on August 13, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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 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.
New to this series but not to L.H. Cosway’s writing. I’ve read a few of her books in the past and really enjoy her writing style, quirky yet serious characters, and her emotional storytelling. I’m a fan, plain and simple.
Julian and Ellen are complicated characters, who meet under unusual circumstances. Ellen, who suffers from severe anxiety, and Julian, a male escort, aren’t exactly characters I would have put together. While I really enjoyed them separately, I struggled with them together. It’s strange to say “I liked/loved these characters” but then follow that with “just not with each other.” At least not in the beginning.
Julian’s self awareness was something I could get behind 100%. I felt the author handled his sexuality beautifully. He is an amazing character to read. I wish more could have been done with him. Ellen somewhat overshadowed him though. I could definitely relate to Ellen and her anxiety. But there were times when I thought the story was going in a certain direction, and then it would just…not. And therefore left me feeling like I was missing something. Interestingly, the story did pick up for me, I was invested in Julian and Ellen and was even rooting for them by the end of the book.
I do plan to go back and read the first story in this series, Showmance. This is a standalone, and I didn’t feel like I had missed anything by not reading Showmance first.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *