The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

Monday, April 22, 2019


by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: April 22nd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷

The Austen Playbook was my most anticipated spring read. I love Lucy Parker and her books - I re-read them ALL the time. The Austen Playbook also happens to feature her perky heroine and a grumpy hero, so I knew this one was going to be spectacular. Lucy Parker never disappoints and The Austen Playbook was just as brilliant as I expected it to be.

Freddy was a girl after my own heart. She was just sunshine and rainbows and I adored her. She had a very optimistic perspective of life which was very refreshing. Freddy was a hard worker stuck doing work that didn't fit her aspirations due to family pressure. Freddy rose to fame playing roles in comedies, but at the insistence of her father, she has taken on more roles in dramas. The only problem is that Freddy isn't particularly enjoying the roles she has undertaken. Despite her lack of passion for these roles, she remained such genuine and she had the loveliest personality. We see much growth from her in The Austen Playbook as she tries to reach out to her father so that she could chase after her actual dreams. I was a proud mama bear when she finally took that leap. Freddy is invited to be part of a live-action play for which rehearsals are to take place at Griff's mansion.  Ahh, Griff! He was the absolute contrast of Freddy at first glance. He was an icy, grumpy critic who had no time for the bubbly creature that was Freddy. He was very serious and staunch, and obviously, that was catnip for me because I wound up falling for him very hard. Lucy Parker has the talent to make the most unappealing characters dreamy and after all these books, I'm still in awe. Griff was a total grump and I loved that for all his grumpy exterior he was actually a very loyal and protective guy.

Freddy and Griff's pairing felt so natural. They've known about each other for a while since Griff has reviewed some of Freddy's works, but they've never had an actual conversation. Freddy doesn't view him all that positively since she overhears him saying some not-so-lovely things about her acting chops at a bar. Griff thinks she's too spritely and is very confused by her. All that changes when they are forced to interact in the English countryside at Griff's family home. Freddy and Griff shared amazing chemistry, but what got me invested in their relationship were the little moments when they opened up to each other. There were this comfort-level and honesty to their relationship that I was envious of, and I thought they brought out the best in each other. Of course, Lucy Parker writes some of the most delicious kisses. Don't even get me started on the soft intimate moments. They are catnip for any romance reader, but especially to THIS romance reader! Freddy and Griff truly were an iconic duo that had my shipper heart overjoyed. Besides the romance, I found myself being enthralled by the behind-the-scenes of the very cool interactive play, as well as the mystery surrounding Freddy's late grandmother. The whole secondary cast was also brilliant. I loved getting to know Sabrina, Freddy's sister, who is getting her book next. Also, I can't wait for you guys to meet Nick, who is my namesake! When Lucy mentioned a few months back that I (and Lisa & Maf) could look forward to seeing our names being in the book, I was sort of speechless and may have screamed. Nick (the character) was quite something (he's as rude as me lol), BUT he is the hero in the next book, so I look forward to his redemption. :)

I'm not sure how Lucy Parker keeps outdoing herself with her couples and her books. She is one of the best contemporary authors and I look forward to reading even more of her excellent novels. If you haven't had the chance to pick up her stories yet, please remedy that. She is sure to charm you with her witty and romantic stories.

Who is one author who you find yourself constantly re-reading?
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