Showmance by L.H. Cosway

 

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Title: Showmance

Author: L.H. Cosway

Date of Publication: May 16, 2016

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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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Excerpt

“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, me too, and found myself suddenly blushing.

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Christina’s Four Star Review

Rose is a star dancer with a mean case of stage fright. She has no problem choreographing and getting dancers ready for their big roles, but she’s happy to stay in the wings, away from the attention of everyone. So when she catches the eye of the reclusive Damon Atwood, the hero in the latest production she’s helping to choreograph, she’s not sure whether to run from or revel in his attention.

Damon is a former child star. After years in the spotlight and growing up with a father who abused his son’s status, he retreats to the Isle of Sky to live with his grandmother. After her passing, he decides to return to the stage in a London production of Moulin Rouge. Being back in the public eye is anything but comfortable, so when he finds a kindred spirit in Rose, he seeks solace in her presence. But having just gotten out of a relationship, Rose is not interested in jumping right into another. Rose doesn’t want Damon to be a rebound, but what if he’s THE one? What happens when her former boyfriend returns to complicate it all?

Cosway is one of those one-click authors for me. There hasn’t been a single one of her books that I haven’t loved, and for the most part, the same can be said for Showmance. I loved Damon and Rose, they were suited for each other from the very beginning and I couldn’t help but feel the same ache and pull they felt toward each other. My only problem began in chapter one. I just wasn’t sold on her break up with Blake. In the first chapter she seems so glib about the break that going into the rest of the book I thought he would be very inconsequential, when in fact it had a huge impact on the storyline as a whole.

One of the real standouts of this book in particular is Julian, Rose’s roommate with serious attachment issues. I won’t go too far into his story simply because he will be the star in the next book in this series, and rightly so. It seems he has a very important, yet entertaining, story to tell.

But like the rest of Cosway’s work, the words themselves were the star of the show. She has a way of creating stories that are bigger than just a hero and a heroine. The sights, the sounds, they’re all a part of the experience that Cosway creates. Her books always manage to keep me rapt from cover to cover, and Showmance was no exception.

Christina

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About the Author

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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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