Showmance by LH Cosway
May 16, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: strong language, explicit sex
Source: eARC for Honest review
As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.
Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?
So the love between the two main characters was lovely and beautiful. But the story itself was slow. Not slow-burn slow, just slow. Now, I love friend-building and relationships built on more than just lust. But in this story, there was a lack in the building department. Damon and Rose would have these wonderful sweet moments, but they would be too brief and infrequent to fill my need for friendship-building and relationship-building. If you're going to have the slow burn build-up, you need to have an accumulation of moments to back that up. Just when they were getting started on the road, they were interrupted. Then when they restarted, so much unnecessary drama was thrown in. I mean seriously, it was just silly. It felt like high school instead of grown adults who could stand up for themselves. The Alicia stuff was ridiculous. The Blake stuff I got, and then it got ridiculous too. I'm not a fan of forced drama, and that's what this was. Luckily, the drama got resolved.
Overall, I enjoyed 'Showmance' but didn't love it. Damon and Rose captured my heart, though I wanted more. If the slow parts had been edited down, I would have been a bigger fan. It's a great read for the main characters alone. Cosway has a fascinating way of creating characters.