Series: Painted Faces #2
Published on October 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
“What has you so excited tonight?” Phil asked me, one hand on his hip, the other holding Pickles under his arm. The tiny dog struggled to break free, and Phil finally let him down.
I sat in front of the mirror in my dressing room at The Glamour Patch, using some mousse to slick my hair back away from my face. My lips were red, and I’d gone for a smoky grey eye shadow that highlighted the blue of my irises.
“My new neighbour’s coming to see the show. I can’t wait for you to meet her, Phil. She’s quite something.”
His lips quirked. “Ah, I was wondering why you were going all Frank-N-Furter tonight.”
I glanced at him as I topped up my mascara. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
He raised an amused eyebrow and folded his arms. “You always whip out the Rocky Horror when you want to get a lady all hot and bothered. They love that androgynous shit, not to mention those hot pants leave very little to the imagination.”
I grinned mischievously. “I do believe I’ll take that as a compliment, Philip.” A pause before I continued, “So, does it usually work?”
“Depends on the lady. If she’s that way inclined, yes, it works a charm.”
His answer pleased me. “Good to know.”
Phil was right — I was definitely going for androgyny tonight rather than full-on female, and it wasn’t because my head was messed up. It was because my own vanity was surfacing, and I wanted Fred to find me sexy. I wasn’t certain that a dress was going to do it for her, but once she saw how little my hot pants left to the imagination, as Phil so graciously put it, I was sure she’d be shifting in her seat.
Yeah, that’s right, my package, for lack of a better word, was well on display. Are you regretting picking up my diary yet, you nosy little things? No? Well, let’s see if we can change your minds. I will find a way to make you tug uncomfortably at your collars yet.
“Why are the beautiful ones always so troubled, huh?”
It was such a treat to dive back into the eccentric world of Fred and Viv. I fell in love with these two in Painted Faces and I’m happy to say that I fell even further while reading Killer Queen. I’m not usually the biggest fan of companion novels because they can often be too repetitive, but this one was a real win for me.
In Painted Faces we got the story of Nicholas (Viv) and Freda (Fred) all from Fred’s snarky point of view. When she first met her gorgeous new neighbor, she had no idea it would lead her into the world of a singing drag queen. I absolutely loved being in Fred’s head and seeing Nicholas through her eyes. He was such a contradiction, an insanely handsome, dirty talking, alpha male who just so happens to dress up in drag and perform. While we get some insight into his motives and past, I feel like I learned so much after having read Killer Queen from his point of view.
“Extreme highs, earth-shattering lows – I’ve had them all. My existence has been champagne and dirt. I’ve built a career around donning costumes and transforming into another person, and my life as Vivica Blue has certainly been an eventful one.”
A lot of Nicholas’ backstory is mentioned but not given in much detail in Painted Faces and seeing the guilt and pain of his past through his eyes was heartbreaking. I feel like I understand him so much better as a character and can see why he did certain things. It was great getting scenes from before he met Freda and learning how he met his friend, Phil – I love their friendship! My favorite thing though, was getting his unique voice during meeting Fred.
“I found her so hilarious that I was actually considering abandoning my quest to bed her in order to simply be her friend, because this girl was utterly priceless. Totally lewd and absolutely brilliant in my eyes. I’d never met anyone quite like her.
While at first he just wants to get in her pants, it doesn’t take long for him to see she’s different. As fun as their bantering dialogue always was, it was hilarious to hear his dirty thoughts and him trying to figure Fred out. It was funny at times to see how much Fred seriously confounded Nicholas. He didn’t know what to make of her, he’s was so curious and even though he is a horny bastard around her, he truly wanted to understand her.
“I wanted her to want to know everything about me. It was unnerving how desperately I yearned to bare my soul to her, expose my flaws and have her accept me anyway.”
Killer Queen was a really special companion novella. Nicholas’ brutally honest narration was both heartfelt and emotional but also included his unique cheeky, pervy flare. I got to know the characters I already loved even better, relive some of my favorite moments, and see the continuation of their incredibly unconventional and touching love story. This book can definitely stand on its own based on quality, but I would definitely recommend starting with Painted Faces because it continues to be an absolute favorite of mine.
I was fit to burst with the love I felt for her, and I didn’t just want to tell her in words, I wanted her to feel it with all of her heart that she owned me.
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