Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
Luc Savage is a 40 years old respected director in need of a good actress for the success of his latest production.
Lily Lamprey is a 26 years old actress that wants to be acknowledged for her acting talent, not her good looks.
Luc and Lily have lots of prejudices against each other.
He thinks she’s a barbie doll without a brain and with the voice of a sex’s phone operator.
She thinks he’s just another sexist asshole, incapable of deep feelings when his theater works are not involved.
They are both very very wrong…
Pretty Face by Lucy Parker has all the ingredients I love:
Clever writing, great humor, no stupid drama…
FINALLY a book where the MC’s relationship builds up realistically!
They get to know each other FIRST and through witty banter, hard work and sweet surrender, they fall completely in love SECOND.
The great kind of slow-burn, I tell ya
There’s so much more about Luc than his devotion to his job.
He soon realizes he was very wrong about Lily and makes up for the harsh words used against her in the beginning.
He’s thoughtful, super sweet and considerate.
Lily‘s character was also brilliantly written.
Hard-work doesn’t scare her because she wants to show the world and most of all Luc, that she’s truly talented.
Their age gap and working association make them both esitant but their story works out beautifully!
It didn’t feel fleeting and solely physical. It didn’t feel like infatuation. It felt like…recognition.
The Pride & Prejudice‘s influence is very obvious but this is definitely not a retelling.
⭐ 4.5 Stars rounded up ⭐
* You can find my review of “Act Like It (London Celebrities #1)” by Lucy Parker here.
The majority of reviews I’ve read about this series give “Act like It” an higher rating than “Pretty Face”… for me it was the exact opposite!
Lucy Parker is obviously very talented and I can’t wait to read her next release!
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 4 /5
Plot: 4 /5
Hero: 4 /5 Evolves and grovels amazingly
Heroine: 4 /5 she learns to truly believe in herself and her talent.
Secondary Characters: 4 /5 great, MC from the previous book also make an appearance.
MC’s chemistry: 4 /5
Recommended to: Adult Romance Readers that enjoy Hate-to-Love stories.
~ Quotes ~
Luc looked at her. He shook his head, once, a quick jerk to the side as if he were dislodging an insect of other minor irritant. She heard the rush of air as he forcibly exhaled.
“I don’t know what I’m doing with you. I don’t even recognize myself when I’m around you.
“What? Look at my body and mentally halve my brain size? Talk sexist sh*t in public?” She picked up her fork again, carefully examining the lines.
“Wouldn’t have put you down as a hypocrite. A number of other things, but not a hypocrite.”
He drained a bar dry last night and is managing to speak in iambic pentameter. I have two glasses of wine with dinner and I can barely decipher the TV Guide the next day. I’m so freaking old.
What, it pisses you off that you were a pr*ck about her because it turns out she possesses multiple brain cells and might make you a lot of money? Otherwise, it’s open season and totally fine for the Boys’ Club to make d*ck remarks about pretty blondes?”
He reached out and cupped her cheek, his hand warm and strong, and she closed her eyes.
She curled her fingers about his wrist, stroking her thumb over the hairs she felt there, tracing the strong lines of the bones.
“People say things,” she said quietly. “And write things. All the time. And even if every other person in London believed them, I need to know that they’re not true. I need to know I’m not that person. My reputation does matter to me. And it’s not only the implications for my career, going forward.” She tugged his hand away from her face, although their wrists stayed linked between their bodies. His fingers tickled as they traced patterns on the tips of hers. “This wouldn’t do your reputation any favours either.
It’s second nature to pull apart a performance, isolate and slice out the dead weight, piece it back together. I also know what it feels like when there’s that very rare click and it’s just – right. It works. From the first line of the first scene.” A nerve ticked in his jaw. “It doesn’t often happen onstage, and I didn’t expect to ever experience it offstage.
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