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Act Like It
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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A sharp-witted heroine and an infuriating-but-swoon-worthy leading man bring down the house in this utterly charming contemporary romance debut from Lucy ParkerThis just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine GrahamRichard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?75,000 words
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Verity
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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I wrote a post on my blog this week about enemies to lovers romances and now I think I might need to reread this! And it seems to have a new edition in the UK with a swish new cover!

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suvata
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Just when you think this British romance may not be for you, in walks a Mr. Darcy-type character and you‘re hooked. Richard and Lainie are actors in the same play. Richard‘s popularity is declining because of his real life snarky, sarcastic attitude. The play organizers decide to set up a fake romance between the two in hopes of raising Richard‘s ratings. One thing leads to another and the fake romance turns into the real thing.

CarolynM Great review. I've just downloaded it🙂 2y
suvata @CarolynM 👍🏻 2y
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dylanisreading
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One of my favorite contemporaries is on sale for $1.99!

#romantsy

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ElectricKatyLand
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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Fake relationship turns into true love. A sulky actor with a bad reputation is forced into a pretend romance with his co-star in an effort to rehabilitate his image. It works a little too well.

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xicanti
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I stayed up until the wee hours last night because ACT LIKE IT was too good to put down. Lainie and Richard have a fabulous good girl/asshole dynamic, and Parker lets their relationship play out organically. The reader discovers how well matched they are at the same pace they themselves do. The results are DELIGHTFUL. I snickered a LOT.

The book isn‘t total sunshine and sparkles, though. Suicide, cancer, and assault all play a role.

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xicanti
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I stopped off for a Friday afternoon cappuccino and a bit of a read. ACT LIKE IT is great so far! I like Lainie a lot and I‘m eager to learn what Richard‘s deal is.

writerlibrarian I just love this book to pieces. 🙂 3y
xicanti @writerlibrarian Lucy Parker is wonderful! 3y
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xicanti
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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I decided I couldn‘t face a faux-Victorian sensation novel after such a cold, miserable day, so I‘m gonna read some contemporary stuff. And unfortunately, I‘m gonna do it under my winter comforter, because it now gets too frickin cold at night.

(Also, this is your periodic reminder that my comments are the wrong venue for your cold-love. Seriously. I get that you‘re rooting for your own comfort, not my discomfort, but it doesn‘t belong HERE.)

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Maria514626
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I fInished a book during the #readathon! 🎉 Quite a fun read. A solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

MarriedtoMrT She‘s probably my current favorite contemporary romance author. 3y
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howjessicareads
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1. This whole series is really fun!
2. Spider-Man: Far From Home (so cute!)
3. Corn on the cob
4. Around 18 first cousins. Approximately 57 million second ones.
5. Sorry I‘m a day late in participating in my own thing! 🤦🏼‍♀️ Yesterday was super busy. (In a good way.) 🙂 Off to like a bunch of posts now! #friyayintro

SilversReviews This one looks fun. I‘m going to do it 4 weeks late. LOL!! 3y
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Maria514626
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This book! So many fabulous lines! #24in48

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Maria514626
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Decided to splurge at the library today. I made a red velvet bundt last weekend. Now all I want to do is bake. 😂 #lovemylibrary

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balletbookworm
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I really enjoyed this fake relationship plot btw a good-natured, publicly-minded actress (Lainie) and a grouchy, patrician, git of an actor (Richard) who have to start appearing to be an item so ticket sales for the play they‘re in won‘t tank. So much good banter and a look inside the theatre world of West End London. I liked how Richard softens but doesn‘t entirely lose his “people are insufferable” vibe while Lainie gets a bit of an edge to her.

balletbookworm I kept imagining Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as the main characters. 😻 4y
balletbookworm Also, bro actors are the worst 4y
writerlibrarian I love this book... love Lucy ... my Richard is Richard Armitage.. really... https://images.app.goo.gl/5A6mMa6NupMCn5Bb6 4y
balletbookworm @writerlibrarian see, Mr Armitage is Griff from book 4 for me with a blonde wig (or he can just wear his own hair). I went to Matthew bc he was Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley and was such a good snobby, moneyed git for about 2/3 until he got his head out of his backside 4y
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beyondbookish
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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Happy Sunday 🙂 #currentlyreading

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writerlibrarian
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

#anglophileapril #rumorhasit
@Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi

Mdargusch Good pick! 🇬🇧 4y
emilyhaldi Sounds spicy 🔥 4y
Cinfhen I haven‘t read too much contemporary romance...possible prompt for #booked2020 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft ??? #ValentinesDay 4y
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Reviewsbylola Great picture! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft Can I read some Tiffany Reisz for that??? She writes BDSM erotica that doesn‘t make my skin crawl. (edited) 4y
Cinfhen Well you went and took it to erotica, huh @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just said contemporary romance 😜 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I know ... but ... inquiring minds want to know ... 🤪 4y
writerlibrarian This thread of comments made my morning. 🙏🤣🤣🤣 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @writerlibrarian I‘m so glad!! 🤣🤣😍😍 4y
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intothehallofbooks
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So cute! A fake relationship #romantsy set in the world of the London theater, which is a lot of fun. Richard is a broody actor who had been getting some negative press lately. Lainie is one of those perpetually happy types that is cast with him in a production that isn‘t selling very well. They‘re coerced into faking their relationship, and the story is basically as one would expect. Low angst! (Reviewers call Richard “Darcy-esque” and I agree😍)

ScientistSam I discovered Lucy Parker this past year and absolutely love her! This is my favorite but can't wait to read her new one coming out. Have you read any of her others? 4y
intothehallofbooks @ScientistSam I haven‘t yet! But I have them and I think I may start the second one in the next few days. This one was really cute!! 4y
dylanisreading Guh! Act Like It is one of my faves. 4y
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cornfedwellread
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I don't normally read romance (aside from Sophie Kinsella), but I bought this one after hearing about it on an NPR podcast and being interested by the theater aspect. Enjoyed the characters quite a bit, though the plot wasn't as compelling for me as stories in other genres tend to be. I'll likely continue with the rest of the series at some point. #romancy #slowreadersclub

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writerlibrarian
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#Londoncalling #marchintothe70s
Now it's a quartet of smart rom com in London art/theater/tv scene. I loved the first three and soon #4 will be mine. It's out in April. Can't wait. Lucy Parker writes smart, funny, sassy stories.
@Cinfhen @Lizpixie

Cinfhen Looks like lots of fun and maybe a little bit of steam ?!?!? 😉😍 4y
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Tameeka
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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🍭 Brain Candy 🍭 craving fulfilled.

Even if I didn‘t get why this simile was necessary 🤷🏾‍♀️
“He greeted her companion with a nod and a handshake - the posh gent‘s version of rappers raising their chins and bumping fists...”

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ScientistSam
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I may have found a new #blamesitonlitsy favorite! I read this warm, sweet contemporary and loved the characters (who actually talk to each other to resolve their issues, gasp!) and the dialogue. 5⭐
#romantsy

Dragon Loved this one too. So happy you mentioned the second book. 👍🐉 4y
ScientistSam @dragon yay, I'm so happy I reminded you there were more! 4y
Mc_cart_ny Loved this one!! 4y
ScientistSam @Mc_cart_ny have you read her other books? 4y
Mc_cart_ny @ScientistSam I've read Pretty Face but not the third one yet, really need to get on that! 4y
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writerlibrarian
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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Every time I get to rec Lucy Parker is a joy. I took out my Yesterday and Today Vinyl copy where you can find “Act Naturally”. #heyjune
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rabbitprincess I love John's face on this cover 😂 5y
Cinfhen LOVE this post ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
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Beckys_Books
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Mehso-so

An actor and actress pretending to be an item to save his moody reputation. Not steamy enough for me. I admit I like my romance a little more physical.

sammisho Same! Ain't no shame in that, girlfriend! 5y
theresidentromantic If you're reading a fantasy, you should expect dragons. If you're reading about romance, why settle for anything less? :) 5y
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AisPM
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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I loved this! A cute fun book about 2 theatre actors being kind of forced into pretending to date for PR reasons and feelings change....I also loved that the book is mostly set in London #MarchBooks #romance #fakerelationship

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AisPM
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So far in enjoying this book 💜🌌💫 #theatre #romance

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writerlibrarian
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Smart rom-com that celebrates being an adult, being smart, standing up for yourself with humour and sass. Makes me want to raise my fist and shout “ I'm good, just watch me!” #happinessisresistance #🎉

dylanisreading So good! 5y
writerlibrarian @Bianca I know. 😁 I have still to find another book with adults being adults and be fun and hot. 5y
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Batman
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writerlibrarian
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Because this romcom fake relationship made me laugh out loud and made me laugh at the clever references sprinkled all through the story. This one made me laugh at a time I really needed it. Recommended if romance sprinkled with smart and humor is your jam. #survivingdecember #wanttolaugh

dylanisreading Loved this book! Such a delight. 5y
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brandymuses
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1. Act Like It by Lucy Parker
2. I can‘t watch book tubers for the same reason I can‘t do audiobooks or podcasts. People talking at me stresses me out.
3. Lord Peter Wimsey
4. See #2
5. 💨
#friyayintro

benchley1 I've only watched the Peter whimsey series, I need to read them 5y
brandymuses @benchley1 The books are so good. The ones with Harriet are my favorites. 5y
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Chachic
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Personalized copies are the best!🙌

#romantsy #signed #booksanddessert

LeahBergen Yes, they are. 😍 5y
GatheringBooks awesome! 5y
Chachic @LeahBergen Never gets old 💖 5y
Chachic @GatheringBooks Extremely awesome 🙌 5y
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Dragon
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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This was a lovely #blameitonLitsy #romantsy ebook. A fun romance between actors on the London stage. I kept picturing Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard the grumpy star of the production. Lainie is asked to pretend date Richard for publicity purposes only? Predictable but engaging👍

Chachic One of my favorite contemporary romance! 💕 5y
readinginthedark This sounds fun! 5y
Dragon Thanks @Chachic I loved the London theatre setting 💕 5y
Dragon Thanks @readinginthedark it was fun and a quick read and it was on sale at the iBook store 👍😀 5y
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maximoffs
Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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Get ready for reviews because I AM BACK.
This book was seriously so cute and sweet and I couldn't get enough of it. It took me a bit to get through it only because when you're on the struggle bus. A good romance without it being erotica, fun. And would highly recommend.

jpmcwisemorgan Welcome back! 5y
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Iindseyo
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Don't mind me, just over here reading romance like it's my job! I read both of these in a day apiece because I can't resist a grumpy hero with a heart of gold. 😍#romantsy

Jas16 Loved these! 5y
Mc_cart_ny I loved Act Like It!! But haven't gotten Pretty Face yet. 5y
Chachic I love @LucyParker's books! Can't wait to read the third one in this series. 5y
EloisaJames Two of my absolute favorites from this year!! 5y
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howjessicareads
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That moment when you read so many books in June that you need two collages. 🙈😝

Highlights were a reread of Persuasion, The Wright Brothers, the Chronicles of St. Mary's, and Lucy Parker's two books.

(2/2) #juneinreview #monthinreview

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dylanisreading
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This is yummy so far. So well written. Also it counts for the heroine smells like food item square for #therippedbodicebingo ! #romantsy

LauraBrook I wish I could find a reasonably priced copy of this, it looks so good! 6y
dylanisreading @LauraBrook I checked out the audiobook from my library through Hoopla. How much is the ebook? I was actually thinking about getting my own copy to go back to go to in the future. That's how much I like it so far. 6y
LauraBrook @Bianca Just checked and kindle version is $3! Sold! I was looking at physical copies before ( which are now $8, grrrr), and I couldn't find one for under $30, even a couple of months ago. 6y
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dylanisreading @LauraBrook Yay! Yeah what's with paperback prices these days? It can be prohibitively expensive. 6y
Chachic One of my favorite contemporary romance! 💖 6y
dylanisreading @Chachic I finished it yesterday. It was really good! 6y
Chachic It really is one of the best contemporary romance I've read.🙌 6y
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howjessicareads
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This was so good! A London-based romance with a heroine with an actual personality and no clinically detailed sexy scenes! Yay!

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howjessicareads
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I'm supposed to be running a ton of errands while my kids are at art camp this morning. But I'm taking a few minutes to sneak a chapter here and there between stops. 🙂

Nat_Reads I want to go to art camp!! I went to the gym today. Woo....hoo.... 6y
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YouBookMe
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So it turns out that Elle Pierson is actually the pen name of Lucy Parker, whose wonderful #romance novels (Act Like It and Pretty Face) I adore! Artistic License (available at Amazon and Smashwords) is definitely going to the top of my May #TBR! 📚

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Chachic
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Act Like It by @LucyParker for today's #RomBkLove because it has two of my favorite tropes: enemies to lovers (or love-hate relationship) and pretend relationships.💖 This romance set in West End is one of my favorites, and I'm looking forward to more from this author! #romantsy

YouBookMe I love Act Like It! Have you read Pretty Face? It's also great! 6y
JazzFeathers Thst's sn awesome pic. Where is this? 6y
Chachic @YouBookMe Yep, I read a review copy of Pretty Face but got swamped with work so haven't been able to write a review.😔 I loved it thought! She has another book published under a different name: Artistic License by Elle Pierson. 6y
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YouBookMe @Chachic Ooh I didn't realize she published under another name! I'll definitely track that down ASAP. Thanks!! 6y
Chachic @JazzFeathers It's in a place called Capitol Theater here in Singapore.😉 I thought it would be a good fit for the West End setting of the book. 6y
Chachic @YouBookMe I only found out about it when she mentioned it on Twitter.😄 It's set in New Zealand. 6y
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thec0zy
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A philanthropic actress is talked into faux-dating one of her co-stars to improve his cantankerous public image. Slowly but surely the ice between the two melts into a sassy and happy romance. I loved the banter between the two and the realistic look at how people relate to others in a relationship. It made me so happy!
#romantsy #chaosandordermuppets #crankynobles

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leslieisreading
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This book was everything I love in a contemporary romance. Smart and funny with a competent and witty heroine. Tons of chemistry and lots of verbal sparring. There was a modern day Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy dynamic between the two main characters, and it worked wonderfully. I stayed up too late to finish this last night, and I was grinning like a fool most of the time. I'd heard nothing but raves for this book, and it lived up to the hype. #romantsy

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leslieisreading
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All of the books on my immediate TBR are books I own in physical form, but I'm on a train for a quick trip and traveling super light, which means e-reader. I'm well stocked in ebooks. Decided to go for this contemporary romance that I keep hearing raves about.

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Mc_cart_ny
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Oops! Forgot to post my #monthlystats for March a few days ago...

JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏❤️🌹📚🌺🌸🌷🏅🎖🥇 6y
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Courtnsnack
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Pickpick

A cute romance, epecially with the theatre element. At first, I really didn't think I would like the male love interest, but he grew on me and I came to love the relationship between the protagonists.

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ImAnAdult
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Doing it.

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Mc_cart_ny
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Only two chapters in and already one Doctor Who reference and one P&P reference! #romantsy

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meichner87
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Reread. A fun contemporary romance with a theater setting! The set up is one that's tough to pull off, but I think Parker managed it.

brandymuses I liked this when I read it, but liked it even more the second time. 6y
Chachic Sounds like I should reread this too.😄 6y
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meichner87
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Noooooooooooo. #byronwatch #shutupbyron (Context: my librarian book club hates Byron and now he's everywhere. Like, maybe haunting us.)

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