3 star

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?


I always look forward to new books from LH Cosway, her writing is uniquely engaging, and her stories are so rich in detail and character depth. She takes you on a journey, and it’s easy to believe you are actually part of everything that is taking place within the pages.

Our heroine, Rose Taylor, is a talented West End choreographer who has an unfortunate knack of falling for the actors who are under her tuition. Having recently been burnt by a cocaine sniffing tosspot who thought he was something special, she has sworn off actors and vows to concentrate on her new role, assisting with Moulin Rouge.

Child Hollywood actor and broody Yorkshireman, Damon Attwood, is coming out of hiding from a remote Scottish island to play the lead role on the London stage. It’s been a good few long years since he has been required to socialise and be around people for any length of time, but he sees something in Rose that instantly calms him and he is drawn to her kindness and genuine personality.

“It felt strange, this thing between us, because ninety-five percent of it was completely unspoken. It was just a feeling, one that drew me to him like a moth to a flame.”

There was a slow build up, and although I love a slow burn, I was a little bit frustrated at the pace of their romance. Damon was pretty sure of his feelings quite early on in the story, and behind his quiet and brooding, and somewhat aloof exterior, he treated Rose with so much patience and understanding, it was completely swoonworthy.

His point of view was definitely the highlight for me -I loved being in his mind, but also loved how he made Rose feel, and how she would completely melt when he spoke of his feelings to her.

Overall, although it was a little on the slow side for my preference, but it was a great book to escape into and have no doubt that it will be a success for many readers.

Showmance is a standalone contemporary romance, told in dual POV

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

Fun Facts

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 😀

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.

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