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Showmance by L.H. Cosway
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: e-ARC, kindle book
Source: the publicist
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?
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Holy. Smokes. That was soooooo good. I hadn’t read a book about the stage, actors and the drama until about a week ago, and between this and Leisa Rayven’s Starcrossed Series I might have found a new favorite genre.
This story is about Rose and Damon falling in love, in lust..but mostly about trusting. These two are beautiful physically, but to each other they are perfection. Getting in each of their heads to hear the thoughts they had about the other was so unbelievably swoony. And on many occasions, also totally hot.
Damon is the hero so many of us romance readers wait to read. Undeniably handsome, yet so humble. In total control, yet broken on the inside. So gentlemanly, yet all kinds of hot as f*ck man (with a filthy mouth that said some of the most delicious things EVER.) And brooding, my god was he quiet and brooding. But boy oh boy, when he loved, he loved with his whole being.
Rose was a softer version of Damon. Kind, beautiful, incredibly talented and humble. She wanted to be loved, but in the right way. She had standards and letting Damon into her heart was so much fun to read.
The sexy times were a long time coming, but that’s always the best way. Totally worth the wait and totally sensual, emotional and scorching hot. Once we got to some kissing, let’s just say it was all worth it. My angst loving friends…you want this. And, Damon is a SERIOUS. DIRTY. TALKER.
The secondary characters Julian, Alicia and Blake were a bit of a mixed bag for me. I did love Julian. He came off as gay for me but I don’t think he is? I am not sure if that is even part of his inner turmoil since he really has issues finding happiness. Alicia and Blake were a little over the top for me, and while they appeared to make amends I found I didn’t find either one of them sincere. I would still definitely read each of their stories as they too are both layered and complex and would be amazing to read about.
The ending went down a fairly predictable path, but at pace that was just right. The ending was sweet and I have a feeling we’ll get even more in the next book as I’m sure Rose and Damon will make plenty of appearances.
Rec this? YES! This is another home run by Ms. Cosway. She writes simple stories, but her characters are so rich and full of depth that you close the book feeling totally invested and in love. She is a gifted story teller and this series is off to an amazing start. I am looking very forward to Julian’s story next. He has some massive demons and I can’t wait to revel in his pain and see him get his HEA, he deserves one just as much as Rose and Damon.
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“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.
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