Apr 22, 2014

Review ~ Still Life With Strings by L.H. Cosway

Publication Date: March 24, 2014

Published by: Createspace

Source: Kindle $2.99

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My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?


Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.
My Review

I want to start by saying that I always fall in love with a  L.H. Cosway novel. A lot of you like me probably fell in love with “Painted Faces” and are now eager to read anything she writes. What I love about her writing is how unique and poetic it is. L.H. has a really cool educational background and that bleeds into her writing style. She also lives in Dublin, which is a city like no other. Having been able to spend time there myself I can attest to its originality.  I love getting the chance to read stories placed there. Music is also a huge inspiration for her writing and the reader can tell. We love the diversity and beauty of so many influences all weaving together to make wonderfully written and engrossing stories.

I loved this book from the very beginning. I devoured it in a day and it stayed with me. I downloaded a bunch of violin (sexy ass instrument) pieces and lived in that little world (with Shane... )for a good while.

Jade Lennon is my kind of protagonist. She is hard-working, honest, funny, loving, and an artist. Since her mother’s passing she has taken on the task of raising her brothers and sister. She works hard at a music house, cares for her family, and has a great group of friends. Jade also is a recovering alcoholic who likes to dress up like a painted Bluebird angel and stand for hours in the street to make some extra cash.
Shane Arthur (SAWOOON) is a classically trained violin prodigy who runs into Jade (Bluebird) one night on the street and there are sparks. SPARKS --- people. I am getting goose bumps just thinking about their first meeting.
Little does Jade know that Shane is the new violinist at the concert hall. So they see each other A LOT. They begin to get to know each other as friends and that friendship melds into more. It’s a slow burning fire but it is always there. That is one of the other things I loved about this book. It built on story lines and characters. Nothing was instant, everything carefully orchestrated by our conductor L.H. I really liked that the characters were older. Jade 26 and Shane 29. It provided a realism to the book in how they handled their relationship that I really enjoyed.  I also really enjoyed all the art and musical references. They added so much to the story.
This book had a lot of great relationship moments. Whether it was within the family, or friends or love. That being said there was a lot of lovely swoon moments in this book. Not everyone can write sex scenes as perfectly as L.H. I mean, DAYUM gurrrl. Hose me off. They were perfect. No cheese. Just enough naughty and nice.
There is also a lot of unexpected twists and turns along the way. It never died out or caved, it was consistently good from start to finish.
This book is a perfect combination of all the things we love reading. These were real, complicated people living their lives and for a few hundred pages we get to tag along.
YOU GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As I am writing this I am being fuelled with this crazy need to call you all personally and tell you to read this book. That is how good it is.


1 comment:

  1. Great review! I agree with everything you said. This was one of my top reads this year for sure :)