Sparks fly when two feuding TV presenters are thrown together to host a live morning show in Lucy Parker’s latest enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance.
He might be the sexiest man in London, according to his fan site (which he definitely writes himself), but he’s also the most arrogant man she’s ever met.
She might have the longest legs he’s ever seen, but she also has the sharpest tongue.
For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together—but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.
With their reputations on the rocks, Sabrina and Nick have one last chance to save their careers. If they can resurrect a sinking morning show, they’ll still have a future in television. But with ratings at an all-time low and a Christmas Eve deadline to win back the nation’s favor, the clock is ticking—and someone on their staff doesn’t want them to succeed.
Small mishaps on set start adding up, and Sabrina and Nick find themselves—quelle horreur—working together to hunt down the saboteur…and discovering they might have more in common than they thought. When a fiery encounter is caught on camera, the public is convinced that the reluctant cohosts are secretly lusting after one another.
The public might not be wrong.
Their chemistry has always been explosive, but with hate turning to love, the stakes are rising and everything is on the line. Neither is sure if they can trust these new feelings…or if they’ll still have a job in the New Year.
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October. A dark day in October.
There were scenes in life so gut-punchingly beautiful, they were impossible to do justice with words.
Like the final rays of the falling sun, glittering across the Thames as the river turned dark and impenetrable, a silken blanket of shadows.
The infinite wonder of the night sky, a stretch of potentially endless stars, the scope beyond human comprehension.
Or the video footage of the biggest wanker on British television single-handedly cannonballing his career in less than three minutes.
Life: just when you seemed to be heading down a path of total bullshit, the light would return, birds would sing, and your greatest professional rival would walk the social-media plank for the viewing pleasure of — Sabrina Carlton leaned forward to check the stats — over one million people.
It was the number-two trending video in London.
Joy upon joy.
On the laptop screen, even the grainy resolution of the phone recording couldn't disguise the sculpted angles of Nick Davenport's face. The man had a jawline that could slice a diamond. Scores of people across the country regularly voted him into the Most Eligible lists, because they'd never met him in person, and an elderly woman had once tossed a pair of knickers at him, like he was the lost fucking Beatle. The camera loved him, and he had the regular paparazzi snaps to prove it. He probably painstakingly pasted them onto his main fan site every evening. She would not be swayed in her opinion that he'd created Nick's Chicks himself.
However, she doubted that he'd be saving this video to his hard drive.
"The man has the charisma of a boiled egg." Nick's voice was hard-edged with scorn as the words came clearly through the computer speaker, dropping one by one into the heavy silence in the room. "And he inherited most of his fortune from family members who didn't make decisions with their dick."
Crossing her legs, Sabrina propped her chin on her knuckles and slid her glance sideways to where present, in-the-flesh Nick sat in the chair farthest from her own. His spine was a rigid straight line, and his usual plastic charm had iced over into a mask of imperturbability. The only sign of life on his face was the muscle moving in his jaw. If the footage of this spectacular error of judgment went on for much longer, he was going to grind his teeth into shiny white dust.
Without moving anything but his dark eyes, his gaze suddenly locked on hers.
His jaw started to tic to a faster beat.
On the laptop, the camera angle did a hasty swoop as the eavesdropping staffer holding the phone was forced to step farther back from the door of Nick's dressing room in The Davenport Report studios. Sabrina's stomach copied the flip-flopping motion. The sudden rolling blurriness was making her feel seasick, which really distracted from the epic vindication of this moment.
Unfortunately for Nick, the audio remained crystal clear.
"He's a short-sighted, selfish ballsack masquerading as a human being," past Nick continued curtly, and current Nick shifted slightly in his chair. His long fingers curled into a fist against the fine grey wool of his trousers.
"At the rate he's going, he'll strip the network to a bare-bones framework, devoid of either originality or quality. The morning show is already a ratings wasteland; now he wants to screw up the evening programming, as well. I'd have more faith in the bloody goldfish at reception to head up the organisation proper —"
Hania Aronofsky, the executive head of programming, reached out and tapped the control pad, finally muting Nick mid-sentence. Something Sabrina would frequently like to do herself.
For long, fraught seconds, nobody said a word. Then, moving her hand to her mouth, Sabrina coughed. "Slow clap, Davenport." With studious care, she smoothed down her leather pencil skirt. "Verbally eviscerating the big boss while on company premises, and without bothering to even close the door first. If you felt it was time for a career change, it might have been more politic to just type a letter of resignation."
For the first time since they'd all been summoned into Hania's office, Nick produced an actual expression. Which lowered the temperature of the already chilly room by another few degrees.
As it happened, she agreed with every scathing word he'd uttered about Lionel Grimes. The billionaire had thrown both their careers into stressful upheaval this year, after he'd acquired and merged their respective networks. Shortly thereafter, he'd confirmed his intention to streamline the two evening news-commentary shows into one, and do at least one of them out of a job. Their CEO was bumptious, rude, and intolerant, and he had a track record of using his media outlets to promote whoever was currently hanging off his arm.
However, regardless of the brutal truth in Nick's commentary, there was a place to express that opinion in such colourful terms. In one's head.
At every turn, Nick was determined to prove himself an arse.
Likely for the first time in his life, he had now become as silent as his frozen image on the screen. There wasn't much he could say; the phrase "didn't have a leg to stand on" had been invented specifically for this situation.
Hania was turning a pen in circles between her fingers. On each rotation, she tapped the end of it against the desk, and the rhythmic sound was like a clock ticking down. Possibly on Nick's continued employment. "Not the wisest move in your career, Nick."
When he spoke at last, his words were a stiff staccato, not the usual velvety voice that was one of his greatest assets. When he wielded it like a weapon, it could bite deep and dark; if he wanted something, it glided along nerve endings like a cascade of warm honey. "I've already apologised to Grimes."
That must have been an uncomfortable conversation. Grimes was rabidly conscious of his public image. Sabrina suspected he put a lot of money in influential pockets to control his media profile, since even the press he didn't own tended to near canonise him in print.
"It was unprofessional to speak like that on the clock, in this building." Nick made a faint, derisive noise in the back of his throat and again shifted his weight. With jerky movements, he pushed up his shirt-sleeves. A painful-looking scar on his right forearm wound across smooth brown skin and compact muscle in a jagged line. "And I will admit that not closing the door when the hallway was crawling with interns was ... ill-judged."
If that was how he'd phrased his official grovel, she was surprised his job had survived this long.
Hania arched strong black brows at him. "Just a touch unfortunate." She suddenly smacked her pen down. "Within twenty minutes of that video going live, he was on the phone to legal, requesting a copy of your contract."
Several of the management team in the room moved abruptly, with a rustle of clothing and the squeak of leather cushions. Nick didn't flinch, and Sabrina had to reluctantly admire his calm as he said, evenly, "Which expires very shortly anyway."
Her contract was also up for renewal. She'd been hoping it would be replaced with a thicker one, for the new show, but that was looking increasingly doubtful. She'd thought it would be a tight race to the headline contract, until Nick had pulled a stunt a few months ago that still made her want to pick up the stapler on Hania's desk and go to town on his treacherous bastard face. However, Grimes didn't like bad press for his staff any more than he accepted it for himself, and her reputation had taken a battering.
If Grimes weren't such a dickhead, they could cofound a support group for all the people roasted online because of Loose Lips over there.
Once more, Nick's eyes briefly met hers, but she couldn't read his expression. "I assume that the Friday episode of The Davenport Report will be the last."
Sabrina was conscious of a surprisingly mixed emotion in her gut. A ribbon of anger wound tighter around her insides every time she thought about him. If he ended up on the front of the Media Times, advertising the new show, she suspected that her temper — which tended to be explosive when it came to the boil — would just about send her fizzing around the room like a rogue Roman candle. But within that, buried very, very deep, and very, very weak, was a tinge of empathy.
She couldn't stand Nick Davenport. They'd been trading barbs for a long time; as far as she could remember, the inciting incident had been Nick's arrogant behaviour at her first TV Awards. The jabs and jibes at each other on their current respective shows had started off relatively lighthearted, encouraged by both their teams, since the public had been immediately on board with the rivalry. They were the subject of dozens of memes on social media, and people tweeted her with Nick's subtle insults on an almost daily basis. She assumed they did the same to him. As time had gone on, however, things between them had taken on a sharper edge, and what had begun as contemptuous amusement had soured into actual antipathy, coming to a head with his vile actions last summer.
If someone gave her a voodoo doll of Nick, she would happily insert a very large pin into a very sensitive place.
She had worked like a busy little demon to get where she was. It had taken years to earn a lead presenter contract. Television was a brutal, competitive industry, with a lot of people jostling for a small number of places. Nick, for all his smarm and insincerity and back-stabbing, would have put in hard yards and overcome a lot of obstacles to have secured his own show in his thirties.
They'd devoted hundreds of evenings to their work, sacrificed a certain amount of social life, and invested heavily in many of the guests they interviewed and the stories they told.
The fact that all of that could be taken away in seconds, on the decision of one person, bloody sucked.
She was having a moment of one-sided, near mateyness with Nick.
Fortunately, Hania's next words sent any budding charitable feelings veering back into the more familiar territory of "Eh, just fire the prick."
"Lionel has made it clear that he doesn't want two evening shows splitting the ratings and would rather focus on launching one strong competitor for the market. With a senior presenter who can pull in a majority audience share. In every research poll until recently, the two of you topped the popularity vote." Hania's tone turned desert-dry as she eyed each of them in turn. "Commonly used descriptors included sexy,charming, likeable. Honest. Trustworthy."
A dark flush started to heat Sabrina's cheeks. No prizes guessing where this was going. She turned away from Nick, not wanting to give him the satisfaction of seeing her expression.
Everyone else had been sitting in such a funereal silence that she was getting a very ominous feeling about the outcome of this meeting, but Hania's second-in-command offered up a wry "I don't think anybody can accuse Nick of lacking honesty, at least."
But as for the trustworthy label —
As her younger sister, Freddy, had once put it: "Fit as fuck, but slipperier than a wet bar of soap."
"No," she said now, and was surprised that her own voice was so level. "It's my forehead that's received the big red Liar stamp."
And Freddy's. The sudden memory of her sister's face on that summer night, as they'd stood together holding an iPad, watching their family scandals being splashed across blog after blog, tightened Sabrina's hands into fists.
It had been Nick's choice — his deliberate, personal choice — to break the news on his show, in the most damaging way possible, that her famous playwright grandmother had actually been one of the most blatant plagiarisers of the past century. Sabrina's family had profited for decades on Henrietta Carlton's massive literary fraud, entirely unknowingly by Freddy and herself, wilfully in the case of their father.
Nick had jumped on the opportunity to whack her out of the running for the plum job, like a scheming mouse strutting around with a choice bit of cheese. He'd thrown all of them to the tabloid wolves, and many people, hungry to believe the worst, had vocally turned against them. Deceit and shame were always more interesting than simple ignorance.
Bad enough, the blow to her own career, but when it came to Freddy getting shit in the press — Sabrina had no desire for an actual baby at any time ever, but she was prepared to go full-on Mama Bear where her sister was concerned.
Nick had gone taut about the mouth now, his usual expression when the plagiarism fiasco raised its ugly head.
"The situation with your grandmother is also unfortunate." Hania was the queen of understatement today. She pushed back from the desk a little and steepled her fingers in front of her chest. She was a full-figured and strikingly beautiful black woman in her fifties, with very snazzy taste in suits and long-lashed eyes that missed nothing. "There's nothing quite like misbegotten wealth to rile up the British public."
Sabrina's father had controlled the finances from Henrietta's estate since her death, and Sabrina hadn't taken a single pound from him since she'd turned eighteen.
When it came to PR, mud spattered easily and stuck indelibly, but it was still a bloody joke that her own career was taking the hit for a piss-poor decision her grandma had made decades ago.
"Our polls indicate a statistically significant decline in your popularity with the public," another member of the team chipped in, sounding apologetic. "You've lost some viewers in the past months."
Judging by the tone of comments on her Instagram, Sabrina suspected "some" was putting it kindly.
"Nor did it help matters when you decided to punch an A-list actor in the face in front of the press," Hania said more severely, although there was definite empathy as well as censure in her expression. "Whatever the provocation."
To add another understatement to the pile, that had not been a good night. The discovery about her grandmother, closely followed by the revelation on a live TV broadcast that Joe Ferren — her long-time, on-and-off, film-star boyfriend — had graduated from charmingly unreliable to unfaithful dick-sack.
However, despite his despicable behaviour — "I apologised, sincerely, to Ferren, and issued a public statement." The flush was rising in her cheeks again. "I shouldn't have hit him. I've always spoken out against violence on the show, and I stand by that. It's never okay, and I strongly regret it."
She was lucky he hadn't pressed charges, and suspected he'd exercised his influence to make sure the matter went no further.
She was relieved.
She still never wanted to see him again. Fortunately, he'd at last stopped with the guilt flowers. Swallowing hard, Sabrina gritted her teeth for a moment to keep her expression cool.
"To sum up, then," Nick said, and the timbre of his voice still sounded ... wrong. Mister Smooth a bit off his game. "Grimes wants a crowd-puller in the hot seat but is probably emailing my headshot to an assassin, and a number of sad sacks with TV licences think Sabrina is the most corrupt personality to grace their screens since Palpatine." Had she just been compared in a work conversation to the Star Wars Dark Lord? "Job prospects at the network aren't looking too flash for either of us."
He was still unnaturally calm, but if they were both out on their backsides here, there was no way he'd take it that easily. She'd already had a front-row seat to the lengths Nick would go for his career prospects.
And while she might not sacrifice all fair play and human decency to score a contract, she wasn't prepared to just sit back and let her work be yanked away from her, either, and she'd come to this meeting prepared to fight.
Almost unconsciously, she folded her arms, and Hania looked thoughtfully between their faces. There was a curious speculative quality in that look. Sabrina would go so far as to call it calculating.
"You're both on shaky ground." Like Nick, Hania's composed response seemed to resonate with meaningful undercurrents. "But fortunately, the key word is 'crowd-puller.' The bottom line is the ratings, and where there's bad publicity, there are also people tuning in."
"Hoping for an even bigger crash and burn," Sabrina muttered.
Hania looked over her shoulder and nodded, and a staffer by the door went out quietly.
As Sabrina watched him go, suspiciously, her gaze collided with Nick's again, and again she pointedly turned away.
"Well?" A shade of exasperation was creeping into Nick's demeanour as Hania dragged out the suspense.
Their boss started turning her pen in circles again. "You are correct in that you've both knocked your selves out of contention for the evening show. That position will be offered elsewhere."(Continues…)
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Ever since "Act Like It", London Celebrities series has found a place among my favourite contemporary romance reads and this book only strengthened its position. Lucy Parker writes engaging, heartfelt stories paired with relatable, interesting and humanly flawed characters. It's a thing to cherish, really. I've been intrigued by the possibility of Sabrina and Nick since the very moment they appeared in this series. I'm a huge fan of enemies/rivals to lovers trope and this one didn't disappoint. Here we have a story of two people, one who has every right to despise the other, brought together by circumstances that force them to work as a team. But it's also a story of forgiveness and moving forward from the past. And I think that's one of the most prominent aspects of Parker's writing for me. Because while I do mostly appreciate romance books for their escapism, what I love even more is a certain authenticity...authenticity of characters and of feeling. That's something that this author nails in her stories. The focus of this particular story is, naturally, the romance between Sabrina and Nick. But parallel with the progress of their relationship, we get to see their growth as individual people. More than that, it is clear that one cannot happen without the other. To be honest, what I loved most about their relationship, was how...natural it felt; the way things progressed between them. The more time they spent together, the more they uncovered new sides of each other, and the more they knew each other, the more vulnerable they allowed themselves to be. They also made mistakes but then they learned from them and moved on, and it was all without the very unnecessary and the very annoying side drama of "if only they communicated better". There was no big fallout here before they got together "for good" and breach from this standard formula in another big fat plus in the column of reasons why I loved this book. All in all, this was a terrific book, well-written, well-paced and full of witty dialogues, totally allowing the reader to immerse themselves in London's celebrity/artistic scene. I cannot wait for more from Lucy Parker, whether it's in a form of new series, or continuation of this one.
An amazingly heart fluttering enemies to lovers contemporary romance sure to make you swoon, I promise! Two ego centric television stars Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport join together to cohost a show. Nick claims to be the sexiest man in London and Sabrina with the longest leg, but who will win this battle but each other’s hearts. I love the story line and this trope is one of my favorites. This was definitely a fun read that had me from the very first page.
**I received an ARC from the publisher for a blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** 3.75 stars I adore the London Celebrities series, and I was so excited for the next book! Headliners was a bit different from the other books in the series in that it’s a direct follow-up to The Austen Playbook with different protagonists, so we get to see more of the consequences of the last book. Thus, this book, and therefore this review, will contain spoilers for The Austen Playbook; however, you can read Headliners as a standalone! After a series of scandals, Nick and Sabrina have to be co-hosts of a morning variety show in order to keep their jobs. Easy enough, except for the fact that they’re enemies and had a reputation for being horrible to each other even before Nick aired out Sabrina’s family’s drama on live television. The enmity between them is at a peak, but now they have to pretend to like each other in front of an audience that knows all their drama. So yeah, this book has an enemies-to-lovers romance, and you know how that ends. Add in the fact that someone on the show is sabotaging them, and this book is just one mishap after another. I loved Nick and Sabrina’s dialogue; their wit is hilarious, and their attempts at being cordial to each other always ends horribly. The mishaps on the show also added humor. Miscommunication was a trope that easily could have been an obstacle in this book, but thankfully, Lucy Parker does not allow it. Once Nick and Sabrina get over their differences, they communicate so well. He’s really respectful of her feelings. Their relationship is so refreshingly healthy. The family relationships were also so great. Nick is close to his family and is able to bring Sabrina into that world as well. Meanwhile, Sabrina is incredibly close to her sister but is dealing with her negative feelings toward her dad, despite the fact that she knows he loves her. One of my favorite parts of this book was all the cameos from past protagonists. I think this might have had the most cameos in any of the London Celebrities books? I particularly loved seeing Freddie and Griffin again! Overall, Headliners was another lovely addition to this amazing series, and I cannot wait to see what Lucy Parker brings to the table next.
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it was utter perfection! Nick and Sabrina are rival TV hosts who are forced to team up on a morning show. This is enemies-to-lovers at its finest, written with Parker’s trademark wit and it gave me so much life. Nick and Sabrina had crackling chemistry and I loved watching their expectations of one another get upended. Nick has a sense of his true feelings for Sabrina first but the extra delightful part of this story was how everyone knew they were into each other but them. There’s a sense of “finally!” and “of course we knew” from everyone around them and that made me laugh each time. One of my favorite parts of Parker’s books are the pitch perfect character details, like Nick’s niece Pippi’s facts and Nick playing darts and loving gherkins. Sabrina has her knitting with her at all times and we get to see her projects progress, as well as watch Nick get into knitting as a result. Add in the layered characters and nuanced examination of grief and strained family relations and now you know why I couldn’t put it down. Sabrina’s mother died when she was young and Pippi’s mother died recently. They have some lovely bonding moments. I’m always interested in seeing how grief evolves over the years and there’s interesting interplay with how Sabrina’s loss impacted her relationship with her father, in addition to them dealing with the fallout from events in the previous book. Sabrina and her sister have very different relationships with their father and how they respond to him now is different as well. Family is so complex and complicated and I was relieved there was no forced forgiveness or even a full mending. Some family relationships are always going to be strained because of past actions. The way this was explored felt so authentic to me. There is a small mystery concerning who is sabotaging their show. I had a feeling about who was behind it the moment they appeared on page but I wasn’t sure about the why until the final reveal. Mostly, I appreciated how the saboteur unintentionally got Nick and Sabrina to join forces and all that ensued from there. They are a dream team in so many ways. I adore Lucy’s books and humbly suggest you read The Austen Playbook (about Sabrina’s sister Freddy) first for full context of why Sabrina and Nick loathe each other. It’ll make Headliners that much more satisfying. What a marvelous story! Note: I want to address representation because Nick is a Black character and Parker is a white author. A Black author certainly would have written Nick with more nuance because they’re writing out of their own experience. I especially appreciated that there wasn’t a teachable moment about racism, which so often seems to happen when white authors write about characters of color and always feels clunky to me. I am white and leave final judgment about the representation up to Black readers. Race or ethnicity was pointed out only for characters of color. If you’re going to describe characters of color, then you need to also spell out that white characters are white. It cannot be left to the reader’s assumption. CW: past death of parent (heroine’s mother was hit by a delivery van, hero’s niece’s mom died in a hiking accident), past infidelity, references to a side character’s children’s cancer charity Disclosure: I won an advanced digital copy from the author in a giveaway. I received a free print copy from Harlequin Publicity Team. I'm friendly with the author
Headliners by Lucy Parker is book five in her London Celebrities series. Though part of a series, it reads well as a standalone. This is my first novel by this author, so I was happy to discover a fine example of contemporary romance. Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have both had recent scandals affect their reputations and careers. They’ve been bumped from their respective evening programs and slated to cohost a failing morning show. This is a tall order because their professional relationship has always been contentious, and they have no personal relationship. At least not yet. Surprisingly, Sabrina and Nick find themselves liking both the show and each other, and a saboteur only brings them closer together, allowing them to savor their budding romance. Headliners is laugh out loud funny. It’s as good as any big screen romantic comedy. I throughly enjoyed this novel and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. This is a must-read for lovers of contemporary romance. There is some explicit sexual content that may be offensive to some readers. My thanks to HARLEQUIN – Carina Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Delightful. Must get back to London soon.
Headliners is the 5th offering in the London Celebrities series form Lucy Parker. This book be read as a stand alone, but you are missing out in a lot of fun, not catching up with the celebrity crew from books 1-4. The previous boo, The Austen Playbook does heavily effect the storyline presenting in Headliners. From the start, this enemies to lovers story grabs you and takes you on a fun ride as Londons two top TV headliners are forced to work together on the morning show as penance for their PR misdeeds that have placed them on the network heads naughty list! Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have been rivals for ever and their pent up angst releases in sexual gratification that is fun and hot. If they can get over the fact that they have fallen in love with their arch nemesis, these two could have something magical on their hands! The characters Lucy writes are amazing people. Faults and all, you can’t help but love and root for their HEA… which Lucy delivers in spades!!! Headliners is a fun romance read! I highly recommend it… and the rest of the series too! Headliners by Lucy Parker is scheduled to release January 20th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HARLEQUIN - Carina Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #Headliners #LucyParker #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads
Lucy Parker truly knows how to deliver a fabulous enemies-to-lovers romance. I was eager to see how the redemption arc would work for nefarious Nick from The Austen Playbook which while not 100% necessary to read before Headliners WILL make you appreciate this story all the more. The slow-burn and almost cozy romance (with steam, you just have to wait) combined with the details about Nick and Sabrina's new day time TV talk show gig was a perfect way to while away some reading time in bed. The dialogue sparkles and the little details like Nick falling in love with Sabrina AND knitting are lovely and perfect. The "mystery" sub-plot about who is sabotaging the show was not important to me but may be attractive to readers who appreciate the small intrigue it offered. This book is also a "holiday" romance if you consider the time period leading up Christmas and some holiday partying and a hunt for a scary "tickle me Elmo meets a Furby" type gift for Nick's niece to be Christmassy. I also adored that both Sabrina and Nick were clear on their desire to be child-free!
Headliners is a contemporary romance novel. This is book five in the London Celebrity series. Even though it can be read as standalone I advise you to read book four before reading this one. Which is not a hardship. Book four- The Austen Playbook is one of my favorite reads of 2019. Comparing this to the previous books in the series this book moves from theater to television. Sabrina and Nick are tv host that need to work together on a morning show. That wouldn't be a problem, but they are not getting along. Nick did something awful to her in the past. There is a lot of tropes in this one; - enemies to lovers - workplace romance - close proximity - fake relationship - holiday romance Lucy ties every plotline really well. I loved glimpses of Freddie and Griff. There was a lot of heart but also a lot of humor in this book. To be a perfect read for me I was missing more of groveling from Nick and a little less page time from all the other characters. I can't recommend you enough Act like it & Pretty Face by Lucy Parker. If you are a contemporary reader, she is a must-read author!
Headliners by Lucy Parker is the fifth book in her entertaining London Celebrities series. I would suggest at a minimum read book four, The Austen Playbook before reading this one because events happen in that book that have a bearing on this one. After a family scandal tarnishes Sabrina Carlton’s prospects as a television presenter, she is dismayed to find out that she’s been transferred to a morning/breakfast show and her co-host is none other than her nemesis Nick Davenport, and they’re only there on trial, make it work or out. Nick’s career is also in jeopardy after he was caught on camera, loudly trashing the owner of the network and having to work with Sabrina is just the icing on the cake. Trying salvage their respective careers while battling rumours that they’re really a couple and dealing with a saboteur on set makes for delightful enemies to lovers story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Medium Steam. Publishing Date January 20, 2020. #NetGalley #Headliners #LucyParker #CarinaPress #HarlequinBooks #Bookstagram #ContemporaryRomance #RomanceNovel
Headliners by Lucy Parker London Celebrities #5 Smiles and belly laughs along with warmhearted feelings visited me as I read this marvelous story. I have enjoyed every book by this author and would gladly read any she has or will ever write because they resonate with me. Excellent writing, believable characters, plots that are believable, stories I am drawn into and feel part of ~ I love this book and series and can’t wait for more. What I liked: * Sabrina – Wicked smart, good at her job, makes others feel good when she interviews them, put family first, professional and so much more * Nick – wondered at first about him at first but – wicked smart, ambitious, loves family, capable, a great partner, hot, professional and so much more * Friends to lovers is not my favorite trope but loved this one * Nick’s family – all of them – would love for his brother Iain to find a woman to be Pippi’s stepmother * The chemistry between Sabrina & Nick – on the set and off of it * The depth of the story * Everything except what I did not like… What I did not like: * The sabotaging of the morning show * The...well...hmm...can’t think of anything else ;) Did I like this book? Definitely Would I read more by this author? Without a doubt...as soon as it comes out! Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
4 1/2 Stars! A more unlikely couple probably didn't exist. Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport had more reasons to hate one another than to ever get along...let alone maybe fall for one another. Nick had single-handedly caused a great deal of disgrace and heartbreak in Sabrina's family. Yet, they are now expected to work together? Is this a bad joke? Not only do they need to work together, they need to be successful and make people want to tune in to watch them on the "morning show." If they fail, they both lose their jobs. It's that simple...except it really isn't. What starts as a job becomes a friendship and then evolves to more. Sabrina and Nick find that the other person isn't who they expected. Actually, they find themselves not only respecting each other and finding mutual ground as friends, they each feel a simmering attraction that becomes more difficult to deny. I love a good "enemies to lovers" story and this one was done really well! In addition, I felt pulled into the story and the lives of the characters. Ms. Parker has done a wonderful job with the books I've read in this series. I'm definitely a fan! Thank you to NetGalley, Carina Press and Ms. Parker for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I adore Lucy Parker's writing and I love enemies-to-lovers trope. I also appreciate workplace romances where the protagonists are equal in status. I like Sabrina and Nick together. I also like the appearances of characters from the previous books and the introduction of new ones, especially Iain and his daughter Pippi. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I'm not heart-eyeing it because I don't think Nick suffered enough, groveled enough for what he did to Sabrina and her family. I don't know what I want him to do, just more than what he actually did. Maybe he should have been the one who experienced more public humiliations during all the sabotage attempts instead of Sabrina. I don't know how many more books Lucy is contracted to write in this series, but I'll be following along per usual. Is Charle next? I kind of want Iain's story now.
Rating: 4.5 Stars After a scandal rocked Sabrina's family, and Nick was caught saying some unflattering things about his new boss, the two presenters were in need of an image clean-up. They were given an opportunity to rehabilitate their public persona, as well as save their jobs, by trying to resuscitate an ailing morning show. Would these enemies be able to set aside their feud in order to save their careers? I was so excited, when I heard Parker was writing a book featuring Nick and Sabrina. I loved these two in The Austen Playbook, and it was no mystery, that underneath that tension, were a lot of sparks. I am so happy, that we took this temporary detour from the stage, because Nick and Sabrina's story was nothing short of brilliant for me. When people say hate-to-love, we sometimes question that description, but I can tell you, there were a lot of bitter feelings between these two. From their competition as late night presenters to Nick revealing the Carlton family scandal to the world, there was bad blood between these two. Watching the ice slowly melt between them gave me great pleasure. The more time they spent with one another, the more layers they shed. They were able to look beyond the public persona, and really see each other, and I guess, they liked what they saw, because there was understanding, forgiveness, and the formation of an unlikely friendship. This was not instantaneous, though. It took a while for them to leave those past hurts behind, but once they did, I just could not get enough of this couple. They talked like grown ups, and they shared their concerns with one another. They became each other's person, the one they wanted to rush to, when they had good or bad news. And, gosh darn it! Parker writes the most wonderful heroes. Nick would do all these little things, which were his way of showing how much he cared for Sabrina, even before he fully acknowledged it, and it's the kind of stuff that made me swoon. Being on the show added a fun element to the story. Parker did a great job capturing all the wacky and wonderful parts of being a morning show host. I think all the disasters these two weathered on set had a lot to do with their blossoming relationship. They began supporting each other and looking out for one another, and though both their careers hinged on this show becoming a success, it was obvious they were motivated by things other than their career goals. The dog, the kid, the events we attended, Nick's mom, as well as cameos from other London Celebrities all added to my enjoyment of this wonderful book. I really hope Parker continues to expand the world of the London Celebrities, because I never want this series to end.
Four and a half stars. Professional rivals and personal enemies are forced to work together … Nick Davenport had a successful primetime TV show, until he was secretly videoed badmouthing the head of the network behind the scenes. Sabrina Colton also had a successful primetime TV show which rivalled Nick's, until revelations about her grandmother's plagiarism and her very public fight with her ex-boyfriend turned her from media sweetheart to Cruella da Ville. Now they each have one last chance, work together on the dismal Wake Me Up London breakfast TV show. Sabrina hates Nick because he was the one who broke the news of her grandmother's plagiarism which tarred both her beloved sister Freddy's career (and her burgeoning love life) and her own career where Sabrina was accused of profiting from her family's lies. Both consummate professionals Nick and Sabrina do their best for WMUL but there are a series of stupid mistakes; wrong cue cards, using vinegar instead of water in a cake, etc which make them look like amateurs - could someone be sabotaging their show? Lucy Parker at her best with two charming characters and oodles of laughs and fun. Chuck in a cute dog, lovable ex-wife, scarily clever kids and a countdown to Christmas and you have a sparkling romantic comedy. Loved it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.