Act Like It

Lucy Parker
Act Like It
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2015
Contemporary Romance

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.ÿFrom 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?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 30, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
You know, it would really suck having to kiss your ex boyfriend every day for 8 straight months.

After a nasty public breakup, theatre actress Lainie Graham's got to suck it up and use all her acting skills after her douchenozzle costar Will cheats on her. So she's not feeling particularly charitable when the theatre execs ask her to pose as the girlfriend of another costar, Richard Troy, to help improve his poor image. Her response isn't just no, it's HELL NO. But money talks, especially when it's promised to her pet charity, and it doesn't take long for Lainie to cave.

Richard is known as the bad boy in British theatre, with a pompous and surly attitude big enough to match his good looks and talent. Neither of them are thrilled with the situation, but the more time they spend together, the more they start to actually…like…each other. Funny how that works!

ACT LIKE IT combines some of my favorite elements in a chick-lit novel: sharp, relevant humor, celebrity gossip and a couple of complex characters that grow into a relationship instead of sharing insta-love. Though their relationship started off as a PR stunt--Richard has the respected and intelligent media darling on his arm, while Lainie gets...a talented and grumpy actor and a shitload of money for her cancer charity--they wind up being so good for each other. She doesn't cave to his cranky and ignorant moods and he doesn't pander to her nervous fears. He has no clue what to do with her loud and boisterous family and she has no idea how it was to be raised as an only child by a domineering, conservative politician father.

But somehow it works, and you can see the relationship growing organically, which is a nice change from the love at first sight books out there. It also turns into something unconditional, which would be laughable to just about anyone who know them. I absolutely adored the biting and sometimes snarky humor; it was both relevant and hysterical. And while the love scenes are more fade to black than "9 1/2 Weeks", there was just enough sexual stuff to keep the erotic fan in me sated.

Bottom Line: Funny, sexy and plain ole' terrific chick-lit read!
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