“She was too young for him, she was contracted to his company, she was probably going to knock him unconscious at some point, and he was completely in love with her.”-Luc, Pretty Face
*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: Highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Act Like It Lucy Parker returns readers to the London stage with laugh-out-loud wit and plenty of drama
The play’s the fling
It’s not actress Lily Lamprey’s fault that she’s all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that’s not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn’t so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.
Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He’d be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily’s suddenly rising career, it’s threatening Luc’s professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they’re not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…
So I think Aussie/NZ romance authors may be my new obsession! Last year, I discovered Leisa Rayven’s books and binge-read her Starcrossed series and became obsessed with it. The Starcrossed characters have become some of my favorite characters, even though they made me want to pull my hair out at times. Then, Sally Thorne released her debut book, The Hating Game, and I completely adored it! It was one of the cutest rom-coms I’ve read in a long time. For 2017, I decided to check out Lucy Parker’s series after reading rave reviews from fellow trusted bloggers and I’m not sure what’s in the water on the other side of the globe, but Aussie/NZ romance authors definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to writing romance books.
After years of playing a leading role on a television soap opera, Lily Lamprey wants a change. She wants to be taken seriously. She wants to prove that she is so much more than just another pretty face. So when renowned director Luc Savage announces his new production, Lily auditions for a role and ends up nailing the part. She knew working with Luc Savage wasn’t going to be easy, but she didn’t expect to find herself falling for the out-spoken, no-nonsense director. Luc has never been one to mix business with pleasure and with everything that’s been going on in the media, the last thing he needs right now is another scandal. Will Luc’s new production go off without a hitch, or will their attraction to one another put both Luc and Lily’s career on the chopping block?
When it comes to sequels, I’ve always gone in with low expectations in hopes of avoiding the dreaded ole ‘Second Book Syndrome’. It is very rare that I ever finding myself loving a sequel more than the first book in a series. But fortunately for me, Pretty Face was one of those rare books that just exceeded my expectations and I found myself falling more and more in love with this story with the turn of every page. Pretty Face is a slow-burning, forbidden romance with witty banter and just the right amount of drama. I love reading romances that revolve around the theater, but sometimes the on-stage drama can also lead to off-stage drama and drag down the story. However, there was none of that here. The side conflicts were another thing I really liked about this book. Aside from the fact that these two are trying to balance a professional relationship and an intimate relationship, Luc and Lily are also dealing with their own separate issues and I feel like that added a lot more depth to this story. I was such a mess the last 25% percent of this book. I didn’t even expect things to take the turn they did and it was a bold move, but it ended up paying off in the end.
Lily Lamprey has to be one of the most underestimated characters I have ever met. Many people write her off as being nothing more than a pretty face, but the girl has layers and peel back those layers and you’ll find a person who is determined to prove everyone wrong. Lily such a strong, hard-working actress who doesn’t back down and she is also selfless and so willing to defend the people she loves. Luc was a bit of surprise because I was expecting him to be a cocky SOB, but like Lily, he too has layers. What you see is not what you get with these two. He may be rough around the edges, but Luc is lowkey a sweetheart, he just needed the right woman to bring that side out of him. I was a little hesitant at first when it came to this book since I tend to avoid romances with age-gap, but these two were AMAZING together. Y’all, the romance was good, LIKE SO FREAKIN’ GOOD. The brushes of fingertips, the gazes across the room, the way that these two described how they felt about the other, I just loved it all.
Pretty Face is definitely a contender for possibly being one of my most favorite reads for this year! Lucy Parker is an author that needs to be on every romance readers radar because her books will not disappoint. I can’t wait to see what Parker has in store for us next and hopefully this won’t be the final curtain call for the London Celebrities series.