Celebrity Romances, Take Two: Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

Posted June 2, 2017 by Nereyda/ 12 Comments

Celebrity Romances, Take Two: Pretty Face by Lucy ParkerPretty Face
by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #2
Release Date: February 20th 2017
Published by Carina Press
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs
Pages: 292
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Source: Audiobook Received for Review

Highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Act Like It Lucy Parker returns readers to the London stage with laugh-out-loud wit and plenty of drama

The play's the fling

It's not actress Lily Lamprey's fault that she's all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that's not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn't so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He'd be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily's suddenly rising career, it's threatening Luc's professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they're not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

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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Although the first book in this series wasn’t bad, it wasn’t a particular favorite book of mine because not much stood out for me. I was even more wary about going into this book for the same reason. I’m not the biggest fan of celebrity romances and I had previously bought the ebook and tried to read it and didn’t get too far in the book. In the books defense, I have become a terrible reader lately. If I do read I will read about 5-10% a day and I don’t read every day so you can imagine how long it takes me to finish most books now. Audiobooks have become such a life saver for me because I can listen to them during my walk every morning. I was so happy when this series was available for on audiobook for review and even though I hate audiobooks with accents, I knew I had to read this before Nick befriended me forever.

Not gonna lie, the beginning of this book was a little slow for me. I had a really hard time wrapping my head around the fact that everyone was focusing on how annoying Lily’s voice was. I kept thinking to myself, this is so dumb, how bad can her voice really be??? But… I am super picky on voices myself so once I imagined that Lily talks like Arianna Grande (especially her Kat voice) I totally understood why anyone would be super annoyed by her voice. Major props to Luc for being able to overlook that awful voice and falling in love with Lily despite of it. 🙂

Pretty Face was much better for me than Act Like It. Yes, it was another celebrity romance but this one definitely stood out more for me. The fact that it was such a good slow burn and that Lily and Luc didn’t even like each other made the romance and chemistry so good. Add in the fact that their romance had a bit of a taboo factor because Luc was technically Lily’s boss and because of the significant age different, only made me like the romance even more. There was some seriously swoony moments and I loved how mature this romance and the characters were even if Lily was younger than Luc. I thought the age difference would bother me, I haven’t read a romance with an age gap like this yet, but it just worked with these characters. I’m always a fan when a writer doesn’t have to rely on fabricated drama or over the top plot twists to further the romance, it makes it more real this way. Although the series didn’t start off on the best foot for me, this book made up for it. I’m not sure if there will be another book in the series but now I can definitely see why so many people love this book and I’ll be adding it to my tbr.

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Nereyda is a 30 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else.

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  • Glad you enjoyed this one more than the first!!! Great review!

  • A Novel Glimpse

    Great review! I haven’t read this series before, but it’s caught my eye. I love a good celebrity romance, so I’m going to keep this one in mind.

    • Celebrity romances aren’t my favorite and I still liked this so if you love them you should definitely try it out 🙂

  • Yay, I’m so glad that this book worked much better for you. I really like this author and am looking forward to more from her. Great review, Nereyda!

  • I love that it’s not your typical celebrity romance Nere, usually they’re the every woman and the big Hollywood toyboy with a chick on each arm. I love the sound of the theater setting especially. I’m curious to know what the age gap is. I’m assuming he’s around late forties? As long as they’re both consenting adults then an age gap doesn’t worry me and the fact there’s no unnecessary drama is a bonus! Brilliant review Nere, hoping the Kindle edition will be as entertaining as the audio <3

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I’m glad you liked this one more. I haven’t read it yet but everyone has said it is better than the first so I hope to get to it at some point. I do love a good slow burn. 🙂

    • I saw on GR you weren’t crazy about the first one either and I was glad I wasn’t the only one.

  • Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed this one more. I thought you might like this one a bit more. I get what you mean about it beginning a little slow, I felt the same and I was filled with all this doubt about it when I began reading but it really picked up as soon as the couple met. I didn’t really get the annoying voice thing, I just imagined she sounded like she was putting on a voice and was annoying. The age gap and the slightly taboo nature of their relationship totally worked and I loved that the drama wasn’t forced but instead there were very natural and believable obstacles to the relationship.

    • I’m so happy this one worked for me, I didn’t want to be the black sheep again 🙂