Series: London Celebrities #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 30, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eBook, 199 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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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. From 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?
In Review: My Thoughts
I remember when I first saw this book in a Harlequin blogger newsletter. I swooned over the cover and almost requested it, but I had so much on my plate that I didn’t want to take on another book. Shame on me! I’m not even sure when it popped back up on my radar, but it wasn’t all that long ago when I saw it on another blog I follow. This blogger praised it so highly that I bought a copy for myself and just waited for the time to read it. With the release of the second book in the series, well today, what better time than last weekend to read it? The binge of the two books is going to be wonderful, but I’m still kicking myself for not reading this one sooner.
Charming is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. (And yes, I totally said that with a British accent in my head.) I’m a total sucker for the fake relationship trope, so it should be no surprise that this one worked for me. But, it was more than just the trope that I loved. The characters — smart, strong, sassy (and funny) Lainie and sexy and semi-surly Richard — won my heart. (Especially Lainie, if I’m totally honest. She’s everything I want in a romance heroine … or a friend!) The banter between these two was absolute gold. They had loads of chemistry and I couldn’t wait for them to recognize it and take their relationship from “fake” to something real.
Act Like It also gave good sexual tension. And, unlike a good majority of the books I read, it was more in the sweet than sexy category. It’s not entirely closed door, but it’s definitely far less graphic than most of what I read. It worked, too! I don’t exactly shun books that don’t give up the good stuff, but I lean towards those that do. This book didn’t need that. Most importantly, I didn’t even realize it was missing until I was thinking about it later. The entire book was so well-written and I enjoyed the swoons and laughs so much, I never stopped to think about what it didn’t have. It was a total breath of fresh air.
So, yes, I loved Act Like It. As I write this, I’m already several chapters into Pretty Face and I can’t wait until I get more reading time later today so I can finish it up! Lucy Parker is a new favorite “new-to-me” author for sure!
Go from genuinely dating Will Farmer to fake-shagging Richard Troy? It seemed like a lateral move.
The pretty-face fairy had been awfully generous where those two were concerned. And had obviously just whacked the good-manners fairy right out of her path.
It was ironic, given that their relationship was a complete hoax, but she never felt there was much pretence between them.
Do you enjoy slow burn romances?
What are some of your faves?