Review: Act Like It by 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?


This was even better than I expected! I’m all for this kind of story, and although the plot isn’t that original, the characters definitely are. Loved them so much!

“I don’t think you’re a bad person, Richard. Perhaps a little more flawed than most,” she teased, and he grimaced, “but I shall rise above that and keep a thick skin where you’re concerned.”

Both Richard and Lainie are stage actors, but whilst she is the stage’s sweetheart, he’s the bad, brooding, sexy boy. They’ve mostly ignored each other the whole time they’ve worked together, but after Lainie’s breakup with their other costar, and Richard’s latest outburts in public, thier publicist thinks it would do both them good to fake a relationship.

For all his many varied defects, there was something very reassuring about having Richard at her side, when he was on her side.

Richard is a bit of an asshole, yes, but that’s just how he is. I loved that he didn’t change his personality throughout the book, yes there was a development, but he didn’t just wake up one morning becoming the sweet caring boyfriend. Even if she doesn’t want to admit it, Lainie loves that side of him, she likes pushing his buttons, making him even more grumpy, because honestly he’s so cute; plus she’s fierce and feisty, and doesn’t let anything get to her. So they’re just perfect for each other. You can imagine the banter.

Lainie smiled suddenly, and his heart actually thumped. He gritted his teeth and a muscle jumped in his jaw. He wanted to turn on his heel and walk away, like a freaking coward, and the impulse struck fiercely at his pride.

I loved how their relationship developed; they clicked from the very beginning but the romance came later, it wasn’t exactly slow built but it worked perfectly for me.

“This is not me giving up on us. I won’t turn my back on you.”

Add to these unapologetic characters a great writing style, and a lot of humor and you get a beautiful book that’ll keep you hooked.

manuela calloway sisters


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