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.
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.
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*** 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 contrastrasting with the characters and story. That dynamic was somewhat disconcerting.