Series: London Celebrities #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 28, 2018 by Carina UK (Harlequin)
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Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser.
To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.
When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.
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Before Making Up I’d not read anything by Lucy Parker, and now I’m wondering why I waited so long. I enjoyed this romance so, so much. It was sweet, and not filled with some of the things that irk me in most romance novels.
Right from the start I loved the setting. Trix is an acrobat in a show similar to Cirque du Soleil. I haven’t read a book with this setting in a while, and I thought it was done so well. The characters actually had to go to work and practice, and spend a lot of their time at the theater.
The story was also hate to love, which I LOVE. I was surprised at how quickly the two characters became a thing, but it was refreshing reading a book where they were in a relationship for most of the book. They also communicated when they were having problems! One of my biggest issues with romance novels is that the love interests don’t communicate, and so many problems arise from that. Instead of fighting and storming off, or quietly leaving because they want to protect the other person, they talk about what’s wrong and what they want to do to fix it.
This novel is technically the third in the series, but as with many romance novels, it can be read as a standalone without any issue. There were a few mentions of characters I presume are in the first two books in the series, but it was still easy to follow along with the storyline.
I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read Parker’s books before, but I know that I’m about to go buy her other novels and binge read them!