Posted on May 5, 2016
Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker
“Almost every night, between nine and ten past, Lainie Graham passionately kissed her ex-boyfriend. She was then gruesomely dead by ten o’clock, stabbed through the neck by a jealous rival. If she was scheduled to perform in the weekend matinee, that was a minimum of six uncomfortable kisses a week. More, if the director called an extra rehearsal or the alternate actor was ill. Or if Will was being a prat backstage and she was slow to duck.”
Act Like It was charming. Absolutely charming.
Lainie Graham is an actress at the Metronome in London. She had an affair with her castmate Will Farmer. After he cheated on her (which came to her knowledge via gossip magazines) she is more embarrassed than heartbroken. And she has to act passion with him on stage every evening. One day she is approached by her management and told to fake relationship with her another castmate – arrogant, bad-tempered, though talented Richard Troy to improve his public image. Despite their mutual dislike and annoyance they forced to spend time together.
Fake relationship is one of my favorite tropes and I’ve read a lot of books with it. But Lucy Parker delivered this overused romance trope with such class and charm that this story stand out among others.
I loved Lucy Parker’s writing style. So so much. Her way with words filled me with joy.
This book made me smile. A lot. I think there was constant smile on my face while I was reading it.
“The article had helpfully included a paparazzi shot of her from about three months ago, when she’d left the theatre and been caught midsneeze. Farmer’s costar and ousted lover Elaine Graham dissolves into angry tears outside the Metronome.”
Romance was delicious. Swoon… While brooding type of hero is not my favorite, I fell in love with Richard. I loved their banter with Lainie.
I also want to mention Lainie’s family. I have a soft spot for big loving families in my books, and Lainie’s family was just that.
“Your family is very…you.” He smiled faintly. “Open. Friendly. Talkative.”
“Loud, demanding and bossy?”
If you are in the mood for a charming romance with British humor, I highly recommend Act Like It.