Review: PAINTED FACES by L.H. Cosway


painted facesTitle: Painted Faces
Author: L.H. Cosway
Release Date: December 16, 2012
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: bought eBook
Buy Links: Amazon | Smashwords | B & N | iTunes

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.**

My review 3


Why did I want to read this book?

I’ve only read one L.H. Cosway book prior to this and I really appreciate the whimsical in conjunction with the mysterious and the surreal that I experienced in Six of Hearts. So I was curious about her back list. Add to this the many great feedback I’ve been reading about Painted Faces so I decided to give this one a go.


What worked for me?

Gosh, talk about a unique book. It’s the first time I’ve read this kind of set-up: a straight drag-queen romancing a no-nonsense and straight-forward woman. You’ve read that one right. And how can you not be intrigued with these characters already?

I was so ready to dive into these characters psyches and get to know them so much better. And I believe the author really did a good job in portraying these characters in all their own unique and quirky awesomeness. Nicholas or sometimes Viv, when he’s on stage, has forged the art of live stage performance wearing women’s clothes as a way of maintaining that connection with his long-deceased mom as well as a stand to the darkness in his past that he continues to fight against. The many emotional pockets in Nicholas’s character just pull at your being, you both feel bad for him and yet in awe of him as he forges on with what he wants to pursue.

Freda, on the other hand, is bad-ass in the quiet kind of way. She’s so straight-forward and yet shy at the same time. But you know that she’s no push-over and she’s got the strength of character and of heart that you can’t help but feel engaged with her emotions and with whatever happens to her life.

These two together, gosh, talk about hot and cold, but in that really awesome way that just builds and builds the tension and when it finally hits that turning point, boom. Everything breaks into these thousand beautiful pieces.

I love the dark and light moments in the story. I think the author created that right balance that made the finished product really engaging.


What did not work for me?

Nothing, really. I really enjoyed this book.


My over-all take on it?

A unique reading experience you would not want to miss. Nicholas and Freda will dig their way into your hearts. Their love affair is one of the most unique you’ll ever read, I think. I can’t wait to read Killer Queen from the same author, that chronicles some of the journal entries of Nicholas.


My rating:

4 stars 




About the author

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 favourite 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.

Connect with L.H. Cosway:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads



 More L.H. Cosway on the blog:

Six of Hearts


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