A loose theme today – celebrity romances! Be sure to check out the posts on Alexis Daria & Abby Jimenez too!
If you’ve followed me at all in the last few years, you’ll know I’m a Lucy Parker super fan.
Her writing is gorgeous, her characters are smart and perfectly rendered—she’s especially great at convincing us that people who hate each other at the start can realistically and satisfyingly fall in love.
Every aspect of her books is delightful, but her dialogue truly makes them superb. There’s snark, whip-smart banter and dry humor, but there’s also deep perception, generosity and compassion.
It’s also fun that the characters are all part of the London theater scene, and so we often get to see the main characters again in subsequent books, getting peeks of their happy ever afters.
I’ve loved all of her books, and if you haven’t yet discovered her, you have such a treat in front of you. As is often the case with authors I love, I can’t give you a favorite, because they’e all so awesome.
You can’t go wrong with any of them, but if you’re a stickler for reading this in order, start with ACT LIKE IT.
It looks like she’ll be starting a new series in the near future, and, in case you didn’t know, she’s written one book – ARTISTIC LICENSE – under the name Elle Pierson.
This year’s release, HEADLINERS, came out waaay back in January, and it featured characters we’ve seen bickering through the series, so finally watching them sort themselves out was quite satisfying.
Sparks fly when two feuding TV presenters are thrown together to host a live morning show in Lucy Parker’s latest enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance.
He might be the sexiest man in London, according to his fan site (which he definitely writes himself), but he’s also the most arrogant man she’s ever met.
She might have the longest legs he’s ever seen, but she also has the sharpest tongue.
For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together—but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.
With their reputations on the rocks, Sabrina and Nick have one last chance to save their careers. If they can resurrect a sinking morning show, they’ll still have a future in television. But with ratings at an all-time low and a Christmas Eve deadline to win back the nation’s favor, the clock is ticking—and someone on their staff doesn’t want them to succeed.
Small mishaps on set start adding up, and Sabrina and Nick find themselves—quelle horreur—working together to hunt down the saboteur…and discovering they might have more in common than they thought. When a fiery encounter is caught on camera, the public is convinced that the reluctant cohosts are secretly lusting after one another.
The public might not be wrong.
Their chemistry has always been explosive, but with hate turning to love, the stakes are rising and everything is on the line. Neither is sure if they can trust these new feelings…or if they’ll still have a job in the New Year.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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