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Four and a half stars.

Lily Lamprey is a beautiful actress famous for playing a conniving sex-mad character in a low-brow soap opera. Her ambitions lie in being a serious actress but the scriptwriters prefer nudity and tawdry affairs to character development. In addition, Lily is cursed with Barbie-like looks and a voice like a porn star.

Luc Savage is a producer of theatre plays in London's West End, he is close to finishing renovations on Queen Anne, an historic theatre that has been in the family for years. His first production in the renovated theatre will be a new play called 1553 which centres on the relationships between three future queens of England: Mary, Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. One of his key investors is Lily's godfather, who is lobbying hard for Lily to get an audition, Luc sees a minute or two of Lily's show and is less than impressed by her appearance, her voice and her acting, rather cruelly saying:
If she was as vacant as she looks on screen, she wouldn't be able to tie her own shoes

But Lily is equally as dismissive of Luc, at least in her own head,
Luc Savage looked like Gregory Peck, circa some dapper time between Roman Holiday and To Kill A Mockingbird. There was more bulk in the shoulders, silver in the hair and darkness in the soul; otherwise, the resemblance was uncanny.

Although Luc might be quick to judge he is also fair and when Lily comes in to audition he gives her a fair trial and, despite the voice, realises that she can act. Strangely, he also finds her sarcasm wildly attractive, but a twenty-something actress and her forty-something producer is a bit of a cliche ...

I adored Act Like It and was eagerly awaiting this book (but also dreading it because ... second book syndrome).
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This is without doubt my favourite book of the year so far (I read a lot of books) 😉 I've been looking forward to it since I read Act Like It, last year. No need to explain the plot, suffice to say Lucy Parker is a breath of fresh air in the romance genre. Intelligent and witty, her writing flows beautifully, the pacing is perfect, and her characters are so beautifully fleshed out, you can't help but empathise with them, and laugh (or cry) with them. An absolute joy to read! Now to listen to the audiobook. 😀
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Pretty Face,  Lucy Parker

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  romance,

I loved this, so much so that I’m off to look for the previous novel, Act Like It. Its a story that’s such fun, full of humour, snappy sharp dialogue, real characters and problems and kept me reading “ just a bit more “ til I finished! Definitely one I’d re-read.

So I mentioned sharp dialogue, and that’s such a treat to find an author who doesn’t feel every word has to be simplified, brought down to lowest common denominator, have three syllables or less. There seems to be a real trend to “dumb down” language in so many books, and it turns stories from potentially good reads into meh-just-like-any-other read :-(
I want to enjoy the richness of language, to see  authors use it to really set free plots, to let me really feel I’m there, seeing what the characters see, feeling what they feel. I want to read words that make me think “not sure exactly what that is” and look it up – of course context provides an educated guess, but its fun learning new to me words. As I read a lot that’s a bit of a challenge but this book gave me a few new ones :-)

The characters were wonderful, I loved how Luc and Lily went from a bad start to a can’t keep hands off situation. I adored the clever and witty humour, which kept me sniggering. Wish I could think of things like that when I need instead of coming out with the mundane and conventional, and only thinking long after of things I could have said....
Lily’s speech issues reminded me so much of UK actress Sandra Dickinson ( think that’s her name), a gorgeous lady with a voice that really just comes out as a kind of breathy squeak.
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~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

10s of wonderful *s of loveliness!

I absolutely loved this book! If I didn't have a backlog I would be reading this again immediately - and I probably will before the week is over.

Lily and Luc really are not supposed to like each other, certainly not discover that they have such an affinity for each other that all the good sense in the world doesn't help. Luc was convinced she was a vacuous tv actress, not destined to play Elizabeth I in his newly restored theatre. Meeting her, he realises that she is going to change his life forever.

There a lots of little scenes in this book which reveal another truth about one or the other of our leads. Some made me chuckle, a couple made me tear up, all of them gave us another piece of the puzzle. Somehow we are there; listening in as Trix and Lily talk about Dan; as the connections between the Lamprey and Savage families are revealed; amongst the actors as they prepare for first night and how the future of everyone hangs on how successful they are. It just works brilliantly.

The conversations are delivered at such a pelt, the humour, the intelligence, the incisiveness of every word. The concepts of family, of priorities and of love, all get given an airing in this clever book. It manages to give the reader a reminder of how despicable the media can be, and how actually famous people may not have the perfect life that money and fame would suggest.

I loved the writing style and read the book from cover to cover, foregoing sleep, because I really just couldn't stop. Do make sure that when you pick up a copy that you have time to enjoy it.

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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