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"The London Celebrities series - some of the wittiest, smartest dialogue to come down the romance pike in years." (Kirkus Reviews)
In which experienced West End actress Freddy Carlton takes on an Austen-inspired play, a scandal at a country estate, an enthusiastic search for a passion outside of acting...and the (some people might say icy*) heart of London’s most feared theater critic.
*if those people were being nice
Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose, and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.
She can’t take her eyes off him.
Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes - or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.
Instead, all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.
As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous...but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.
Don’t miss the London Celebrities series by Lucy Parker! Order your copy of Act Like It, Pretty Face, and Making Up today! This book is approximately 99,000 words.
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- H Price
The Series Just Keeps Getting Better!
I've become such a fan of Lucy Parker! The London theatre series just keeps getting better.
We met Freddy earlier in the series -- I'm very happy she got her own book.
She is cast in a live TV program based on Austen characters and storylines that allows viewers to choose what happens as the story progresses. It is set at a theater built to honor her grandmother (by her married lover) at the historic home of theatre critic, James Ford-Griffin. 'Grif' has given some tough reviews of Freddy's previous work but nothing that wasn't true, because Freddy is trying to make her father happy by acting in 'serious' dramas rather than the musicals and comedies she'd prefer.
Grif and Freddy are drawn together quickly and surprise each other with the depth of their feelings. And all around them is chaos: family dramas, drama with the fellow actors, and an old cover-up that they discover along the way.
I loved the cover - so charming. And the narration was terrific!
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