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REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: SHOWMANCE BY L.H. COSWAY!!

Title: Showmance
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: L.H. Cosway
Release Date: May 16, 2017!
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SYNOPSIS:
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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"Passion.
Desire.
Jealousy.
Betrayal.
Anger.
Insanity."

There's no better words to describe LH Cosway's sensual, intensely passionate storyline than her own. Showmance is wrought with compelling drama, both on and off the stage. Jealousy, longing, ruthless side characters, unhealed wounds and fresh feelings of desire and uncertainty all culminate within these pages to make for a book I could not put down.

Rose is an assistant choreographer with a propensity for "show crushes." A dancer content to stay behind the scenes, Rose frequently finds herself both drawn to and heartbroken by the leading men in the productions she works on. Damon was a child star that went into seclusion for years and is just now making his comeback in a stage production of Moulin Rouge. When Rose must give the stunning vocalist with two left feet dancing lessons, an unexpected friendship develops.

Surrounding the emotionally dependent dancer and the brooding, reclusive film star, Showmance is layered with a colorful cast of characters that add such depth to this story: a gigolo roommate, a beautiful but conniving starlet, a jerk of an ex-boyfriend, a grumpy stage director, a flamboyant choreographer. These characters infuriated me, had me swooning, made me want to throw things, and demanded I fall in love with them. They added humor and snark to the storyline, drama and angst, and they pepper this story with personality and color.

Showmance hit me in all the best places... This story is so deliciously angsty!! The push and pull between Damon and Rose is maddening, they're forever moving one step forward and two steps back. The sexual tension builds and builds. These characters are so clearly drawn to each other and so honest with themselves about that hot attraction in their own respective chapters written from their own points of view. But it's the honesty they fail to have with each other, the things they don't say, that keeps this story so uncertain, so slow burning. I loved everything about the build in this book. I love how painstakingly slow it all unfolded. Cosway's BEAUTIFUL writing style juxtaposed with all that angst and romance and uncertainty kept me turning the pages in this book hungrily.

Showmance is a beautifully written story of love, of facing one's fears, of healing and acceptance. This story is as sexy as it is romantic, as angsty as it is emotional, as addictive as it is unforgettable. LH Cosway delivers everything I've come to adore about her writing and storytelling in Showmance: Passionate, artistic characters. Raw, primal attraction. A painstaking build. A tumultuous course of events. And a deliciously satisfying ending. LH Cosway delivers another showstopper with Showmance and I absolutely loved it!

Jessica's Rating:

“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.”

“What disaster?”

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.


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 favourite 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.



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