This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theater’s Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham…
Richard 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?
Rating: Narration – B+; Content – A-
Lucy Parker’s début romance, Act Like It has been on my radar since one of my fellow reviewers at All About Romance rated it very highly at the end of last year. As often happens, I never find the time to squeeze in all the books I want to read alongside the ones on my review TBR, so I pounce on them when and if they come out in audio format instead. Set among the world of West End Theatre, Act Like It is a thoroughly enjoyable, feel-good Rom Com which revolves around the fake relationship engineered between a bad-boy actor and his likeable, popular co-star. It’s well put-together, there’s plenty of wry humour and digs at celebrity culture; and although the author isn’t British (she’s a New Zealander) her English is idiomatic so that the whole feel of the story – language, tone and rhythm – is naturally British and not located three thousand miles West of Galway Bay.
Byronically handsome star of the West End stage Richard Troy has recently been living up to his bad-boy image rather too much for the liking of his agent, his publicist and the manager of the theatre where he’s currently performing. Never one to suffer fools gladly, the gossip columns gleefully report that his latest tantrum involved a shouting match with a notable chef and a full-scale offensive on the tableware at a posh London restaurant – and there comes a point at which the public’s good will towards the antics of a likeable jack-the-lad turns into dislike. And Richard has passed it. Although he is undoubtedly a hugely talented actor, his reputation is causing a drop in bums-on-seats, so it’s time for a concerted PR campaign to try to restore some of the good faith his recent behaviour has lost.