Aug 20, 2013

REVIEW: Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

Painted Faces
Book Information: 
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.
“Every memory makes me who I am right now, in this moment. Good or bad, all experiences shape you.”
For Freda (Fred) life is pretty much bland. She has no love life and doesn't even believe that she would ever have one because of her weight. She is used to being the girl that is too outspoken and too "fat". But she's okay with that because she is content in life and has her love of baking and good friends. But the moment Nicholas Turner walks into her life Freda doesn't expect the change coming. 

Nicholas Turner is a pretty boy with a charming personality and a way with words that will have you cringing in delight. The moment he lays eyes on Fred he is enchanted and set on being her friend and maybe getting her into his bed. But Fred isn't just any girl that will hop into bed with him. She also doesn't flinch when she discovers that he has two personalities. 

Nicholas Turner is a man through and through. He will capture your attention with his salacious foreplay and sweet ways. But the moment he sets foot on stage Vivica Blue comes out to play. She as well will capture you with her beauty and her melodic voice. 

When Fred becomes his assistant and the two can't fight off the desire building in them this pair will set fire to the pages. Through their journey of sexual discovery, hurt, jealousy and desire a love is built that cannot be denied. 

I truthfully believed that Painted Faces would be an awkward read and couldn't fathom that I would completely enjoy it but I was intrigued with synopsis and so I dove into this book. Let me just say that I am so glad I read this story. It was a wonderful read and completely different from anything I've read. 

Nicholas was such a wonderful guy with a sad past and I couldn't help but love him! He was frank with his intentions and he had a way with words that made ME blush! Getting to know his story put everything into perspective and made me understand him even more.

Freda was such a rich character because of the realness to her. She didn't back down from Nicholas and was as honest as they come with the people around her. Her friends found her to be too brash and annoying but I found her to be perfect. She said what ever the heck she wanted and didn't sugarcoat anything, even when she was embarrassed.I myself felt like I was experiencing her life through her eyes. And at the end of the day that is exactly how you want to experience a book; submerged in the world created by the author.

Fred's friends as well as Nicholas friends bring a whole lot of enjoyment to the book and are each unique in their own ways. Some you will adore while others you will ask yourself why they are even a friend but each one contributes to the story at hand. 

The only critique I have for this book was that I felt like the situation with Aaron was swept under the rug to quickly and was honestly a pointless addition to the book because of it. Other than that little tidbit I thoroughly enjoyed Nicholas and Freda's unique story! 

Buy it. Read it. Love it!


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