[706]: Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

Smarter than your average Romance.

Pretty Face
by Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker’s writing reminds me of the old days. More particularly, of the Mills & Boon era. Now, don’t scoff. I’ve been reading romance novels all my life. Mills & Boon started me off on this path. The romantic writers of those days are distinctly foreign compared to some of their contemporary colleagues. They were posh, very British and elegant. In so many ways, Ms. Parker brought back all those feelings.

Pretty Face was delightfully refreshing. Especially at a time when Romance is heavily saturated with cheesy gourds, oversexed fiends, and miscommunication drama.

 At its core, this is the story about every woman who’s ever had to fight for their place to get recognition. Not for their looks, nor for their curves but for their talent and hard work. Lily Lamprey’s role as a bombshell in British television has gained her the notoriety for being a sex symbol. No one takes her seriously let alone a director whose severe work ethic puts the fear in the eyes of every single actor that ever worked for him. So it’s not a surprise that Lily suffers no illusions to getting the part for his new stage production.

Luc Savage’s name fits him to a T. His reputation as a workhorse proceeds him. He hasn’t got the time for distractions. His fledgling production and the renovation of the legendary West End theater take all his time and energy. And Lily Lamprey is a distraction with a capital D. Try as he might, the woman got under his skin like a stubborn sliver.

By all accounts, this story is not all that ingenious. We’ve all read this story before in one form or another. But no one could ever resist the push and pull dynamics of two characters whose attraction for each other is off the charts.  Coupled that with smart dialogues infused with humor, and a story line that’s distinctly British, I say, it’s hard not to rate this book any lower than 5 stars. This is an amazing read. If you’ve ever felt burnt out with the romance novels that you’ve been reading lately, Pretty Face is just the cure for your malady.

  • I haven’t read books by this author before but lately I’ve seen this book around with high praises! I really have to check it out then. Lovely review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • Oy the miscommunication drama. So over that! You have me really wanting to read this one. I’m going to have to check out this author!

  • I have heard the dynamics to this story are just fabulous. I haven’t gotten around to read this one yet, but will soon.

  • Gotta love when an author can take a plotline that has been around the block and still make it interesting. I love that she was able to put her own spin on it to make it so great. I think great character development can really do that. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Karen

    I do enjoy her writing – just haven’t gotten to this one yet. Soooon

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I like smart and romantic books – the smarter, the better for me. And give it a Brit flair and I’m all in. I might check up on this one.

  • So I started reading this book last week, but then I decided I would casually start watching Parks and Recreation. 7 days and 3 and a half seasons later and I haven’t even touched my poor kindle. 🙁

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I’m sometimes picky with romances and definitely feel you on the genre being oversaturated with cheesy drama but I think this is one I might enjoy too! I just added it, and the first in the series, to my TBR. 🙂

  • This book sounds like the nice kind of change which you don’t actually realise you need until you give it a go. I really like the sound of this one having a bit more class to it as well. Happy you enjoyed it 😀

  • oh that’s great to see you had such a great time with the story. I didn’t know about this one

  • This sounds brilliant Joy and something my dear old mum would probably inhale, being a massive Mills & Boon reader herself. I seen the cover and instantly had Nicholas Sparks vibes. I love older style romances, but with the modern feminist vibe, I might buy this one and steal a read of it myself before handing it over. Brilliant review Joy and so glad you enjoyed it <3

  • This author is really making her rounds lately. I must admit, if it wasn’t for some trusted bloggers I probably wouldn’t have realized what I might be missing. I was thinking of reaching for her first book, because people keep saying it’s better than this one? Thought I really like the sound of the push and pull of their relationship, it’s always my favorite. So I guess they are both equally good in their own way?

  • I’ll have to read this one! Sounds like a standout read.

  • The clever writing did really make Pretty Face stand out from all the others. Can’t wait to see what Lucy Parker comes up with next! Fab review, Joy! 🙂

  • This one is new to me. Sometimes there is nothing better than losing yourself in a good old romance novel. I will have to keep an eye out for this one.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Thanks for sharing – glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂 I do love distinctly British books.


  • Swoon. Sounds delightful.

  • I’m so excited I was approved for this on Netgalley! Especially after your review. I’m so tired of cheesy books…looking forward to trying this one!

  • This sounds cute… might need to add it to my list! 🙂

  • Heehee, I’m reading one of those current books with the over-sexed fiends so I know what you’re saying 🙂 I’ll have to check this one out for a little change of pace.

  • I don’t read a lot of romance just because they’re all the same, but it sounds like this book is a fresh take on an old theme. I’m glad you loved it so much! Maybe I’ll give romance another try. 🙂

  • I’m so glad you loved this one! I loved it so much too. Lucy Parker is an amazing writer! Can you believe this and Act Like It are the only books she’s had published so far! She’s amazing! I loved how Luc apologized for being an asshole to Lily. He did so sincerely and whoelheartedly and I just loved him for it.

  • I’m so happy you loved this, Joy! I think because Lucy’s writing is so different is why I love her books. She doesn’t have to rely on a bazillion sexy times scenes or overly dramatic character backgrounds to make her books work. She does that through the little things like touching and gazing. I can’t wait to read more from her! I need to go and re-read this one!

  • Lovely review Joy 😀 YAY for enjoying this one so much. <3 And yesss for good writing. I'm glad you weren't disappointed by this 🙂 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 It do look cute.

  • Awwww the good old days, even if when reading them now I am mostly loling

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Yes! I feel the same way about Parker’s writing. It has such a different flavor to it and I adored the chemistry between these leads! I think I’m due for a re-read already, even though this has just released. Wonderful review, Joy!!!