Pretty Face

Lucy Parker
Pretty Face
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Carina Press
Release Date
February 2017
Contemporary Romance

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…

This book is approximately 96,000 words

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 26, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
4 dramatically swooning stars!

London TV actress Lily Lamprey is known for her stunning body and a voice that causes spontaneous erections all over the country. She's desperate to stop bouncing on co-stars on the small screen, and sees West End theatre owner and director Luc Savage as her ticket to a respectable career. Luc has a hard time picturing Lily's breathy voice when she wants to play Queen Elizabeth I, but if he can get her to moderate it, he knows she'll be a huge coup for his production. Neither anticipated the sparks flying between them and the difficulty keeping their hands off each other. With both of them committed to their jobs and no time for relationships, Lily and Luc will have to decide whether to make their new feelings into something more or be content to keep their fling temporary.

PRETTY FACE is the second book in the London Celebrities series by the fabulous Ms. Parker, whose dry wit and surly characters just captivated me immediately. Lily in particular was fabulous and so well developed that I couldn't help but fall a little in love with her. At the surface, she has little in common with the grumpy Luc, but as the story developed, so did their relationship. Luc became more demonstrative and Lily opened up her heart to possibilities, bringing them closer together and ready to wage wars for one another. The chemistry the two of them share just jumped off the pages, and I loved their back and forth banter and their clear connection. PRETTY FACE was a funny chick-lit novel that was short on sex but big on storyline.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Nov 19, 2019
51 people found the following review helpful
Lucy Parker's ‘London Celebrities' is a rather unique series I think; there's nothing quite like what I've gone through in my years of reading romance and I do like the premise that each story is based on. Revolving around the tv or theatre scene and written with startling and subtle acerbic humour at times, Parker brings together characters that stand out because of their (either revolting or outstanding) actions or their circumstances.

In this case, Luc Savage and Lily Lamprey clash when the latter is ‘forced' cast in Luc's latest production. The former is a stern, no-nonsense, work-first acclaimed director and the latter, often mistaken for her tv persona, is hopefully not just a pretty face with a penchant for stealing men under people's noses and a voice that makes people cringe or get aroused. Stereotypes are par for the course at the start and insults are freely flung, but if this was going to be a falling-for-the-boss-type story, Parker injects so much more into this relationship than I could ever imagine.

The slow burn of ‘Pretty Face' made this trundle along at times; Luc/Lily's relationship slid along into something more congenial past their fractious meeting but I was still squinting to see their chemistry and heat by the time they kissed, much less when they fell into bed. There was plenty of drama that advanced the plot and how Luc and Lily soon became integral to each other's lives, but much of it still felt like a lot of hand-wringing and indecision for both. In other words, I'd was hoping that their attraction was written more overtly, and their need for each other more obviously—and more shown rather than told through inner monologues.

The book's last quarter was arguably the best bit, when push came to shove as their relationship was put through a test I wasn't sure both could recover from, yet Parker's resolution of it was satisfying, more so because of the maturity she injects into her characters. The charm of this grew on me as the story wore on as well, and by the time this ended, I was wanting more of Luc and Lily.
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