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Painted Faces



Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction.

Published: December 2012

Length: 358 Pages (Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5 Stars (LOVED!)

Where do I start so I give this book an awesome review like it deserves?  So many fond thoughts I have after finishing this awesome book. Days after finishing still can’t get my thoughts in order.

Quick Synopsis:  Nicholas Turner moves to Dublin, Ireland and across the hall from Freda Wilson (or as she prefers to be called “Fred”). Nicholas gets a job to perform as the main act at his friend’s drag queen bar. Nicholas dresses up as the drag queen, Vivica Blue. Now Nicholas is all man. He is tall, handsome and confident. He is not gay or bi.  At first, Fred is not sure what to make of Nicholas, as the drag queen, Vivica Blue, but she is later hired to work as his assistant and begins to see and understand Nicholas.

“We all paint a face to show the world. For some of us, that’s quite literal.”

Nicholas he is just *sigh* I loved how he loved Fred for being Fred.  She knows she will never be the prettiest or thinnest girl at the party or bar, but she is sweet, confident and strong.

“I might not have a boyfriend, but I have cupcakes, and those tasty bastards haven’t let me down yet.”

I cried. I laughed. I sighed. I held my breath.  Beautiful from beginning to end.


I am asking (well begging) the author to write more with these characters.  I would love to read some of the scenes in Nicholas’s POVs.  I would also love to see this book on the big screen.


The author did an amazing job putting the music together with the scenes. While reading, I would go on YouTube, find the song listed in the book and have it play in the background.   The music fit perfectly with what was happening in the story.  Even the scenes that made me hold my breath or shed a tear.

The loves scenes in this book are among the most beautiful that I have ever read. The intimacy between these characters just melted my heart.  Nicholas melted my heart.

Now my favorite part in the entire book…hands down…the scene that Elbow sings “ONE DAY LIKE THIS”.  I will not tell you more about that scene.  I do not want to ruin that moment for you. However, I will leave you with this…that scene was one of my all-time favorite scenes in any book I have ever read. So I leave you with that awesome song.


I hope you read this book. Please do not let the drag queen aspect of the story turn you off.  This is a beautiful, well written story.


Did I skim? No.

Will I reread? Yes.

Did I think about this book after I was done? Yes. I still think about certain scenes in the book.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes.

Do I recommend? Drop what you are reading and pick up this book!

Positives: Excellent story, great characters.

Negatives: It ended and I wanted the story to go on and on.




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