Title: Pretty Face
Author: Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 02-20-2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Page Count: 264
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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…
Pretty Face is a novel of pure, comedic genius! Anyone looking for a fast, fun read won’t be disappointed!
“Her only major role to date is on the worst show on CTV, in a part that could be understudied by a blow-up doll, and vocally she sounds as if she should be charging by the minute.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think a good way to start a professional relationship begins with the words above. Or in referring to an actress as “Helium Barbie.” Although, that’s exactly how our hero, Luc Savage, describes Lily Lamprey before they even meet! When word gets back to Lily? It’s on! This story is adorable and funny and filled to the brim with mischief and mayhem.
I like to think of this story as one, tension-filled dart throwing competition. They volley quips back and forth and manage to hit the bullseye every time! I’ve heard great things about Lucy Parker, and the setting in modern day England captured my attention, but I stayed for the belly laughs.
Lily Lamprey wants to get out of the TV business. The media doesn’t take her character seriously, and honestly, neither does Lily. Even though it’s a long shot, Lily auditions for the West End theater with its legendary, workaholic and grumpy owner – Luc Savage. She’s super smart, a little quirky, and so sarcastic she did me proud! She doesn’t let anyone’s preconceptions get to her, and she totally kicks ass while proving them all wrong.
Luc is swoon-worthy in his own right. When he meets Lily, Luc knows he misjudged her. She’s his match, and he develops an instant connection with her. Lily has played second fiddle to her own family, however, and she’s scared she will be with Luc so devoted to his job. Luc’s more than willing to put her first, though, and he proves it. Lily makes him jump through hoops, but Luc knows what (who) he wants and is more than willing to fight to keep it.
The secondary characters were great too. I loved Lily’s friend, Trix, and I really hope she gets her own book. I adore Luc’s family too. Everyone has sarcasm down to an art, and it makes this a quick, fun read. The final curtain call was all I hoped for and more. Parker is hands down an author to watch. I give this charming, captivating and smart novel a standing ovation!