REVIEW – FAUXMANCE (Showmance#2) by L.H. Cosway

SYNOPSIS

In this era of social media, we all pretend. 

We pretend to be prettier, happier, more confident versions of ourselves, but not Ellen Grant. She takes it to a whole other level and pretends to be someone else entirely. Adopting the persona of a woman far more interesting is the only way she can break free of the socially awkward, romantically inept girl she really is.

And it’s all going swimmingly until she catches the eye of a man at her local coffee shop. Julian Fairchild has been noticing her for a while and he’s fascinated. Little does he know, the woman he thinks he’s obsessed with is a fake.

It’s not long before the jig is up, and Julian discovers Ellen’s true identity. However, he has a proposition. If she really wants to pretend, he can introduce her to a world where she can be anyone she wants. Ellen is intrigued by the prospect, and, blind to the nature of Julian’s profession as a male escort, closes her eyes and lets him lead the way.

Can Ellen keep her feelings in check while discovering a new world of thrills and excitement? And will Julian let it show that he isn’t entertaining Ellen purely out of the goodness of his heart?

Fauxmance is a standalone contemporary romance featuring characters first seen in L.H. Cosway’s Showmance.

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

Five Lovely Stars*****

Ever since I read, and loved Showmance, which is book one in this series, I was dying to read Julian’s story. He is a character that was so extremely charming that I had fallen for him way back when. FauxMance is about him and a beautifully flawed heroine, both amazing characters and both incredibly broken. But together they turned love, into a super power.

 

 

Julian is a male Escort. His early childhood story is pretty dark, he’s had to overcome some very difficult situations in his life, and his physical beauty has always been both a curse and a blessing for him. After many years an an escort, Julian has found a way to more than make women feel good through sex, he makes them feel loved and cherished through wonderful dates and experiences, that not always include sex. He is that good.

Julian is obsessed with interesting people, he thrives on finding unique, and amazing individuals, and experiencing new things and feelings either through them or with them. And that’s how he becomes enthralled with Elodie and Ellen.

Elodie meets her best friend at a cafe every Tuesday to tell her about all her romantic adventures, little does she know that a beautiful stranger has been listening in on her conversations for weeks.

Elodie is a beautiful, sophisticated and super confident accountant. Her thirst for life is something to envy. And Julian simply can’t wait to meet her.

Ellen is a recluse in her own life. She’s scared to death to talk to strangers, lives in a world full of books, inside her beautiful home, with her two love-birds, hiding from the world.

One day, Julian can’t help himself and starts to follow Elodie. He’s not a stalker or anything, he’s just so intrigued with her, and specially since she’s super skittish around him. So on that day, following Elodie’s trek, instead he found Ellen. After meeting the quirky beauty, he can’t decide which one pulls him in more.

They start a beautiful, and simple friendship. But with every day that passes new feelings start to arise. Will these characters be able to be honest with each other, but most of all, with themselves, and admit to the love that is burning hot between them, and simply let it wreck them without thinking of the consequences?

This book started a tiny bit slow, and in all honesty I wasn’t sure I was going to love it as much as I did. But as usual L.H Cosway pulled me into the story like only she can. I love this sort of butterfly characters that she creates. She makes beauty so unique, different from what we are used to. And her stories are so vivid and enchanting that every, single time I read a new book by her I feel empowered, I feel loved, I feel everything.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE+++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

His hunger for me didn’t seem to abate. He made love to me in all the ways I’d been missing out on these past years, and my body was completely and totally spent. It was also waking up, unfurling like a newly sprouted flower. My feelings grew, just like I feared they would.

 

 

This story was EXQUISITE! L.H. Cosway has once again, created a world that I completely lost myself in and never wanted to leave. Her stories and characters are always so colorful and eccentric. I fell head over heels in love with Julian and Ellen’s story!

The story progression starts off a little slow but I was instantly swooning over Julian. He’s not your typical Hero, to say the least. Both Julian and Ellen are broken in different ways by traumatic experiences from their childhood. They each close themselves off to the possibility of love in their own self-destructive ways, but it’s their unlikely friendship that puts them on the path to self-awareness and healing.

 

 

When things start to heat up between Julian and Ellen, the steam is oh so decadent. L.H. knows how to keep her readers panting for more. The angst was always lying just beneath the surface. While it was plain to see for everyone else that they were madly in love with each other the couple themselves were blinded by their own insecurities.

I completely loved this story and was sad to get to the end. This is guaranteed to be a fan favorite! For those of you who haven’t read anything by this author, I highly recommend this series!! She is one of those authors whose stories you will instantly fall in love with and you’ll end up wanting to devour everything she’s ever written.

Here are my overall ratings

Heroes: 5+++++
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5++++++
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

FAUXMANCE is currently available! It’s yet another book I label as a MUST READ!!!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2NDZdTh
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2znsEGf
iTunes: https://apple.co/2kQLtaW
Nook: http://bit.ly/2sKStd0
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2xFqH7j
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2Ja2viB

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