Synopsis via Goodreads: Author of Act Like It and Pretty Face Lucy Parker returns readers to the West End, where it’s fireworks onstage and off in a sexy enemies-to-lovers showdown.
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser.
To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.
When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Lucy Parker takes us back to the West End in Making Up, the third book in the London Celebrities series. With the lead performer in the hospital recovering from a nasty fall and the understudy with one foot out the door, Trix Lane is next to take over as the lead in The Festival of Masks. But a lack of confidence has her doubting her abilities and to make matters worse, the new makeup artist on set is none other than her childhood nemesis, Leo Magasiva. Not only will these two be working together, they will also be living under one roof and it’s only a matter of time before one of them crosses the line…and once they cross that line, there’s no going back.
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Making Up since I didn’t read the synopsis beforehand, but I trust Lucy Parker to deliver an amazing romance and SHE DID JUST THAT! Making Up is yet another enemies-to-lover romance by Parker, but this time there’s a bit of a second-chance dashed into the mix. I really enjoyed the flashbacks and being able to see how Trix and Leo first met and how their whole hatred for one another began. The banter between these two was hilarious and neither held back when it came to throwing jabs at each other. Lily and Luc are still my favorite couple, but the romance between Trix and Leo is definitely up there as one of my favorite romances for this year. There was so much passion and heart between these two and even though I was entertained by their back-and-forth banter, I loved it even more when Trix and Leo finally put their difference aside and just gave into their feelings for one another.
I found myself instantly connecting with Trix. Once a carefree and spirited performer, Trix loses her self-confidence after being in a toxic relationship and starts to second guess her abilities as a performer. Throughout this story, Trix does a lot of self-reflecting and comes to the realization that she is worth something and no one can tell her otherwise. Leo is the perfect match for Trix. He’s creative, patient and caring. He supported Trix and helped her to realize how good of a performer she really was. He grounded her and provided the stability that she needed in order for her to find herself again.
One of my favorite parts of this book was Lily and Luc’s wedding. MY BABIES TIED THE KNOT AND NOW THEY WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! Seeing these two together just made me want to read Pretty Face all over again. Another favorite part was the epilogue. Y’all, let me tell you…I was not prepared for the feels in this epilogue. IT WAS SO ADORABLE! Lucy is really out here giving us all the happily-ever-afters and my heart was so overwhelmed by it.
Making Up has easily become one of my favorite reads for this year and I swear the book gods heard all of our pleas because this series is not over yet! I can’t wait to see what story Lucy Parker brings to the West End world next and hopefully we get a chance to catch up with some of my favorite West End performers in the books to come.