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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 i 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.


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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 i 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.

30 review for Fauxmance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    “Work or pleasure?” I shot her a crooked smile. “Why can’t it be both?” DNF @ 30% *sigh* I'm going to go and pour myself a glass of bubbles, lovelies. This is going to be a tough one to review. _____________ The Story The first five star read of the year of the year for me was given to none other than L.H Cosway. So imagine, my excitement when her next release made its way to my kindle as an ARC! In all honesty, Cosway's charm and writing is something I will never stop loving - even if this one w “Work or pleasure?” I shot her a crooked smile. “Why can’t it be both?” DNF @ 30% *sigh* I'm going to go and pour myself a glass of bubbles, lovelies. This is going to be a tough one to review. _____________ The Story The first five star read of the year of the year for me was given to none other than L.H Cosway. So imagine, my excitement when her next release made its way to my kindle as an ARC! In all honesty, Cosway's charm and writing is something I will never stop loving - even if this one was really not for me. From the near third that I read, this novel revolves around our Ellen Grant. Ellen is socially awkward at heart, truly a soft cinnamon role. Yet, she has a secret. One that takes form with designer dresses and a sex crazed fictional life. Enter Elodie, Ellen's other persona that she manifests into everytime she meets her friend Suzie at their local coffee shop. Not thinking there would be any repercussions to (fake) living her fictional life, she catches the attention of Julian Fairchild. A male escort who overhears the sex stories that Elodie recites to her friend. He take's a massive (and almost odd) obsession to wanting to know her better. Thus, our story starts. “I swear you invented the philosophy of YOLO,” Suze said with envy." See, the story itself had massive potential. Therein lied my excitement to start. Perhaps, I went into this expecting too much, and that's why I came up short. I really could not connect with any of the characters and I feel like even though sometimes you can't always have that, that's where the story pulls you in. But this did that neither. I found myself pushing to read, and I knew when was when to put it down because I wasn't about to force myself. I can't really put it in any other way, but for me - the start of the story orchestrated like a poorly produced porn plot. That's probably also harsher than I intend it to be, but what I'm trying to say, is that it was so unrealistic, unfathomable and cringe that it felt like a Brazzer's video. The Dialogue This one was a big one for me. Some of the quotes in this book made me laugh out loud in a moment that probably wasn't intended to be humorous and some made me want to write a thesis on the unnecessary need of sexist characterizations. Let's start with some of the more funny ones: 1) “It was all going great until we started doing the deed and he made these loud, high-pitched sex noises. I was like, okay, this is weird. But you know, he was good in bed, so I gave him a pass on the girly moans.” 2) “Seriously? How do you find all these amazing men?” Elodie grinned. “I won’t lie, it’s a skill.” “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t married so that we could go out together and paint the town red every night.” 3) "He also wore brown leather shoes with no socks. I noticed this was a real trend lately, but I wasn’t a fan. It just made me think of how sweaty your bare feet would be against the leather. Yuck. At least there was one part of him that wasn’t perfect. It helped break the spell his beauty cast over me." Now let me just explain some of the ones that kinda left me uncomfortable: (You may not want to read this part because I may trigger you) 1) "He was so pretty he could’ve been a girl" 2) "He had a sexy, masculine aura, but he was too beautiful to be described as manly. " I stopped before my brain could process anymore. So before I start, let me say I understand why nouns are gender specific. For example, 'steward' and 'stewardess' or 'host' and 'hostess'. That makes sense, because what it does is it makes it easier for there to be distinction between the sexes. What I don't understand is how, adjectives to describe ¡hooman beings! have suddenly received a gender binary code. Now, if anyone is like "Alex... feminazi?": First of all, fuck off. I get you may not agree with this. Fair enough, everyone has their own opinion (this happens to be mine). Second of all, please terminate that word from your vocabulary, it really is an unnecessary addition to the English language. Getting back to the point, I DO NOT mean to hate on the author because in her defense; she probably didn't intend for a (picky) person like me to take it this way. Yet, I can't help but see it as not needed. I have so many male friends that are beautiful, that does not make them a girl. Nor does it make them feminine. You can use the word beautiful and pretty to describe something so neutral as nature. "Wow that blossom is pretty" "Wow that chunky tree is beautiful"... I'm going on a tangent.... I hope you understand what I mean, because I really wanted to like this book. Both of us just didn't hit it off *all the shoulder shrug gifs I can find*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    *****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 alway *****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

  3. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Wordsmith Publicity) -I was a firm believer that people got to decide who they wanted to be in life, no matter their beginnings. Ellen Grant is a single 29 yr. old woman living in London who lives a quiet, simple life. She had difficulty with social interaction, and became anxious and awkward in crowds. Tired of existing like a hermit and wondering if she’d always be alone, she decides to occasionally transform herself into someone else. She yearned for excitement, and 4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Wordsmith Publicity) -I was a firm believer that people got to decide who they wanted to be in life, no matter their beginnings. Ellen Grant is a single 29 yr. old woman living in London who lives a quiet, simple life. She had difficulty with social interaction, and became anxious and awkward in crowds. Tired of existing like a hermit and wondering if she’d always be alone, she decides to occasionally transform herself into someone else. She yearned for excitement, and as Elodie she could be confident, fearless, and brave. Her disguise made her feel sexy, and she could relax and not overthink everything. As Elodie she felt free and fun. Her secret identity is safe until she unexpectedly catches the attention of a beautiful man who eventually figures out her secrets. Julian Fairchild is a devastatingly handsome male escort who is charming, playful and confident. He didn’t believe in love or soulmates, but people fascinated him. He adored women and enjoyed variety, but kept his personal & work life separate. He didn’t do strings, and believed people should be free to explore their sexuality without being confined. Julian looks forward to his Tuesday mornings at his local coffee shop where he often overhears two women chatting about their lives. The stunning redhead named Elodie always has the most colorful stories. He’s become completely fixated on her lately. He’s intrigued by her and wants to meet her. He finally gets his chance and after he speaks with her is even more entranced by her beauty. He is persistent and eventually they become friends. Ellen is flustered by Julian. She isn’t used to talking to men that mesmerizing. He was so pretty to look at, and had a magnetic energy so open and full of light. She quickly fell deep under his spell and was lost to him as their friendship grows into more. He wasn’t the kind of man you settled down with, but he taught her sensuality was a vital part of life. He wanted her to be herself and experience a world of new possibilities. He figures his obsession with her would eventually fade, so he lets himself enjoy spending time with her. Soon an intense connection forms and emotions are involved. Meeting Julian changes Ellen’s life for the better. He brought her out of her shell and made her feel alive. He helped her be herself, and before she can stop it her heart longs to belong to Julian. When the time comes can Julian move on from Ellen, or has she forever changed him too? -He was one of the most beautiful men I’d ever met. -Some people didn’t have to try to seduce. They just did. It was as easy as breathing. -He was the man of your fantasies, the one you had sexy dreams about. When you woke up, you willed yourself back to sleep. -Everything with Julian felt right, so right it scared me. -“You don’t get too many chances for love in this life. -So, when it’s real, you’ve got to grab hold of it.” I really enjoyed this story! It was my first solo book I’ve read by L.H. Cosway, and it was just terrific! Her writing is unique, and full of humor and emotion. I loved Julian! This man was so purely genuine & kind, and holy hell he was sexy! One look from him and you’re completely seduced. Then you get to know his beautiful heart, and you fall even more. I can’t wait to read more from this amazing author! I hope we get a book for Cameron! ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/2NDZdTh

  4. 5 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    *4.5 stars* I loved this book!! L.H. Cosway always writes such unique, touching stories and this one wasn’t an exception. Julian is a male escort and best friend to Rose from Showmance. I was always intrigued by him and I am so happy we are finally able to truly know him. I know many people will shy away from this book due to Julian’s job, but it didn’t really bother me cause he didn’t just do it for the sex. He helps empower women through their sexuality and conquer their fears. Also there’s no *4.5 stars* I loved this book!! L.H. Cosway always writes such unique, touching stories and this one wasn’t an exception. Julian is a male escort and best friend to Rose from Showmance. I was always intrigued by him and I am so happy we are finally able to truly know him. I know many people will shy away from this book due to Julian’s job, but it didn’t really bother me cause he didn’t just do it for the sex. He helps empower women through their sexuality and conquer their fears. Also there’s no mention of him having sex with other women once he properly meets the h, which was very important to me. He’s had a traumatic past but he’s still so full of life and optimism. I fell for him hard and I am so happy he finally found his HEA. Ellen was great too. She’s shy and scared to talk to people but with the help of Julian she blossoms. She’s smart, sweet and perfect for Julian. Also I loved her job! I enjoyed seeing Rose and Damon too. Their relationship in stronger than ever and that made me happy. Overall this was another great story by L.H. Cosway and one I highly recommend. PS: I hope David and Alicia’s story is next!

  5. 4 out of 5

    L.H. Cosway

    Fauxmance is LIVE! **PURCHASE LINKS** 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

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    5 - "I'm the best and you know it." Stars! I have been literally dying to get my hands on Julian Fairchild’s story since he almost stole the show in the previous book in this series. ITs LIVE! 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 He had stories behind those eyes… Fauxmance is some of the best writing L. H. Cosway has published in the last couple of 5 - "I'm the best and you know it." Stars! I have been literally dying to get my hands on Julian Fairchild’s story since he almost stole the show in the previous book in this series. ITs LIVE! 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 He had stories behind those eyes… Fauxmance is some of the best writing L. H. Cosway has published in the last couple of years, so you would be right to assume that I absolutely loved it. That said, it is also one of her gentler reads, in that the drama and angst are present but not high level and the focus is on the couple, their characters and the story that builds from their blossoming relationship. Everybody was a little bit of a weirdo once you got to know them… I relished discovering the weirdness. No one does quirky like this author and Ellen Grant epitomised everything good about her style. A woman that struggles with crowds, large groups of people and speaking up in general, she was the literal opposite to Julian, a man confident in himself, his body, and his abilities to ingratiate himself into whatever situation or scenario he finds himself in. "You have had quite an interesting life…" "…You don’t know the half of it." Opposites attract, and opposites are also a perfect match on this occasion. And although privately, Ellen very much is a bright, creative and colorful person, Julian takes on the task of helping her shine just as much in the public fore, without the aid of any sort of camouflage, something that she has come to rely on and has completely perfected to unrecognizable levels in the past few years. Some people were meant to find one person and settle down. I was meant ot help ducklings learn to fly… If you have read the author before, you know you are in for a treat with Julian and Ellen’s story, as always she takes a simple romance trope and turns it on its head with the characters and lives that she applies to it. I wanted to protect her as she discovered the world… I also wanted to shag her senseless. I loved this book, it delivered everything I wanted and more for a shy introverted women, but also for a man who on first glance looks like perfection, when you step closer and take the time to look deeper, you notice those cracks that confidence and charm can so easily cover, but you also see them being filled as the story progresses, and by a woman that you would initially expect to have little or no real effect on a life such as Julian’s. "You have my heart now… Please be careful with it." ARC generously provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity, in exchange for the above honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Fauxmance Series: Showmance #2 Author: L.H. Cosway Release date: August 13, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] There was something about Julian that drew me in. He had stories behind those eyes. What has always appealed to me most about L.H. Cosway's books are her odd and unusual characters. She certainly created that uniqueness in Ellen Grant. Ellen has suffered from severe social anxiety her entire life, and for a time in her childhood even had selective mutism. Now as Title: Fauxmance Series: Showmance #2 Author: L.H. Cosway Release date: August 13, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] There was something about Julian that drew me in. He had stories behind those eyes. What has always appealed to me most about L.H. Cosway's books are her odd and unusual characters. She certainly created that uniqueness in Ellen Grant. Ellen has suffered from severe social anxiety her entire life, and for a time in her childhood even had selective mutism. Now as an adult, she has adapted and adjusted past not being able to speak, however, if you put more than two people in front of her she will be unable to function in a conversation. It goes way beyond just lacking social skills, she's what I would describe as painfully shy. Painful for her, and for those witnessing her shame and awkwardness. One day, she got a makeover for a contest and something miraculous happened. When she donned the sophisticated clothes and wig, she shed her anxiety as if it was a second skin. Once her other persona Elodie was born, she finally felt what it was like to be able to connect with other people. Every Tuesday she met her new best friend who looked at her with admiration as she regaled her with stories of her daring life. I turned into a wise-talking, take no prisoners man-eater who was about as far away from the real me as you could get. And it became addictive. The ability to free herself from her mental restrictions and not feel quite so alone. Little did she know that she had another person quite enraptured by her, and his name was Julian Fairchild. If you read Showmance , then you know that Julian is Rose's best friend and roommate. As a male escort, he's seen just about every kind of person out there that exists, good and bad. He's pretty much the opposite of Ellen in every way. Jaded where she's unworldly. He doesn't believe that monogamy is possible, while she is a romantic who wants a traditional relationship and love. When he meets her and listens in on her wild stories, an attraction and fascination builds, believing that he's met someone with a similar gregarious personality that he can let loose with. He soon starts to see cracks in her veneer though, and his curiosity is piqued even more. If there's one thing that he obsesses over, it's discovering people's idiosyncrasies. She was a mystery he had to solve. Ellen's jig is eventually up, but to her surprise, he isn't upset repulsed at her duplicity. His immediate acceptance of her, phobia and all served to endear him to her even more than her initial intense attraction. He faced life with grace and sophistication, and she envied him that. It was an energy that surrounded him. It was a freedom and comfort in his own skin few were lucky enough to possess. Maybe that was why I felt such a draw to him. He was everything I wished I could be. I really liked the fact that Ellen was an international bestselling author, and she was artistically talented. Her home was her haven from the world, and she created a beautiful and soothing environment where she could find solace. It was all very lonely and a little bit sad, because she was so financially successful, but her anxiety prevented her from enjoying the world she could have otherwise explored. The storyline was enjoyable in many ways, but I didn't love it in comparison to other books from L.H. Cosway I've read in the past. It didn't quite have that magic I was seeking, but then again, I have some lofty expectations...probably unfairly so. Ellen and Julian's relationship lost some of its charm for me because of the way it progressed. I liked that they became friends at first before they moved into a physical relationship. But for me, I wished that she didn't feel the need to abruptly ask to change their relationship to paying client/escort. I know that she believed that there was no chance of a real romantic relationship with him because of his previous statements on the subject. She wanted his expertise in helping her grow sexually and socially. Thing is, he was already doing that before she brought money into it. He acted like people couldn't hurt him, but when she first suggested it, his reaction spoke louder than his denial. After he thought about her offer for a couple of days, he let her know that if she hired him, it was most likely that they wouldn't be able to remain friends afterwards. Julian was wary of emotional entanglements with past lovers, and it didn't take her long at all to jump at his offer. Which put me off, to be honest. I didn't like how she was so dismissive of the relationship they'd built, especially as I felt like Julian didn't let many people into his circle of trust. For her to care so little for that was disappointing. His past heartbreak and his feelings that he wasn't good enough for anything other than temporary dissuaded him from even trying for a deeper connection. So I couldn't help but wish that their relationship could have evolved in a different way. Julian may put on the front that he's the good time guy who doesn't have a care in the world, but he has demons that haunt him that not a soul knows about. Things in his past that have shaped his current profession, and led him to make choices he may not have otherwise made. I really liked seeing his vulnerable side come out more at the end, as he allowed himself to take risks and be more real than he ever had before. Ellen really came out of her shell and finally found freedom from the emotional walls holding her prisoner her entire life. The positive change in both of them was heartwarming to see. Anytime you're looking for a book that's outside the realm of regular, you will find it between the pages of an L.H. Cosway book. Even though this didn't hit all the perfect notes for me, I think it was an overall satisfying and entertaining addition to the Showmance series. Fauxmance is a complete standalone, and can be read with ease if you haven't had a chance to read the first in the series yet. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate's Corner

    Update for meself; I forget that he is a male escort which puts me on the fence with this one. I love L. H. Cosway's work. I looked at him sadly. We’d had countless conversations over the years about his strange outlook on love and sex, and how the two went hand in hand, never separate, for Julian, they had to be forever apart, never together. “One day a woman will come along when you least expect her, and she’ll wash away everything that came beforehand, “I whispered

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    4.5 stars ‘I wished love at first sight, soul mates, and being destined for one single person, was real because it was a romantic, idealistic fairy tale. And I envied Ellen for her ability to believe. But I, well, I’d had my eyes opened too many times in this life to still believe in fairy tales.’ There is something so incredibly charming about L H Cosway’s quirky, warm and sincere characters, the uniqueness, and warmth of her storytelling, and the way in which her captivating and poignant words c 4.5 stars ‘I wished love at first sight, soul mates, and being destined for one single person, was real because it was a romantic, idealistic fairy tale. And I envied Ellen for her ability to believe. But I, well, I’d had my eyes opened too many times in this life to still believe in fairy tales.’ There is something so incredibly charming about L H Cosway’s quirky, warm and sincere characters, the uniqueness, and warmth of her storytelling, and the way in which her captivating and poignant words consistently leave their mark on our hearts. With Fauxmance, L H Cosway once again managed to dig deep into human emotions, and in doing so, she ensured Julian and Ellen exuded a real sense of honesty and sincerity that drew us to them, making them feel relatable and personable. So much so, we found ourselves becoming protective of them and experiencing their hurt and pain deep in the tendrils of our hearts. ‘I had a strong urge to comfort her, give her a hug. I knew how it felt to be overwhelmed by the world.’ Twenty nine year old Ellen Grant suffers severe social anxiety, an affliction that has plagued her since childhood. Ellen draws on an alter ego, Elodie, who is the complete opposite of the shy, awkward Ellen. Elodie is outgoing, scandalous and can spin a good story about imaginary partners, adventures and sexual exploits. It is at the Polka Dot Café where ‘Elodie’ regularly catches up with her new friend Suze, regaling her with fanciful stories. Yes, unbeknownst to Elodie, thirty two year old Julian Fairchild constantly eavesdrops on their conversations, being as captivated and entertained by Elodie’s stories as Suze, and decides he wants to get to know the fun loving Elodie a little better. Julian strikes up a conversation but is surprised when Elodie becomes closed off, her personality meeker and, well, a few things don’t add up for the astute people watching Julian. He soon calls her bluff, the jig is up and for Ellen. but Julian offers to give Ellen the confidence to come out of her shell, to bring a bit of Elodie to Ellen. '‘'You’ve changed me, Julian Fairchild.” He gave a devilish look. '“Have I corrupted you though? Because that’s my main goal.” We were first introduced to Julian in Showmance, as Rose’s BFF and roommate, and it was interesting finding out Julian’s past, to see what made him tick. Julian’s effervescent personality and zest for life comes in spite of the dark and tormented childhood and formative years he suffered – unloved by his mother, seeking sex as a means to survive, his escorting soon became more. Julian loved the human contact. Despite his fun-loving ways, Julian often cut a sad, lonely and vulnerable figure, and wow, he tore our hearts out. Ellen has many secrets to share, as does Julian, which they both reveal slowly. As complete opposites, these two characters complemented one another beautifully. Julian and Ellen were delightfully fascinating and we couldn’t’ help but fall head over heels for them both. “That’s what I fear will happen to me,” she revealed. “That I’ll be alone forever.” We adored Fauxmance, and particularly loved the book related theme. It took us back to those heady pre Kindle days when we would line up and wait expectantly for that elusive next book in a series – picking up our paperback admiring it lovingly and digging right into the story. We really miss that! ‘There was something about Julian’s stares like he saw all of you, even the parts you tried to keep hidden.’ Fauxmance delivered a sweet and emotional romance which was peppered with the trademark humour we’ve come to know and love from this author. L H Cosway’s wit is as on point as her vivid imagery. In fact, so adept is she at painting a picture with her words, before Ellen described Julian as ‘He reminded me of Louise from the Anne Rice vampire novels…..he had a sexy, masculine aura, but he was too beautiful to be described as manly’ we had conjured this exact image, thanks to the creative visualisation L H Cosway provided. A story of love, acceptance and not being afraid to love who you are. A fitting message found in a beautiful story. FAUXMANCE is available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come visit and follow us at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    L.H. Cosway’s Fauxmance offers a unique story in which you can escape one page at a time. When going out in public and interacting with people is virtually impossible, Ellen Grant decides to become someone else. Donning a completely fake persona opposite to her painfully shy personality, including a wig and outrageous sexcapades, she catches the attention of Julian Fairchild, “Freelance Alternative Therapist.” In other words, male escort. Being the observant man that he is though, Julian soon d L.H. Cosway’s Fauxmance offers a unique story in which you can escape one page at a time. When going out in public and interacting with people is virtually impossible, Ellen Grant decides to become someone else. Donning a completely fake persona opposite to her painfully shy personality, including a wig and outrageous sexcapades, she catches the attention of Julian Fairchild, “Freelance Alternative Therapist.” In other words, male escort. Being the observant man that he is though, Julian soon discovers Ellen’s secret or at least one of them, and offers to introduce her to an even more exciting world where she can pretend to be anyone. There’s nothing fake about the bond that develop between them. Will they admit to their true feelings amidst all the other revelations in the lives? I tend to wax poetic when it comes to my favorite authors and even so, I feel like I don’t do them justice. With Fauxmance, L.H. pens another original and interesting story in which I was caught not only in an unexpected plot but also fully invested in Julian and Ellen. I enjoyed every part of their relationship, it developed organically and felt right. I had the most fun while they got to know each other, had to fan myself when their friendship became more and experienced all the feels throughout. “One day a woman will come along when you least expect her, and she’ll wash away everything that came beforehand.” I loved Julian. He’s one of my favorite characters of all times. Even though he had a troubled past, he was beautiful inside and out. I adored how considerate, patient, unjudging he was. There was so much depth to him and I loved how his incredible allure, magnetism and appeal came from within. Ellen was smart and understanding and perfect for Julian. She was interesting and I enjoyed how she came out of her shell with Julian’s help. Cosway incorporates Damon and Rose, the main characters from Showmance, seamlessly making them both support characters and important to the main plot. I wanted to spend so much more time with this warm and friend group of characters. I can’t wait to see what comes next! Fauxmance is book #2 of the Showmance series by L.H. Cosway.. It is a standalone contemporary romance. Fauxmance is more than an original escape, it is a sexy and heartwarming look at the power of love. Told from both points of view with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2vDoVjz * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Wordsmith Publicity. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook * Twitter * Pinterest Book Teasers * More reviews

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    2.5 I had to sit on this for a while because I struggled with how to fairly rate it. I'm a HUGE fan of LH Cosway and her writing in this novel was both flawless and lovely. But I honestly struggled my way through it. Cosway's characters are as they always are, eccentric, quirky, refreshing. But in the case of Fauxmance, that also made them unrelatable and I couldn't connect. I was a spectator here and I remained indifferent to the story the entire way through. The halfway point marked a bright sp 2.5 I had to sit on this for a while because I struggled with how to fairly rate it. I'm a HUGE fan of LH Cosway and her writing in this novel was both flawless and lovely. But I honestly struggled my way through it. Cosway's characters are as they always are, eccentric, quirky, refreshing. But in the case of Fauxmance, that also made them unrelatable and I couldn't connect. I was a spectator here and I remained indifferent to the story the entire way through. The halfway point marked a bright spot for me, things got a bit steamy and I began to see and understand the chemistry between Ellen and Julien. But nothing was especially WOW-worthy in this book for me. Truthfully, I was just bored and disconnected and finished it just to finish it. I'm sad to say that because LH Cosway is a favorite author of mine. I can not recommend her books enough. I just didn't love this one but I certainly hope other readers do!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dee Montoya

    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 situation 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine Allison

    4.5 stars! LH Cosway is one of my favorite authors EVER. This is me whenever I start one of her books... This one had me particularly intrigued because I've been on a fake romance kick lately. Add the fact that it's between a shy bookworm and an escort, and I was SOLD!!!! If you're thinking wow, that sounds fucking awesome, you'd be 100% correct. It has humor: "I think she's fabulous. If only the rest of the world were so free with their sexuality." "Yes, if only. We'd all be walking around with chl 4.5 stars! LH Cosway is one of my favorite authors EVER. This is me whenever I start one of her books... This one had me particularly intrigued because I've been on a fake romance kick lately. Add the fact that it's between a shy bookworm and an escort, and I was SOLD!!!! If you're thinking wow, that sounds fucking awesome, you'd be 100% correct. It has humor: "I think she's fabulous. If only the rest of the world were so free with their sexuality." "Yes, if only. We'd all be walking around with chlamydia. What a wonderful world it would be." Okay, this was my chance to flirt with a real live human. I could wriggle my way out of it… eventually. If he came looking for Elodie again, I'd tell him she died in a helicopter crash. Or got struck by lightning. Or was inducted into a religious cult. Fell down a well. And SO. MUCH. SWOON. ❤️ She was everything I never sought in a partner, and yet, getting to know her, peeling away her unexpected layers, was my new obsession. She was in full costume, but I couldn't seem to see her as Elodie anymore. She was just… her. For me, Elodie and Ellen were one and the same. A kaleidoscope of a single fascinating person. He stood, took my face in his hands and gazed right into my eyes. "Ellen, you are the most amazing, interesting, and unexpected person I've ever met." "Three days is hardly a lifetime." "It is when you love someone." "I love you so much, Julian. You have my heart now. Please be careful with it." He took my hand and placed it over his chest. "Don't you know? You were in here from the very beginning. If I hurt you, I hurt both of us. And I would rather die than be without you again." But what I loved the most, was how much I could relate to Ellen... If I didn't have to be me, then I could be anyone. I didn't have to fear rejection or worry about embarrassing myself. Who knew a wig, contact lenses, makeup, and a new outfit could achieve such miracles? Or maybe I was developing some sort of personality disorder. Since I spent most of my days alone, I wouldn't be surprised. Isolation could do strange things to people. Working from home was the best, but it was also the worst. It was the best because I didn't have to deal with people, and that was also the reason why it was the worst. Isolation became a self-perpetuating cycle. The more you had of it, the more you needed it, and the less equipped you were to deal with normal, everyday interactions that others took in stride. Whenever a teacher called on me to speak or answer a question, I became mute, even when I knew the answer. Sometimes I wondered what it would be like to be a normal person. I felt all this SO HARD. It was beautiful to watch her grow and come out of her shell. And I loved Julian's responses to her: "There's nothing wrong with shyness, and there's nothing wrong with confidence, either. We all act how we feel. People tell themselves they need to be a certain way. But really, all we need to be is ourselves." You don't need to be perfect or incredibly beautiful for people to accept you. You just need to be yourself. "My philosophy in life is to do what makes you happy. So long as you're not hurting anyone else, there's no reason to feel shame." Cosway never fails to deliver unique characters, an intriguing storyline and stunning writing. If you haven't read her yet, you are seriously missing out and you need to rectify it. I'll wait... *stern face* 😏🙃

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beneath The Covers Blog

    Full review can be found HERE --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... *ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

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  16. 4 out of 5

    ari.

    Well well well.. Isn't this an interestingly familiar plot line. I can't say I'm very moved by this story, however Cosway's writing was, as always, impeccable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 ‘Beautiful Specimen & Thief of Words’ Stars*** After reading Showmance I wanted more of Julian and boy did I get more than I could have ever asked for, not only with Julian but Ellen and all the goodness that is Fauxmance. It is sweet, awkward and filled with hope, laughter and all kinds of heart. It’s also quite smexy. Like REALLY smexy, but it was the characters and their journey that made this one a page turner that I wish hadn’t ended. Julian is an enigma and I adored him. His child ***5 ‘Beautiful Specimen & Thief of Words’ Stars*** After reading Showmance I wanted more of Julian and boy did I get more than I could have ever asked for, not only with Julian but Ellen and all the goodness that is Fauxmance. It is sweet, awkward and filled with hope, laughter and all kinds of heart. It’s also quite smexy. Like REALLY smexy, but it was the characters and their journey that made this one a page turner that I wish hadn’t ended. Julian is an enigma and I adored him. His childhood was less than colorful, and he fell a few times, but learned from it all and has evolved into a man who, for the most part, is confident, compassionate and is way too observant for his own good. But due to his own..vulnerabilities, he has this weird, though impressive knack to be fully engaged even while he is keeping himself separated from all that is going on around him. I adored Ellen. Yes she was socially awkward, but there was also a spark in her that showed she truly wanted more out of her life, she was just stuck. Her alter ego was the first step and she was quite entertaining, but Ellen was the true star of the show and I loved watching as she fought her demons and grew more comfortable in her own skin. Julian and Ellen’s journey was all kinds of sweet, swoon worthy and fun. Their first collision was definitely one that wouldn’t necessarily be described as a meet cute, but it was a memorable one and I loved how everything evolved from there. Even in the beginning awkward stages there was flow to their interactions that showed how good they could be together if they let their walls drop. I loved their bantering and how they accepted the other for who they were and found solace and strength in it. The sinkhole in their journey wasn’t unexpected, but I was crossing my toes that it wouldn’t happen, but it did and though my heart bled for both of them, it turned out to be a good thing and I loved how they came back together and where they were at in the end. This was such a delightful read. There were some difficult moments and not everything was wine and roses, but overall this was simply a great story about opposites colliding and finding love in the most unexpected place. As for the supporting cast of characters, it was fun catching up with Rose and Damon, I loved Suze and I wouldn’t mind if Nick and Cam some day down the road get their own HEA’s, but David was my favorite. OMG this man needs his own HEA, so toes crossed that it will happen sooner rather than later! ~ Copy provided by Wordsmith Publicity & voluntarily reviewed ~

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bindi Boo

    A sweet, shy bookworm falls for a male escort. I was not a complete fan of the predictable plotline, however this writer made it work. I adored the friendship the main characters had....that later changed into love.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gitte TotallyBookedBlog

    4.5 stars ‘I wished love at first sight, soul mates, and being destined for one single person, was real because it was a romantic, idealistic fairy tale. And I envied Ellen for her ability to believe. But I, well, I’d had my eyes opened too many times in this life to still believe in fairy tales.’ There is something so incredibly charming about L H Cosway’s quirky, warm and sincere characters, the uniqueness, and warmth of her storytelling, and the way in which her captivating and poignant words c 4.5 stars ‘I wished love at first sight, soul mates, and being destined for one single person, was real because it was a romantic, idealistic fairy tale. And I envied Ellen for her ability to believe. But I, well, I’d had my eyes opened too many times in this life to still believe in fairy tales.’ There is something so incredibly charming about L H Cosway’s quirky, warm and sincere characters, the uniqueness, and warmth of her storytelling, and the way in which her captivating and poignant words consistently leave their mark on our hearts. With Fauxmance, L H Cosway once again managed to dig deep into human emotions, and in doing so, she ensured Julian and Ellen exuded a real sense of honesty and sincerity that drew us to them, making them feel relatable and personable. So much so, we found ourselves becoming protective of them and experiencing their hurt and pain deep in the tendrils of our hearts. ‘I had a strong urge to comfort her, give her a hug. I knew how it felt to be overwhelmed by the world.’ Twenty nine year old Ellen Grant suffers severe social anxiety, an affliction that has plagued her since childhood. Ellen draws on an alter ego, Elodie, who is the complete opposite of the shy, awkward Ellen. Elodie is outgoing, scandalous and can spin a good story about imaginary partners, adventures and sexual exploits. It is at the Polka Dot Café where ‘Elodie’ regularly catches up with her new friend Suze, regaling her with fanciful stories. Yes, unbeknownst to Elodie, thirty two year old Julian Fairchild constantly eavesdrops on their conversations, being as captivated and entertained by Elodie’s stories as Suze, and decides he wants to get to know the fun loving Elodie a little better. Julian strikes up a conversation but is surprised when Elodie becomes closed off, her personality meeker and, well, a few things don’t add up for the astute people watching Julian. He soon calls her bluff, the jig is up and for Ellen. but Julian offers to give Ellen the confidence to come out of her shell, to bring a bit of Elodie to Ellen. '‘'You’ve changed me, Julian Fairchild.” He gave a devilish look. '“Have I corrupted you though? Because that’s my main goal.” We were first introduced to Julian in Showmance, as Rose’s BFF and roommate, and it was interesting finding out Julian’s past, to see what made him tick. Julian’s effervescent personality and zest for life comes in spite of the dark and tormented childhood and formative years he suffered – unloved by his mother, seeking sex as a means to survive, his escorting soon became more. Julian loved the human contact. Despite his fun-loving ways, Julian often cut a sad, lonely and vulnerable figure, and wow, he tore our hearts out. Ellen has many secrets to share, as does Julian, which they both reveal slowly. As complete opposites, these two characters complemented one another beautifully. Julian and Ellen were delightfully fascinating and we couldn’t’ help but fall head over heels for them both. “That’s what I fear will happen to me,” she revealed. “That I’ll be alone forever.” We adored Fauxmance, and particularly loved the book related theme. It took us back to those heady pre Kindle days when we would line up and wait expectantly for that elusive next book in a series – picking up our paperback admiring it lovingly and digging right into the story. We really miss that! ‘There was something about Julian’s stares like he saw all of you, even the parts you tried to keep hidden.’ Fauxmance delivered a sweet and emotional romance which was peppered with the trademark humour we’ve come to know and love from this author. L H Cosway’s wit is as on point as her vivid imagery. In fact, so adept is she at painting a picture with her words, before Ellen described Julian as ‘He reminded me of Louise from the Anne Rice vampire novels…..he had a sexy, masculine aura, but he was too beautiful to be described as manly’ we had conjured this exact image, thanks to the creative visualisation L H Cosway provided. A story of love, acceptance and not being afraid to love who you are. A fitting message found in a beautiful story. FAUXMANCE is available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come visit and follow us at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  20. 4 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was so excited we were getting this book because Julian was a side character in SHOWMANCE and was so endearing!  That being said, full disclaimer, you don't need to read that to enjoy this one.  It can be read as a standalone. You know the unique thing about this book?  It's the fact that Ms. Cosway managed to write a book about a male escort and b I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was so excited we were getting this book because Julian was a side character in SHOWMANCE and was so endearing!  That being said, full disclaimer, you don't need to read that to enjoy this one.  It can be read as a standalone. You know the unique thing about this book?  It's the fact that Ms. Cosway managed to write a book about a male escort and be among those few that can do it without making me either roll my eyes or get annoyed.  I genuinely liked Julian and I thought his choice of profession and how he felt about it reflected his life and how he viewed himself.  He didn't see it as a seedy sexual operation but more of a way to help people overcome whatever situation they found themselves dealing with.  And that's what he does for our heroine. Ellen is very smart and a successful author but no one knows that.  She deals with social phobia and because of her job she doesn't get out much or interact with people.  Until she stumbled across a crutch to get through it.  Becoming someone else.   I always say I love the heroines this author writes but in this case it was all about the hero.  I love how accepting and easy going he is.  There is no judgment coming from him about anything and it made him so easy for the heroine to connect with, as well as the reader. The thing that is always clear to me is, no matter if I enjoy some books more than others, I know I'm always going to have a good time when I read an L.H. Cosway book.  There's something about the natural feel of her characters that draws me in and keeps me turning the pages.  And that's what always excites me about starting one of her new books.  Also the reason I'll never stop reading. While FAUXMANCE wasn't necessarily my favorite book by Ms. Cosway, it was an enjoyable read and it delivered that unique flair for storytelling that I know I'm getting with one of her books.  Can't wait for my next fix. *ARC provided by author Reviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bia Travesso

    **** 4 STARS **** I adore L.H. Cosway's books. I loved Showmanceand was really excited about finally being able to get to know Julian story. And I wasn't disappointed, not even close. We all know a little about Julian from Showmance. He's the best friend/almost a brother to Rose, who ends up with Damon on the first book. What we also know is that Julian is a male escort, and very proud of being one. But he has a different way of choosing his clients. The money/sex here is a consequence, he's more **** 4 STARS **** I adore L.H. Cosway's books. I loved Showmanceand was really excited about finally being able to get to know Julian story. And I wasn't disappointed, not even close. We all know a little about Julian from Showmance. He's the best friend/almost a brother to Rose, who ends up with Damon on the first book. What we also know is that Julian is a male escort, and very proud of being one. But he has a different way of choosing his clients. The money/sex here is a consequence, he's more interested in getting to know the woman because they fascinate him. Ans is by having this weird fascination that he sees himself wanting to know this girl that's always on the same day, on the same table at the local coffee shop, telling the most incredible stories to her best friend. But little did he know that this girl isn't exactly what she seems to be. Elodie is, actually, Ellen. A shy girl who spends her day working part time at a book store and writing books. She has some sort of social phobia so, is through Elodie, that she's able to chat. She needs help getting over her issues and Julian seems like the perfect one to help, simple as that. Right? "My fatigued soul needed a change to make parties exciting again, and Elodie was the perfect recipe to provide it." I loved Julian since the first book and still love him after Fauxmance. He pretends to be this person that always has the control of everything but at the same time he's so innocent. And sweet. And selfless. Ellen is so adorable. Ok, she has her own issues, but that only makes her more interesting. I love a character with layers upon layers, the type where at each page turned you got to discover a little something more about. And being able to witness her growth was so worth. I have also to say something about the secondary characters because I loved them. Suze seemed like someone who is so fun to have around. And David! OMG! Silver-foxy in the best way. I also loved being able to spy a little bit in Rose and Damon's life. "If Elodie comes from within you, then she is you, Ellen." This book was fresh, completely entertaining and so lovely. L.H. Cosway has the power to surprise her readers at each book, giving us something unexpected and fun. How can that be any less than perfect? Fauxmance is a great book. I can't say less than that. My only issue with it was the ending. I think it was a little rushed, how everything seemed to have happened. But I'm always about the journey and Julian and Ellen's one was delightful. **ARC provided in exchange of an honest review**

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    I remember going into Showmance thinking that it wasn’t going to be a book I was interested in, but willing to give it a chance nonetheless. And then it proceeded to blow me away. I had the same sorts of feelings going into Fauxmance, though maybe I was slightly less skeptical after how completely Showmance won my heart. Still, a male escort makes a sort of questionable hero and so I wasn’t really sure how I was going to fare with this one. As it turns out – Ms. Cosway delivered a smart, witty, I remember going into Showmance thinking that it wasn’t going to be a book I was interested in, but willing to give it a chance nonetheless. And then it proceeded to blow me away. I had the same sorts of feelings going into Fauxmance, though maybe I was slightly less skeptical after how completely Showmance won my heart. Still, a male escort makes a sort of questionable hero and so I wasn’t really sure how I was going to fare with this one. As it turns out – Ms. Cosway delivered a smart, witty, and dead sexy read. An easy read, and an entertaining read. It did not quite knock me off my feet the way Showmance did, but I am going to chalk that up to my persnickety reader preferences, and not something that is lacking in the book. I felt like this was more a story of Ellen’s sexual awakening than it was a deep, sweeping romance. I didn’t feel the romance the way I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated that they cared for each other and spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other. I loved how Julian pulled Ellen out of her shell and how she blossomed for him. But I felt that more strongly in a sexual way than in an emotional way, and I really sort of missed the emotion. I don’t think I can blame the male escort hero for my issues entirely. Julian was actually quite wonderful. But there was something about this set-up that sort of missed the mark for me and I wished for something more than the intense sexual chemistry between them. That said, this really was a solid, entertaining read. There are certainly elements of emotion and emotional connection – I just didn’t feel them as deeply as I wanted to, and, as I mentioned, I suspect that’s entirely due to my own hang-ups when it comes to this sort of trope. I did enjoy getting to know Ellen and Julian, and I definitely enjoyed catching up with Rose and Damon. And the writing was, as always, a complete delight. In the end, Fauxmance is perhaps not my favorite of Ms. Cosway’s brilliant offerings, but it was still well worth the read. ~ Shelly, 3.5 Stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    cupcakes and bookshelves

    Fauxmance was very entertaining, fresh and so lovely to read .... I REALLY, REALLY LOVED IT. At first glance it may seem as the sort of thing you might have already read before, but this story was original, different and unexpected. I was completely invested in Ellen and Julian, in their lives, the people they know as well as having to cope with their own issues. I'd not read Book #1, Showmance before starting this and it didn't hinder my enjoyment of it at all, in fact it makes me want to read Fauxmance was very entertaining, fresh and so lovely to read .... I REALLY, REALLY LOVED IT. At first glance it may seem as the sort of thing you might have already read before, but this story was original, different and unexpected. I was completely invested in Ellen and Julian, in their lives, the people they know as well as having to cope with their own issues. I'd not read Book #1, Showmance before starting this and it didn't hinder my enjoyment of it at all, in fact it makes me want to read it which I will do. I've read a few of LH's book before and loved them, but this one is the most intense I've read yet. It gave me all the feels and my heart is left all pumping and fluttery. I love it when books leave me feeling like this. An absolutely AMAZING friends-to-lovers story which I'd HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL LOVERS OF THAT PARTICULAR GENRE. 4.5 Stars *ARC kindly given in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    **Copy provided in advance** Cute story. I liked it a lot. Julian is a doll. He's not a conventional Hero. He's no Alpha. He's described as pretty and androgynous. But he's no less sexy. He takes his job as an escort seriously. He enjoys helping women find their confidence. For weeks one woman in particular has fascinated him. He eavesdrops on her conversations with her friend at their local coffee shop. He loves listening to her sexual adventures. He becomes so enamored that one day he follows he **Copy provided in advance** Cute story. I liked it a lot. Julian is a doll. He's not a conventional Hero. He's no Alpha. He's described as pretty and androgynous. But he's no less sexy. He takes his job as an escort seriously. He enjoys helping women find their confidence. For weeks one woman in particular has fascinated him. He eavesdrops on her conversations with her friend at their local coffee shop. He loves listening to her sexual adventures. He becomes so enamored that one day he follows her. But is she all that she appears to be? I loved how Julian took all of Ellen's revelations in stride. He could have been judgy and turned off but they seemed to just intrigue him more. If you're looking for a sweet, feel good book that makes you smile, I highly recommend. Well done.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another amazing story by Lorraine. I felt quite emotional on couple occasions and I love that this story highlights the fact that women these days are not confident due to this pressure of being beautiful/airbrushed, beautifully dressed and having crazy immaculate make up like bloody Kardashians. It’s a real shame and it rings true as I can definitely relate to this. Honestly I was not that keen on Julian in Showmance, but this story is so heartbreakingly beautiful. Explains Julian and Ellen, wh Another amazing story by Lorraine. I felt quite emotional on couple occasions and I love that this story highlights the fact that women these days are not confident due to this pressure of being beautiful/airbrushed, beautifully dressed and having crazy immaculate make up like bloody Kardashians. It’s a real shame and it rings true as I can definitely relate to this. Honestly I was not that keen on Julian in Showmance, but this story is so heartbreakingly beautiful. Explains Julian and Ellen, what makes them tick, how broken these two are, how they fix each other. Ellen- in the beginning I could not understand what Julian saw in Elodie that had him so fascinated and sort off obsessed. Then as I got to meet Elodie/Ellen I understood she was like onion and the layers. I loved her hidden sassiness. She is good and smart and very likeable. Julian – is everything! Hot, sexy, funny, emotional. What I love about him is how he doesn’t quit and does not give a flying f... what people think. I wish I had this ability. His childhood and upbringing was terrible and I felt very sad for him. I truly cannot wait to get this baby onto my shelf!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    Love LH Cosway I pre-bought the book after finishing Damon and Rose's story. As always I love the complexity of her chatacters and especially how she pushes past coflicts with the characters being charitable, instead of one dimentional. Julian's employment and "Eliose's" layers made it a fun read. Can't wait to read more from this Author!

  27. 4 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    ❝I was in a hotel room with a male escort, receiving oral sex for the first time in my life.❞ RECLUSIVE WRITER MEETS EXTROVERTED MALE ESCORT. Refreshing, funny, quirky, and sexy, are all words that can be used to describe L.H. Cosway's characters. I always enjoy reading who Cosway thinks up next. Her characters are the yin to each other's yang and often times their quirk/kink is what is missing in the other person's life. Where one may have too much of one trait, their love interest tends to be ❝I was in a hotel room with a male escort, receiving oral sex for the first time in my life.❞ RECLUSIVE WRITER MEETS EXTROVERTED MALE ESCORT. Refreshing, funny, quirky, and sexy, are all words that can be used to describe L.H. Cosway's characters. I always enjoy reading who Cosway thinks up next. Her characters are the yin to each other's yang and often times their quirk/kink is what is missing in the other person's life. Where one may have too much of one trait, their love interest tends to be greatly lacking in that area, thereby balancing each other and making them the perfect match. ❝I invite you to meet Ellen Grant: hermit, tomboy, make-believe artist.❞ ELLEN GRANT was a fabulous storyteller. Her books were bestsellers and her acquaintances had no idea who she really was. Elodie had become her persona; through her, Ellen lived a life she never could without her disguise. She was a socially awkward and sexually inept recluse. But being Elodie made her feel confident and fearless. ❝I'm a male escort.❞ ❝...what I provide is more a holistic experience than just offering sex.❞ JULIAN FAIRCHILD was a male escort, who enjoyed getting to know his clients, taking them out and doing things they wanted to do. But lately, he'd grown weary of it all. Relationships had never been his thing, but ever since his obsession started with the woman from the coffee shop, he no longer resisted the possibility and even began wondering what it would be like to be loved completely and unconditionally. ❝She always sat at the same table, and her stories were everything.❞ A regular on Tuesday mornings at the Polka Dot Café, Julian always arrived before the intriguing Elodie and sat close enough to hear her describe her weekly exploits to her friend, Suze. He appreciated her apparent sexual freedom and in many ways, she reminded him of himself. ❝She was everything I never sought in a partner, and yet, getting to know her, peeling away her unexpected layers, was my new obsession. She pulled me in with the ruse of Elodie, who embodied the sort of woman I normally chase. Then the curtain fell to reveal something far more enthralling beneath.❞ When Julian meets Ellen, he wants to help her explore the world while helping her to become more of herself. But will Julian's fear of intimacy and Ellen's fear of reality keep them apart? L. H. Cosway is a one-click author for me. I never read the blurb before going in because I know I will love the story she's written and Fauxmance was no exception. FAUXMANCE is a heart-warming, second-chance romance! I was provided a review copy by the author. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Emerald Book Reviews McCurdy

    Fauxmance by LH Cosway 5* review Emerald Book Reviews-----> ‘Heartache faded eventually right?  Even if it hurt to lose him, I wouldn’t feel that way forever.’ '"I'm so proud of you." "I couldn't have done this without you, Julian. Meeting you, it changed me. You've helped me break out of my shell." And you've stolen my heart.' As readers, we put so much pressure on our favourite authors to always get it right, deliver the goods, make it phenomenal, present us with that grand prize of having a book Fauxmance by LH Cosway 5* review Emerald Book Reviews-----> ‘Heartache faded eventually right?  Even if it hurt to lose him, I wouldn’t feel that way forever.’ '"I'm so proud of you." "I couldn't have done this without you, Julian. Meeting you, it changed me. You've helped me break out of my shell." And you've stolen my heart.' As readers, we put so much pressure on our favourite authors to always get it right, deliver the goods, make it phenomenal, present us with that grand prize of having a book hangover at the end of the journey, to be feeling and reliving chapters in our heads for days after.  I, myself love to mull over a brilliantly written story, immersing myself in a full on mope, like someone ate the last bar of Galaxy on the first day of my period. When it came to Fauxmance, I was really, truly surprised where the story took us, or rather where the characters decided we needed to go. Resulting in a delightful book hangover for little old me. From the little background we get of our main male protagonist Julian in Showmance, where he made his first appearance, I honestly expected to be confronted with a man with a thousand demons chasing him down, someone self destructive and chaotic, troublesome.  But when it came to finally unraveling his true form in Fauxmance, yet again LH Cosway unveiled herself as a true literary goddess, as she expertly peels back the obstructive layers clouding our judgement, to reveal this very flawed yet very real person beneath all of the expectations, cliches and  prejudices, without being preachy about morals or ethics or telling us how we should feel or react. Julian is a remarkable man.  He is debonair, sophisticated, sensual, intelligent and wickedly handsome.  At times he talks like how I imagine Oscar Wilde would have, or Lord Byron, he’s utterly witty and flamboyant but underneath all of his vivaciousness he has mountains of pain and a few secrets besides, but his words flow like poetry, like a man twice his age. He’s beautiful in an unattainable way but it’s his unapologetic personality that draws you in.  He sees the person. Not their hair or skin or clothes. But the many wonderful inner workings that combine to make one lovely person. ‘“...He’s not careless.  If anything, he cares too much.  He gives all of himself away and leaves nothing just for him.”’ Talking about our heroine is where it gets fairly tricky for me. I’m not sure what is going to constitute as a spoiler so I will just say this.  The heroine is so magnificently broken. Actually I don’t like to use the term broken overly much, it implies that something is severely damaged.  She is fragile. Her emotions, the world she creates for herself and how she handles day to day interactions, it’s all so very fragile. Like the super thin film of a bubble and all it takes is the introduction of someone as colourful, arousing and exciting as Julian to pierce thar bubble and show our heroine a world full of possibility, one that she never dared to strive for before him.  In this respect I had so much empathy and a huge connection to the heroine, having suffered from the same crippling similarities as she does. I think because I was able to immerse myself in her role, I could comprehend certain aspects of the story that others might not grasp which is always a huge risk for an author when writing a different style of character but as always LH Cosway is a mistress of characterisation.  Why people do the things they do, how they act, respond or say certain things. She is a great observer of the human mind. I had one teeny tiny issue with the story that didn’t match up with an earlier description but since it could be construed as a spoiler I’m omitting it from my review because at the end of the day it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book at all. Fauxmance is an emotive and beautifully pieced together, slow burning love story from author LH Cosway.  The characters are wonderfully unconventional, striking and loyal, highlighting a storyline that is both deep and powerful yet fun and quirky.  With Cosway’s established penchant for using her magic with words to delve into unknown terrain in a fascinating way and gifting her readers characters of a different calibre, Fauxmance is yet another spellbinding love story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    Title: Fauxmance Age Group: Adult Release Date: August 13, 2018 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 m Title: Fauxmance Age Group: Adult Release Date: August 13, 2018 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. "5+++ - Learning to Love, and be Loved Stars!" MY GOD! This woman can write! This book was raw, sexy, interesting, captivating, addictive, and one of my favourite read's this year. I knew I would like this story just from reading the synopsis, but once I started... it wasn't too long before I was no longer just reading the story, but I felt I was apart of it. L.H. Cosway wrote this book SO DAMN WELL that I felt as though I was at the Polka Dot Cafė watching Suze and Elodie thru Julian's eyes. I was in Ellen's apartment with her while she was contemplating her next move or going through the slew of emotions she was feeling about Julian or stepping out of her comfort zone. Julian and Ellen's characters were interesting, colourful, unique and wonderful to get to know. Their chemistry was off the charts. I was rooting for them from the very beginning right until the last word was written. Julian complimented Ellen completely, and Ellen allowed Julian to see and experience the world through her innocent eyes. I absolutely adored this book. READ IT, I highly recommend it! Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... 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 About the author L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite 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. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Social Media Links:FB: www.facebook.com/LHCosway Twitter: www.twitter.com/LHCosway Instagram: www.instagram.com/l.h.cosway Website: www.lhcoswayauthor.com Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lhcosway13/ "I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which has been provided by WordSmith Publicity. All media has been provided by WordSmith Publicity." @LHCosway @wordsmithpublic

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aaly

    *** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. *** Julian was a character that drew me in from the beginning. Since I’ve met him in Showmance, I couldn’t wait to read his story. I appreciated the author’s effort for writing about peculiar people. In a society when pretending is almost a normalcy, Julian and Ellen who were so different, from their lifestyles and personality managed to build a strong connection and in a way helping each other to overcome some issues of their own. To see the world *** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. *** Julian was a character that drew me in from the beginning. Since I’ve met him in Showmance, I couldn’t wait to read his story. I appreciated the author’s effort for writing about peculiar people. In a society when pretending is almost a normalcy, Julian and Ellen who were so different, from their lifestyles and personality managed to build a strong connection and in a way helping each other to overcome some issues of their own. To see the world in a new light, through each others’ lens. I enjoyed the unconventional story. It was quite interesting and the characters had definitely some great things to share with the readers. Julian was an old soul who didn’t believe in long-lasting love, unless it was friendship. Ellen had some issues on her own and I appreciated how they helped each other, how they blossomed throughout the story. I appreciated to see the characters showing their true self, their vulnerability to each other. At some point the story took another turn. I enjoyed that they became friends first and develop their relationship in a different way. But still that moment was the little glitch to me, and a bit disappointing. However, I didn’t connect that much with the characters. The plot line was unusual for sure, the characters not typical and I should have been a winner to me but still it wasn’t. I couldn’t help to have this feeling, like a nonchalant wit contrasting with the characters and story. That dynamic was somewhat disconcerting.

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