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PRETTY FACE (London Celebrities #2) by LUCY PARKER :: REVIEW

TBB 5 Star Review
Standalone in series : British Romcom set in London’s West End

SYNOPSIS

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…

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

5 glorious Stars

“It’s second nature to pull apart a performance, isolate and slice out the dead weight, piece it back together. I also know what it feels like when there’s that very rare click and it’s just – right. It works. From the first line of the first scene.”  A nerve ticked in his jaw. “It doesn’t often happen onstage, and I didn’t expect to ever experience it offstage.”

Well, didn’t we just love absolutely everything about Pretty Face. Everything. Here’s an Author who completely knows her chosen subject, detail upon detail, in order to set the most real and in-depth atmosphere making us live and breathe all things theatre whilst reading. The West End came alive for us and we were swept away. We loved Act Like It by this Author and if possible we loved this one even more. So romantic, such fabulous British dry humour, such theatrical and vivid imagery. Pretty Face is book two in a series of standalones and we HIGHLY recommend both books. The way Lucy Parker writes captivates us word by word.

‘He’d known, right from the beginning, that she would be a completely disruptive pain in the arse. He worried about her. All the fucking time. And he missed her like hell. All the fucking time.’

Luc Savage, a theatre director, is stuck for a female lead in his upcoming theatre production. The stress levels are high as he’s a very obstinate, honest to a fault and a tad of an aloof man. Don’t let that deter you though because we’d bet you’ll fall in love with Luc just as much as we did. Luc has his rules and one of them is no shenanigans with his leading ladies. This man is lush; absolutely divine. He’s got a hard exterior and a sarcastic wit, yet when he opens his heart and shows vulnerability and his love, well you could’ve scooped us off of the floor with a spoon because we fell hard and melted. He doesn’t mince his words and had us chuckling so many times throughout. He had quite the battle on his hands when Lily Lamprey enters his audition room and his life.

“You could try being pleasant and malleable, I’d probably find it a complete turn-off. I didn’t realise I had this penchant for militant men. It’s giving me whole new insights into my personality.”

Lily is a bombshell with a pitchy breathy voice and a bubbly star in a TV soap opera. She’s the last person Luc would want in his show yet Lily is in dire need of a change in life and her desire is to tread the boards of the West End.  We loved the dynamics between her and Luc, often having us in stitches of laughter. We fell in love with Lily who was as stereotyped as they come, her talent overlooked. Even Mr Savage committed a faux pas but he very soon realised the error of his ways.

 ‘He looked about as approachable as Darth Maul, but then, unexpectedly he laughed. A proper, eye-crinkling laugh. And her pathetic, perverse, masochistic little heart went oh-it’s you.’

Scandals are a plenty in the world of theatre and its players, and we loved this humour filled slow burn romance. It had such high emotion and attention to detail. We fell in love with the characters and Lucy Parker once again mesmerized us with her prose. It’s not often you go through the colour wheel of emotion. so when we do, we treasure every minute of it.

“You drive me up the wall, and I can’t remember what life was like before you strode into it, opened your mouth and fucking horrified me, and turned everything upside down.”

 

 


THE LONDON CELEBRITY SERIES by LUCY PARKER

Act Like It –  Book One

                    

Pretty Face – Book Two

                      

 


ACT LIKE IT BOOK ONE

“…my relationship with him? A pretty mediocre dress rehearsal before I fucking killed it on opening night.”

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SYNOPSIS
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?

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THE CAD and the CO-ED (Rugby Series #3) by L.H. COSWAY & PENNY REID :: REVIEW

Standalone romantic comedy with a sports theme

SYNOPSIS

Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Forking stars

‘She didn’t deserve to be forgotten. She deserved to be treasured.’

To be honest, the whole ‘secret baby, don’t tell the father’ trope in romance isn’t one of our favourites. More times than not we don’t feel the reasoning for denying the father knowledge of his child to be justified, leading us to become frustrated with the heroine and siding with the clueless Dad in the scenario.

But… we have a deep affection for this series and adore the collaboration of L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, so it’s testament to their talent that we dove in despite our hesitancy over the theme of the story. After all, we had heard about Bryan’s carousing, heavy drinking playboy ways previously and were keen to hear his story, to see what lay beneath this wayward man and witness him find love….twice!

“I’m attracted to you on every level. I want you, Eilish. I want you with every breath I take.”

In this instance, we felt Eilish’s reasons for keeping little Patrick a secret from Bryan to be completely justified. After all, Bryan had no recollection of sleeping with her, not even remembering her name after losing huge chunks of his memory due to his over indulgent haze around the time of their one night stand.  It was a night of passion that had Eilish believing she had found ‘the one’ after hero worshipping Bryan for years. For Bryan, however, that night was another in a long line of forgettable conquests thanks to Mr Smirnoff.

“She has more unresolved feelings for you than Perrie Edwards has for Zayn Malik.” (Sean)
I stared at him for several seconds, dumfounded. “Who?”
He threw his hands up in the air. “See. This is half the problem. I should’ve used Jenn and Brad as an example instead. You’re completely out of touch, Bryan. Can you even remember how to seduce a woman?”

After hooking up with Bryan at Ronan and Annie’s wedding and leaving his hotel room humiliated and hurt, three months later, Eilish discovers she’s pregnant with Bryan’s baby. Fast forward five years and Eilish is back in Ireland at the request of her cousin Sean, who she has a really close bond with. He arranges a job for her as the Rugby Team’s Physio which brings her face to face with her nemesis, Bryan.

‘I was the villain of the piece, and we both know it.’

Both Bryan and Eilish are riddled with insecurities and trust issues, can they move on from their past and start afresh? We were completely swept away by the sweet and tender build in the relationship between little Patrick and Bryan and the witty banter between Bryan and Sean. Both big winners for us.

The dream team once again weaved their magic by delivering a story chock full of love, warmth, humour, emotion and loveable characters whom we took to our hearts, once again, delivering their story in their own unique quirky way. We love the way these authors deliver such life like characters. We feel their pain, we embrace their love, and we devour the wittiness and emotional connection between them all, feeling we know them personally.

‘Christ, I needed to stop touching her, because if I thought she was beautiful before, the fact that this woman was the mother of my child gave her a fucking halo. I swear, she glowed. She was radiant. As magnetic as before but also something more.’

Can a beautiful little boy melt the heart of a big burly Rugby player? There were certainly some angsty moments between Eilish and Bryan as we hoped and prayed they could make things work.  We fell in love with the protective, forthright and witty Bryan, he certainly had some wooing to do and he wooed us! There were precious, tender and funny moments throughout. We adore this series.

 


THE RUGBY SERIES by L.H. COSWAY & PENNY REID

The Hooker and the Hermit

                    

The Player and the Pixie

                    

The Cad and the Co-Ed

                     

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TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS :: STANDALONE AND SERIES


TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS

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We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for your support, your messages and for sharing the love of books with us. We love discussing books with you guys. And of course, we want to thank the authors who made 2016 such a fabulous reading year!

It’s been quite the year! We read just over 200 books and reviewed 187 plus we discovered 52 new or new to us authors.

We’ve always loved finding new authors to read and this year, 54 of the books we reviewed were 5 Star reads. Of those, 12 were from new to us authors.  Of the 38,  4.5 Star reads we reviewed, 18 were from new to us authors.

So you can see why we love picking up reads from some of our favourite authors as well as finding new authors to love. It’s all about the book. It doesn’t matter who wrote it, all that matters is that we love it, connect with it and feel it!

We don’t have a top numbers list, these are the books we read, loved and want to share with you. We know you’ll find your next fabulous reads here!

Click on the book cover to take you to our review and purchase details.

All lists are in author alphabetical order.
Happy reading and roll on 2017!


5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

Moonshot Alessandra Torre
In the Shadows of Satellites Amanda Dick
She Dims The Stars Amber L Johnson
The Bird & The Sword Amy Harmon
All The Ugly & Wonderful Things Bryn Greenwood
Until We Collide Charlotte Fallowfield
It Ends with Us Colleen Hoover
For all The Evers Debra Anastasia
Author Anonymous EK Blair
Black Swan Affair KL Kreig
Sparrow LJ Shen
Missed Connection Mara White & K Larsen
The Empty Jar M Leighton
El Diablo M Robinson
Hail Mary Nicola Rendell
Collared Nicole Williams
Unseen Messages Pepper Winters
Swear on this Life Renee Carlino
Nina is Not Okay Shappi Khorsandi
Absolution Stevie J Cole & LP Lovell
An Exaltation of Larks Suanne Laqueur
The Bourbon Thief Tiffany Reisz
A Thousand Boy Kisses Tillie Cole

4.5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

One Day Soon A Meredith Walters
Behind Closed Doors BA Paris
This is Love Caroline Nolan
Touch The Sky Christina Lee
Josh & Anna & Gabe & Claire Eliza Freed
One Jewel E Ann
A Love Letter to Whiskey Kandi Steiner
Until Now Laura Ward
Poet of the Wrong Generation Lonnie Ostrow
Trailer Trash Marie Sexton
After We Fall Melanie Harlow
Confessed Nicola Rendell
Unbreak My Heart Nicole Jacquelyn
Dark Notes Pam Godwin
Waiting for Wyatt SD Hendrickson
A Love so Tragic Stevie J Cole
Silent Sentry Theresa Rizzo
A Way to Get By T Torrest
The Baller Vi Keeland
Bossman Vi Keeland

5 STAR SERIES 2016

Transfer & Retrieval Aly Martinez Duet Complete
Three E S Carter Complete/Standalone
The Score Elle Kennedy Complete/Standalone
Royally Screwed Emma Chase Ongoing/Standalone
Sidebarred Emma Chase Series Complete
Full Tilt & All In Emma Scott Duet Complete
Dawn of Forever Jewel E Ann Series Complete
Target on our Backs JM Darhower Series Complete
The Beast JR Ward Series Ongoing
Claiming Eden Kele Moon Series Complete
The Enforcer Kele Moon Series Ongoing
Backfire Keri Lake Ongoing/Standalone
Rock Chick Reawakening Kristen Ashley Complete/Standalone
Love in the Light Laura Kaye Duet Complete
Stroked Long Meghan Quinn Ongoing/Standalone
Saving Evangeline Nancee Cain Ongoing/Standalone
Perfect Rage Nashoda Rose Ongoing
Beard Science Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
The Man I Love & Here to Stay Suanne Laqueur Series Complete
Dream a Little Dream Susan Elizabeth Phillips Complete/Standalone
The Shadow & The Roman Sylvain Reynard Series Complete
The Confessions Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
The Mistress Files Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
Deep Redemption Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

4.5 STAR SERIES 2016

Dark Mafia Prince & Wicked Mafia Prince Annika Martin Series Complete
Willing Victim & Brutal Game Cara McKenna Duet Complete
Marriage Games CD Reiss Duet Complete
Fly With Me Chanel Cleeton Complete/Standalone
The Lost, Fallen & Found Cole McCade Series Complete
To Hate Adam Connor Ella Maise Series/Standalone
Paper Princess Erin Watt Series Complete
Thursdays Harper Bentley Duet Ongoing
Magnate Joanna Shupe Complete/Standalone
Thief of Hearts L H Cosway Ongoing/Standalone
Spiralling Skywards Lesley Jones Duet Complete
Player & The Pixie LH Cosway & Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
Low Mary Elizabeth Series Complete
Burn Down the Night M O’Keefe Complete/Standalone
US Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Duet Complete
Steadfast & Keepsake Sarina Bowen Complete/Standalone
The Pawn Skye Warren Series Ongoing
Ravage Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

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