by L.H. Cosway
Painted Faces is a unique love story with fascinating characters and a truly original plot. I was thoroughly immersed in the vivid world the author created, and could have continued reading about for days! It was so good.
Freda “Fred" is a quirky and creative young woman living in Dublin. She is outspoken, and a bit insecure, but isn’t one to constantly put herself down. She enjoys working at a local bakery making cupcakes. And unlike her best friend and roommate, Nora (who is quite the perfectionist), Fred doesn't obsess over things like hair, makeup, or clothing. Instead, she expresses herself through her own uniquely feminine style.
With her boots squeaking in the rain, and mascara running down her cheeks, we learn that Fred owns neither an umbrella nor a car. She silently curses a couple of local kids who are snickering at her as she struggles to find her keys, and it's clear that our leading lady is both humorous and a bit crass. When she finally makes it to her door, she is surprised to see a new neighbor has moved in... an incredibly handsome, and smartly dressed new neighbor with the most striking eyes. They have an immediate connection, but there is also a mystery behind his gaze. He is a puzzle to Fred, but one she intends to solve.
His name is Nicholas, and before long Fred finds herself at a local club where he's scheduled to perform. Not sure what to expect, she is shocked to see his transformation into the singing sensation, Vivica Blue. Sporting stilettos and hot pants, with his shiny black hair slicked back from his face, Nicholas is lovelier than ever. Now Fred believes she is starting to solve the puzzle. But there is so much more to Nicholas than meets the eye. Fred becomes immersed in the glamour and passion, and intimately involved in a new and wondrous world.
This is a heartwarming love story like no other, and one that I could read over and over again! The characters have depth, and the fresh plot is filled with passion and clever quips. An exciting and meaningful tale, I was captivated by the lives of these characters, and the world that Fred finds herself thrust into. A must read!
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Reviewed by Stephanie
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