I liked the love story between Griff and Freddy. Very nicely done. Romantic and enjoyable. The idea of 'the Austen Playbook', both app and live show, was a good one and worked well.
Unfortunately the secondary plot was overly complicated and contained several slightly ridiculous, unbelievable coincidences and clunky plot devices. There was also a confusingly large cast of secondary characters who at times were a distraction to me.
But overall, it was an enjoyable read. I just had to ignore the little voice saying 'yeah, right, as if.....', and go with the flow. If you can do that, you'll probably enjoy this book too.
The first two books of the series are still my favourites, but I did like this one better than the previous one (Leo & Trix). I am a fan of this author’s dialogue and humour. There’s been a significant price increase from the last book to this one, I almost didn’t buy it. I’m glad I read it, but I’m not sure it was worth the price.
This is the first Lucy Parker I’ve read, and it definitely won’t be the last, because The Austen Playbook is a breath of fresh air. Vividly bringing to life the chaos and drama which goes on behind the scenes and in the lives of London’s theatre set, it’s a story full of sassy jokes, sexy quips and an unexpected amount of soul-searching about just how much we owe to our families when it comes time to make choices about living our own dreams.
Freddy, our heroine, is the scion of one of London’s greatest dramatic families. Living in the shadow of her grandmother, a legendary playwright and actress, Freddy is pushed by her father into taking on dramatic and serious roles which don’t suit her bubbly personality at all. The only person who seems to recognise the truth of what she’d rather be doing is critic J. Ford-Griffen (Griff) who hits the nail on the head when he acerbically notes she’d obviously be far happier stomping around in puddles performing in Singin’ In The Rain.
When Freddy accepts the role of Lydia Bennet in a live-action choose-your-own-adventure Austen adaptation to be performed in a historic theatre built by her grandmother’s lover, the last person she expects to discover as owner of the estate is Griff. The two clash from the beginning, but the flying sparks are those of attraction. Though circumstances (and impossible cast-mates) conspire to keep them apart, somehow the two find their way together, and it’s utterly charming to see grumpy, aloof Griff fall head-over-heels for fun, light-hearted Freddy.
The writing is absolutely superb, and there are great lines all over the place, but my favorite has to be the tongue-in-cheek homage of that immortal opening to Pride and Prejudice. “It was a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in a rut must be in want of a spot of murder, mayhem and true love.”
Five stars for a terrific read, and I’m now a HUGE fan. Can’t wait for Sabrina’s story!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
He was all injured gentlemanly charm. It would be more successful if she hadn’t witnessed him getting absolutely rat-arsed at a wrap party, whipping his trousers off, and drawing a smiley-face on his willy. Once you’d seen a bloke doodling on his d* with permanent ink, the mystique was gone.
Look at that, her mere presence could make a man’s entire being go instantly flaccid. As superhuman powers went, she didn’t really rate it up there with invisibility and flight.
I hope the baffling fact that you’re letting it be staged on your property doesn’t mean I’ll miss out on the joy of a written review. They’re useful to have around if I’m ever in danger of developing self-esteem.
I’m a forgiving soul… Can’t say the same for some of that lot out there. And it’s a murder-mystery play. All the suspects gathered together for a house party. It could give someone ideas… The sarcastic critic with his poison pen and scores of embittered enemies. If this was Midsomer Murders, you wouldn’t even make it to the opening credits. If you hear the faint strains of ominous music, come find me. I’ll protect you.
Ma once said that if it hadn’t been for the twenty-hour labour, she might have thought he’d spontaneously animated from an ice sculpture.
He was broad-shouldered and long-legged, with dark skin and eyes, and his bone structure was unbelievable. He might have been carved by Michelangelo rather than sprouting from cells like other mortals.
This was a fun and cleverly written book that was brimming with levity, razor sharp banter, pithy and wry commentary, keenly honed wit, family drama, a bit of intrigue, and most importantly, an enemies to lovers romance. I adored it, and how could I not – as the main characters were intelligent adults who laced their humor with brilliantly placed Scooby Doo and Harry Potter references. I enjoyed Ms. Parker’s vibrant characters, vivid descriptions, and colorful word choices. I also gleaned an addition to my Brit word list with sarky, which is Brit slang for sarcastic, as I could never have enough of those words. ;)