What I really liked in this book was that they both started of not thinking the best of each other but gradually the layers are peeled of. Luc comes from a loving family but has always put his work first, which is what ended his last relationship. Lily has always come second when it comes to the people closest to her. They are also both gearing up for the biggest moment of their lives, so the pesky attraction between them is a problem.

I liked the maturity these two showed not giving in to their impulses even though as a reader I badly wanted the sexual tension to be resolved. But what made me bear all of this was that we actually saw them growing closer emotionally. When things do come to pass, it was perfect. I felt the age issue, Lily is 26 was also tackled really well in the sense that we did see when things happen in the later part, Luc was mature enough to give Lily the space she needed. I just loved the way he was so patient and loving with her.

All in all if you haven't read Lucy Parker before, start with her first book. I promise she will revitalize contemporary romance for you.

ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley.
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Reading Progress

December 18, 2016 – Shelved
December 18, 2016 – Shelved as: not-yet-released
February 18, 2017 – Started Reading
February 18, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
February 18, 2017 – Shelved as: single-titles
February 18, 2017 – Shelved as: rom-contemporary
February 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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