This takes place in the same world as Act Like It. I wasn't quite as into it as I was Act Like It, but it was still pretty good.
Lily Lamprey is the illegitimate daughter of a singer and a rich club owner married to a politician. She's got a pretty face (duh) and actual brains, but between her voice (I get the impression that she's a British Marilyn Monroe) and the fact that she came to be famous for playing a slutty bimbo on a soap opera, people aren't too impressed by her. When director Luc Savage is asked to consider her for the role of Queen Elizabeth I in a new play, he's distinctly unthrilled. But upon actually watching her, he does concur that there's something there--but she's gonna need voice lessons.
Even though there's a bit of mean snark upon their meeting at first, Luc and Lily are pretty much an inexplicable insta-love sort of couple. Which may be fun for them but is a little hard to portray in a book, I suspect. They get along pretty well from early on and are fond of each other--but of course there's reasons for them not to get involved like work, tabloids, age difference, family history, the fact that Luc's amiable ex Margo just got cast in the play (though Margo is totally cool and nice), etc. However, literally Everyone Can See It when they are together, so trying to not get involved doesn't last very long. I guess they'll just have to deal with the consequences.
I will say that I did enjoy that there wasn't really an inevitable third act breakup sort of experience in this one. Some bad news for Lily happens on the night of her premiere, Luc has an ethical dilemma about whether or not to let her know before or after the show, but it's very reasonably explained, and Lily ends up finding out and making her own decision. It was handled well. Luc makes a pretty good boyfriend from the getgo and is nice to Lily even though he has a rep for not being like that. And he's good at apologizing. There's some snark and entertainment going on, so yay there.
Though I'll be honest: I preferred Richard and Lainie, and their cameo appearance at the same party Lily is at was pure comedy gold, with both of them making insulting remarks around the other one and then sorta-kinda-apologizing, but it's all in fun. It's got to be quite a thing for people who don't know what they're like as a couple to see them together.
Anyway... three and a half stars. Still pretty good, but my mind wasn't quite blown. Ah well.