Rose is a theater choreographer, happy to stay away from the limelight due to stage fright. Damon Atwood is a child star, who's come out of retirement after 10 years to act in a theater version of Moulin Rouge. Damon is very closed off, having a hard time trusting anyone due to issues with his father. Damon seems to trust Rose almost from the get-go and they build a friendship, as she helps him with his choreography. Their friendship is sweet and endearing, and eventually it builds that slow burn mentioned above, although it's not without its challenges.
The side-cast in this book is fabulous, too. There's Julian, who is Rose's flat-mate and pseudo-brother; he's a paid escort and he's a hoot. There's Alicia, the Hollywood star, who wants Damon for herself, but also comes across as someone you might actually like. And then there's Rose's ex, Blake; he likes to cause trouble and he regrets letting Rose go. These characters, together with Rose and Damon, make for an interesting and dynamic cast.
The drama is bearable and not overdone. Damon, while he seems shy and reserved, has quite the dirty mind when it comes to Rose and her anatomy....and he actually made me blush and giggle with a few of his brash thoughts. Some of my favorite parts with Damon and Rose were when they were huddled together listening to an audio book; they communicated without speaking and that was really endearing to me.
All-in-all, this was really a well-written book. I look forward to reading more from L.H. Cosway.
Showmance begins with West End choreographer Rose Taylor. Rose has a weakness for actors and has just had a bad experience with her ex. She is swearing off men for a while and has decided to focus on her new assistant role in Moulin Rouge.
This sounds like a good plan until the lead is brought in for the show. Childhood actor Damon Atwood; he is broody and beautiful and Rose can’t help but be drawn to him. Damon is not comfortable in the spotlight anymore but has agreed to leave his remote Scottish Island as a promise to his grandmother. He is clearly uncomfortable and doesn’t trust people but Rose calms him and makes things easier for him.
I loved the dual POV, especially so that we could get in Damon’s’ head. He was so quiet and reserved because he doesn’t want the spotlight and he doesn’t trust people. Getting in his head explained so much about him and made you love him more. Damon was sweet and gentle but surprisingly he was dirty boy too. Rose was a lovely person and I think her and Damon were perfect for each other. I loved how patient and kind they were to each other. They seemed to really understand what the other needed at different times.
While I agree Ms. Cosway is the undisputed Queen of the slow burn romance I found myself getting impatient. The sexual tension was off the charts but I think the outside forces pulling these two apart frustrated me a bit.
All in all this was a great read and you really can’t go wrong picking up an L.H. Cosway book!
Cosway is on my short list of authors that never lets me down. This book was fantastic. It's a slow burn romance between Damon, an Oscar-winning child actor that's been out of the spotlight for years, and Rose, a choreographer's assistant that's happy to keep her dancing behind the scenes.
Damon has agreed to come out of retirement to accept the role of Christian in a stage production of Moulin Rouge. Damon is sweet and shy and self-conscious despite being mega talented. And he's immediately smitten with Rose. Rose is sweet and happy and wears her heart on her sleeve. However, she's just gotten dumped and she's sworn off actors. Cosway will kill you with sexual tension but it's worth it I promise.
I also loved all of the secondary characters. I thought Cosway did a great job with all the nuances of what goes into creating a musical. I felt like I was there. And I'm looking forward to Julian's story. I really want an HEA for him. In fact, every time Cosway writes a book in one of her series I'm eager for the next. So whatever her next release is, I'll be reading. Bravo!