It’s Not You… It’s Me: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

It’s Not You… It’s Me: Act Like It by Lucy ParkerAct Like It (London Celebrities, #1)
by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #1
Release Date: November 30th 2015
Published by Carina Press
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Pages: 199
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three-stars
Source: Audiobook Received for Review

This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Looking back on this book, I probably shouldn’t have read it. There are quite a few things about it that just aren’t my favorite: I don’t really care for books about famous people, I’ve read soooo many books with this trope, and unless it’s Ed Westwick, I’m just not a fan for English accents in audiobooks. I don’t know what it is but I feel like they always end up picking people that sound really old and therefore not sexy. Which is always awkward when listening to them narrate a romance book. But, this series had so many great reviews from blogger friends that I ignored all of that and read the book anyway. Sadly, although I didn’t think the book was bad at all, it just wasn’t one of my favorites.

I think my main issue with the book was that nothing particularly stood out for me. I’ve read lots and lots of books where a fake romance turns into a real romance so it was kind of hard to find anything…special from this particular story. I liked the characters and I even liked the romance, but that’s all it was. I just liked it. I didn’t love it. I wasn’t itching to get back to the book to see when they would finally kiss or when they would finally realize they have real feelings for each other. When I did get to those parts, it was good and nice, but I guess I want something more than good and nice when it comes to romance.

Richard and Lainey started off hating each other, which is one of my favorite tropes. Although I liked how it was done for the most part, I kind of felt like ‘oh I guess they like each other now?’ instead of me feeling the underlying tension. It kind of just felt like it was brought on abruptly. I can see why other readers are loving this book, but I just don’t think it was the right book for me for personal preference reasons.

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  • Well this makes me sad because I adored this book (and still do) but I get it. There are always a few black sheep when it comes to books everyone has been raving about so it ucks you’re one of them but I know a lot of the tropes and things in this book aren’t for everyone. For me, this book was made for me because I am the biggest fan of fake relationships everywhere so I was gonna read it and Lucy Parker’s writing worked for me. I love hate to love as well and it was pretty believable in this. I loved how much of a grouch Richard was, I really did.

    I mean, if you want to give Lucy Parker another chance I really loved Pretty Face but then if you’re doing the audiobook again you’ll have the same issue with the accent thing. I loved the age gap in that and the romance just… I loved it. But I’m not exactly impartial so yeah. What you get from this experience is screw what everyone else is saying, go with your first instinct when it comes to a book.

    • Sorry!!! But I did like book 2 much better so yay for that 🙂

  • Nope. Not for me. I don’t like the celebrity thing or the fake romance. Hope your next read is better.

    • I like fake romances but celebrity romances are not my favorite.

  • sorry this didn’t work for you, I can see how it wouldn’t work for you if you dislike or are tired of these tropes already. I don’t read a lot of celeb romances myself cause not really interested. But I was still kind of curious

    • I’m apparently the black sheep when it comes to this book so you may like it much better than I did.

  • You suck and your opinion is irrelevant.

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    Girl, I had the same thoughts. It just didn’t stick out as anything special for me. I think I only gave it 2.5 stars.