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Headliners: An Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (London Celebrities Book 5) Kindle Edition
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“Lucy Parker encapsulates just what I want in contemporary romances – witty banter, likable characters, swoonworthy moments and real emotional substance.” —All About Romance
“Once again, Parker does a wonderful job of building a relationship in a believable way. […] I continue to appreciate Parker’s skill in drawing characters who feel like real people I would want to spend time with.” —Cannonball Read
About the Author
Her interest in romantic fiction began with a pre-teen viewing of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book as well, and the rest was history. --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B07WMQ6K77
- Publisher : Carina Press; Original edition (January 20, 2020)
- Publication date : January 20, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1017 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #164,673 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her main characters remain fundamentally decent and professional though and although Nick has got some explaining to do and some relationships to heal to his credit he takes responsibility and tries to do better for Sabrina and the Carletons as well as for his friend, Griff.
This is an "enemies to lovers" book, but the enmity is not vicious and once Sabrina and Nick are on the same broadcast team and simultaneously working together to produce a good show and unearth a saboteur sparks start to fly. I love that Nick falls first and doesn't back away. This gives him to chance to work on that atonement and figure out what he really wants to do with his life. Sabrina has to work on her personal relationships too, particularly on the fractured connection with her father which was badly strained in The Austen Playbook.
This all sounds very serious, but Parker brings the humor both verbal and physical. There's a strong element of the rom-com in this book in particular with some pratfalls and a notable dunk in the Thames. Why hasn't this whole series been optioned? It would make a perfect mini-series for streaming.
The chemistry between the two leads builds slowly but when it finally lets loose...whoa!
Loved Nick and Sabrina and now with probably have to buy the audio version too because of the excellent narrator and because I really need to hear some of these scenes dramatized.
The bad: the story feels a bit disjointed and drags in places. Also, there are lots of characters from past books which is a bit disorienting if you've forgotten the previous books -- definitely read these in order. It says that it is stand alone but it is hard to follow unless you have read (and remember) the previous installments. The other problem is that there are surprising lapses in grammar which throw off the reader somewhat and are unworthy of this author.
On the whole if you are a fan of the series it is an enjoyable read but drags a a bit. If you are new to this usually excellent author, start with Act Like It.
Just as with the previous novels in this series Lucy Parker really knows how to write great dialog, characters who are not perfect but that a reader can care about, and sizzling romance. I loved that Sabrina and Nick were an interracial pair yet all of the issues they had stemmed from non racial issues. In fact, despite the saboteur at work, this was a “normal” romance…and that is how it should be. Maybe it’s not realistic to talk about issues others may have with their pairing, but truthfully? All I cared about after starting to read was that they were interesting characters and had some great dialog, and most importantly HEAT. Enough said.
So, despite seeing Nick as the bad guy in the previous novel, that one act was all we knew about him. This book allowed us to see his regrets over how that story played out. That insight totally helped me get past him screwing Sabrina and her sister Freddy over. I moved on from dislike to enamored rather quickly, exactly as the author intended. It also helped that in this novel Sabrina and Nick had a common enemy to fight. There’s nothing like banding together to fight evil that makes you think of sex! LOL.
Headliners was a ton of fun to read and I hated that it had to end. I’m trying to think of someone that this series could continue with, maybe Nick’s brother Iain? A single dad who is slightly gruff, but loves his daughter? Hmm. From my lips to the book gods (ok authors) ears in New Zealand… fingers crossed! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❣️
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review and it was honest!
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Sabrina and Nick were introduced in the last book and those pair had some history going on. I mean, Nick was a no-good dirty dog airing Sabrina’s family’s dirty laundry on his show for ratings and to give him a boost for a job he was competing against Sabrina for. He had a lot of work to do to redeem himself in my eyes, and Sabrina’s. Luckily for him, from the very start, you just know he had deep regrets about the events of the last book. It was a mistake, someone was going to do it but he shouldn’t have aired the story for a step up. He knew he had done wrong and his guilt about that was obvious. It didn’t redeem him but it meant I was willing to let him work for my forgiveness.
And Sabrina? She’s overcoming heartbreak, family drama, and now she’s fighting for her job. She’s in luck, though, because Nick opens his big mouth at the wrong time and gets in the bosses bad books so they end up having to work together on a morning breakfast show competing to stay on their network and stay employed.
At first, they hate one another and I loved that snarky banter. Hate was probably a strong word, I don’t think Nick ever hated Sabrina, but she’s certainly had a little bit of a grudge. We all know where snarky banter and hate goes in a good romance book, don’t we? These two had sparks flying all over the place and I was so ready for them to get together they were just the best. If I had been in this world I would have been all over social media shipping them hard.
And this book was funny! I was smiling so much when reading and that is definitely the kind of book we all need in our lives right now, isn’t it?