REVIEW :: 5 Stars for Painted Faces by LH Cosway

Posted January 3, 2015 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!

REVIEW :: 5 Stars for Painted Faces by LH CoswayPainted Faces Series: Painted Faces #1
Also in this series: Killer Queen
on 12/16/2012
Pages: 355


Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn't have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she's around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn't know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains some strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

Beautifully unique, this will make you think!
Let me start by saying this is another one of those books that I had on my TBR list for a long time.  I added this July of 2013 because I saw an author whom I admire, rave about it.  Eventually I purchased it and moved it from my TBR wish list, to my library.  Where it sat, waiting for my schedule to clear and me to get my head out of my a$$ and read it.

I am glad I did remove said head and clear my schedule because this was an amazing book.  Beautifully written, I was drawn in from the start.  I experienced so many emotions while reading this that I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride.  This was such a unique read and was obviously unlike anything I had ever read before which is a HUGE plus for me.  I love when I get to experience something different!  Something just outside of the norm that makes you think and feel at the same time it makes you swoon.  This book did that for me.

“Human Begins don’t always fit into a box the way you want them to.”

A story about a boy who desperately needed love, turning into a tormented man searching for the same.  Nicholas’s story was difficult to read it was heartbreaking at best.  But somehow, this author healed my heart as she healed his.

“When you’re passionate about something, you don’t mind suffering a little discomfort.”

What I found endearing about Nicholas was he was “completely unapologetic for his actions.  He is who he is, you can either take it or leave it.”  Now if that isn’t a life lesson, I do not know what is!  Even while he was drowning he was swimming just above the surface because he maintained who he was.  That strength kept him afloat.

Freda was a heroine who I would LOVE to have as a friend.  She was forthcoming, not judgmental and a blast to be with. She accepted people for who they were, flaws and all (*cough her roommate) and loved them anyway.  She lived her life to the fullest.  She was written exquisitely.  She was the perfect heroine for our hero.

Because I am so late in the game reading this, I will not go into what the book was about.  There are many reviews on GR that will tell you that.  Or better yet, read it if you are like me and need to remove your head from your a$$!


About L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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