Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.
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?
Rose Taylor is an incurable romantic. As one of London’s most talented choreographers, she has a painful history of developing “show crushes” and is determined to never fall in love with a fickle actor again.
Until she meets the legendary Damon Atwood.
What was it about my obsession with romance that always made me feel embarrassed? Like it was a silly, girlish thing to obsess about. In reality, it was what we all wanted, right?
Damon Atwood disappeared from the spotlight years ago after taking the industry by storm at a very young age. He’s come out of seclusion to star in the West End’s highly anticipated revival of Moulin Rouge and he knows that there are those who have their doubts about his ability to still engage an audience.
He’s nothing like anything that Rose ever expected – soft-spoken, introverted and heartbreakingly beautiful. On top of that, his talent on the stage is unprecedented.
As Rose and Damon develop an increasingly intimate bond, they will have to come face to face with jealousy, deception and the sadness of their past to finally find the love of a lifetime.
“You,” he paused, frowned, then tried again. “You captivate me.”
Showmance is yet another unforgettable gem from the brilliant mind of L.H Cosway! She completely mesmerizes with a slow burning romance that encompasses just the right amount of push and pull. Rose is a strong and yet vulnerable heroine while Damon is the quintessential mysterious and broody hero.
It’s an all-access pass into the inner workings of the theatre that will make you laugh, cry and seriously swoon. Now we just can’t wait to see what she has in store for Rose’s best friend - Julian…
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After a moment I leaned in, my shoulder brushing hers as I spoke low, “And what book would you have me narrate?”
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Fun Facts About Showmance -
Fun Fact #1: When Rose tells Damon how she got to meet Gene Kelly’s wife, that was actually me! I didn’t hug her for too long or creep her out like Rose, but she did mention that Gene used to have a thing for women who wear glasses. I like to imagine this means I could’ve been his wife if I were born a few decades earlier :-D
Fun Fact #2: There are some “easter eggs” sprinkled throughout the book, which I mostly included just to amuse myself. For example, in the show Damon plays the lead role of Christian, while Alicia plays Satine. So the names sort of have interconnected meanings. Damon (as in demon) as opposed to Christian. Alicia reminds me of angel, and her character’s name is Satine (as in Satan/Lucifer the fallen angel).
Fun Fact #3: Another easter egg of sorts. There are some parallels in the story that mirror some aspects of Moulin Rouge. For instance, Julian is a real life male escort while the musical tells the story of a fictional courtesan as played by Alicia.
Fun Fact #4: When Rose tells Damon about Gene Kelly sneakily making Cyd Charisse’s skirt shorter during the filming of Singin’ in the Rain, this was an anecdote his wife told when I went to see her give a talk about the film. I’ve searched high and low but cannot find any mention of this story online, so perhaps it only exists as a word of mouth tale. Well, now it will live on in Showmance.
Fun Fact #5: When Julian tells Alicia about the French demi-monde, this actually comes from research I did during my post-grad thesis, which focused on depictions of courtesans in 18th & 19th century French literature. For years I’ve wanted to use this research in writing a novel about a real life sex worker, but set in modern times, and it’s finally going to happen when I write Julian’s story next year.
About The Author -
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. 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.
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