Once again, Lucy Parker delivers a lovely little gem that made me grin and laugh from cover to cover. ‘Pretty Face’, just like the first installment in the series, ‘Act Like It’, is highly entertaining, simply delightful from start to finish, utterly enjoyable and has a great mix of humor, sweetness and emotion.
Lily Lamprey is a twenty-six years old television actress, known as a female protagonist on a mediocre TV show. She wants a career on stage, so she desperately needs to prove to everyone that she can actually act, that she is more than a pretty face with a sultry voice. She wants to be in Luc Savage’s new production, the one which promises to be a sell-out, so she submits a video audition hoping to impress the well-known director, not with her good looks, but with her acting talent.
Everyone in London knows who 40 years old director Luc Savage is. He is talented, one of the best directors in the business and, from what Lucy has heard, a big pompous prick with ice-cold temperament. Since one of the leading ladies bailed on him to get married, Luc needs to find a competent and professional actress as soon as possible. He has several prospects in mind, none of them sounding like Lily Lamprey, like a helium addict. At first, Luc truly believes Lily is that type of actress you can find in any casting agency, but after watching her video audition, he changes his mind, actually thinking she may be great in his production. However, Lily will have not only to work hard, but also to take some voice lessons.
Lily truly believes Luc to be a prick. However, she can’t deny he’s a good-looking prick. He treats her poorly, so she doesn’t understand from where her sexual attraction towards him comes from. Having morals and integrity, Lily has never gotten involved in a romantic relationship with someone who she worked with. She has also never been with someone who was more than a few years older. Needless to say, she knows that she should stay the hell away from Luc Savage, especially since she has heard that Luc’s first love, theater, is more important to him than anything else. Luc has never been attracted to younger women so, of course, he doesn’t understand why he’s so attracted to Lily Lamprey. So, it goes without saying, he doesn’t like the attraction he feels towards her. He doesn’t need a scandal, he just wants his new production to be a hit, but, as time passes, the animosity between them blossoms into something more, something sweet and real, but also very dangerous for their careers.
I really enjoyed this second installment. With an enjoyable story-line and a great developed plot, ‘Pretty Face’ was simply delightful.
The two main characters are well-developed, endearing for the most part and both of them feel real. Luc, at first, was exactly like Lily “describes” him – a pompous prick. But, here’s the thing, I love a “good” pompous a$$. In some way, they are always more entertaining than other type of heroes. So, yeah, I enjoyed his portrayal a lot, maybe a little more than I should have. Sure, he got on my nerves a little with his quick judgement, but in my opinion he was never a real $$hole, so eventually I forgave him. The fact that he admitted judging Lily for her work was a nasty thing to do, eventually apologizing for being a douchebag, made me like him. I liked that he was hardworking and tried his best to be professional, his love for theater being undeniable. As the story unfolded, he transformed into a sweet, caring, thoughtful, considerate and, overall, perfect man for our leading lady.
Lily is a wonderful, layered heroine and I loved her as much as I loved Luc. She’s talented, hard-working, strong and a very sweet, caring and thoughtful heroine. I loved that she didn’t care about what others believe about her and the fact that she was willing to work more just to prove everyone that she’s perfect for Luc’s production made me really respect her. I loved her loyalty and her selflessness. She truly is a great heroine I admire.
Lily and Luc’s slow burn relationship was fantastically done and entertaining. I loved their interactions, the witty banter between them and the dry humor. The set-up and supportive characters were once again so well done. I loved them! As for the romantic aspect – totally perfect.
If you are looking for an enjoyable, forbidden-ish contemporary romance, with a delightful story-line, two vividly portrayed main characters and enthralling dialogue, don’t hesitate and try Lucy Parker’s newest release.