Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
PAINTED FACES was a totally unexpected, delightfully quirky and sexy read. The cast of characters were among some of the most unique and lovable individuals I have ever had the pleasure to read about.
❝ … People have to be weird for you to want to be their friend.”
“Very true, and you're my best friend, which makes you the biggest weirdo of them all.❞
Freda who is also known as “Fred” is a collector of unique friends. She is somewhat of a “Plain Jane” by her own description, but is beautiful and perfect in the eyes of Nicholas. Fred is drawn to people who march to the beat of a different drummer and seems to find solace in the unique characteristics her friends possess; qualities that others might find bizarre or just plain weird.
Nicholas is a lot of things; to name just one quality would not do this man an ounce of justice. Nicholas who is also known as “Viv” – yes, “Viv” – is sexy, eccentric, self-deprecating, wounded, but not broken and totally comfortable in his own skin. He is a straight man and is also a Drag Queen – he is truly a one of a kind.
Together, Nicholas and Freda are a forced to be reckoned with, a disaster and totally perfect for each other. Their romance is not your typical tale of “happily ever after,” but that’s what makes it so entertaining. Nicholas is wounded and Fred seems to be just what he needs to help heal him from his past.
I loved this quirky couple. Their story is full of sexy humor – a quality in which I love in a book. The cast of supporting characters aide in making this totally offbeat romance fantastically entertaining. I am looking forward to reading more of L.H. Cosway’s other books and am anxious to discover if her other stories have a similar vibe. This is a great choice if you are looking for a story that is sure to take you off the beaten path of today’s romance.
P.S. Loved the author’s dedication:
❝For all the men who are women and the women who are men, the men who are men and the women who are women. And those of you who are a little bit of both. You colour my world.❞
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