Friday, 9 November 2018

Book Review: ACT LIKE IT by Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker

About the Book

This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all? 


My Thoughts

I’m feeling a tad sheepish that’s it taken so long to read one of Lucy Parker’s books. I bought ACT LIKE IT ages ago and it’s been sitting in my TBR pile since. The book is set in London – my fave city in the world. The main characters are theatre actors – and I love live theatre. So what was I waiting for? The ol’ grey matter must have been on the blink because this proved to be such a satisfying read.

Lainie Graham is a great character. She’s level-headed, a tad snarky, is quick witted and she has no illusions when it comes to Richard Troy, her infamous co-star. Richard’s personality is somewhat of the toffee-nosed variety but that’s as much to keep a distance between himself and others as it is a result of his privileged yet sorrowful upbringing.

Together, these two are just so good! The dialogue is excellent, the banter is exceptional, and the humour frequent. The conflicts between them feel true-to-life; they experience some intense situations and their reactions always feel true to the character. The chemistry between them is delightful and I loved how they came together and came to care about each other.

I highly recommend ACT LIKE IT and I’ll definitely be reading other books in the author’s London Celebrities series.  

P.S. Once you've finished the book, head over to Lucy's website for bonus short stories featuring the characters in the London Celebrities series

Meet the Author

Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of 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 always another story waiting.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a pre-teen viewing of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book as well. A family friend introduced her to Georgette Heyer, and the rest was history.

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