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Review ❤️ Headliners by Lucy Parker

January 20, 2020


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.

Release Date: Jan 20, 2020
Series: London Celebrities
Book: 5
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Harlequin 
Imprint: Carina Press
Price: $4.99


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.

~ Landra

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