Book Review: Painted Faces

Painted Faces (Painted Faces #1) by L.H. Cosway: 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.**

Lori's thoughts: This is the second book I've read and devoured by LH Cosway in less than a week. I love the way she writes. I found myself laughing out loud several times. The story took me through the range of emotions and I absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happened, then felt sad that I'd finished it. Nicholas is an amazingly, beautifully broken man. Freda has her act together, but not if you ask her. She's not perfect, but she is a wonderful character! No cookie cutter perfect people here. No bad-assed tattoo'd men who vow to never fall in love. It's not like that. Not at all. The only real regret I have here is that I didn't read this book sooner!

The author is Irish, and I find myself reading along with what I imagine to be a perfectly horrible Irish accent. I love the "different" words. Wanker. Knickers. Every time she talked about her knickers I giggled a little. :)

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