Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome…
Come inside The Glamour Patch club to see the star of our show, Miss Vivica Blue.
Do you want to read my diary you nosy little devils? Have a glass of champagne (you’ll need it) and get comfortable because you’re in for some crazy shenanigans brought to you straight from the horse’s mouth.
I can be whatever you want me to be: boy, girl, a little bit of both.
If you have a problem with a man in a dress then best be off with you. If males in make-up give you the willies, then I’ll say au revoir and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
So, who are we left with? Ah, a fine collection of curious souls. I want to tell you a tale of love, because those are the most glorious kind. I want to tell you about real love, a love that transcends labels and gender stereotypes.
The moment I first laid eyes on my Freda I knew that we were kindred. Well okay, I also knew I wanted to get into her pants, but that’s beside the point. My world was a grey place. I was at my lowest ebb. Then she came along and patches of colour began to spring forth. One day the daffodils were yellow and before I knew it, colour was everywhere, lighting up my life.
Love is not about how we appear on the outside, it’s about the soul contained within.
Our story was not a conventional one, but it was ours, and that’s what made it shine.
Killer Queen is a companion novel to L.H. Cosway’s contemporary romance, Painted Faces. It contains scenes that take place before, during and after the original story. It can also be read as a standalone.
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About the Author
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 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Read Painted Faces first and this Nicholas 'he said' pov will fill in the gaps.
Fred and Viv's love story has always stayed with me and I recommend it to anyone looking for a dose of something different and immensely addictive. When Painted Faces came to a close, Fred and Viv's love story was fully complete and resolved. Though, the selfish part of me longed for more glimpses into their unconventional and beautiful love story. L.H. Cosway made my reader dreams come true when she announced she was writing this novella. This novel made me fall in love with Nicholas even more (as if that was even possible). In Killer Queen, you get a bit more of Nicholas' back story that was glossed over in Painted Faces. You learn more about his tragic breakdown in France prior to moving to Dublin to work at the Glamour Patch. Before meeting Fred, Nicholas was drowning in pain, women and alcohol. But this isn't your typical "ladies man turned good storyline." It's so much more than that. It's about a man finding love when he wasn't really looking, but he not only found love he found a best friend and someone to call home. What I love most about this story is how captivated and drawn in I was to Fred and Viv's love story. Whenever I read Painted Faces, I felt positively giddy towards the end when both of the character came to their senses. I've gone back and read that book multiple times and each time I get the butterflies and a crazy smile on my faces. Killer Queen was like a walk down memory lane, reigniting those old feelings once again as I visit my old friends.Killer Queen was sweet and heartwarming and it delivered tons of sexiness and steam. What makes sex scenes truly hot for me is when an author can make you feel the emotions the characters are feeling (no, not that—get your mind out of the gutter). I mean, you can feel the emotional connection that formed over the course of their friendship. With Freda and Nicholas there were so many things left unsaid for a long time that left this spark and incredible tension between the two of them. It made those intimate scenes between the two of them sizzle.I truly loved Killer Queen. Nicholas' charm and emotional fragility and Freda's quick wit and sense of humor shine in this novel. Their chemistry is intense and palpable. I will reread these two books for a long time to come just so that I can visit these two. Cosway has penned a beautiful companion to Painted Faces while infusing the story with newness.I truly loved Killer Queen. Nicholas' charm and emotional fragility and Freda's quick wit and sense of humor shine in this novel. Their chemistry is intense and palpable. I will reread these two books for a long time to come just so that I can visit these two. Cosway has penned a beautiful companion to Painted Faces while infusing the story with newness.
First I should say that Painted Faces was my number one pick for Best Book 2013. I loved it and I fell in love with LH Cosway's writing style and how she can develop her characters. So when I had the opportunity to read Killer Queen I jumped on it, despite the fact that I've become leery of companion novels because they tend to disappoint. There was just something about Viv/Nick, I just knew that he could tell the same FACTS of a situation and the story be completely different. His mind is so colorful and to be a total cheeseball, VIVid. The way he sees the world, the way he feels, his highs and his lows....well, he's a human roller coaster and he takes us on one hell of a ride. Now, I may be the only person on this point (because I'm looney tunes), but did anyone else notice how different Viv/Nick saw Fred then Fred saw herself? I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Usually with companion novels or even with alternating POVs it's rare to get a primary character perspective change in terms of the personality. The way I read Fred in Painted Faces was very anxious, maybe slightly insecure, but more impatient with people, places, and things...nouns. LOL! Not in a annoyed way, but in a utilitarian way. Except when it came to feelings, then she was emotional and demonstrative. For Viv/Nick's POV it was like the total opposite. Fred came off (at least to me) as more insecure, maybe way more standoffish, and kinda cold, but still the hilarious and kind Fred we all know and love. Did anyone else notice this? Am I alone? Is this all in my head because I'm writing this late after a super long work day? WHOOO KNOOOOWS???!!! Ok, LH, probably does.... Anyways! What I really liked about it (in addition to above) was all the history and Viv/Nick time. This wasn't just a retelling, it was new material and thank the Freddie Mercury FOR THAT! We get to see somewhat how Viv/Nick tics. I'm not sure if we will ever see all the way to the bottom of that lake, but it got a little clearer. And I love him more for it. We also get to see beyond where Painted Faces ended which YAY!!!! So why 4 stars? Well, y'all, I would have loved to have delved a little more into the Drag Queen world. I wanted to explore more of Viv/Nick's psyche. This is going to sound super odd, but I really wanted less romance and more of just getting to know Viv/Nick. We already know how the story ends so let's delve a little deeper into our Killer Queen. That all being said, LH knocks another one out of the park. If you haven't done so already, you really need to start reading this author. Everything she writes is very unique with one of the freshest voices I've ever come across. I don't say this lightly, but she's an auto buy for me. I don't even need to read the blurb, it's just "oh, LH? CLICK!" Because I know what I'm getting -> quality. TRUST ME! Happy Reading, Kelsie :D
5 - "If I was into girls, I'd do you." Stars! There is one thing you can pretty much be sure of with a book by L. H. Cosway, and that is that it will never turn out how you are expecting it too, and that she never lets you down when it comes to being 100% original with her storylines. You need to read Painted Faces if you haven’t already as it just highlights just how freaking amazing she is. ”Why are the beautiful ones always so troubled.” I always get a little nervous with books that are released giving the alternate POV on a story that I have already read, sometimes they just read like the exact same book, but with the names changed round, and nothing extra is really gained from reading them. I think what makes this book stand out so much as the absolute antithesis of the aforementioned description, is that it could be read as a stand-alone (I wouldn’t recommend it as you would be missing out on a seriously good book, in Painted Faces), but this feels like a whole new story, Nicholas’s story. Nicholas and Fred rooted themselves into my heart when I read their story in Painted faces and now Nicholas is pretty much tattooed across my heart after reading Killer Queen. ”I like to think of myself as a wonderful and unique snowflake.” I love nothing more than a troubled man, and L. H. Cosway has taken us through some of the pivotal moments in his life with this book, it starts before his arrival in Dublin, covers that part of his life and his time with Fred, but you also get the after, so where Painted Faces finished, this story carries on a little further, think of the best epilogue you can wish for, and that is what we are given. ”You’re a beautiful man. I hope you find happiness one day soon.” 5 Stars isn’t really enough for this book, in all honesty it isn’t really enough for any of the books I have read by this author. ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for the above honest review.