Series: London Celebrities #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eARC, 254 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser.
To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.
When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lucy Parker continues to amaze! This hate-to-love romance was funny, sexy and swoony, and and just enough feels to make my heart totally happy. I absolutely adored Trix and Leo.
Enemies to lovers will always be one of my favorite tropes and I love how it was done here with Trix and Leo. First off, the characters are amazing on their own. Trix was feisty and sassy and totally relatable. Leo came off a little grumpy — which is a bonus for me because I do love a good grumpy hero — but was really quite sweet underneath the prickly exterior. He was also totally swoony. Trix and Leo had the best banter and their chemistry was intense. Nothing was ever halfway with these characters — when they were fighting they were all in and the same can be said for when they realized there really was something between them. From start to finish, I was totally hooked. (Side note: the epilogue for this book gave me all the heart eyes.)
I loved the characters and the romance, but I equally enjoyed the setting. I’ve not found that many books with a circus or stage show setting, but I’ve been totally captivated by those I’ve found. Making Up was no different, providing a totally magical world to get lost in. Lucy’s books are absolutely refreshing. I’ve really enjoyed each of the ones I’ve read and, with this being the last in the series (I think), I especially enjoyed getting to see more of those characters I loved earlier in the series. (Spoiler alert: Lily and Luc’s wedding! Swoons for days!) All in all, this was a delightful read. I look forward to rereading the entire series in the relatively near future. If you’ve not yet given this series a chance, you really should.
Leo Magasiva. Top London makeup artist. Wizard of special effects. Possessor of beautiful voice and aggressively hipster beard. Pop-up dickhead.
“Strong, smart people make mistakes. And if the worst thing you ever do is believe in someone who doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as you, I think you’re doing okay.”
“You’re not failing, Trix. You’re not weak. You’re just human, and, I’m sorry to disappoint you, not perfect.”
“Sorry. Instinct. You fall, my heart stops, and the rest of me moves without waiting to hear from my brain. You’re okay?”
“You know, when you’re not annoying the hell out of me, you might be my favourite person.”
Have you read any of Lucy’s books?
Do you love them as much as I do?