Showmance by L.H. Cosway ~ Live & Review & Excerpt & Giveaway

Showmance by L.H. Cosway ~ Live & Review & Excerpt & GiveawayAlso by this author: Thief of Hearts (Hearts, #5)
Showmance by L.H. Cosway
Published by Indie on May 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 282
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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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Review

I grew up in a theatre family and musicals are just my thing. It combines two of my favorite things. Acting and dancing. No, I didn’t put singing in there but it’s a must. Music has and will always be a part of my life. So when I read this blurb, I knew it was going to be right up my alley. I hadn’t read anything from L.H Cosway before so I was just a little hesitant on how this would play out. Only because this is about something that I’ve been passionate about for my entire life.

Damon Atwood was a child movie star who got out of the business and lived a very reclusive life on a Scottish Island. It has been years since he had anything to do with the business. When life suddenly comes knocking at his door with an opportunity to star in a remake of Moulin Rouge in London, Damon decides it’s time to make his return. What he didn’t realize is that his past reclusive life would cause him to struggle with not only jumping back into the limelight, but just basic human interaction. Thankfully, he finds someone that he can become friends with. Someone who helps him ease back into life in the big city.

Rose Taylor is choreographer’s assist who exudes passion for dancing and just has a natural ease to not only her dancing but her lifestyle. Her downfall? Actors. However, she knows that those relationships don’t last. They are passionate like her but never end up lasting past the show’s run. When Damon shows up, she’s immediately attracted to him but she fights it. Only allowing herself to be his friends. Little did she know that their friendship would not only help Damon but it would change Rose’s view point.

I absolutely adore Damon. He’s intense, socially awkward, passionate and an amazing actor and singer. I can see why Rose couldn’t stay away from him.

“He wasn’t like the other actors I’d fallen for. He was introverted, unsure of himself, and completely oblivious as to just how earth-shatteringly handsome he was.”

Yet sometimes he would say things that completely sounded out of character for him. Sexually bold comments that seriously had me throwing my head back laughing because it was so hot yet so unexpected. Most of the time he’s just this amazingly sweet and super sensitive man who tends to say the right thing because it comes from his heart.

“B-becuase I’m not sure where we stand.” “We stand where we always have,” he replied. “Side by side.”

I also really liked Rose. She’s a talented dancer who prefers to be in the background. She’s humble and loyal to those in her life. She’s passionate and just exudes the innocent aurora. She’s a hopeless romantic who’s just looking for a happy ending in the wrong places.

These two together are awesome. Both insanely attracted to the other. Both trying to fight it for different reasons. I felt the build up between them the entire time. It was well written with sun anticipation that I just couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen. I needed them to overcome their issues and take the plunge.

There were so many other aspects of the book that I enjoyed. First of all, the reference to One from Chorus line. If you know the song/show and when L.H. referenced it, you’ll bust out laughing or just singing the song, like I did. I also enjoy the drama queen aspects that she put into some of the other characters. It’s so true and typical in the theatre life that I was mentally checking off people I knew that do similar things. It was kind of fun playing that game. 😉

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised. I will most definitely read more of L.H.’s work.

 

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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, yeah, me too, and found myself suddenly blushing.

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About L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. 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. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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