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- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended to me and I fell in love with it instantly! Please please read you will not regret it at all.Published 8 months ago by n young
I really enjoyed this. The characters are well drawn and entirely sympathetic. I'm now off to download the companion novel, Killer Queen.Published 10 months ago by Ruthie
A fantastic read. Did not want Freda and Nicholas' story to end. This is the second book by L H Cosway. Looking forward to reading the others.Published 14 months ago by Moody moo
Fantastic story with great characters and as always with L H Cosway, witty dialogue to keep an ever present smile on your face. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rowena Readalot
A truly wonderful book, where boy meets girl who happens to be his next door neighbour. They have a connection and things go from there. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tes T
WOW, this story really blew me away! It has been on my TBR list for some time now, I now wonder why it has taken me so long t get to it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MarianG