Series: Painted Faces #2
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: October 20th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: The Nature of Cruelty, Six of Hearts, The Hooker and The Hermit, Hearts of Fire, King of Hearts
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome…
Come inside The Glamour Patch club to see the star of our show, Miss Vivica Blue.
Do you want to read my diary you nosy little devils? Have a glass of champagne (you’ll need it) and get comfortable because you’re in for some crazy shenanigans brought to you straight from the horse’s mouth.
I can be whatever you want me to be: boy, girl, a little bit of both.
If you have a problem with a man in a dress then best be off with you. If males in make-up give you the willies, then I’ll say au revoir and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
So, who are we left with? Ah, a fine collection of curious souls. I want to tell you a tale of love, because those are the most glorious kind. I want to tell you about real love, a love that transcends labels and gender stereotypes.
The moment I first laid eyes on my Freda I knew that we were kindred. Well okay, I also knew I wanted to get into her pants, but that’s beside the point. My world was a grey place. I was at my lowest ebb. Then she came along and patches of colour began to spring forth. One day the daffodils were yellow and before I knew it, colour was everywhere, lighting up my life.
Love is not about how we appear on the outside, it’s about the soul contained within.
Our story was not a conventional one, but it was ours, and that’s what made it shine.
Killer Queen is a companion novel to L.H. Cosway’s contemporary romance, Painted Faces. It contains scenes that take place before, during and after the original story. It can also be read as a standalone.
I was sitting on a stool in her kitchen as she mixed orange cupcake frosting; she’d set me to work placing paper cake holders into oven trays. Fred was wearing a royal blue top with a sweetheart neckline that framed her tits to perfection. Needless to say, I was quite happy with the scenery. She was too flustered trying to get everything ready on time to notice my ogling, which was an added bonus.
“This is hazardous work,” I said playfully. “A boy could give himself a paper cut. Am I going to get danger pay?”
She raised one eyebrow as she used a big spoon to stir. “You’re getting no pay, Viv. This is my reward for going shopping with you the other day. I’ve never known a straight man who enjoyed fashion as much as you. I’ve got blisters on my feet and everything.”
I chuckled and reached out to dip two fingers in the frosting she was stirring. Then I deviously brought them to my mouth as she watched, forming a “V” as I licked it away, my eyes levelled on her all the while. Her breath hitched, and I saw a tiny hint of red colour her cheeks as she studiously avoided my gaze. She knew exactly what I was imitating, and I hoped it made her think naughty thoughts.
“Little did I know back then that my curiosity, paired with my devout love of my mother, would lead me down a strange, seldom chosen path.”
How lovely is it to be back with Viv and Fred again. When I read Painted Faces back in January of 2013, my love affair with L.H. Cosway novels began and for obvious reasons. Not only does Ms. Cosway manage to bring something refreshing and magical to the contemporary romance genre, but she manages to do it with style, flair, and plenty of swoon. To this day, Fred and Viv are one of my favorite couples to read about. While I tend to shy away from most companion novels because they tend to rehash the same story and sometimes dim the spark from the previous novel, Killer Queen is not one that disappoints.
“I felt like we were two slow-moving objects on the verge of colliding in the most wonderful way.”
While I missed Freda’s POV (simply because I just love her character) it was a real treat to read Nicholas’s POV. He is certainly an enigma. You don’t hear/read about many straight drag queens that can be feminine as hell in costume and yet masculine and yummy alpha male in real life. Such a dimensional character. Nicholas is charming, seductive, yet those are just facades that hide a very vulnerable and damaged man. The insight into his past, as well as his current state of emotions, really help connect that man we know in Painted Faces with the one that we get acquainted with in Killer Queen.
“It’s odd that we never notice how much we need someone to touch us until it’s happening.”
But beneath all the glitter and cheeky innuendo, Killer Queen is quite simply a gorgeous love story between two incredible characters. There is something magical that happens when Viv and Fred are together that makes me so insanely happy. The way they interact and compliment one another solidifies them as one of my favorite literary couples ever. I am so happy that Ms. Cosway made it possible to give us more Viv and Fred without compromising the original story or just simply re-hashing it. Killer Queen enhances an already magnificent story and it’s worth the wait.