Headliners + Mermaid Inn | Mini Reviews

January 28, 2020 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Headliners + Mermaid Inn | Mini Reviewsby Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 28, 2020 by Carina Press
Format: ARC
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5 Stars
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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I read  The Austen Playbook last year I was freaking out. I needed the next book in the series immediately becaues I needed to read Nick and Sabrina’s story. In romance series it’s usually okay to read books out of order, but I highly recommend at least reading The Austen Playbook before Headliners because this book is more intertwined with the other.

Headliners follows Nick and Sabrina, two tv presenters who can’t stand each other, are forced to co-host the channel’s failing morning show after falling from grace. The two characters are already feeling down about being pushed to the morning show, but are even more upset when they realize they have to work together, and that this is their last shot at keeping their jobs.

I loved this book so much, and think it’s such a great addition to the series. Nick and Sabrina are amazing, and as soon as I read about them in The Austen Playbook I was itching to read their story and see their relationship progress. Not only were Nick and Sabrina a solid couple, but when there was conflict, neither character jumped to conclusions and left the other without discussion anything. The two characters communicated and told each other how they were feeling about the situation. I loved, loved, loved reading this because one of my pet peeves in stories is when characters don’t communicate.

Overall this was such a great book and I’m glad I finally read Nick and Sabrina’s story and that it was just as great as I hoped it would be! I can’t wait to read whatever Lucy Parker writes next, in the meantime I’ll be rereading Headliners again.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Headliners + Mermaid Inn | Mini Reviewsby Jenny Holiday
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 28, 2020 by Forever
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3 Stars
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Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly).

Eve Abbott has a problem-actually, make that a lot of problems. And they're all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt's beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She's definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street...

Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He's spent the past ten years trying to forget her--to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real... before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.

Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I saw that Jenny Holiday was writing a new series, I was so excited. I loved her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series and couldn’t wait to read whatever she wrote next.

Mermaid Inn is a second chance romance and the first book in a new series set in a small coastal town. Sawyer and Eve were so in love when they were teenagers, they thought they’d have a romance that’d last their whole lives. Unfortunately something happened that tore the two apart and made Eve leave town and never want to come back. Eve is back in town after the unexpected death of her aunt, all she wants to do is get in and get out without running into Sawyer, unfortunately that’s hard to do since he’s the police chief.

I really liked the setting of this novel. Moonflower Bay gave me so many Gilmore Girls vibes. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone and there’s a lot of meddling in people’s lives. Eve is back in town after 10 years away, and everyone is doing what they can to keep her for good. Mermaid Inn was also hilarious. One of my favorite things about Jenny Holiday’s writing is her humor. I was cackling at so many parts of the book.

“Yay! Renovation with a side of exorcism, here we come!”

One thing that took away some enjoyment from the book for me was that I couldn’t really connect with either of the characters as much as I wanted to. I enjoyed reading about Eve and Sawyer and was rooting for them to finally get back together, but there wasn’t that connection that I’ve gotten with other couples in Holiday’s books which bummed me out.

Overall this was a funny novel, and I can’t wait to continue with the series and get to know Matchmaker Bay and it’s residents better!

One response to “Headliners + Mermaid Inn | Mini Reviews

  1. I love all of Parker’s books, and Headliners was a hit for me as well. I thought Nick and Sabrina were a great pairing, but I really adored Nick. Parker had him doing the sweetest, most thoughtful things, and she gave a great family too.

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