Book: Making Up
Series: London Celebrities #3
Author: Lucy Parker
Release date: 28 May 2018
Main characters: Beatrix Lane, talented aerialist and thorn in the side to Leo Magasiva. Leo is a brilliantly talented make-up artist, who has recently suffered a slight career set back.
She grimaced. “You’re like a less particular version of Beetlejuice,” she said flatly. “I don’t even need to say your name. One passing thought and you materialise out of nowhere.”
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.
Why you should read it: I loved this book! The series is pretty amazing actually – if you enjoyed the acerbic wit of Pretty Face, then I think you’ll enjoy Trix and Leo’s story too. For me, it started quite slowly, and I didn’t know what to expect. Then, as soon as Trix and Leo interacted, it was fireworks! They are like Beatrice and Benedick, Taylor and Burton! The barbs are sharp and had me cracking up in places! Their chemistry was palpable and I was glad with how they dealt with their issues – they were the perfect balance to each other.
There are some pretty important themes in the book too. Trix is dealing with anxiety, and the fact that her confidence in her own abilities has been knocked quite significantly. Seeing her evolve as a character was very satisfying – and the role Leo plays in looking at his own life too, was interesting. And most importantly, realistic.
What you may not like: It did start a little slowly for me, slower than perhaps I’m used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and the characters. I think you will too.
Rating: 4/5 for a well written, sexy and funny story that really spoke to me. Feel the fear – but do it anyway!