Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Review: "Act Like It" by Lucy Parker

Act Like It Lucy Parker
Published: November 30, 2015
ISBN: 9781459290587
Genre: Romance
Source: Personal Copy

You might enjoy this book if you like: Stories about the theatre, Pride and Prejudice type stories

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? 

My Thoughts:
This is not an especially easy review for me to write.  I generally enjoyed this book--it was light and fun and perfect to read when you need to kill some time.  But, when I stop to think about it, this book really had quite a few problems.

Essentially, this is a Pride and Prejudice-type romance ("nice" girl tames surly guy).  I know that this is something that many, many people love.  I'm just not one of them.  That, however, is just a matter of taste.  I was able to get past that fairly easily, thanks to Parker's easy writing style.  I did like both characters, even though they were both fairly cliche and one-dimensional.

The arc of the story is not surprising and follows the "romance framework"fairly closely.  I did have two issues with the construction.  As the story began, I really didn't like how Parker introduced the two male characters.  She does fine with Lainie, but then she just sort of tells us who Will and Richard are--and it just left me confused and it took me a while to actually figure out which was which.

My second issue is that the final dramatic scene in the story is so over the top that it was almost laughable.  For what happened to have been successful, it would have to had been set up very early in the book and then continually brought up--which did not happen.  As it was, this event was so out of left field and ridiculous that it felt like Parker had lost control of the story.

Yet, despite all the complaints, I looked forward to the opportunities to read this book and it was a good time-passer.  It is definitely something I would recommend for someone who needed something light and fluffy and was willing to not think too hard about it.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.

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