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Monday, May 28, 2018

Dear Lucy, Can I Live In Your Brain? : Making Up by Lucy Parker

MAKING UP

by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: May 28th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷
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After just three books from Lucy Parker, I am ready to sell my soul to her. There's something so special about her stories that make them not only readable but also re-readable. No joke, but I've re-read Making Up three times this year already. #noregrets Making Up still had the quintessential Lucy Parker elements to the story, but I thought Leo and Trix's story stood out on its own.

I loved Trix the minute we met her in Pretty Face. She was a wonderful friend to Lily, and there was a hidden sadness to her that I wanted Lucy to get rid of. Trix was even more of a gorgeous character in Making Up. I just love how this author's characters just have layers and layers to their personalities. We get to see Trix shine here and I didn't think it was possible to love this pink-haired aerialist even more than I already did, but I did. After an accident leaves the lead of her show hospitalized, Trix takes over the role as she's the understudy. Despite how excited she is about undertaking the new role, an abusive relationship has left her with very little self-confidence. It ached my heart to watch this girl go through moments of self-doubt when clearly she was incredibly talented, but her struggles were so real. As a reader, you want her to overcome everything and chase that happily ever after. It's not an easy journey for Trix, but slowly, throughout Making Up, you see her working through her issues and damn if I didn't cry in pride for all that she achieved.

On the other side, we have Leo. Oh, Leo! <3 I loved that he was a grumpy, quiet make-up artist, who is pet-sitting his sister's hedgehog, Reggie - seriously, how perfect does he sound already? In Making Up, Leo was going through his own issues which mainly involved a career setback and trying to put back his career on the right track. He was also dealing with his baby sister, Cat, who was back from America, with an unpleasant attitude. When Leo joins Trix's show as the make-up artist, sparks fly between the two. We find out that the two of them knew each other in school and that something happened that turned them against each other. There were some hints of animosity between the two in the beginning, but that obviously slowly changes.

Lucy Parker writes some of the most satisfying romances ever, and Leo and Trix's story was no different. Their shared connection, the way they helped heal each other and the banter just gave me so much life. I was either smiling like a goof or crying in happiness at every scene of theirs. I just don't know how this author continuously writes these love stories that make me ache and feel. I also absolutely love how romances don't rely on unnecessary dramatics or sources of conflicts. Instead, she uses realistic plotlines and we get to see the couple work through their issues *together*, which is so nice to see. Can I also say just how happy I was to see my favorites Luc and Lily finally tie the knot? That whole wedding had my heart flying. And I have to briefly mention the epilogue in Making Up. It's absolutely perfect, and gosh darn it, Lucy! She has really set the bar for all romance epilogues with this one.

As always, it took zero effort for me to fall in love with Lucy's writing. With Making Up, she continues to prove that she's an author who is out of this world. If you love your romances with well-layered characters, Making Up, and everything else by the author are the books for you.

Who is an author whose books you can't stop re-reading?
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