Book Review: Painted Faces (Painted Faces #1) – L.H. Cosway

Painted FacesBlurb: 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.


 Nicholas Turner is a straight and fabulous drag queen called Vivica Blue. He’s not your ordinary love interest. Upon meeting Freda, his world became brighter saving him from the dark abyss of his painful past. But will love be enough to battle his demons?

I’m all good with some good sexual tension with characters and all but at 66%, I’m like screaming internally “Fucking do it already!” It was kind of frustrating at times. The slow burn was a big part of Freda’s internal battle against her insecurities and Viv’s – well, I’m kind of hoping that there will be more resolution regarding his past.

The pacing was a bit slow for me and although I absolutely loved their chemistry, I feel like there are so many unnecessary scenes that do not add much with the development of the story. I do not hate it but it was just flat for me from start to finish.

Published December 16th 2012 (first published December 14th 2012)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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