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Painted Faces And you can tell everybody this is your songIt may be uite simple but now that it's doneI hope you don't mindI hope you don't mind that I put down in wordsHow wonderful life is while you're in the world You have to get over your hang ups Human beings don’t always fit into a perfect box the way you want them toThis story was beautiful unconventional magnificentuniue and just brilliant I fell in love with the story and the characters Read itNicholas or Vivica Blue “Cross dressing is often related to sexual preference I like to be a man in the bedroom but a woman on the stage”and Freda or Fred I might not have a boyfriend but I have cupcakes and those tasty bastards haven’t let me down yetNicholas and Freda meet when Nicholas moves next door to Fred and her roommate Nora Nicholas is taken with Fred right away he can just tell when he first meets her that she is special “You’re a fucking hoot Fred I’m officially making you my new best friend Its uite and honored and sought after position I’ll have you know”I have to start out by saying yes Nicholas is a drag ueen He preforms on stage as a woman Viviaca Blue but he is all man Fred notices him right away She is very attracted to him but has a hard time believing how much Nicholas wants her She is a little on the curvy side and a bit insecure with her body She becomes his assistant Helping pick out his clothing and makeup etc for shows “You’ll always be my friend won’t you Fred? Don’t let me fuck this up I need you in my life now I need the golden eyed girl who can make me smile” As their friendship grows so does the sexual tension that has been there from the very beginning The banter between the two of them is hilarious They really are amazing together “I don’t mind at all The the merrier thats what I always say Except if it’s an orgy; you’ve got to be picky in matters of group sex”
“Oh I completely agree You can never be too careful in a gang bang”
“Sometimes you end up with too much gang and not enough bang” says Nicholas“I’ve never had a taste for too much gang I much prefer the latter” I laugh“Ah we have that in common then”Fred is so funny Loved her sense of humor She is smart and sassy and very beautiful even if she can’t see it for herself She gets Nicholas Even though he is not conventional she is drawn to him She is comfortable with him loves him as Nicholas andor Vivian She lets him be who he needs to be I love him because he makes me laugh when I don’t feel like laughing I love him because he challenges my view on what a man is I love him because I know I shouldn’t love him and he’ll break my heart And I love him because he’s a complete and total anomaly I love him because I want to kill the sadness inside him that I want anything else in the worldI’m coming to think that his complexity is what I love about him He has suffered in his life and it’s created this wonderfully flawed man who I don’t think I could live without You cannot help but to love Nicholas He is sexy sensual complex sweet charismatic flirty humorous and completely lovable But he is also a beautiful mess He has a past He travels It gets lonely He doesn’t really have much of an in between When he is happy he is extremely happy and when he’s not he’s extremely sad I loved getting to know Nicholas He was wonderful He wasn’t perfect but he was perfect for Fred “I love you Freda” he breathes “It feels like nobody in the history of the world has loved another person as I love you I love you so much it hurts You make me smile you make me laugh you make me burn”“I belong to you I’ve belonged to you since the beginning since before I even knew that I did”“You colour my world Freda” The secondary characters were wonderful as well loved Noramost of the time Harry Sean and Phillip Of course I especially loved Fred and Nicholas and their relationship together They had a friendship first a lot of sexual tension and then some hot scenes Just because Nicholas has an unconventional lifestyle he was still able to have an happy endingThis was truly one of the most beautiful and uniue love stories I have ever read I would recommend it to all 5 odd and unconventional romance stars “We all paint on a face to show the world For some of us that's uite literal” Wow Just WOW I have never read another book uite like this one before It completely blew me away I mean I never would have thought straight drag ueen and romance would fit in the same category but I was wrongPainted Faces is about Freda a twenty something Irish woman who works odd jobs and has some terrible ex boyfriends This story begins when Fred has a new neighbor move in and he immediately expresses interest in her Nicholas is attractive and suave and despite his advances Fred almost has him pegged as gay But then she see's his show and realizes he's a drag ueen and everything begins to make senseNicholas offers Fred a job working as his assistant and she accepts As time goes by the attraction between the two of the builds but Fred is wary of his advances Nicholas has slept his way across Europe and she isn't sure if he's serious about her or just looking to shag her “I want to ruin you Freda in the best way possible” I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this book I had read some of Cosway's books before but a friend had told me to read some of her earlier work as it was a little bit different I then found out this friend hadn't read this book yet lol I'm so glad I read this book and I kind of can't believe I haven't read it before Why has no one recommended me this book???? Book friends you are slacking jkjkI loved both characters so much Fred was an amazing heroine she had insecurities yet she stood up for herself She was understanding and accepting of ideas new to her Was she perfect? No But that's what I liked most about her Nicholas oh he's something else He changed what I thought about masculinity In a literary world of alpha males and dominance here came a different kind of romantic hero and his uniueness shone through the pages “I might not have a boyfriend but I have cupcakes and those tasty bastards haven't let me down yet” This was such the perfect blend of romance and angst for me I couldn't put the book down I was reading well into the early hours of the morning when I should have been sleeping Believe me this book was worth not being able to adult properly the next day I was so enraptured by this uniue and special story I didn't want it to end So as you can tell I bloody loved this book I find myself wanting to go back and reread it even as I type just to be near Nicholas and Freda again I can honestly say this is my favorite Cosway book to date and I probably will be binge reading the rest of her books sometime real soon “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” FULL REVIEW POSTEDRating 45 ‘VIVICA BLUE’ STARSMy Views Wow Just Wow 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 LHCosway couldn’t have painted Fred and Viv’s story in any other way; she outdid herself with this masterpiece Style of writing My first book by LHCosway has been ‘Six of Hearts’ and she immediately became one of my favorite authors and I’ve been stalking her and reading her book since then But I must say that in ‘Painted Faces’ I fell in love with her lyrical flow of writing all over again She’s an amazing writer and she truly painted Fred and Viv’s story in my heart Characters Freda is the smartass in the story she’s cute and funny and I loved her Freda is not the classy heroine who is the epitome of beauty she special in her own way which I really liked because I loved when my heroines resemble real life people and not a model out of Cosmopolitan Nicholas or let me say the lovely Vivica Blue was the one who stole my heart in this one I loved his character portrayal and the way he paved his way to my heart The concept of your heroes being virile and all manly is completely shaken with Viv but I must say that this didn’t prevent me from loving him less I loved getting to see my hero in a different light and I’m going to devour book 2 as soon as I get my grabby hand on it Favorite Part Okay to be honest it’s difficult to say which bit was my favorite because the whole book made me smile and sometimes led me to a puddle of tears and I loved both momentsWhat did not work? Urm Similar books? NONE Absolutely no book that I’ve read till date can match ‘Painted Faces’ Recommended YES PLEASE I know most of you have read this book but those who haven’t read it let me tell you this my friend “LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE GRAB THIS BOOK GO UNDERGROUND AND READ THE STORY THAT KISSED MY HEART” Click On The Color Splashes To Join Me ; SPOILER FREE REVIEW4 STARS OUT OF 5Genre Contemporary RomanceSetting DublinIn Painted Faces Fred an outspoken women who thinks herself to be average and Nicholas a handsome man who also happens to be a drag ueen find love Unconventional? Yes Not my normal love story? NopeShould 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 all I want his heart' FredaFreda considers herself to be average in the looks department She is 25yrs old the youngest of 4 Her parents had her late in life so her siblings out date her by at least a decade or Freda is an outspoken women known for telling you exactly how she feels without batting an eyelash She is curvy considered on the thick side at a comfortable size14 with curly brown hair She lives with her best friend and roommate Nora Nora is pretty in the ideal way she is also thin and always looking for 'the one'Nora has her current sights set on the new neighbor Nicholas Both Freda and Nora will be in for a shock when Nicholas let's his intentions known He want's Fred You're very pretty Fred he says matter of factly Then he brings hi face closer and traces his lips among my ear I'd really like to fuck you When Freda met Nicholas she was returning from shopping Her clothes were sopping wet and she had three grocer bags slung over her shoulder He was coming out of his apartment as she wrestled to get her key out to enter her's He introduced himself as Vivica She instantly was drawn in to his blue eyes and handsome face While chatting she noticed some of his mannerism seemedfey like But after catching him leering at her D cups which were visible through her soaking wet shirt she dismissed the thoughtIt's at dinner later on that night when Nicholas openly flirts with Freda much to Nora's dismay; when Freda turns Nicholas down on his proposition to have sex Inwardly she can't deny that she is attracted to him The man is gorgeous who wouldn't be? Lot's of kinks lot's of uirks my sexuality is multifaceted NicholasNicholas invites both Freda and Nora to see his show Freda agrees to go They uickly become friends even spending the afternoon together the day of his performance Freda attends his cabaret performance that night with Nora and two other friends While there Freda takes notice early on that they are in a gay bar Her suspicions begin to arise once in regards to Nicholas and his sexuality Nora is still holding out hope and is to busy getting sloshed to pick up on the atmosphere in the barThe announcer takes the stage to introduce Nicholas as Vivica Blue 'He's a Fucking drag ueen' Freda At first Freda feels a bit of discomfort but it uickly dissipates as she becomes enthralled by his performance 'This is astounding amazing so incredibly thrilling Only today a world traveling cabaret performing drag ueen took me out for lunch and named me as his new best friend The idea plunges my Black and white world into a vibrant techni colour rainbow' Freda's inner monologueFreda assumes that Nicholas must be bi becauseWell because he hit on her After the show Nicholas let's her know that he is a straight man So it's not a fetish for you? He smirks Nope Cross dressing is often related to sexual preference I like to be a man in the bedroom But a woman on stage Nicholas offers Freda a job as his assistant She accepts and is now in the drag ueen world of wigs make up sparkly dresses and high heels Slowly being pulled in by Nicholas the attraction becomes palpable The chemistry between the two is flammable I'd like to see you speechless breathless panting Nicholas to Freda Freda does her best to keep their relationship platonic But her desires for Nicholas only increase the closer they get the she learns about the man behind the wigs and make up 'I stare into his eyes for a second and get caught like a fly in a spiders web There is deep deep pain in him somewhere underneath the flirty confidant surface' Freda's inner monologueFriends to lovers This is a romantic tale of two people finding love in a very different wayMy thoughtsNothing I was expecting This is far from my normal romance I found the writing engaging the deeper in to the story I got The love story is very uniue Makes me wonder where the author came up with the conceptDear readers I recommend this book to romance lovers looking for something different from the norm Painted Faces meets that standard and then some Very beautiful and highly erotic Check it out I consider author LH Cosway an Author To Look out ForMy RatingsCharacters Lovable and truly one of a kindWriting Style Witty Sensual and HonestPlotStoryline Uniue in terms of the romance also very Savory with lasting characters who are sure to stick with youSteam Factor HighVery SteamyOverall I enjoyed Check it out Now go forth and read Then come tell us about it on GoodreadsFor reviews go to Copy kindly provided by the author for a honest review A wonderfully uniue love story that’s both poignant and happy It will cause smiles laugher and swooning while urging to think out of the box I felt joyfully stunned after reading Fred and Viv’s tale not just because it had a happy ending but because I’ve never read anything like it This is one story that will stay with me forever “Human beings don't always fit into a perfect box the way you want them to” Before I dive into my review I’d like to say I’m mostly a traditional reader where alpha boy meets girl and they live happily ever after Having a drag ueen hero was something I had trouble picturing So I’m both sad and happy that it took me some time to pick this book up Sad because now that I was exposed to a different perspective I know I was missing out on a great read But glad that I dove in because not only did I get to meet these amazing characters I also got to read the brilliant flip side to this book right on its heels “Who would have thought that a drag ueen could be my ultimate male fantasy?” But I’m getting ahead of myself In Painted Faces we get Freda’s affectionately known as Fred’s side of how she met got to know and fell in love with her ridiculously handsome and charismatic next door neighbor “With this strangely beautiful man in my life I have a feeling it will never be the same again” Cupcake baking Freda doesn’t fit into the world’s traditional definitions of physically perfect she often gets overlooked and has a bit of a complex regarding her figure But true beauty is not skin deep She’s a good friend and daughter and has humor wit and snark shielding her insecurities I loved her inner rants and her tendency to be blunt I just plain loved her and how real she felt Nicholas or Vivica is a criminally handsome and addictive but very broken straight man who seeks solace in dressing and performing as a woman to cope with childhood trauma “You're so pretty Viv it's not fair How can you be pretty and handsome?” Freda“I like to be a man in the bedroom but a woman on the stage” Nicholas He’s a “wonderfully flawed man” with scars hidden by charisma who suffers from loneliness but is at the same time is cheerful virile naughty and completely unrepentant He’s a contradiction and a very atypical hero I couldn’t help but love him “He is such a complex creature but I'm coming to think that his complexity is what I love about him” When these two meet sparks fly but there’s also an instant recognition of kindred spirits As an insatiable womanizer Nicholas wants to seduce Freda but her caution only lets room for friendship which Nicholas readily accepts They banter tease get to know one another and have fun while doing so They experience emotional highs and lows and eventually fall in love He looks like a really hot woman It's unsettling but also titillating“If I was into girls I'd do you”“Psst I'll let you in on a secret Fred I actually have a cock Don't tell anyone it would ruin my reputation But feel free to do me any time you want” There were times when I would’ve liked to seriously reprimand him regarding his actions towards Freda But it was clear she meant a great deal to him More than what he deemed himself to be worthy of He was electric and magnetic But there were glimpses of sadness vulnerability and deep pain underneath the flirty confident surface “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 all I want his heart” This tale was amazingly executed From the way Freda could look past the high heels and painted face to the fractured man with a very masculine vibrancy To the way Nicholas with his uncharacteristic view of life sees past Freda’s protective shell I loved how these two brought color life and meaning to each other “You'll always be my friend won't you Fred? Don't let me fuck this up I need you in my life now I need the golden eyed girl who can make me smile This is an unconventional love story but I think the point is that we can find beauty in the most pleasantly unexpected places It’s so rare to find originality in contemporary romance and I just love how LH does it time and again “I love you Freda 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” If you want the usual and predictable love story this is not the book for you If you’re looking for extraordinary and adventurous I urge you to pick up this book I can’t wait to start with Killer ueen Nicholas’ side of this love storyGet your copy on board The pintrest board says for Killer ueen but its about the same characters I was graciously given an ARC of this book by the author The excerpts are from that copy For of my reviews and those of my best book buds and updates Visit our blogStalk us on FaceBookAs well as Twitter “Love is not about how we appear on the outside it’s about the soul contained within” NicholasGosh I really loved this one It is such a beautiful and uniue story that feeds your soul your heart and your mind It was “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 Freda and NicholasFreda Fred was lovely Whether it was her outlook on life her acceptance of others or just the fact that she wasn’t that perfectly packaged woman she was a breath of fresh air Nicholas Viv was lovely too His being touched my soul I know that might sound a little deep but certain stories do that to me and this is one of them I adored the way that Fred and Viv come together It is a colorful friends to lovers story Fred was the color to Viv’s otherwise gray life There were moments that made me laugh and moments that made me cried I loved how music was used as forms of expression As with anything that is worthy of your heart it doesn’t come without some pain and heartache But that's what makes it all worth it in the end People are messy Life is messy Love is messy And finally one of my favorite parts “He looks at me and smiles as he presses down on the final note I hold his gaze and blow him a kiss” He sings like he’s making a vow It frightens meI soak in the words the truth of them how special they make me feel” This is only my second book by LH Cosway As with Still Life with Strings this story was wonderfully beautiful If you haven't read this one I highly recommend that you do It might be one of those books that you have to be in a certain mood for but don't miss out on meeting Fred and Viv HOLY CRAP FREE FROM OCTOBER 4 8th 2013 GO GET IT FOLKSI 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 ratcheted up the sexual tension between Nicholas and Freda was something else entirely I was on the edge of my seat uite literally and was anticipating their every caress like I was witnessing it firsthand LH Cosway didn't just do a fab job with the romance aspect I also felt totally sucked in by their stories These uirky off beat characters will really stick with me Something about their journeys and struggles really resonated with me This book totally captivated me tonight and I couldn't put it down It was a very special reading experience An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here Come forth with an open mind for an unconventional tale of love Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acuired 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 herNicholas 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 into a room he lights it up with his uick wit and charisma He is a travelling cabaret performer but Freda doesn't know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night She is gob smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag Later on Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant Excited by the idea she jumps at the chance Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs make up and high heels surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employerIn this story of passion and sexual discovery Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy emotional highs and lows and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime Publication date 16th December 2012 when in the fast embrace their limbs were knit they two were two no nor man nor woman – one body then that neither seemed and bothWELCOMEWelcome to the show everyoneTonight's show is a tale of unconventional unrestricted beautiful colourful amazing LOVE Tired? Lost? Happy? Sad? Mad? Angry?No matter whatyou're all welcome hereSojust kick back and put up your feet and enjoyPour yourselves a drinkit's on the house So let's begin this showColoursthey're so fascinatingaren't they?So beautiful so wonderfulwhat would life be without them?And Peopleso different from each other and yet so similar to each otherall across the worldhaving different and yet same dreams desires and coloursSo do you have it in you to accept all the colours and shades of the worldof the people in itof life??The story begins withWHITE The colour of INNOCENCE He was eight years old when his obsession beganHe is a young boy who tries to hold on to his sanityhis happinessby trying to be like the person he lovesbecause the world is too confusing when you're left alone like thatso he tries to find himself in the possessions of a dead womanBut one day everything's shatteredBecause there are monsters lurking everywhere and when one catches himit's clear that His beautiful secret the one that had brought him so much joy would never be a happy childish thing again PRESENT DAYBut life can never remain monocoloured for longSoon a ray of light disperses the white into coloursso many coloursso many shadesIt begins with a splash of rainIt begins with FREDAa girl who's soaked to the bone fumbling around looking for her apartment keys the girl with the self deprecating humour I'm the picture of a modern woman who doesn't own a car and doesn't possess the forethought to carry an umbrella It begins with running into new gorgeous fascinating neighbours He has jet black hair sort of midway between long and short ice blue eyes and a classically beautiful face His physiue is lightly muscled in that kind of athletic way and when he smiles at me politely his whole face lights up His eyes are all shines and sparkles It begins with NICHOLASIt begins with introductions and it begins with PINK the colour of ATTRACTION His eyes pull me in like they hold secrets that could make my boring old life so much exciting You don't come across men this alluring very often “Fred you can call me Fred” I tell himHe laughs a wonderfully low sound that vibrates through to my toes “Okay Fred you can call me Vivica” Our eyes connect and we both smile at his joke It's funny but not funny enough to solicit a laugh “Cool if we become close friends can I call you Viv?” I respond She thinks she'll become his best friend who'll give him relationship advices console him when he's sadand I'd come out with sappy little nuggets of wisdom such as Nicholas true love is like a flower it needs care and sustenance in order to grow It will be cheesy in the most wonderful way How sad is it that the idea of playing that kind of a role in his life actually excites me? But what he wants is poles apart from her daydreams “You're very pretty Fred” he says matter of factly Then he brings his face closer and traces his lips along my ear “I'd really like to fuck you” And her assumptions that he might be gay go down the drain BLACK WHITE AND ALL THE SHADES OF GREY When Freda's roommate and friend Nora asks him “So Nicholas what do you do for a living?”“I'm a cabaret performer” he answers simply And they've no idea what it entails till they meet herVIVICA BLUEAnd it's none other than NICHOLAS This is astounding amazing so incredibly thrilling Only today a world travelling cabaret performing drag ueen took me out for lunch and named me as his new best friend The idea plunges my black and white world into a vibrant techni colour rainbow And then a very valid uestion arises in her mindso she asks him about it subtlynot He levels me with a funny look “You think I'm gay?I don't think I've ever heard of a straight drag ueen”He smiles wryly before knocking back his shot He stares up at the ceiling when he mutters “Yeah well you're looking at one” “You're joking right? You have to be at least bi”“Nope I only have eyes for the ladies” he states all of a sudden he seems slightly pissed off OopsHe likes to be a man in the bedroom and a woman on stagehe definitely has eyes for this particular ladyand makes her aware of it every time they're togetherBut when she declines repeatedly to be his bed partner because 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 all I want his heart So he offers her a position as his assistant “Why are you so determined for me to agree?” “I don't know There's something about you that comforts me Perhaps the fact that every second word out of your mouth begins with an F” This part contains spoilersread at your own risk RED The colour of PASSIONSo she agrees to it and is plunged into a world she'd never thought ofnever imagined could be so beautifulso differentAnd after all life's all about new experiencesSo she experiences it allThey decide to be friends You're the perfect friend for me Fred you the drag king and me the drag ueen” But they can't help dancing around each otherteasing and taunting each other I tell him that I drove my tractor through his haystack last night I tell him that I threw my pitchfork at his dog to keep uiet I tell him that I've got a brand new combine harvester and that I want to give him the key I tell him that we'll have twins and triplets because I'm a man built for speed I tell him that he's a fine looking woman and that I can't wait to get my hands on his land GREEN The colour of JEALOUSY She feels jealous well you can guess whenRED GREY BLACKSo many colours of painHis painbecause he hurts insideHer painbecause she just couldn't take it any when he said he didn't careTheir painbecause well humans are messed up beings right? My heart thumps hard and fast against my ribcage “So this is me darling a complete and total contradiction A fucking mess” He smiles sadly “A beautiful mess” I proclaim BLUE The colour of forgiveness He drove her awaybecause sometimes we're cruellest to the ones we care about the mostbut he couldn't live without hershe was the only one who made feel cleanSoHe asks for another chanceand works to make it alright “Do you want to know what my favourite part of your body is?” he asks leaning forward“Go on then enlighten me” I say trying to sound bored It's not like I'm dying to know or anything He reaches forward and traces his hand over my stomach “This part It's all round and soft I'd love to fall asleep right here” He reaches out across the space between our two sleeping bags “Give me your hand” he whispers I glance down at his outstretched fingers then I slowly reach out too and interlock mine with his He rubs his thumb back and forth over my wrist and I fall asleep to the calming motion of his touchALL THE COLOURS TOGETHER LOVE PAIN LAUGHTER SADNESS HOPE LIFEAnd so that's how it beginsthe happy ever afterbecause those are the most beautiful beginnings everyone yearns for It's the most perfect moment of my life; I want to put it a jar and shelve it keep it forever He asks me what made him behave that way using words he never says? He can only think it must be love He asks me to kiss him like it's the final meal kiss him like we'll die tonight He says that holy cow he loves my eyes That only now he sees the light He says to throw the curtains wide that one day like this a year will see him rightHe pulls back to look down at me “I love you Freda” he breathes “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” “You colour my world Freda” he whispersNow he can be a man in a dress but he isn't lost He has his golden eyed girl to lead his fractured soul through a world that once seemed dark and empty In the present there's nothing but bright wonderful sun lightHe holds her tight promising himself that he'll never ever let her go And it's the beginning of their life together So many coloursSo many facesSo many facets to every faceAccept each and everyoneEmbrace it allBecause we all paint on a face to show the world Maybe you're a manMaybe you're a womanMaybe you're neitherMaybe you're bothBut whatever you'reWhoever you'reWherever you'reYouAreBeautifulMarvellousExuisiteAmazingCompleteAnd I want you to remember this alwaysIf anyone tells you differentlythen just tell themDon't tell me not to live just sit and putter Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade Don't tell me not to fly I simply got to If someone takes a spill it's me and not you Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade I'll march my band out I'll beat my drum And if I'm fanned out your turn at bat sir At least I didn't fake it hat sir I guess I didn't make it But whether I'm the rose of sheer perfection A freckle on the nose of life's complexion The Cinderella or the shine apple of its eye I gotta fly once I gotta try once Only can die once right sir? Ooh life is juicy juicy and you see I gotta have my bite sir I'm gonna live and live NOW Get what I want I know how One roll for the whole shebang One throw that bell will go clang Eye on the target and wham One shot one gun shot and bam I'll march my band out I will beat my drum And if I'm fanned out your turn at bat sir At least I didn't fake it hat sir I guess I didn't make it Get ready for me love 'cause I'm a comer I simply gotta march my heart's a drummer Nobody no nobody is gonna rain on my paradeSo to uote LH Cosway 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 You colour my world We hope you enjoyed the showStay beautifulStay colourfulimage error Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest How often do you grab books while they're free or discounted on Kindle and then never read them? For me pretty much all the time That's why my friends and I have started the Kindle Clean Out club where we BR books that have been sitting in cyberspace gathering virtual dust You can read Sarah's review of this book here and Heather's review of this book hereThis is actually my second book by this author The first was STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS I received a copy of the book directly from the author and ended up giving the book two stars because even though I loved the idea of a romance with a sexy violinist drools the romance felt rushed and unrealistic the heroine was kind of a judgmental little sht and the two of them had sex without a bloody condom my #1 erotica pet peeveI leaped at the chance to obtain PAINTED FACES because this sounded like yet another interesting concept a romance between a baker and a straight drag ueen Yes okay just give it here said foolish me I'll totally sign up for that I began reading the book and was dismayed to find myself with yet another book that also felt rushed and unrealistic with a judgmental little sht of a heroine who has sex without a condomOh My God There is no escape from the madnessFred is the worst heroine She's always making judgments about everyone around her slut shaming women body shaming women reverse slut shaming women if you're not actively having sex you're all dried up She's snide about a woman with a college degree who became a stay at home mom She makes fun of her friend Anny for having a threesome She age shames this woman for having sex with Nicholas before she and Nicholas are together because having sex with a younger attractive man makes you desperate Her mouth or at least her words is always running to deliver these constant asides that make her seem desperate to relate to you the reader Do you enjoy relaxing in sweatpants? Do you like watching people eat the food you cooked? Do you think furry animals are cute? Wow you do? Oh my God you're so uniue and uirkyJUST LIKE FREDAHer relationship with Nicholas starts out with them being friends but that too felt rushed and desperate I liked how secure Nicholas was with his sexuality and how he indulged in both stereotypically masculine and feminine activities without making a big fuss over it Unfortunately Nicholas is also an alphahole who gets really grabby with the heroine When they first meet he presses himself up against her backside while she's cooking ew predatory no He's constantly grabbing her breasts or talking about her body He sleeps around with other women and then mocks them either behind their back or in front of them to other women mostly Freda and uses them to make other women who want to sleep with him jealous everyone He's constantly tearing at her clothes at one point yanking her dress down so he can molest her in a bathroom again before they're together He employs the heroine with a job that's 100% pretense so he can gauge whether or not she's worthy of him It's all so sick making and by the end of the book I despised him How can you possibly like a hero who tells the heroine that she's pure and clean while other women are dirty and after sleeping with another woman tells the heroine he was imagining her while doing it??I wanted to like PAINTED FACES but I didn't I liked parts of it the role music had to play the drag shows and performances the descriptions of middle class Ireland baking but the whole of the book was ruined by the two main characters and the wasted potential I feel like this book could have stirred up some very interesting dialogues about transphobia homophobia sexuality gender fluidity sexual abuse and heteronormative relationships that would have been incredibly relevant and interesting Instead it just took the same tired old cliches and tried to gussy them up with sparkly heels and mascaraIt did not work1 to 15 stars

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