Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Title: Act Like It
Author: Lucy Parker
My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS

“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.

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7 Comments on “Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

  1. I love a swoonworthy romance with real tension between characters broken up by banter. It feels much more genuine and I think it allows the characters to shone more as individuals as well. This sounds adorable! I love a bit of British humour. They tend to be those laugh out loud moments because they always tend to paint their characters as being a little bit stuffy. Wonderful review Ksenia, you’ve sold me! <3
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  2. Yes! I’ve heard such great things about this one Ksenia, I’ve got it on my list. I so love banter in a romance, so I’m especially looking forward to that. Glad that despite not being a huge fan of brooding heroes, Richard won you over!

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