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Painted Faces by [Cosway, L.H.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AOSEF9A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a lovely, slow burn friends to lovers story, beautifully written and full of sexual tension.
Nicolas is a cabaret act, but even dressed as his female alta ego, Vivica, he's no less a man. For anyone(like me) who has always harboured a secret lust for frank n furter, this made for a really unconventional story that really appealed to my inner freak.
Meanwhile, Freda suffers from low self-esteem and a self-deprecating sense of humour that was funny yet quite sad too. Both of them were misfits, but neither of them cared very much for what others thought - this was really nicely done. He persuades her to work for him, she keeps pushing him away, unwilling to accept that a man like him would really want her. I love slow burn stories, so much simmering sexual tension and this was one of the best examples of that type of story.
A truly lovely, standalone story. Recommended.
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Really loved this truly unconventional love story!! Loved the characters and their interactions. Nicholas/Viv is a unique character - a straight drag queen who falls for his next door neighbour, Freda, his perfect size 14 golden girl. Great storyline, loved to see how their relationship progressed. Fab!
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I read this book in the mind of " I don't think this is going to my cup of tea" and after about two chapters in I knew I wasn't going yo happy until I devoured the whole book! It's heart wrenching, lovely, hilariously funny in parts. A truly beautiful story with lovely characters. I would recommend you read this book it's a page turner xx
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I bought this book on a 5 star review recommendation by Totally booked blog. However the blurb did not totally appeal and has been just sort of sitting there waiting patiently for me. In the meantime I have read a lot of other books, including books by this author and I loved her work. Yet something about this book didn't appeal, so there it sat. Then, yesterday, wanting a new book, I came across this book. I started it yesterday. I finished it yesterday. It says a lot about a book when you become so lost in it, your reality ceases to exist, hours seem like minutes. It was an unconventional story, definitely, but then all of L.H.Cosways books are. I cannot believe I almost didn't read it. I wish I still hadn't so it could be waiting for me today.
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I read this book almost straight through, having identified strongly with Fred and fallen pretty hard for Nicholas. I found it to be a good balance of funny sarcasm and poignant heartstrings tugging. I was wanting to shake Fred at times, yelling "Just take a risk! Tell him how you feel!" but I suspect that might be my wasted chances squawking!!! Take a chance on this book, it is different, but well-written and worth it!
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I love this book for its unique kind of hero, a drag queen! How the author had pulled off having a drag queen as a romantic lead and make him equally sexy and swoon worthy is a testament to this author's skill as a brilliant writer. Needless to say, I hope L H Cosway will continue to write more books in the future as she is in my auto buy list! ( Read her other book, The Nature of Cruelty, first and it was also superb!)
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DNF. misogynistic, with INTSTA-LUST, a chronically insecure swooning heroine who gets jealous and mops around the Dashing & Camp hero...

Heroine - Freda Wilson: 25 yo, part time baker and charity shop worker. She's funny with an abrasive sarcastic humour. And initially I liked her.
But then she turns into a swooning, jealous annoying wet-blanket. I felt like sl**ping sense into her.
She swoons and mops around the hero who flirts and sleeps with other women in front of her and she gets all sad and lonesome over it.

Furthermore, she accuses her BEST FRIEND Nora of being judgemental and b*tchy but throughout it all she JUDGES Nora, sl*t shames other women and makes derogatory misogynist se*xist remarks.
And she's THIS JUDGEMENTAL about her so-called BEST FRIEND!!!

Hero - Nicholas: 28 yo, very camp, mummy's boy, totally fabulous drag queen. He reminded me of O*llie Lock (Made in Chelsea).
I LOVE how he completely smashes societal norms of a romantic heterose*xual lead. He's Camp & Proud. Wears hot pants and minces around in heels, prances about on stage with make-up.
He's the Tall, Dark, Handsome cliché with a Hairspray makeover.
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The Romance: would have been amazing if it weren't for the INSTA-LUST, swooning and jealous behaviour of the Freda. She seriously needs to grow a back-bone.

I also suspect Nicolas has a mum-fetish, which would explain his need for comfort in Freda's well-endowed chest. His mum died when he was young and he keeps (and wears) her clothes to be closer to her and Freda has a very maternal figure. I prefer curvy heroines, but there was something a tiny bit icky about that.

Overall, would have been great if it didn't have the INSTA-LUST, SWOONING, jealous heroine
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This was a story I was not expecting after downloading this book about a year ago and stumbled across it in an attempt to clear some space on my kindle. It has now found a special space in my heart. It is an unusual story but a story of great poignancy and about being true to yourself.

Nicholas is certainly sexy and a woman's man who comes across as confident and sure of himself but most of this is just an act, even more than the drag act he performs on a regular basis. When he finds himself living next door to Freda who is outspoken and confident but not model-size, he finds himself with feelings of belonging for the first time in his life. The draw he feels for Freda is immense and he finds himself making an excuse to spend more time with her and to see if she accepts his other persona. Freda becomes his wardrobe assistant and feels an enormous towards him too. Freda has her own insecurities and is worried about getting too close and he then go off with someone else. Together they can make each other whole.

I loved the word play throughout from Freda and Nicholas as they dance around each other. I equally loved the vulnerability of both characters that comes out very strongly despite the public faces they both wear. It made this story one of beauty and of raw emotions as they come to terms with being in love. I can't believe I waited so long to find this book but I'm glad I did.
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