Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn't have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she's around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn't know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night. She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.
In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.
I went in blind when I picked up this book and by the end I came out thankful. Thankful for Painted Faces, for Freda & Nicholas, for the authors talent. This book is by far one of the best books I have read ever. I just connected with Freda, with Nicholas. I got them. The author did an amazing job capturing the whole scene.
"You colour my world, Freda."
Freda and Nicholas. Two of the best couples I had read in a long time. I fell in love. I swooned. I laughed. I cried. It was just that good. It was refreshing. It was like I was breathing fresh air. I was "educated" in a sense of drag queens.
“Eat up Freda, you're going to need your energy because I'm dying to fuck you.”
Yes, our Nicholas is a drag queen, but god, he will still make you swoon.. like a teenage girl. Nicholas is also a New Zealander! Top points for that! I still think of this book often, even though I read in way back in January. Thats how well the author created these characters. Well done to the author.