Romantic Comedy Recap 4.11.18
Pretty Face by Lucy Parker tells the story of Lily Lamprey and Luc Savage. Lily is an actress on a mediocre soap opera, but is trying to break onto the stage and auditions for Luc’s new production. As Lily has a voice more like Marilyn Monroe and less appropriate for an Elizabethan drama, Luc is ready to dismiss her based on her looks and voice, but sees something in her audition that intrigues him. However, as they start rehearsals, they find themselves wildly attracted to each other, but as Luc is considerably older than Lily and is her boss, they try to refrain from any physical contact. Easier said than done. I am normally not a fan of a romance between an older man and a younger woman, but Luc and Lily proved me wrong. The attraction is steamy, but the friendship between the two is the heart of the story. Even though they are ridiculously hot for each other, they both want to be there for each other as friends. Luc has always had a strictly professional relationship with his cast and crew, with the exception of his actress ex-girlfriend Margo, who he basically treated as just another member of the cast despite an eight-year relationship. So when Lily comes along, he scrambles to keep his personal life separate from the play. At the same time, Lily is determined to be taken seriously as a theatre actress and does not want to feel like she slept her way to her role, especially since her role on Knightsbridge is quite sexual. But the two of them together make it work, but not without huge road bumps along the way. I loved Lily and Luc and hope they make an appearance in Parker’s third book in the series. Also I could not love Luc’s parents more; Celie and Cameron Savage are adorable, and I want to parent like they do. Lucy Parker’s secondary characters are amazing. The whole Savage family is precious, and I would like to be invited to their house for tea one day.
The Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren is very popular among the romance world, and while everyone seems to really love Chloe and Bennett from Beautiful Bastard, my heart belongs to Max and Sara, and probably more so to Will and Hanna. Beautiful Stranger is Max and Sara’s story. Max is a British venture capitalist playboy living in New York, who picks up Sara at a club. Sara has just moved to town to work with her best friend Chloe and her fiancé, Bennett. She also just ended a six year long relationship with a public figure and is looking forward to a fresh new start with a new job in a new city. Spoiler alert, she keeps running into Max, who went to university with Bennett. Max and Sara are extremely attracted to one another, but Sara’s fears of being in the public eye mean that any time they spend together is going to be on her terms. So they strike up an unusual deal: every Friday they can meet for some sexy times in a public place. (Just a little warning that this series is very heavy on the descriptions on the sexy times, so if that is not your cup of tea, you may want to refrain.) Despite the blush-worthy scenes, I found myself rooting for Sara to get over her fears and insecurities and dive right into a real relationship with Max. Max is used to a certain way of life, but when he meets Sara, he realizes she is exactly who he wants and needs in his life. Their relationship is super sweet and sexy. Also as the series goes on, I feel like all Max has to do is sneeze on Sara and bam, she’s pregnant. But I love that their love story just gets better and better even with 4 kids under 4 by the end of the series.
The third book in the Beautiful Bastard series is Beautiful Player, Will and Hanna’s story. I actually read this first because I am a sucker for a friends with benefits situation that ultimately leads to love and marriage. Hanna Bergstrom, a grad student in biomolecular engineering, has no social life until her older brother Jensen suggests she call Will, Jensen’s best friend and college roommate, to meet up and get out more. Will Sumner is a super sexy scientist-turned-venture capitalist who doesn’t know what to make of Hanna when he reconnects with her. She was always just Ziggy to her family and to him, but now she is a grown woman and he can’t be attracted to Jensen’s little sister, can he? Spoiler alert, he can, and it’s amazing. Hanna and Will start spending more time together, running in the mornings, and Will is her social life coach. Then at a party with Hanna’s grad student classmates, they have a moment (or several), and their relationship quickly turns into a friends-with-benefits situation. Yet when the two of them start to fall for each other, they both muck it up by not owning up to their feelings. Will’s player lifestyle and Hanna’s naiveté both cause some heartbreak, but luckily, they work through it. I fell in love with Will and Hanna almost immediately. Hanna has no filter and says whatever she thinks, even when that doesn’t bode well for her in social situations. And Will. Sigh. He is a science nerd, used to play in a band, and is smoking hot. I rest my case. Out of the Beautiful Bastard boys, Will is my top pick, and Hanna is so incredibly her own person that I found myself with a huge girl crush.
If you are looking for good, romantic (and steamy) comedies, I definitely recommend these three books. And if you like these, then you’re in luck because they are all part of series.