Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Headliners by Lucy Parker

Sparks fly when two feuding TV presenters are thrown together to host a live morning show in Lucy Parker’s latest enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance.

He might be the sexiest man in London, according to his fan site (which he definitely writes himself), but he’s also the most arrogant man she’s ever met.

She might have the longest legs he’s ever seen, but she also has the sharpest tongue.

For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together—but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.

With their reputations on the rocks, Sabrina and Nick have one last chance to save their careers. If they can resurrect a sinking morning show, they’ll still have a future in television. But with ratings at an all-time low and a Christmas Eve deadline to win back the nation’s favor, the clock is ticking—and someone on their staff doesn’t want them to succeed.

Small mishaps on set start adding up, and Sabrina and Nick find themselves—quelle horreur—working together to hunt down the saboteur… and discovering they might have more in common than they thought. When a fiery encounter is caught on camera, the public is convinced that the reluctant cohosts are secretly lusting after one another.

The public might not be wrong.

Their chemistry has always been explosive, but with hate turning to love, the stakes are rising and everything is on the line. Neither is sure if they can trust these new feelings… or if they’ll still have a job in the New Year.

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Book 5
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Carina Press – Harlequin

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the fifth book in the series, and runs on directly from the revelations of book #4, where Sabrina's grandmother's plagiarism was uncovered and revealed to the world... by Nick.

I am really enjoying this series of interlinked stories based in London theatre and TV world. It is fun, cheeky, and makes some interesting points which may make us think a little more carefully before making assumptions.

Due to a merger and an ownership change, Nick and Sabrina find that they are being forced out of their evening shows and into a joint morning news show. Not really either of their styles, and certainly not together – the setup is perfect for forcing these two independent souls to have to work collaboratively, and as it turns out a saboteur who is trying to destroy them both. As possible culprits and previous enemies come out of the woodwork, suddenly Nick and Sabrina need to work hard to keep their jobs and to stay safe. Whether they can also keep their hearts is another matter entirely.

This is a real slow, slow burn, but it is hugely entertaining. Another excellent addition to the series, thank you, Lucy Parker.

I have read most of the previous books in Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities series and have thoroughly enjoyed each one! Headliners takes place right after The Austen Playbook (book #4) by Parker and follows Sabrina Carlton and her co-host, Nick Davenport. Having to co-host a failing morning show with Nick is possibly the last thing Sabrina would choose to do if she had any choice, but if they want to save their careers they’re going to have to find a way to stand each other’s company.

I have always been impressed by the way that Parker so effortlessly brings the West End to life in her books and I was equally impressed with the shift from the theater to the TV entertainment world. Personally, I think having read the previous book in this series was helpful into understanding a little more into the backstory, but this book can be read as a standalone. However, having read the previous book, it was such a delight to be able to see old characters pop back up throughout Parker’s book.

Headliners was a bit of a slower start for me, but once I got going, I was fully invested in this enemies-to-lovers story! I still think the previous book, The Austen Playbook, has been my favorite in this series, but all in all another charming addition to the London Celebrities series by Lucy Parker.

Also Available in the London Celebrities Series

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Pretty Face post.

Book 3
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Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Carina Press

For reviews & more info, check out our Making Up post.

Book 4
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our The Austen Playbook post.

Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes and vineyards. She has a degree in art history, loves museums and art galleries, and doodles unrecognizable flowers when she has writer’s block.

When she’s not writing, working or sleeping, she happily tackles the towering pile of to-be-read books that never gets any smaller. Thankfully, there’s always another story waiting.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a preteen viewing of Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book, as well. A family friend introduced her to Georgette Heyer, and the rest was history.

She loves to talk to other readers and writers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker to read and review.

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