Series: London Celebrities #5
Author: Lucy Parker
Release date: 20th January 2020
Main characters: Sabrina Carlton, presenter and sister of stage actor Freddie Carlton; Nick Davenport, her competition, a very popular presenter and javelin-sized thorn in her side.
He might be the sexiest man in London, according to his fan site (which he definitely writes himself), but he’s also the most arrogant man she’s ever met.
She might have the longest legs he’s ever seen, but she also has the sharpest tongue.
For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together—but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.
With their reputations on the rocks, Sabrina and Nick have one last chance to save their careers. If they can resurrect a sinking morning show, they’ll still have a future in television. But with ratings at an all-time low and a Christmas Eve deadline to win back the nation’s favor, the clock is ticking—and someone on their staff doesn’t want them to succeed.
Small mishaps on set start adding up, and Sabrina and Nick find themselves–quelle horreur—working together to hunt down the saboteur…and discovering they might have more in common than they thought. When a fiery encounter is caught on camera, the public is convinced that the reluctant cohosts are secretly lusting after one another.
The public might not be wrong.
Their chemistry has always been explosive, but with hate turning to love, the stakes are rising and everything is on the line. Neither is sure if they can trust these new feelings…or if they’ll still have a job in the New Year.
Why you should read it: I truly ADORE this series! The whole enemies-to-lovers trope often has varying degrees of success in books, but this series is solid and consistently entertaining! It’s so smart and the dialogue and narrative arc kept me reading avidly.
Sabrina and Nick have been circling each other for years and their professional rivalry has kept them in each other’s orbit. Now they have to work together, things are about to get interesting! The chemistry between Sabrina and Nick is very much the slow burn. Once they start thawing out, you really see them develop as people. I loved them together. They really brought out the best in each other, as well as maintaining the verbal sparring that kept it from getting too sweet and overly-romantic.
What you may not like: Not a darn thing! It was pitch perfect. Punctuated by the magic of the season, with a side of professional intrigue, and some much loved characters from earlier in the series – what more could you ask for?
Rating: easy peasy – 5/5 stars for a smart, sexy and real romance. If by any chance you’re new to this series, I urge you to give it as chance! You won’t regret it.