Princess Kelly Reviews: Showman by L.H Cosway

Princess Kelly Reviews: Showman by L.H CoswayShowmance (Showmance, #1) on May 16th 2016
Pages: 376
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5 Stars

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?

Showmance is a stunning portrayal of love and friendship written in a provocative, sexy and sympathetic prose that delivers in every way.

L.H Cosway is a story nurturer, her characters grow, finding themselves and strength in each other and as a reader we get to connect so vividly, so ardently to the pressures, fears and undeniable attractions that we are literally swept up in a whirlwind of the very best kind.

Rose and Damon’s story is very much founded on friendship, understanding, trust and loyalty whilst battling inner hardships and past demons that continue to plague even the most talented and kind-hearted.

Damon Atwood seemed to have it all from a very young age. A respected and much loved childhood actor, winning an Oscar set his career soaring, that is until he disappeared from the limelight to live a life of recluse in the Isle of Skye with his beloved Grandmother.

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Her passing has left a gaping hole, and ten years later it is time to find himself again, but not in the bright lights of Hollywood, but on a live stage in the London West-End.

Rose hasn’t had the most conventional upbringing. Her roommate Julian understands that all too well as they both find affection and solace within the arms of others. Rose loves too easily, whereas Julian struggles to find love at all. They are the perfect Yin and Yang and their friendship, although forged as children is the only safe haven they know. Despite all this she is a highly accomplished dancer and choreographer about to embark on a new project; Moulin Rouge.

She never wanted to see her actor ex again, certainly not on this new production after the way he cast her aside, and she certainly never expected to be completely enamored by the dark,  brooding reclusive main lead. Her heart is bruised and her head is telling her to not get involved again, yet she sees the vulnerability in his eyes and his awkwardness that mirrors her own and that alluring pull is a calling siren as two remarkably talented people learn what it means to truly connect for the first time at a pivotal time in their lives.

This book was a wondrous joy to read. A slow build love story with enough sexual tension to raise the theatre roof. You root for them from the start and the way the author nurtured their journey to one another whilst highlighting the stage production of Moulin Rouge and their character connection was an awakening and truly enjoyable experience. To say Damon Atwood dazzled me would be an understatement, I actually love him.

L.H Cosway has firmly planted herself in my favourite contemporary indie author list and I cannot wait for Julian’s story in the sequel coming in 2017.

5 ‘Dazzling’ Crowns.

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