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Review : Painted Faces 

Rating: ✯✯✯✯✯ 

Unique.  Refreshing.  Original.  Beautiful.  Absolutely faaaaabulous!!

There are so many adjectives we could use to describe Painted Faces and they still wouldn’t do this original and heart-warming story justice. This unconventional, beautifully moving and quirky story was positively WONDERFUL! 

The prologue pulled us in immediately, the fascinating characters, exquisite writing, wonderfully comical banter and the underlying emotional feel of the story ensured we never rested on our laurels giving us an insatiable need to witness Nicholas’s story unfold. We were held captive throughout.

‘Am I attracted to the man behind the costume? Or do I want the man in the costume? It’s hard to tell.’

LH Cosway has such an expressive, witty and magnetic prose that we found ourselves feeling a part Fred and Viv’s story through the stunning visuals she created courtesy of her engaging storytelling and never once feeling like spectators in their story.

“I want to ruin you Freda, in the best way possible.”

Freda and Nicholas felt so real, to the point where we could imagine ourselves having a drink and a right old lark with them both down the pub. The situations were relatable and as unconventional as these two and their relationship was it was also so perfect, honest and real.

‘Who would have thought that a drag queen could be my ultimate male fantasy?’

Nicholas. Wow! What a fascinating and complex character he was. Beneath the feathers, thrills, magnetism and confidence lay a man with vulnerabilities, darkness and pain that made us ache for him. Whimsical and full of life one minute, plunged into sadness and loneliness the next. Nicholas’s lows could be felt in the sombre tinge LH Cosway brought to the story and it broke our hearts.

“Every woman is different. Some of them make you feel satisfied, others make you feel high, most just make you feel used or dirty, but you Fred, you make me feel cleansed.”

Our Freda, what can we say? This ‘say it like it is’, unapologetic, funny, effervescent young woman owned our hearts. This lady was as real as they come. Sadly lacking self-esteem and seeing herself a something less than, we found her to be positively beautiful inside and out. She shone through every word. Oh she could be cutting every now and then but it was all done with a cheeky deliver that had us grinning from ear to ear.

“I have to admit, for some reason I find you incredibly sexy, Fred.”

The playfulness between Nicholas and Freda, the searing sexual chemistry, feverishly hot sex, gripping emotion and the uniqueness won us over completely and had us wishing it would never end. A true love story in every sense of the word!!

‘I want him so badly it hurts. But I want all of him. Not just the sex. I want his smiles and his teasing, his smouldering looks. His sad eyes when he thinks nobody’s watching. Most of all I want his heart.’

If you’re looking for a romance to sweep you off your feet, something uniquely different, if you want to laugh, love and feel every emotion, then open your hearts, open your minds, and prepare to fall in love with a mouthy Irish beauty and a fabulously divine man and prepare to have your hearts stolen!

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Review: Killer Queen 

Rating: ✯✯✯✯  

‘What’s strange to the rest of the world is normal for me.’

Once we arrived at the Epilogue in Painted Faces, we knew we had to delve straight in to Killer Queen. We were desperate to hear Nicholas’s voice after being completely fascinated and enamoured with him throughout Painted Faces.

Nicholas is a witty, eloquent and cheeky narrator although we were a bit disappointed with how a large part of the story is a retelling of events from Painted Faces. There are however some beautiful and poignant new revelations and ‘afters’ to make this a veritable smorgasbord of Nicholas in all his troubled and outgoing fabulousness.

“Why are the beautiful ones always so troubled, huh?”

Once again he entertained us, had us grinning from ear to ear, tried to shock us (nice try buddy) and told his story with warmth, wit, pain and love.

Despite not loving Killer Queen to the same extent as Painted Faces due to the repetition we wouldn’t have missed his story for the world and we’re so happy we got to hear parts of it in his words. He truly is one of a kind. We adore this man with every fibre of our being and for us, this book acted as a closure of some sorts.

‘I’d worshipped many women, but never before had I wanted to stake a claim.’

For some, they’ll be happy to leave Freda and Nicholas’s story at Painted Faces. We understand that. However; we personally couldn’t have had one without the other. Like Nicholas and Freda themselves….they were meant to be.

Synopsis

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.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains some strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

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SYNOPSIS for KILLER QUEEN 

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome…

Come inside The Glamour Patch club to see the star of our show, Miss Vivica Blue. 

Do you want to read my diary you nosy little devils? Have a glass of champagne (you’ll need it) and get comfortable because you’re in for some crazy shenanigans brought to you straight from the horse’s mouth.

I can be whatever you want me to be: boy, girl, a little bit of both.

If you have a problem with a man in a dress then best be off with you. If males in make-up give you the willies, then I’ll say au revoir and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

So, who are we left with? Ah, a fine collection of curious souls. I want to tell you a tale of love, because those are the most glorious kind. I want to tell you about real love, a love that transcends labels and gender stereotypes.

The moment I first laid eyes on my Freda I knew that we were kindred. Well okay, I also knew I wanted to get into her pants, but that’s beside the point. My world was a grey place. I was at my lowest ebb. Then she came along and patches of colour began to spring forth. One day the daffodils were yellow and before I knew it, colour was everywhere, lighting up my life.

Love is not about how we appear on the outside, it’s about the soul contained within.

Our story was not a conventional one, but it was ours, and that’s what made it shine.

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