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Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.
As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.
Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?
“Well now, who’s this?” Julian asked as he slid up off the couch, where he’d been lazily scrolling through his tablet.
I chanced a quick, reassuring peek at Damon before answering my friend. “This is Damon. He’s in the cast.”
Julian groaned as he approached, his chestnut hair sitting messily atop his head. “Oh please, Rose, not another actor.”
I glared at him, trying to channel as much ‘shut the hell up’ into my eyes as possible. My flatmate didn’t really have a censor. A moment of quiet ensued while Julian circled Damon, taking his measure. “You don’t look like an actor.”
The edges of Damon’s mouth twitched for the briefest second. “Thanks.”
“He’s got a sense of humour, too. He’ll go far,” Julian grinned in my direction then sauntered into the kitchen. “I’m starving. Are you cooking dinner?”
“Aren’t I always,” I sighed and then asked Damon if I could take his coat. He shrugged out of it, his eyes not leaving me all the while, and then I went to hang it on the rack by the door. On my return he bent to ask curiously, “Another actor?”
I took a moment to absorb the sensation of his breath hitting my skin. It was…not unpleasant. Julian, who I swear had the hearing of a bat, didn’t miss a beat as he let out an amused chuckle. “Rose has a weakness for those in your profession.”
Damon looked at me in question. I strode over to the breakfast bar, again glaring at my friend. “Yes, well, I’ve sworn off all thespians after the last disaster, so Damon here is safe.”
For someone who claimed not to be a big talker, he sure had a lot of questions.
“Ever heard of Blake Winters?” Julian chirped, plucking an apple from the fruit bowl and taking a big bite.
Damon shook his head. Julian scrunched his brows.
“Have you been living under a rock?”
“No, I’ve been living on an island,” said Damon.
Julian cocked his head to the side, as though trying to figure out if he was being sarcastic. “Well, he’s an actor, like you, and he sleeps around. Rose had the great misfortune to have her head turned by the young Mr Winters. He seduced her and then left her in the lurch, the swine,” Julian pouted his lips, effecting a disapproving expression.
“Sounds like an arse,” Damon put in and both Julian and I began laughing.
“I like this one,” said Julian.
I grinned as I thought, yeah, me too, and found myself suddenly blushing.
L.H. Cosway pens an irresistibly sexy and gorgeously swoony story, with impeccable execution and dazzling delivery.
Former child star Damon Atwood got a rude awakening after he reached success, won an Oscar and lost his mother. Deciding he wasn’t cut out to live with the strings that come the limelight, he severs all ties and goes to live on the island of Skye with this grandmother. After her passing almost ten years later and by her wishes he takes the leading role in a theatrical musical at London’s West End.
“To act was a shy man’s revenge on the world.”
Rose Taylor has a terrible case of stage fright. Never desiring the spotlight, her job as a choreographer’s assistant allows her to take part and enjoy in the creation and cohesion of fine arts, including dance, from back stage. However her life is about to change when she meets the quiet leading man in the production of play she’s working on.
He’s naturally shy, she’s kindhearted and open. He shines on stage, while she likes being back stage and has been hurt one to many times by an actor. From the moment their eyes meet they’re both affected, but can they lower their guard to see that they’re the perfect counterbalance for one another?
Those are a lot of adjectives in my beginning statement, and yet I don’t think they’re enough. There are so many reasons to read this sexy and heartwarming book, so let’s start:
1. L.H. wrote it, which means it’s different, with vibrant descriptions, sultry sexiness and a swoon worthy love tale. She’s a brilliant writer that composes a beautiful love stories. Showmance flows effortlessly and had me flipping pages, loving every single moment. I could gorge on her books.
2. The great character development is another L.H. trait I love. I was not only invested in the main characters, I was equally interested in the secondary ones as well. As unlikely as it seems I think Alicia and Blake would make interesting character, but I was especially charmed by Julian who I hope we get to know his own book.
3. Rose is totally quirky and adorable. She’s not just talented, she’s kind and trusting and perfect for Damon.
4. Damon. Damon. Damon. He’s the best kind of book boyfriend. He’s broody, awkward and brusque, yet tender and caring with a dirty mind and an even dirtier mouth.
5. The story’s background is set in the colourful world of the theatrical production of one of my favorite movies! Moulin Rouge which causes characters to spontaneously break out in to song and dance.
6. Damon can sing anyone into doing anything.
“His singing was like aural caramel, smooth, thick and undeniably sultry.”
7. Even though the attraction is palpably instant, we get a friends to lovers romance where both characters have difficult pasts from which they find common ground and empathize with one another, and helps along the solid and deliciously slow build that is blush worthy and constant throughout the story and gave me all kinds of tingles.
“But who’d want all that lovey-dovey stuff when you could be having passionate fights and mind-blowing make-up sex?…those who are perfectly confident in their bedroom expertise that they don’t need to rely on emotional trauma to create desire.”
8. Damon calls Rose, petal. Totally sweet and swoony for the taciturn, stoic and shy man.
“I’ll always pick you first, petal.”
9. Every time a read an L.H. Cosway book I decide that that one is my favorite. Every time she writes a new one she catches me by surprise and makes a happy liar out of myself. I cannot fathom falling harder but I’m sure Cosway will gift us with lots of amazing stories.
10. Damon. Damon. Damon. I know, I’ve mentioned him one before, but he’s worth mentioning more than once.
“He was closed off, never showing much but still just enough to leave you dying for another glimpse.”
Showmance is a standalone contemporary romance by L.H. Cosway. It has a dash of angst, sultry sexiness and all the feels. It’s told from both points of view. With an incredibly delicious happy ending that had me melting in a pile of gooey sweetness.
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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.