Act Like It: A Slow-Burn Romance

Act Like It: A Slow-Burn Romance

by Lucy Parker

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459290587
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 11/30/2015
Series: London Celebrities , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 57,950
File size: 368 KB

About the Author

Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes and vineyards. She has a degree in Art History, loves museums and galleries, and doodles unrecognisable flowers when she has writer's block.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a pre-teen viewing of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book as well, and the rest was history.

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Act Like It: A Slow-Burn Romance 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
thereadingchick 29 days ago
When Richard Troy’s temper makes him front page news again, his team wants him to fake a romance with one of his leading ladies, golden girl Lainie Graham. Lainie has had her share of bad press after her most recent romance with another actor was played out in the headlines, so agreeing to “play” leading lady to Richard’s growly leading man, umm no way! When his team offers to make a donation to her favorite charity she shrugs off her misgivings and gives in, then is surprised that underneath his surly facade is a not so bad person, and their chemistry catches fire. Act Like it takes place in London’s West End theater district which is a fun change in scenery for a slow burn romance. There is plenty of great dialog and I really enjoyed Lainie’s sassy personality. She isn’t the pushover either Richard or I were expecting! When he gives her a tough time she gives it right back and he comes to respect that he can’t push her around. As the story progresses their chemistry ignites yet it isn’t just their hormones that get involved. They come to actually like each other and I really started to root for them to get past the pretend relationship and get down to the real thing. This could easily have played out like a cheesy Hallmark Channel romance movie, and I’m not really sure why it didn’t strike that chord with me. Maybe it was their fun dialog, the villain to root against in Lainie’s previous boyfriend (who is also a star in their play), or Richard’s lone wolf persona. I do really like that Alpha male attitude! This one hit all of my triggers and I just really enjoyed it while I was reading it. It’s a simple as that! So, if you are looking for a fun romance with great characters then I recommend you pick up Act Like It. It’s the first in the series and I bet, like me, you’ll immediately pick up the second! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❣️
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is superb. Lucy Parker does a fabulous job bringing the characters alive and giving excellent detailed descriptions to make you understand them. I could not put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this "enemies" to lovers' book...well written.
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I enjoyed the main characters in this book. They seemed like they made a believable transition, how the author portrayed it, going from indifference to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this one up based on an online review, and I'm glad I did. Lucy Parker's writing is HILARIOUS. The dialogue is non-stop witty, clever, and so funny I actually did laugh out loud several times. The characters are well done, and the setting - a London theater - is an interesting change from the usual contemporary romance venues. "Act Like It" was a very enjoyable read, and I hope for more books from Ms. Parker soon!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Wow, what a great book from "new to me" author Lucy Parker. Act Like It, is a relationship of convenience romance that twists and turns in all the right places. The characters are well developed and easy to get to know. The story was so good and engrossing, I wanted it to go on forever. In fact, I can't wait to read more from this author. The two main characters, Lainie Graham and Richard Troy, are starring in the same play on London's West End. Lainie is not only talented and gorgeous, she is down to earth as well. When she is not performing or perfecting her craft, she is helping others through her charity work. Richard is an extremely accomplished actor, with a tendency to be rude and quick-tempered. Thanks to the tabloids and paparazzi, his antics are becoming legendary, and the theater going audience is beginning to show their disdain by not buying tickets. As a result, Lainie and Richard agree to be seen in public together, in order to clean up Richard's image and save the show. Who would have thought that their faux relationship would turn into so much more. The good girl and bad boy romance trope is always a winning combination. Another brilliant actor in the play, Will Farmer, adds an interesting layer of conflict to the story. Lainie is his former girlfriend and he publicly humiliated her by sleeping with another woman. In addition, they share a kiss during each and every performance. There is a ton animosity and jealously between Will and Richard, which the author executes with perfection. Overall, this is a well written and extremely impassioned novel. To begin with, the cover is hot and sexy. Secondly, Ms. Parker opens the story with a unique and attention-grabbing chapter, which sets the meaningful tone of this read. I just loved how Lainie and Richard came together, as they slowly discovered their feelings due to the unique nature of their rookie relationship. Lainie and Richard felt real to me and I could not get enough of their conversations, longing and revelations. Overtime, they became near and dear to my heart. This book is a keeper and I will definitely read it again in the future. You may want to keep a dictionary handy, because some of the British vocabulary is not easy to interpret from the context of the surrounding sentences. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Act Like It is a modern nod to theater. What I really enjoyed was getting to become familiar with the characters. Ms. Parker covered what drove them, the struggles they faced etc. Allowing the reader to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the people. Act Like It is a glimpse at the struggles of making a high profile career and relationship work. It is in done in a clever, charming and pleasurable way that I forgot I was reading. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews