WLP Reviews: Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image18546361Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains some strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481060139
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Buy Painted Faces at Amazon

Never in the history of Wicked Lil Pixie have we reviewed the same book twice. But there hasn’t been another Painted Faces. It’s not often that Pam/SpazP will demand I read a book and vice versa, because really one review is enough and we’ll read the book when we have the time. But the tone of Pam’s message made me grab a copy and boy oh boy, warning in advance DO NOT START THIS BOOK BEFORE BED. I was up until 2am, eyes burning and blurring but I didn’t want to go to sleep until I found out what happened to Viv and Fred.

I don’t even want to tell you what the book is about, it’s one of those books you need to experience for yourself. I didn’t even read the cover copy when Pam told me to get it, I went in blind and came out obsessed. There are certain books that you read, that not only make you smile but they touch a part of your soul. Corny, but oh so true. I know it’s only February but Painted Faces is my favourite read of 2013. It will be tough finding a book to beat it, almost impossible.

One particular line stood out to me, made my heart ache and made me realize the truth to these words:

“Sometimes feeling fear is an indicator that you’re really living life.”

I literally wanted to cry because it was over, because it was so amazingly well written and because the story made me wish for my very own Viv. Painted Faces is by far one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve ever read, it tugs at your heart and weirdly enough shows you the kindness of people.

As I told Pam, if Ms. Cosway doesn’t get offered a book deal, I will eat my shorts. Don’t hesitate, get yourself a copy of Painted Faces ASAP, especially while it’s only .99 cents on Amazon. To Ms. Cosway, I simply say Thank You.


  • Spaz February 3, 2013 at 9:37 am


  • Jena Briars February 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Kindled this one for $0.99! I worried about the “sleep deprivation” factor, but I can’t wait until next weekend!

  • KT Grant February 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    We need more books like this. Nicholas and Fred own me. I would love a sequel with these two. Everything about this book was beautiful and unique, much like the main couple L.H. has created.

    • Spaz February 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Seriously. It’s been weeks and I’m STILL thinking and talking about it!! Everything I’ve read since pales in comparison.

  • VickiC11 February 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Ok you 2 you’ve both talked me into buying the book. I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

    • Spaz February 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Hooray!!! you won’t regret it. We promise.

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