Book Title: ShowmanceAuthor: LH Cosway
Release Date: May 16th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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?
You know that feeling where you just put down a read and all you want to do is scream out from the rooftops how amazing it was? I've been sitting at work all day with a goofy smile on my face every time I think about this read! If Showmance was a real life musical play, I'd be in the front row audience giving it a standing ovation and demanding for an encore. Rose & Damon's story was a tantalizing performance that will hypnotise and captivate you from page one. I would happily devour it once more just to fall in love with the story all over again.
One of the greatest joy in picking up an LH Cosway book is knowing that I can always expect something different from her, may it be the vivid settings of her stories to her beautifully flawed characters. It's like walking into my favorite ice-cream parlour, demanding for the flavour of the day and I'd walk out like the happiest customer and ready to come back for more. Showmance is no exception with LH Cosway transporting us to the musical theatrical world where the alluring Moulin Rouge play comes to life.
Rose and Damon were amazing characters on their own, each with their own little quirks that made me fall in love with them even more. Rose is a choreographer who has mad dance skills but has never been interested to be in the limelight. She stays with her best friend, Julian (whom is so freakin awesome!) and we see him nursed Rose through her bad breakup with an ex, Blake who was a
doucheface actor. Ever since then, Rose vowed to not let her heart be tempted by another actor until Damon Atwood landed a role in the upcoming Moulin Rouge that she's been working on.
It would be an understatement to say how much I ADORE Damon. Honestly I made a mental list of 10 things why Damon Atwood is possibly one of LH Cosway's best hero yet (Jay Fields is still sitting on the top spot with Oliver King close behind but I'm pretty sure I just bumped Damon to second place!!). Damon was not your typical Hollywood golden boy, he was anything but. Which only made his character so endearing because he reminded me like a lost sick little puppy when he first showed up in the book. He was like a quiet storm that you can't quite understand at first but yet you're drawn to the intensity brewing behind his reserved character. Being able to tap into his thoughts and understanding the pieces of him he's hid from everyone, it was hard not to fall in love with this man.
Now getting on to the main reason I really loved this book, which was the slow burning romance between Rose and Damon. All I can say is that the sexual tension will be burning through the pages! It was a slow, sexy tease of a dance that Rose and Damon were playing at that had me tethering to the edge of self combustion. It was executed perfectly because when it hit the boiling point, the emotions that rolled off the pages went off like the fourth of July. Imagine the taste of sweet victory when the romance was worth the wait. Oh it was so good, trust me, I could only dream of having the kind of love that Rose and Damon had. I was hardly fazed by the drama that surrounded them who tried to break these two apart because I had so much faith in them.
With the perfect balance of angst, humor and romance, Showmance is a true testament of how talented LH Cosway is by showcasing her versatility when it comes to her writing. This author never cease to amaze me with her stories but mostly, it's the raw passion that I felt through her words that always latched onto me every single time I read her books. Another stunning performance delivered by LH Cosway, this book has undoubtedly made its way to my top reads of 2016. Also I am absolutely dying, DYING for Julian's book now!
ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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 favorite 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.