Act Like It by Lucy Parker
Acquired how: bought ebook
I feel like everyone reviewed this book a while ago and I kept meaning to get around to it, eventually. I’d look at it in my unread books queue in my kindle app and think, when I have the time, or, when I’ve finished all those other things. Well, finally I’ve read it, and it’s delightful.
A lot of romance is about the big drama and big emotions – and that’s great – but sometimes it’s also about the big misunderstandings and the yelling and chest-beating nonsense and all that really teenage stuff. Sometimes I just want people to act like adults, you know? One of the best things about this book is that Lainie and Richard do act like adults. They know what they want and go after it. When they get cross at each other it’s for good reasons and it’s neither cause for loud yelling arguments nor swept under the rug. There’s plenty of exciting things happening in this book and plenty of fun dramatic tropes but I didn’t worry that either of the main characters was going to get carried away with acting like a dickhead and ruin the fun.
Act Like It is about two theatre actors in London having to pretend to be in a relationship for PR reasons. Of course, it turns real and things get sexy and feelingsy fast. I love that trope. I never get tired of it. Of course, along the way there’s all sorts of wacky hijinks, including punch ups between silly men, unflattering gossip news articles and interpersonal drama sabotaging performances.
But while all this frivolous nonsense (of the kind I like) is going on, Lainie and Richard act like mature adults about it. Sure, they don’t have 100% of their lives sorted out. They get in moods. They make bad decisions. But through it all they felt like real people who acted appropriately for adult professionals with careers. Which is pretty great. I’m a sucker for that stuff.