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Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

on October 17, 2019

Act Like It (London Celebrities #1)
Lucy Parker
Carina Press
2015, 295p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

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?

Okay so lately I’ve been reading quite a lot of either heavy, dense or depressing books. There hasn’t been a lot of variety to break them up and it’s been dragging me down a bit. I found myself craving something lighter, something with more romance, something a bit fluffier that would give me good feels. I had heard some really good things about these books before but I had never gotten around to trying them. Recently I saw a thread on twitter asking for enemies to lovers recs and this one was one of the popularly recommended titles. It reminded me that I had planned to try it quite a while ago and never did so I picked it up (it was only $2.99AU on eBook platforms) and dived in last weekend.

This contains not one but two of my favourite romance tropes: enemies to lovers and the fauxmance.  Immediately after starting this I had a pretty fair idea that I was going to like it and I wasn’t wrong.

Lainie Graham is a young actress in London, a quintessential ‘good girl’ that all of the tabloids seem to love. She was recently dumped by her co-star Will Porter and she’s exactly what the powers that be behind her latest production need in order to help redeem the image of her other co-star, Richard Troy. Richard is in his mid-thirties and has gone from being a delightfully rebellious bad boy that the public loved to getting so much negative press that it’s starting to affect ticket sales. They need to make Richard look more palatable, give him a softer side that the public will lap up. Having him ‘hook up’ with Lainie will be perfect. They just need to show up to a few things together, maybe look like they’re sharing a few intimate moments, a few no comments and the tabloids will do the rest. It’s the perfect plan – except neither Lainie nor Richard want an absolute bar of it. But they drive a hard bargain with Lainie, giving her what she wants and Richard gets pulled into line by his exasperated manager. And so the con is on.

This was just what I needed. It’s seriously funny – had me laughing out loud in parts and I loved the back and forth between Richard and Lainie. Richard is notoriously cold and cutting but Lainie simply breezes right through that and doesn’t let anything he says get to her. Lainie isn’t intimidated by him and she hits back every single time he’s a bit of a jerk or shows an insensitivity (which, let’s face it, is pretty often as Richard is a bit of a dick). But there’s a lot more to his character than the brusque facade he has constructed and Lainie takes the time to dig to find out what is underneath. I loved the two of them together and the way that Richard realised so early just how much trouble he might be in, having agreed to this.

I loved the opposite-ness of Richard and Lainie. Richard has the typical poor little abandoned rich boy upbringing and Lainie has a big, noisy, loving family that she drags him into the middle of. He’s not warm and Lainie is so sweet but she’s not a doormat. She doesn’t let him get away with anything and I think a lot of the time by keeping his focus on her, she is able to kind of distract him from acting out too much. And Richard finds his life changing, with Lainie’s influence. He’s a very talented actor but I think prior to this arrangement that was worked out with Lainie, he didn’t seem to live a very fulfilling life. He doesn’t seem to have friends, or social engagements, he seems to view most people with disdain. But he does have aspirations and dreams and Lainie is surprised by the depths of things that Richard feels passionately about.

I just really enjoyed this – I loved Richard and Lainie together and the way they sparked off each other. But it wasn’t all sassy comebacks – there was a lot of seriousness towards the end too, the conflict was good and the resolution was everything I could’ve wanted. The two of them had some seriously good chemistry in different kinds of interactions and I do love a hero who is willing to play nurse and concerned when the heroine is unwell. This gave me such a happy mood boost and I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series now.


Book #164 of 2019

3 responses to “Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

  1. I really enjoyed this book, sadly none of the others in this series reached the height of this one – but I’ll never forget it 😀

  2. Great review! This has been on my tbr for quite a while. I really need to read it soon :)))

  3. […] little while ago, I bought and read the first in this series, Act Like It on a whim and loved it! I’d heard some good things about the series as a whole and the first […]

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