Hey, look, I finally have a Friday Reads for you! :)
They say word of mouth is a book's best friend, and I have to agree. The reason why I picked up this book was absolutely word of mouth (or word of Twitter) as the case may be. I kept seeing it pop up everywhere. And though I don't read a lot of straight-up contemporary romances, I couldn't resist the buzz.
I'm happy to report the buzz was justified. This was a really cute and funny story. It's set in London in the world of theatre. I love reading a book set in a world I'm not very familiar with and feeling like I got an inside peek to something.
You get a very Darcy-like hero--grumpy, above-it-all, impatient. And the heroine isn't standing for it. She's feisty and strong-willed and doesn't let him get away with much. This is also a "let's fake a relationship" book, which is a trope I enjoy.
I'm not going to go into the plot because you can get that in the blurb, but if you're looking for a funny, light-hearted romp, this is a good choice. Note: It has a sexy tone but the love scenes are mostly closed door or glossed over. I felt that kept with the tone, so I didn't mind. But if you're looking for something super steamy, this isn't it.
Here's the info:
A sharp-witted heroine and an infuriating-but-swoon-worthy leading man bring down the house in this utterly charming contemporary romance debut from Lucy Parker
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?