I received this book for free from Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Making Up by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Published by Carina Press on May 28, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Author of Act Like It and Pretty Face Lucy Parker returns readers to the West End, where it’s fireworks onstage and off in a sexy enemies-to-lovers showdown.
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.
From her very first book, Act Like It, Lucy Parker’s romances have been favorites of mine. So I was pretty excited to read her third book, Making Up. Although I liked her other two books more, Making Up is still totally amazing.
Making Up is about Trix, a circus artist, who is currently in a popular West End production in a supporting role, and Leo, a makeup artist. Leo and Trix have known each other since they were young, but don’t get along. Trix is less than pleased when she learns that Leo will be joining the crew. Trix is also stunned to suddenly have the lead role in the production. Of course, although Leo and Trix are bickering like crazy, they both have some strong feelings for each other.
Trix is a complicated heroine, and I will admit sometimes I struggled with her. She is very well developed, but she’s going through some tough times. It was difficult to see Trix struggle, but it was also so good see Trix work through those things. Although I was frustrated with Trix, she is clearly a kind person, who is dealing with some heavy stuff and trying to get her confidence back.
Leo, however, totally stole my heart. I just loved him from almost the beginning. He’s had a setback in his career, but he’s doing the best he can to fix things. Leo is just so dependable, whether he’s dealing with his younger, bitchy sister or helping Trix. Oh, and he is petsitting his sister’s hedgehog, which is totally adorable. I am always a sucker for dependable, kind and capable heroes, and that is Leo to a T.
Lucy Parker writes great romance, and I was so on board for Trix and Leo to figure things out. Bickering enemies to lovers is always a fun trope, and it’s done really well in Making Up. I loved both of them together, and sometimes just wanted Trix to get out of her head enough to realize Leo was perfect for her. I also loved that Leo was happy to change his dreams so he could stay with Trix.
Making Up by Lucy Parker was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary romance. You really can’t go wrong with a Lucy Parker book.