Still Life with Strings

Still Life with Strings

by L.H. Cosway
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Still Life with Strings 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet, yet sexy story, with one of a kind characters you can't get enough of. I feel lucky to have found Ms. Cosway's books, and I'm happily enjoying them, one by one.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Brilliant and Beautiful! A Breathtaking, Magical Romance to Set Your Heart Aflutter!  5 “How Could You Not Love This” Stars! The Review:  Fun and compelling, this heartfelt read will make you believe in Happily Ever After. Still Live With Strings is a story about loss, love, survival, uncertainty, learning to trust again and the power of hope.  I opened the pages and was immediately transported to a world of beauty through unique character scenes, creative wording and extraordinary day-dream sequences. The hero and heroine burned the pages with their chemistry and the theme of the story was perfectly executed. I loved this read! Story/Characters...  Jade Lennon has had a tough life. She’s basically given up her dreams to take care of her younger siblings after her mother's death but even before that, life had played a cruel hand of fate, leaving Jade on a destructive path in a dark place. But once her mother was diagnosed, she stood strong and pulled herself together. However, with those experiences littering her past, she’s a little bit sad, she’s a little bit broken and she’s a lot cynical. She doesn’t have time for love and rejects anything that might break through the carefully placed walls she’s created in order to keep from sliding backwards into that dark place. But then in walks the sexy, kind and caring Shane Author and what was meant to be a one time encounter turns into a friendship that’s desperately struggling to be more.  Shane has a dark past of his own unhinged by betrayal of the worst kind. Only one thing got him through that painful time in his life and when he comes face to face with the real life version of his painted fantasy, he can’t help but desperately grab on with both hands. His well structured life is about to take a turn to the wild side and together, maybe Shane can teach Jade to trust again and maybe Jade and teach Shane to really live for the first time. This story was very much a romantic, sweet, inspiring and intense read that holds both realism and fantasy side by side. It’s unique characters and their lives took me to reading euphoria that I’m still not down from. I loved the visuals I got while experiencing Jade’s daydreaming sequences. Her mind was a fantastic place to be in. She could take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Jade was a wonderful character. She was brave with her troubled past and I loved that she found the strength to overcome and prosper. Shane was tragically lonely, hurt and a bit broken himself but striving for something better and something real. And the sexual tension and slow build between Shane and Jade was exquisite! There was a creative, colorful cast of sub characters that carried this charming romance into a whole new stratosphere as they bedazzled with artistic events and solid shoulders to cry on. The Wrap Up:  This friends-to-lovers read was amazing from beginning to end. With poetically written scenes that sent my imagination soaring as Jades thoughts and daydreams came to life inside my own mind, this author took me on a wondrous journey while leveling me with angsty emotions and rocking me with steamy encounters. When I finished, my heart was in the clouds with Jades blue feathers, encompassed in a dream of hope and renewal.  This book will make you believe in fate, destiny and true love. And it will help you see, HEA’s really can come true if only you're brave enough to fight for it. NOTE: *Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books, and nowadays the only ones that stand out are the ones that have a unique story line coupled with writing that keeps the story alive. This book has all that and much more! I have now read two of L.H. Cosway's books and both are memorable and fantastic. I look forward to reading more of her books!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The story was beautiful and the characters amazing. I'm always looking for that book that's just a little bit different and this didn't disappoint! A wonderful love story - a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A trifecta!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story about tragedy, fate and love written in a symphony of sensory stimulus. I liked Cosway’s writing style within the first few paragraphs. But I wasn’t prepared to be transported into a Mary Poppins kind of world where reality collides with fantasy through Jade’s very imaginative eyes and lyrical inner thoughts. Jade, Still Life with Strings’heroine, is a twenty six year old “recovering alcoholic, orphan, responsible for two wayward teenagers” that moonlights and sometimes daylights as a living statue to supplement her income. One night a beautiful and mysterious man invites her to get a drink. In a bold and uncharacteristic move on her part she gives into attraction and temptation propositioning him while thinking she’ll never see him again.  "I think I might have dreamt you," he breathes… What a romantic thing to say to a woman who let you shag her just minutes after you just met. Their attraction and initial surrender is just the beginning. Little do they know at the time that they’ll be seeing each other almost on a daily basis because they’ll be working in the same concert hall. Despite what some may see as unlikely given their very different backgrounds and upbringing, they also form a tight friendship. And together, friendship and irresistible magnetism, are the perfect ingredients for a very palpable connection that frightens Jade to her core. Will she let her past dictate her future? Or will she risk her heart for love in this compelling story that seamlessly includes music and sensual scenarios of living art and music, tragic and hurtful pasts that somehow even magically seem to be destined to meet head-on.  He takes my hand, and on each finger spells out the word “touch.” Then he turns it over and writes “me” in the center of my palm. Wow. Does that mean he wants me to touch him? I look at him, and it’s like he can read the question in my head because he answers, “All the time.” I didn’t just enjoy the story and how it was written. I also took pleasure reading about all the characters depicted. Jade felt very real and likeable in her life complications but also her forward and forthcoming attitude. Shane has a very spicy mix of male sexuality with an adorable shyness that made him incredibly appealing. “Jade, that man seriously wants to Channing all over your Tatum.” This book provided an array of emotions which I will gladly and most likely revisit. ** I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. **
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
This book is a feel good story and after reading a few books with love triangles, cheating, and pining, I needed a break from all that.  I wanted a one love… true love story and that is what I got with STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS.  This couple had some serious sexual tension since Jade swore off men. She had what she thought was a one night fling with a guy.  This would have bothered me.  I hate when heroines in books act like sluts, but I did not feel that with Jade.  I think with everyone and everything that depends on Jade, she wanted just that connection that release if only for a short time. Jade is an alcoholic and from a bad experience with an ex-boyfriend she knows that a broken heart will lead her straight to the bottle again and she can’t risk that since she has two siblings who depend on her as a guardian. This is my third book that I have read by L.H. Cosway.  My first and favorite of course is PAINTED FACES, but I really liked this one too.    I was not disappointed with STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS.  I loved the characters, I loved the whole premise of the book, and I loved that music was part of the story. L.H. Cosway writes about such unique characters.  No two are ever the same.  The sex scenes were hot and I felt the intimacy between the characters but what killed one intimate moment was the lack of discussion about protection. Pet peeve of mine. Kind of kills the moment. Bottom line: L.H. Cosway is one author who I always look for to have a release on a new book. I am glad I read this one and recommend it. A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it. You won't be disappointed.