#ReleaseChanger: “The Austen Playbook” – Lucy Parker

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2VeD6cW
Released Today: The Austen Playbook is 4th book in this series of interconnected standalones. Cameo appearances by a smattering of previous MCs from prior books but genuinely can standalone.
I love Lucy Parker’s voice. Her wit and understanding of people is exquisite.
Griff is a Grumpy Theatre Critic & carrying the weight of the seeming money pit of a historic House, passed down through the generations. His spendthrift parents & sibling adding to that burden.
Freddy (Frederica) is trapped by other people’s expectations, mostly her Father’s. She has a legacy in “Serious theatre” to uphold, whereas her heart is drawn to Comedy & Musicals.
They’d interacted before, with Griff’s take on Freddy’s performance being dry but truthful. So we start with an Enemies to Lovers feel. However, once they start to interact, they’re definitely overcome with Pants Feelings!
This book take both our main characters on a journey of revelation, about themselves, about their place in their families & their respective worlds. Their journey towards an acceptable of themselves and their feelings for each other feels balanced, neither one of them hog’s the limelight. They challenge and support each other through the pain of their individual growth and they are the catalyst for each other’s changes.
It felt like a very grown-up romance, un-contrived & featuring internal and external conflicts requiring resolution.
I loved it.
**ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review, I’d already preordered prior to ARC approval**

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“Judgment Road” – Christine Feehan

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I think this must be a spin off. There were several instances where references were made to other characters/situations/place with a casualness that assumed we knew who they were. I found myself confused as to whether this was supposed to be a paranormal/supernatural book, because the “special skills” the Torpedo Ink members exhibited were kinda supernatural, but if they are then it’s not explained well. If they’re not supernatural, there felt like a disconnect as to how their special skills were discovered. The Hero was the wrong kind of Alpha for me and the heroine flip flopped between bad ass and meek. I was super excited to get this ARC from Net Galley; Christine Feehan is a name I’ve seen around and this seemed right up my alley. Turned out to be a swing and a miss.