REVIEW: Showmance by L.H Cosway
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”
Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.
As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.
Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?
LH Cosway is a phenomenal writer. Ever since I found Six of Hearts earlier this year I’ve been in love with every incredible story Ms Cosway has created. Every word she writes in Showmance drags you further and further down into a compelling story about love, loss and pain. It’s captivating, intense and simply beautiful. I could spend this entire review picking descriptive words from a thesaurus and I still wouldn’t be able to put into words how much I loved this story. I’m adamant that Ms Cosway has cracked my heart in half, found all my favourites things and all the things I love in a beautiful story and has written them down in this stunning book that has spoken to my heart and soul.
Anyone who knows me well is aware of how much I love her writing. She has this way with words that’s so simple and yet so intricate that you can’t help but fall into the story and become it.
Showmance is the story of Rose and Damon. Two damaged souls fighting to find there happily ever after while performing in a stage rendition of Moulin Rogue.
Moulin Rogue has always held a special place in my heart, it’s one of my absolute favourite movies. It’s equals part love and hate, pain and pleasure and fitted in so perfectly with Damon and Rose’s love story.
The thing I loved most in this book was Damon’s character development. He starts off so shy and guarded and lost in a world he’s not sure he wants to remember and you can’t help but feel for him.
There’s a part in the book where Damon mentions that his inner voice says everything that he wishes he could but can’t seem to articulate and it shows perfectly in the way his character is written. The words he speaks are so gruff and short yet his inner dialogue is the opposite and so flawless and well spoken. It’s an interesting contrast and something I loved watching develop through the story.
“Man, his singing was like aural caramel, smooth, thick, and undeniably sultry. The entire room was held rapt by his performance, barely an intake of breath to be heard. Damon stared at his feet half the time, almost as though he was too shy to face us. Still, it felt like somebody so large, somebody with such a strikingly masculine appearance, couldn’t possibly be self-conscious. It was only as he sang the last line that he finally looked up, and somehow his eyes locked on mine, like he sensed my spellbound attention.”
Rose has become one of my favourite female characters. She spoke to me in ways I can’t explain. I understood her. I felt what she felt. I hurt when she hurt. And I believed in her. She’s a true romantic who believes in love and is so fiercely loyal to the ones she cares about. There were so many similarities between Rose and the part of Christian whom Damon played which I found incredibly interesting.
“Oh, petal, such reproach in your eyes,” he murmured, taking my chin in his hand and tilting my head, preventing me from looking away. “But what beautiful eyes they are.” I swallowed thickly, my heart hammering. Between my stage fright and Damon’s closeness, I was certain the poor beleaguered organ would soon give out on me. I stared at him. “You use that word like a weapon, you know. ‘Beautiful’ on your lips should be illegal, Damon Atwood. It makes me weak.”
There were so many fantastic secondary characters who also added so much to the story. Even with all her attitude I did like Alicia, she seemed so conniving and damaged at times and her personality seemed to morph with who ever she was speaking to at the time.
Her and Julian made quite a pair. Both damaged by pasts they’d rather forget then relive. I hope we get each of there stories, I’d love to see how there characters develop and grow.
“Because I wanted everyone to love me,” she answered, and then let out a sad laugh. “The thing I didn’t know was that if ten thousand people love you, there are always going to be a thousand who hate you, and even though the love far outweighs the hate, you’ll feel it so intensely that the love might as well not exist at all.”
“You are beautiful. Maybe that’s all that matters. Beautifully flawed. Beautifully perfect. Beautifully strong. Beautifully fragile,” he murmured, and I imagined he was touching her then, sliding his hand along her shoulder or fingering her silky red hair. “A dichotomy of contrasts.”
I really couldn’t put into words how much I recommend this book. L.H Cosway is THAT author for me, The one whose books you preorder without a cover or blurb. Do yourself a favour and read this stunning book!
Meet The Author: L.H Cosway
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.