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 neighbor, 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 color 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.
©2016 L.H. Cosway (P)2016 Cipher-Naught
I bought both the audible and kindle versions of this book because I hate not being able to continue a story just because pesky things like work try and get in the way. I just plug and go when I can't read. I loved the story of Freda and Nicholas both a little bit broken, their vulnerability was what drew me to the characters oh yeah and Nicholas is hot and looks good in a dress what more could a girl want. Freda is a girl, like a lot of us, that struggles with feelings of self worth and body image in a world that judges you often by the size dress you wear. She often uses her humour to gloss over this. Nicholas has his own demons and it is only by coming together can they truly move on. Not heaps of angst which is good but I felt the connection between the characters and overall I really liked this romance with a difference. I would like the narrator to perhaps slow down a little and be a little more animated I just didn't feel the passion when listening that I did when reading it myself. I would buy from this author again.
"Unconventional, Amazing Love Story"
Painted Faces is an amazing love story! So different and quirky. The heroine is Fred (Freda), a bit awkward but outspoken. The hero is Viv (Nicholas) her good looking and sexy drag queen neighbor. The story was a beautiful song that sang to me right from the heartbreaking prologue.
I couldn't put the book down and ignored my family and home (and sleep) to finish.
I listened to the audiobook for some of the story. At first I was surprised by the unusual, sort of fast sound of the narrator's voice. But as I listened I realized how much she had taken on the fun and quirky personality of Fred and that was what was coming through in the narration. I fell in love with Fred and swooned for my first drag queen crush, Viv!!
"I love him because he makes me laugh when I don't feel like laughing. I love him because he challenges my view of what a man is. I love him because I know I shouldn't love him and that he'll break my heart. I love him because he's a complete and total anomaly. I love him because I want to kill the sadness inside him more than I want anything else in the world."
"Beautiful and unique love story, an instant favorite!"
I was new to LH Cosway when I read this book and I was blown away! I am huge fan of slow burn type of books and this one definitely simmered and had lots of fun along the way. You grow to love and care about the characters and I loved the unique premise! At first I felt Ali Coffey's voice was a little too old sounding but her performance was so good it didn't end up affecting my enjoyment of the book. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone especially romance lovers.
enjoyed listening to this book. great when you don't have a free hand or are driving.
OMG Yes this is the best audio I have got my hands on in a long time!
I laughed and I cried!
Open your mind and open your heart <3
"My First LH Cosway Story"
I was so happy to see this on Audible, as it was the first book by LH Cosway that I read. SO unique and well done that I rushed to "follow" her (I assume it's a "her"!) so I didn't miss out on anything else she had written. I've since devoured all of her works and have never been disappointed.
I wish that more of Cosway's stories were on Audible! I'd definitely snap them up. As I said, so unique and well done. No cookie-cutter romance here!
My only complaint is the narrator. Viv / Nicholas is suppose to be from New Zealand but there was not even a _hint_ of a New Zealand accent. And so much of the story was pretty much just read to us in a monotone. Very disappointing.
Bad narrator notwithstanding ... highly recommended!
"Fantastic Story and even better narrated!"
This will always be my favorite book by Ms. LH Cosway, my first read of hers and my favorite. It's such a unique read/listen, not your typical story, characters. You can relate to Fred's character so much, and the uniqueness of Viv draws you to him and makes you love him for all that he is. The Narrator on this audio was absolutely wonderful, perfect fit for Fred. I hope Killer Queen is also narrated, being able to listen to Viv in all his glory would be amazing!!!
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