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.*
Every Tuesday at 10:30 am, Ellen Grant became someone else. She drank coffee and told tales of the life she always wanted. And she did it dressed as Elodie.
Elodie had amazing adventures and fell in love with beautiful men. That’s something that would never happen to a reclusive book nerd like her in real life.
Or perhaps it could.
I’d never seen a more beautiful man in my life.
Julian Fairchild was instantly fascinated by the vivacious woman in the Polka Dot Café. There was something about her that called to him. That’s why every Tuesday he would grab a coffee, take a seat and secretly try to catch a glimpse inside her seemingly exciting life.
But the more he gets to know who she really is underneath the beautiful façade of Elodie, he finds himself more attracted to the shy and unsure girl who created her.
When Ellen hires him to teach her about love, he could have never guessed that it would be him learning a lesson of a lifetime.
Now I allowed myself the freedom to live in a way that felt right for me. It was the only way I knew how. Still, the simplicity and innocence of the idea of searching for one true love, for a soul mate, was something that always made my chest ache.
Fauxmance is vastly different than I thought it would be. It’s still the same fabulously complicated characters and sweetly scorching heat that I’ve come to expect from L.H Cosway. But this was tinged with just enough melancholy to make my ache in the very best of ways.
She masterfully crafts Julian and Ellen to be unexpected halves of the same whole. Each strong and yet vulnerable – afraid of the truth yet yearning for it. Their story unfolds like a gift that I wanted to both tear into and savour all at the same time.
It’s a slow burn with an atomic heart. And I simply adored the flames…
“You don’t get too many chances for love in this life. More often than not, it’s unrequited. So, when it’s real, you’ve got to grab hold of it.”
About The Author ~
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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