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    Terrific, witty and well-written!

    Ever since "Act Like It", London Celebrities series has found a place among my favourite contemporary romance reads and this book only strengthened its position. Lucy Parker writes engaging, heartfelt stories paired with relatable, interesting and humanly flawed characters. It's a thing to cherish, really. I've been intrigued by the possibility of Sabrina and Nick since the very moment they appeared in this series. I'm a huge fan of enemies/rivals to lovers trope and this one didn't disappoint. Here we have a story of two people, one who has every right to despise the other, brought together by circumstances that force them to work as a team. But it's also a story of forgiveness and moving forward from the past. And I think that's one of the most prominent aspects of Parker's writing for me. Because while I do mostly appreciate romance books for their escapism, what I love even more is a certain authenticity...authenticity of characters and of feeling. That's something that this author nails in her stories. The focus of this particular story is, naturally, the romance between Sabrina and Nick. But parallel with the progress of their relationship, we get to see their growth as individual people. More than that, it is clear that one cannot happen without the other. To be honest, what I loved most about their relationship, was how...natural it felt; the way things progressed between them. The more time they spent together, the more they uncovered new sides of each other, and the more they knew each other, the more vulnerable they allowed themselves to be. They also made mistakes but then they learned from them and moved on, and it was all without the very unnecessary and the very annoying side drama of "if only they communicated better". There was no big fallout here before they got together "for good" and breach from this standard formula in another big fat plus in the column of reasons why I loved this book. All in all, this was a terrific book, well-written, well-paced and full of witty dialogues, totally allowing the reader to immerse themselves in London's celebrity/artistic scene. I cannot wait for more from Lucy Parker, whether it's in a form of new series, or continuation of this one.
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    Laugh Out Loud Funny!

    Headliners by Lucy Parker is book five in her London Celebrities series. Though part of a series, it reads well as a standalone. This is my first novel by this author, so I was happy to discover a fine example of contemporary romance. Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have both had recent scandals affect their reputations and careers. They’ve been bumped from their respective evening programs and slated to cohost a failing morning show. This is a tall order because their professional relationship has always been contentious, and they have no personal relationship. At least not yet. Surprisingly, Sabrina and Nick find themselves liking both the show and each other, and a saboteur only brings them closer together, allowing them to savor their budding romance. Headliners is laugh out loud funny. It’s as good as any big screen romantic comedy. I throughly enjoyed this novel and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. This is a must-read for lovers of contemporary romance. There is some explicit sexual content that may be offensive to some readers. My thanks to HARLEQUIN – Carina Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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    ~ Loved It ~ Enemies to Lovers Romance

    Headliners by Lucy Parker London Celebrities #5 Smiles and belly laughs along with warmhearted feelings visited me as I read this marvelous story. I have enjoyed every book by this author and would gladly read any she has or will ever write because they resonate with me. Excellent writing, believable characters, plots that are believable, stories I am drawn into and feel part of ~ I love this book and series and can’t wait for more. What I liked: * Sabrina – Wicked smart, good at her job, makes others feel good when she interviews them, put family first, professional and so much more * Nick – wondered at first about him at first but – wicked smart, ambitious, loves family, capable, a great partner, hot, professional and so much more * Friends to lovers is not my favorite trope but loved this one * Nick’s family – all of them – would love for his brother Iain to find a woman to be Pippi’s stepmother * The chemistry between Sabrina & Nick – on the set and off of it * The depth of the story * Everything except what I did not like… What I did not like: * The sabotaging of the morning show * The...well...hmm...can’t think of anything else ;) Did I like this book? Definitely Would I read more by this author? Without a doubt...as soon as it comes out! Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I had a difficult time reading this romance. I'm not sure if it was the pace or the characters. I felt a bit lost like things were happening fast and I couldn't keep up. The writing style was hard to follow and I didn't feel the chemistry between the two main love interest. Just couldn't get into it.
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    I hope this series never ends!

    Rating: 4.5 Stars After a scandal rocked Sabrina's family, and Nick was caught saying some unflattering things about his new boss, the two presenters were in need of an image clean-up. They were given an opportunity to rehabilitate their public persona, as well as save their jobs, by trying to resuscitate an ailing morning show. Would these enemies be able to set aside their feud in order to save their careers? I was so excited, when I heard Parker was writing a book featuring Nick and Sabrina. I loved these two in The Austen Playbook, and it was no mystery, that underneath that tension, were a lot of sparks. I am so happy, that we took this temporary detour from the stage, because Nick and Sabrina's story was nothing short of brilliant for me. When people say hate-to-love, we sometimes question that description, but I can tell you, there were a lot of bitter feelings between these two. From their competition as late night presenters to Nick revealing the Carlton family scandal to the world, there was bad blood between these two. Watching the ice slowly melt between them gave me great pleasure. The more time they spent with one another, the more layers they shed. They were able to look beyond the public persona, and really see each other, and I guess, they liked what they saw, because there was understanding, forgiveness, and the formation of an unlikely friendship. This was not instantaneous, though. It took a while for them to leave those past hurts behind, but once they did, I just could not get enough of this couple. They talked like grown ups, and they shared their concerns with one another. They became each other's person, the one they wanted to rush to, when they had good or bad news. And, gosh darn it! Parker writes the most wonderful heroes. Nick would do all these little things, which were his way of showing how much he cared for Sabrina, even before he fully acknowledged it, and it's the kind of stuff that made me swoon. Being on the show added a fun element to the story. Parker did a great job capturing all the wacky and wonderful parts of being a morning show host. I think all the disasters these two weathered on set had a lot to do with their blossoming relationship. They began supporting each other and looking out for one another, and though both their careers hinged on this show becoming a success, it was obvious they were motivated by things other than their career goals. The dog, the kid, the events we attended, Nick's mom, as well as cameos from other London Celebrities all added to my enjoyment of this wonderful book. I really hope Parker continues to expand the world of the London Celebrities, because I never want this series to end.
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