Day 88 – The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker
If you haven’t discovered Lucy Parker yet then you have some amazing reading in front of you.
Her London Celebrities series is chock full of entertaining characters who are also entertainers. Actors, directors, producers, a circus (of the Cirque de Soleil variety) performer and even a make-up artist.
The characters and the books are smart, witty, amusing and breathlessly romantic. Completely satisfying reads that give you, as they say, all the feels.
Parker’s one of the best and most dynamic romance novelists of the past few years —a true must-read (or, technically, must-listen) for me. Every single one of her titles is delightful.
Check her out, especially if you love contemporary romance.
As for The Austen Playbook, I’m not sure if it’s my favorite (who can choose???!), but I do think it’s the most complex plot she’s yet written. It has intrigue, mystery and family secrets revealed.
It’s a bit different for the author, but quite simply, Parker never disappoints.
The Austen Playbook
In which experienced West End actress Freddy Carlton takes on an Austen-inspired play, a scandal at a country estate, an enthusiastic search for a passion outside of acting…and the (some people might say icy*) heart of London’s most feared theater critic.
*if those people were being nice
Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.
She can’t take her eyes off him.
Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes—or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.
Instead all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.
As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous…but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.
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