Ralou’s Review: Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

Posted March 19, 2017 by ralou in Book Reviews, Books, Collage / 0 Comments

Ralou’s Review: Pretty Face by Lucy ParkerPretty Face by Lucy Parker
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Published by Carina Press on February 20th 2017
Narrator: Morag Sims
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Purchase links: AmazoniTunesAudible
Source: NetGalley
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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…

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Book Review: 5+ stars!!

I never have been a fan of the big age difference between couples. Nothing against two people finding true love no matter their age, but it never sat well with me and I tend not to pick these books. Although, there are some books out there who praise this kind of love with words that enslave you and makes you unable to resist. And from this category couldn’t be missing this book.

Pretty Face is the second installment in the London Celebrities series which, as its name states, it speaks about characters of the British’s film and theatre industry who found true love. The first book was dedicated on the love story between two co-actors. Now, the Love spotlight and London’s public eye are turned onto the romance that grows moment by the moment between the mega-director Luc Savage and the new actress of his new play, Lily Lamprey. But no one could imagine the gigantic plan Life has for them and how long she’s been waiting to set it into motion.

“Don’t drool on the cast”, he said when the other man reached him. “It’s not a good look.” 

Luc Savage is a demanding, intense, ruthless but most of all successful director of the London’s Theatre stage. Lily Lamprey is a new actress on the film industry full of ambitions, hope and dreams who waits for her big moment to prove her value. Their relationship at first is at a razor edge. Luc tries to decide if he made the right choice to cast her for one his lady-roles and Lily tries her best to help him with that. But this is only the First Act of Life’s play for them. Soon, it gives way to the Second Act. One library. One heated lingering kiss. Boom! The point where both of them come face ro face with their heart’s truth. Then comes the Third Act where they are trying to find the balance between the preparations for the play and the journey of discovering how deep their feelings go for each other. And then, comes the Fourth Act; the most intense, heart-racing, rocking and important Act of all. The part where both have to fight to restore the lost balance that one big tragedy caused to their love’s foundation.

He texted her back every night, just the single letter: X. A signature. A kiss. A mark on a map, pointing the way to where the good things were.

As I said at the beginning, I was never into the love stories where the couples have a big age difference. I simply tend to shy away from every book whose difference surpass the 10 years. Although, when I first read the blurb of Pretty Face not even once I doubted myself about when I was getting into. From the start, it spellbound me and made my dive into it more than worthwhile. The love between Luc and Lily is simply undeniable and with every passing minute I spent in it, I felt it growing more and more powerful. Although, beyond declaring myself lucky that I got to read this unforgettable love story, what makes the book even more precious and places it at MY TOP READS book list is the fact that showed the truth we sometimes tend to forget: despite the image our nowadays’ “celebrities” show in public, they are people like any other person on this planet with feelings, desires, ambitions but most of all weaknesses and flaws.

It didn’t feel fleeting and solely physical. It didn’t feel like infatuation. It felt like … recognition.

This is the first book I read from Lucy Parker and I have to admit myself as “Thoroughly Surprised”. The nature of her writing overcame every expectation I had when I first started reading the book. After the first chapter, every one of them was thrown out of the window, making me a book full of empty pages which were ready to get full with all the emotions I was feeling during this read. And with no shadow of a doubt now, I can say I will be on the look-out for any new work of hers because I can’t wait to read the continuing of this amazing series.

 

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