Release Date: Jan 20, 2020
Series: London Celebrities
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: Carina Press
My first Parker novel won’t be my last!
This is the fifth book in Parker’s London Celebrities series with Carina Press. Additionally, it has one of my favorite tropes, though when I did a little research about Parker’s series it appears that enemies to lovers is her speciality with multiple books in the series featuring the same trope. As they often say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and Parker highlights how good she is at the trope and creating characters to sustain it.
The story itself was easy to get roped into. With two rival television personality’s and their careers on the line. The only way Nick and Sabrina can save their jobs and future with their television network is to work on the same show together and attempt to improve the ratings. With one month to get the job done they have to put aside their differences and focus on the new morning program they are responsible.
This book is pure fun, from the banter and scathing retorts to the scandals and constant one-ups that happen. Honestly, whatever can go wrong does, from sabotaged cake to guest interviews that skim the horror stories of Sabrina and Nick’s past. It’s a never-ending question about what’s going to happen this time. The best part is how Sabrina and Nick figure out that their animosity is hiding a major case of attraction. The plot is seamless with continuous wind up of the stakes, the developing romance due to close proximity, and the way Parker allows the characters to stay true to themselves and communicate their feelings.
One thing that threw me off… the lack of big conflict for the romance aspect in the second half of the story. There’s a certain point in the book where both Sabrina and Nick really have nothing holding them back from each other, except a bunch of small problems that could be the disaster and don’t. I credit the author for pulling this off and keeping me interested. I kept waiting for the horrible thing that would split them apart, but our H/h are damn adults and proudly act like. I was satisfied and someone how a teensy big let down. Still not one hundred percent why, but I found extra respect for Nick and Sabrina in how they didn’t jump to conclusions. Preferring to have grown up conversations instead. In a way that is nearly as refreshing as the pair falling in love.
Overall, this was a great book and even though it’s set in the month of December, so technically a Christmas book, I enjoyed getting back into the spirit of the season. For readers who enjoy Lauren Layne.