Lainie dated her awesome hot co-star until he cheated on her and broke up with her by gossip column. She’s totally fine, though, or would be if she didn’t have to passionately kiss him every night on stage.
Richard is a brilliant actor, but opinionated and stubborn, and starting to get a really bad reputation in the media. It’s now starting to cause problems for the play he and Lainie star in, so both Richard and Lainie get called in and told they area to pretend to be a couple to start generating some positive vibes out there in gossip land.
Lainie’s first response is hell no, but her boss agrees to donate ticket sales to a cause dear to her heart, so she’s on board. Richard is also reluctant because Lainie is a bimbo with bad taste in men, but he too agrees to go along with it. He wants to become the head of a stodgy performing arts group thing, and dating Lainie will probably help with that.
This is a fairly standard plot – the couple forced to pretend they’re in love and then, surprise! they fall in love. What I particularly loved about this version was the sparky dialogue between Lainie and Richard. They’re funny and entertaining and they have a great chemistry build.
Richard, although he is incredibly blunt and has terrible parent issues, turns out to be a loveable character. Once he starts to appreciate Lainie he emerges as adorable. He nicknames her Tig (short for Tigger). He looks after her when she’s sick, and he shows he respects her talents and will support her career choices, even if he doesn’t agree with them.
Lainie is also lovely. She’s cool, she’s confident and she’s funny. When she makes her romantic misstep she’s not all miserable and defeated about it, and when she’s being funny and cool she manages not to be annoying.
I loved this book and there need to be more romances set in the theatre world.
More more more from this author please. Beautifully written this novel had everything . A jolly Cooper meats Jane Austen style. Just loved everything about this book . Richard Troy and Elaine ( Lanie) were well drawn characters. Lots of humor .
I’m feeling a tad sheepish that’s it taken so long to read one of Lucy Parker’s books. I bought ACT LIKE IT ages ago and it’s been sitting in my TBR pile since. The book is set in London – my fave city in the world. The main characters are theatre actors – and I love live theatre. So what was I waiting for? The ol’ grey matter must have been on the blink because this proved to be such a satisfying read.
Lainie Graham is a great character. She’s level-headed, a tad snarky, is quick witted and she has no illusions when it comes to Richard Troy, her infamous co-star. Richard’s personality is somewhat of the toffee-nosed variety but that’s as much to keep a distance between himself and others as it is a result of his privileged yet sorrowful upbringing.
Together, these two are just so good! The dialogue is excellent, the banter is exceptional, and the humour frequent. The conflicts between them feel true-to-life; they experience some intense situations and their reactions always feel true to the character. The chemistry between them is delightful and I loved how they came together and came to care about each other.
I highly recommend ACT LIKE IT and I’ll definitely be reading other books in the author’s London Celebrities series.