#FreebieAlert | CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY (November 26th 2019) @jennw23

12 Bestselling Authors

6 Cities

6 Never-Before-Seen Holiday Love Stories

Christmas in the City, an all-new holiday anthology featuring 12 of your favorite bestselling authors, is available NOW, but for a limited time! These are brand new stories and available FREE on all platforms! 

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AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2rK1NB2

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Twelve bestselling authors came together this holiday season to do something special as a thank you to the romance community. We wanted to share FREE, never-before-published stories born from a spirit of collaboration. These six stories are co-written by authors you may have seen work together often in the past, and by some you’ve never seen work together before! Each enchanting love story occurs in a different city. New York, Washington, D.C., Dublin, Toronto, Chicago and Paris. Travel all over the world with us this holiday season and fall in love!

Helena Hunting & L.J. Shen

Just The Tip 

It’s not every day you meet a stranger who knows how to jingle your bells…

Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow

Baby it’s Cold Outside

My Christmas list did not include a broken heart, freezing temperatures, or my tree stuck in the door to my apartment building, but that’s what I got. Just when I thought Santa had failed me, I got something I never thought to ask for …

Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Kissmas in New York

It was just supposed to be a simple kiss with a stranger.  I’d done it to prove a point–that I hadn’t lost my sense of adventure. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Maybe I’d get something in my stocking after all this holiday season…

Sierra Simone & Kennedy Ryan

The Christmas Crown

Noelani, queen of Manaroa, has one mission on her diplomatic visit to the States: forge strategic alliances for her homeland. When she meets brooding security specialist Brock Grimsby, their unexpected alliance heats up the holiday. One night. No promises, but come Christmas, will either be able to walk away?

Penny Reid & LH Cosway

Songbird

Two lonely souls find companionship in Dublin for one magical night. Broderick Adams doesn’t mind his solitude, until she walks in. Ophelia Kelly sings to heal her heart, but has no idea he’s listening. 

Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

EPIC

Jamie and Wes are having a blast living and working in Toronto. Until a scout for another team swoops in to make one of them an offer that might complicate the life they’ve built together.

#BookReview | HAPPY-GO-LUCKY by L H Cosway @LHCosway (August 14th 2019)

Thank you very much to L H Cosway for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Every workplace has that one person you don’t want to mess with. 
At James & Peterson Investigations, that would be Cameron Grant: sullen, grouchy, intimidating, oh yeah, and sexy as hell. He can make your soul wither with a single disapproving glare. And he never, ever socialises with his co-workers.
This is why Maisie Wilkins, happy-go-lucky ray of sunshine, can’t fathom why Cameron finally decided to show up at their annual office Christmas party. Every year he received an invite, and every year he failed to attend. But not this year.
Curious as to why he’s there, Maisie can’t resist sitting next to Cameron. Before she knows it, she’s had one too many drinks and is drunkenly hailing a cab back to his place. Office party flings are not something she normally does, but despite his intimidating character, Cameron has a charm she can’t resist. Or maybe it was just those five gin and tonics blurring her judgement.
Whatever the reason, Maisie now has to navigate the awkward, tension filled waters of sharing an office with someone she’s slept with. 

Review:

When I first read the newsletter episodes of Happy-go-lucky, I was hooked. Eagerly awaiting the next instalment in L H Cosway’s newsletter. I needed to know what happened between Cameron and Maisie, did they have another steamy encounter, would an office romance work. We were left with so many questions and I was very hopeful Cosway would finish their story. 

Once the ARC landed on my Kindle I instantly re-read the first few chapters, reminding myself of their chemistry and the beauty of their budding relationship. Maisie is a heroine who reminded me to always be hopeful, to look on the bright side of things and not let negativity of life dampen the joy of reading. At  a time when I am snowed under, reading the story of Maisie and Cameron became the perfect escape. I could relate to Cameron’s grumpy nature, his coldness towards people and the way Maisie melts his heart. 

There is something brutally honest and intriguing about the relationship between these characters, the way they balance each other out. They’re the perfect couple, but instead of being an unrealistic perfection, they’re actually relatable. Cosway is one writer who knows what she is doing, seemingly knowing her characters inside and out. 

It is becoming hard to not love every novel I read by L H Cosway, her work speaks to me on a level most novels fail to reach. I’ve always been a cynical reader, not one to fall easily in love with characters but Cosway’s beautiful writing, witty and relatable characters make this cynical reader feel hope. This is a love story, a steamy, intelligent, intimate and beautiful love story. 

I’ve said this before, but it is still as true today as it was after reading Painted Faces, I cannot wait to read the next treasure by L H Cosway. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to revisit the beautiful and gorgeous Maisie and Cameron. 

Happy-go-lucky, a story that leaves you feeling just that, happy. 

Thank you L H Cosway! 

*M* 

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) by L.H. Cosway @LHCosway (5th March 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) by L.H. Cosway
Published; March 5th 2019, Indie Published

Spending a month filming a reality TV show with your ex is no picnic.

Especially when you’ve signed a contract stating that the two of you will not, under any circumstances, have romantic relations while filming.

Leanne Simmons and Callum Davidson never had an easy relationship. From enemies to lovers and back to enemies, they’ve been on again/off again for years. Things come to a head when Callum gets into an altercation with a rival for Leanne’s affections. Their management decide enough is enough and give them both an ultimatum: sign the contract or leave the show.

Unwilling to give up their livelihoods, Callum and Leanne sign on the dotted line. However, like always, they can’t resist making a bet. Callum thinks it’s only a matter of time before they break the agreement, while Leanne is determined to see it through.

Can she resist him for an entire month without losing her sanity? And what if this is the one bet that finally breaks them both?

Off the Air is a contemporary romance and Book One in L.H. Cosway’s brand new “Running on Air” Series. Each book focuses on a different couple and can be read as a standalone.

Being asked to read OFF THE AIR, the new L H Cosway novel and review it was a dream come true.

I’ve been a massive fan of Cosway since reading KILLER QUEEN last year and couldn’t wait to read her latest adventures. And what a rollercoaster this is, the story of Leanne and Callum, two beautiful souls on a journey of self discovery and at time self destruction. Here is a love story that is cemented in a world we can believe we could orbit. Cosway has once again created a set of characters so intriguing that you never want the novel to end. Not only are we enamoured with Leanne and Cal, with the turbulent and beautiful relationship between them but also with their parkour family.

A bunch of unlikely friends, joined together in their love of free running to become a family that we fall head over heels in love with. Every character has a depth to them that let’s you know Cosway means business. Here is an author who knows her story, sets the tone perfectly and makes you fall in love with every turn of the page. I wanted to read this novel from the offset but I became compelled to read as soon as I was introduced to the beauties Leanne and Cal.

This is a story that lives on once the last page has been turned. When the kindle has died and the tears have been shed. Nothing prepares you for how easily you’ll fall for these characters, but then why would you want to be prepared? All the best rides are ones into the unknown. Every novel I’ve read by L H Cosway has only made me love this author more. Her story telling is fascinating, no two novels the same. The characters she creates are beautiful both in appearance and in soul. Sure nothing is plain sailing but we love the stories all the more for it.

Another one to add the bookshelves, one of those rare reads that pull you out of reality and into the fictional world. I need this in paperback and I most certainly will be reading more of L H Cosway’s work. Just try to stop me!

You can buy OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

*M*

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | KILLER QUEEN (Painted Faces #2) by L.H. Cosway @LHCosway ‏(October 20th 2014, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

KILLER QUEEN (Painted Faces #2) by L.H. Cosway
Published; October 20th 2014, Indie Published

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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.

I first came across L H Cosway when myself and my fellow P Turner *S* were preparing for RARE18 in London, I read the novel PAINTED FACES and instantly fell in love with L H Cosway, these characters and Dublin. Later in the year we attended the Four Brits Book Fest in Oxford and had the pleasure of meeting L H Cosway again. It was here that I came across KILLER QUEEN, another novel in the PAINTED FACES universe and I knew that I just had to read this.

Fred and Nicholas are by far one of my all time favourite fictional couples, I love all facets of them, from Fred’s Irish charm and sarcastic nature to Nicholas’s femininity and devilish good looks. Everything about this couple drew me in and reading KILLER QUEEN, the story of their relationship from Nicholas’s perspective was a huge draw for me.

Of course after reading PAINTED FACES I had very high expectations from L H Cosway, could she pull off this story again from a different angle and still make me an emotional wreck? The answer is yes. I don’t know what it is about these characters but they appeal to me on a level I’ve never felt before. I can relate to Fred in a way that I think a lot of readers relate to female characters, she feels completely real and the relationship between her and Nicholas is beautiful on every level.

KILLER QUEEN gives us an insight into Nicholas’s character, showing us the darkest recesses of himself and the lightness that Fred brings into his world. Sure he has a troubled past, one that has shaped him into a true gentleman, but he is attractive because he knows he is flawed. A handsome man, with the body of an Adonis, he has the confidence to be himself and give us Vivica Blue. I was attracted to both sides of his character and enjoyed seeing how he flows so easily between the two personas from his point of view.

L H Cosway has created two characters that are truly magnificent, they’re entirely human, flawed and utterly beautiful. KILLER QUEEN cemented for me the love story between them and made me fall even more in love. Here we have a writer who has flawlessly created a set of characters that appeal to all audiences, set in the beauty of Dublin and you can see from her writing the love she has for the characters.

I am unashamedly biased, I felt so strongly for Fred and Nicholas after reading PAINTED FACES that I knew I would love KILLER QUEEN. What I didn’t anticipate was just how much. For me this novel has become my all time favourite, I love these characters and am a massive fan of L H Cosway’s talent. Never one to normally have a strong emotional reaction to a novel, I admit that reading this I did shed tears of happiness for the characters. The book hangover I’ve experienced before is nothing to what I am feeling now that I’ve read the last page. I think this book lover will be in a state of despair for a while and I couldn’t be more thrilled, because KILLER QUEEN is worth every penny, tear and hangover.

 

You can buy KILLER QUEEN (Painted Faces #2) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

*M*

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | PAINTED FACES (Painted Faces #1) by L.H. Cosway @LHCosway (16th December 2012, Smashwords @Smashwords)

PAINTED FACES (Painted Faces #1) by L.H. Cosway
Published; December 16th 2012, Smashbooks

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Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

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** WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS **

Painted Faces by L H Cosway was started as part of the RARE18 Readathon that was held by the P Turners in January and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish the book in one sitting, however I was not disappointed, as this was a story that needed to be cherished.

Instantly I became fond of Fred (Freda), our average Irish lady, who is both beautiful and honest. Her attraction to Nicholas, the stranger next door was tangible to say the least. Here is a handsome New Zealander who flirts outrageously with Fred as soon as they meet. Fred is a baker and all round sarcastic character who bounces brilliantly off Nicholas, the flamboyant, talented and handsome drag queen. Their instant connection for me was the core of this story and it is a remarkably beautiful story.

The emotional rollercoaster that they take, both separately and together kept me hooked, the chemistry between them sparking off the page, to my utter delight. I loved getting to know these characters, seeing Fred as this independent, witty, flirty young lady who is open minded. And this is perfect for Nicholas, a very mysterious young man, who is both beautiful inside and out. He goes against all stereotypes and I think it is this that pulled me into this story, this is what appeals to Fred. A girl who isn’t looking for a romance, but finds one in the most unlikely of places. I felt a connection to Fred on a level I haven’t in most female protagonists, she was your average girl. But there is something wonderfully un-average about her that I love. I related to her on so many levels that I felt she could be real.

Seeing their relationship develop, going through all the emotional highs and lows is an adventure itself. Nicholas is so strong but a troubled soul, the life he’s lead up to this point one not always consisting of rainbows and glitter, yet he never fails to put a smile on your face. With eyes that draw you in, the body of a Greek god and a voice from the heavens, any reader would be attracted to him. I could picture him on stage, his presence palpable.

I love that he is flawed, that he goes against all stereotypes and that Fred is the one who connects with him.Your heart breaks for him at the horror and ignorance he has faced, yet you grow to love him even more. There is something highly appealing to me as a reader to see a male protagonist who is both an alpha male and so in touch with his femininity. The two sides to this character are both beautiful and Cosway creates these characters amazingly.

Going against the stereotypes of a standard contemporary romance couple, Fred and Nicholas are refreshing to read. The sensuality, humour, friendship and loyalty between them is something I fell in love with, eager to read more and see how things turn out for this adorable couple. Cosway knows her characters perfectly, every little nuance and flaw, painting them in a light where you can see these and love them. I never wanted this story to end, I fell so in love with Fred and Nicholas.

Separate they are remarkable characters, together they are the one of the hottest literary couples for me. The intimacy between them is subtle, sweet, steamy and delicious, leaving you craving more. It is safe to say that this is a story that makes you think outside the gender norms, opens your mind to the possibilities of love and leaves you feeling at a loss with the turn of the last page.

I am so in love with these characters, that I know for a fact this will be a novel I will read again and again. Cosway has created characters that are completely unique, a couple that I could only dream of finding in real life and a man who encapsulates the fluidity of gender roles perfectly, he is the most delicious of book boyfriends, by far one of my favourites.

Thank you L H Cosway for giving us Fred and Nicholas.

You can buy PAINTED FACES (Painted Faces #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository

*M*