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Painted Faces (Painted Faces #1)

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Come 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 ne
Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 16th 2012 by Smashwords (first published December 14th 2012)
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Mar 13, 2014 Dd rated it really liked it

For all the men who are women....

And the women who are men....

The men who are men and the women who are women....

And those of you who are a little bit of both....

Welcome to this unconventional tale of love!!

So Readers meet with Nicholas---

Jet black hair midway between long and short,ice blue eyes and a classically beautiful face.

His eyes can pull you in,like they hold secrets that can make your boring old life so much more exciting.

Well that's Freda Wilson's first impression of her new neighbo
Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview)
Jul 05, 2015 Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

Rating : 4.5 ‘VIVICA BLUE’ STARS


My Views : Wow, Just Wow. description I have been waiting for the right moment to read this one and I’m glad I did because this is honestly one of the most beautiful book that I’ve read. L.H.Cosway couldn’t have painted Fred and Viv’s story in any other way; she outdid herself with this masterpiece. description

Style of writing : My first book by L.H.Cosway has been ‘Six of Hearts’ and she immediately became one of my favorite authors and I’ve been stalking her and
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Dublin

In Painted Faces, Fred an outspoken women who thinks herself to be average and Nicholas a handsome man who also happens to be a drag queen find love.
Unconventional? Yes.
Not my normal love story? Nope.
Should you read it? Most definitely?

'I want him so badly it hurts. But I want all of him. Not just the sex. I want his smiles and his teasing, his smouldering looks. His sad eyes when he thinks nobody's watching. Most of
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
5 odd and unconventional romance stars!

“We all paint on a face to show the world. For some of us, that's quite literal.”

Wow. Just.... WOW. I have never read another book quite like this one before. It completely blew me away!!! I mean, I never would have thought "straight drag queen" and "romance" would fit in the same category, but I was wrong!!!

Painted Faces is about Freda, a twenty something Irish woman who works odd jobs and has some terrible ex boyfriends. This story begins when Fred
Dec 13, 2014 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Love is not about how we appear on the outside, it’s about the soul contained within.” ~ Nicholas

Gosh, I really loved this one. It is such a beautiful and unique story that feeds your soul, your heart and your mind. It was....

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“With this strangely beautiful man in my life, I have a feeling it will never be the same again.” ~ Freda

I’m not going to go into the plot at all. It is just that type of love story that you have to experience yourself. I will say that I absolutely LOVED and ADORED both
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


“I want to ruin you Freda, in the best way possible.”

Freda is a 25 year old woman that doesn't seem to have a filter when it comes to her mouth, but she is a lovable character nonetheless. You can easily relate with her at times. She has a few insecurities concerning her weight. Then she meets her new neighbour, Nicholas, who's sees her as his perfect woman. To him she is all curves in the right places, with a personality that immediately brightens his day. Freda doesn't understa
Impromptu buddy read with the glorious Camilla.

DNF at 70% because I can't be arsed to finish.

I hate to be the one to say it, but this book is nothing special. It’s the typical angstapalooza one would expect from NA, only dressed up in drag. Once the novelty of that facet wears off, there’s not much left for it to stand on.

The female MC, Freda, is your run-of-the-mill Mary Sue, only prone to drop f-bombs instead of the breathless “Oh my” made popular by her one of her counterparts. She’s incredib
Jan 30, 2013 Richa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Richa by: Duchess Nicole
...when in the fast embrace their limbs were knit, they two were two no more, nor man, nor woman – one body then that neither seemed and both.


Welcome to the show, everyone!!

Tonight's show is a tale of unconventional, unrestricted, beautiful, colourful, amazing LOVE.....

Tired? Lost? Happy? Sad? Mad? Angry?.....No matter're all welcome here....

So,just kick back and put up your feet and enjoy!!!

Pour yourselves a's on the house!

So, let's begin this show.....

Feb 16, 2014 Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! Brilliant! Perfection! I loved this book, one of the most unique stories ever written. Do not make any excuses, just go and read it!

My Freda and Nicholas:

"I'll have to admit that somewhere in the back of my mind I wanted to be special to him, different from all of the other women who've turned his head. Isn't that what every girl wants? To be loved by someone uniquely, to make a man feel something he hasn't yet felt for anyone else."

"He would wear her dresses and jewellery and spend
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
Mar 21, 2013 Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone looking for something different!
Recommended to Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥ by: L.H. Cosway
Copy, courtesy of L.H. Cosway in exchange for a honest review!


A controversial and open-minding romance. A story of how two imperfect people can be perfect for each other. I found myself crying and laughing, cheering from the sidelines and cursing. An original tale about a man and a woman where sometimes the "roles" aren't what defines them...

Before continuing with my review, I don't want to lie to you... I didn't immediately go for this story. I know and understand
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 13, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it it was amazing
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”We all paint on a face to show the world.” Nicholas replies philosophically. “For some of us, that’s quite literal.”


I was looking for something different, something with substance, and this story had both in spades! Although I expected it to be much more risqué than what the author gave, I loved this story and have been smiling since I finished.

Have you ever heard of a straight drag queen? Well, Nicholas the sexy new neighbor happens to be one! He performs in gowns, sings show tunes and balla



Edit : 4/1/2013

“We all paint on a face to show the world,” Nicholas replies philosophically. “For some of us, that's quite literal.”


First book of the year 2013 and I'm gobsmacked , like literally !!!! This pretty much starts off my new year with a bang !!!


What do I say , where do I begin ???!! From the beginning , obviously !

Painted Faces is the story of Nicholas Turner aka Vivica Blue - a androgynous boy-girl


but unli
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world

Painted Faces
You have to get over your hang ups. Human beings don’t always fit into a perfect box the way you want them to.

This story was beautiful, unconventional, magnificent,unique, and just brilliant! I fell in love with the story and the characters. Read it!!!

Nicholas or Vivica Blue
Painted Faces- Nicholas
“Cross dressing i
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I absolutely adored this book.

I love books that push boundaries and this book pushed so many boundaries. What is sexy? What is masculine? What is feminine?


Plot summaries aren't really my thing but I have to say that this book gave me something content-wise that I haven't read about before. The author did a brilliant job of playing with gender boundaries and showing the aftereffects of abuse without being trite.

And the way the author
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

5 Incredible Stars! My first 5-Star Favorite of 2013!!

Freda Wilson is hard-working, opinionated, insecure, self-deprecating, and uses a brash personality and a somewhat crude sense of humor to cover for a lack of confidence. Nothing has really lit up her world for quite some time. Until she meets her new neighbor, Nicholas Turner. Nicholas is charming, gorgeous, sexually magnetic, talented, truly emotionally damaged, and completely heterosexual. He is a cab
Oct 24, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it

First off want to say how great it was to read a novel set in Ireland, even if it was Dublin….. !!!! What? I hear you say? Well, I am from the West of Ireland and there is a thing in Ireland about folks outside the Pale and the Dubs …. Especially when it comes to sport. You have your “ABU’s” in the world of footie (that’s soccer to you folks over the pond) and then in Ireland you have your “ABDs”. I’ve lost you haven’t I? An “ABU” is Anyone But United – i.e. those who do not support Manchester U
Feb 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing

We all paint on a face to show the world.

I’m drunk.

I’m drunk on this book.

Book of the month.

Book of the year.

One of my favorite love stories…..EVER.

This author has taken a permanent position in my life.

My Viv:

Nicholas/Viv is a drag queen….that’s right. I just said that. And guess what?! I LOVE HIM!!! I WANT HIM!!! I want a sexy, straight drag queen of my own!!!

Who would have thought that a drag queen could be my ultimate male fantasy?

My Fred:


Fred is freaking
Amy (Foxy)
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I'm at a lost for words to sum up this book.

Basically, it's an unconventional love story about two unlikely people who develop a friendship/love for each other.

Nicholas' song to Freda at the end of the story was perfect:
Your Song by Elton John

Step out of the box and read this book. :)


20th book of 2013
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

Unique. Refreshing. Original. Beautiful. Absolutely faaaaabulous!!

There are so many adjectives we could use to describe Painted Faces and they still wouldn’t do this original and heart-warming story justice. This unconventional, beautifully moving and quirky story was positively WONDERFUL!

The prologue pulled us in immediately, the fascinating characters, exquisite writing, wonderfully comical banter and the underlying emotional feel of the story ensured we never rested on our laurels giving us
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

Painted Faces was a great an original story, I have to agree with you all about that. But I didn't find this story as amazing as some of you mention.Maybe I wasn't in the mood? I dunno...

You guys have already said it all about this book so let's keep this short and nice. Fred is not your typical super hot heroine (I am glad some authors do this for a change, I am so sick of perfectly looking heroines) and Viv (Nicholas) is also not your typical hero. He works as a drag doing performances but he'
Lise *friends don't flag*
“Okay Fred, you can call me Vivica.”

I loved this book and I love this drag queen and his mouthy Irish assistant!

Fred is Freda an Irish young women a bit on the plump size she works in a charity shop and a bake shop (bakes cupcakes) Vivica is Nicholas from New Zealand an extremely handsome almost pretty man that has traveled the world performing as a cabaret singing drag queen. He now performs in Dublin and lives next door to Freda and her roommate Nora. Yes, not your conventional contemporary ro
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 15, 2014 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance lovers who want to try something a little different
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Rebecca Espinoza
Revisiting my past in 3...2...1...

I love when book characters or experiences take me back in time to moments which make me smile, and I'm not just talking about the shopping cart ride scene in this book.. The male lead of Painted Faces could have easily been one of a few past male friends (If you've never had a male friend who thinks it's peachy to constantly stare at your boobs and ask for sex repeateadly, I almost kind of feel sorry for you in a weirdly backward way.). Oh, well, except for the
Jul 28, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandi by: Jennifer Kyle
4.5 Stars

“It feels like nobody in the history of the world has loved another person as much as I love you. I love you so much it hurts. You make me smile, you make me laugh, you make me burn.”

Really enjoyed this unconventional love story. Freda and Nicholas were both wonderful characters, I adored them. I'll try to review, properly. But I am slacking...
Jan 31, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
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“Who would have thought that a drag queen could be my ultimate male fantasy?”

Ok, ok, ok… now where do I begin… I LOVED this story. And I have to be honest, I had read the book summary several months back and it didn’t excite me. But after reading all of the fantastic reviews coming from my friends, and reading another LH Cosway book, I was ready to take the plunge. And OMG… I was completely entranced by Nicholas as his tortured soul!!!

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One of the things I loved most about this boo
Duchess Nicole
Dec 27, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new adult readers, open minded readers
4 solid stars!!

Book Description:

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 i
A Hearts On Fire Review

"Painted Faces" simply is a romance story. At the heart of this story, a girl and boy - they meet, befriend each other, become new best friends, fall in love, have sex (very hot indeed) and fall in love some more. It's a story I feel a lot of romance readers will love because it has the great elements that drives romance readers to want to read, a bumpy, winding road delivering you into the always searched after happily ever after. And it is set in the magical land of Ire
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
5 AtMoSpHeRiC sTaRs

**Absolutely F#cking Fabulous Darling**

Sometimes, Somethings have the capacity To Grab You By The BOLLOCKS ....well you could if I had any!! *grinning thinking of dangly bits*

Nicholas - 'Ms Vivica Blue'

The Prologue literally grabbed me I know your minds still thinking of bollocks right!! - eyes watering at the very prospect!

It's unique, it piqued my interest straight away and had me spellbound right from the very beginning.

But Painted Faces got me where it hurts - I

This review, as always, will mostly consist of my feelings about the book and will tell you absolutely nothing (or very little) about the actual book ...

A few weeks ago, I received a rec from several of my GR friends with a link to a FREE download of this title from Amazon site. I got it and a few days later, while in between reads, I decided "Why not?" ...

How much did I enjoy this book?? Enough to delete the FREE version of it from my Amazon account so I can BUY it because I felt it was just t
Jan 06, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
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5 Magnificently Unconventional, Brilliant stars!!!

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love...

Girl meets boy who likes to dress as a girl.......

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Meet Nicholas aka Vivica Blue:

What a fascinating character! There were so many reasons to love Nicholas. I mean from the prologue you instantly love him because you know what makes him tick, so to speak. He's so much fun in either persona, but as Nicholas he's all sexy, charming, man and as Vivica, he is one hell o
Penny Reid



First, a note to everyone who hasn't read this book because the blurb (though honest) is off-putting: READ THIS BOOK!!!!

I love (and, I used the L word) this book. It's sexy and challenging and well written and completely captivating. It's one of those books where I wish I could give every romance reader a copy and make it mandatory reading.

Things I loved:
- The voice. This author is funny and smart. Also, the characters felt real to me, like I could touch them. I felt kinship with Fred
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She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.



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