Lucy Parker takes readers back to the West End theater scene with Pretty Face. Introducing two new characters, Lily and Luc—the main tropes at play here are the employer-employee relationship as well as the romance between an older man and a younger woman. The “pretty face” the title refers to is Lily Lamprey. At the start of the novel, Lily is best known for her work on Knightsbridge, a campy drama series almost akin to the worst kind of HBO series. Lily has been typecast as a seductress character throughout the entirety of her career on Knightsbridge. Her dream is to make it as a West End actress, but if Luc has his way, her career would be dead in the water.
Unlike Lainie and Richard from Act Like It, the first book in the series, the contention between Luc and Lily is not one of personalities, but of opinion. Luc doesn’t think Lily can hack it in his production and, in no uncensored terms, lets his opinion be known. Unfortunately for Luc, that opinion makes its way back to Lily and the tension builds from there. What’s nice is that we don’t spend the entire novel dwelling over a he said something and she reacts in a negative way. Instead, like it or not, Lily gets the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Luc’s production and the two are forced to coexist.