Monday, March 9, 2015

Blog tour: Christie's review: Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway


Title:Hearts of Fire
Series: Hearts #2
Author: L.H. Cosway
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.

My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.

Now I breathe fire, eat the poison that almost killed me.

Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired. With each flame I spit, I risk my life.

I wear scars on my body that will never go away, but the scars inside my head are far more difficult to overlook.

My brother doesn’t know me, and if I have it my way he never will.

Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her.

I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road. She doesn’t know the monsters that lurk behind the bright lights of the ring. In truth, I could be considered one of them.

We were fashioned from different cloths, never intended to mix. So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me.

Join us in the Spiegeltent and let us give you a show. Allow my Lille to draw a picture for you in paint and sweat and skin.

The truest love is always the hardest to let in.

This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.

It's no secret that I'm a huge L.H. Cosway fan. Her fresh and invigorating stories always leave me desperate for more. She takes the quirky and offbeat, and twists them up in a feast of the senses. And let me say, I gorged on every indulgent, decadent morsel from beginning to end. She's a drop everything, lock yourself in a solitary room, and not come up for air until you finish type of author.

This book in particular was especially exciting for me. Because first of all, it's set in the circus and I was dying to see what she would bring to the table that kind of backdrop. My imagination was running riot with all the possibilities.

And secondly, Jack is Jay Fields' long lost brother. Jay from Six of Hearts was one of my ultimate favorite characters so just that connection alone brought my need to read this to an urgent level. So when this popped up on my Kindle, I did a little disappearing act and wasn't found until morning. It was phenomenal.

Jack McCabe didn't have that explosive charisma that his brother had. He was more of a man of shadows and quiet intensity. He was a towering inferno of bottled up pain and he makes you want to either wrap your arms around him or back away from him very slowly. Strong, dark, and with a dangerous glint in his eye, he was imposing and formidable. Nobody has been able to penetrate that stay away vibe that conceals the hidden undercurrent of hurt and loneliness. Jack was another amazing hero from LHC. Page by page, she built this brooding, unattainable man that Lille was drawn to like a moth to flame.

His eyes held a thousand dark, carnal promises, and I felt completely lost, had no idea how to respond.

Lille is a girl quietly suffocating under her mother's uncaring control. She's free spirited and adventurous at heart, but never allowed to pursue the things in life that excite her. The only way she gets to enjoy her love of art is through face painting children at the restaurant where she works. At that is where she runs into Jack and Marina (the owner/ringmaster of the circus). And after seeing the show she gets invited to tag along with them to France which her adventurous heart can't refuse. This is her one chance to throw caution to the wind and break free from everything that's been draining her of happiness. She grabs hold with both hands.

I wanted to get my heart broken. I wanted to live through every high and low, because otherwise I wouldn't be living.

Jack and Lille were polar opposites but yet seemed to be the perfect counterpart for each other. She was glowing with life and optimism. He was broodingly hard and seeking to escape the memories of the dark circumstances that fell on him as an innocent child.

As much as Lille wants Jack to notice her, she has no illusions he sees her as anything other than an annoyance. His brazen and bold manner with her seems to be fueled by his enjoyment of ruffling her composure. The sexual innuendos he throws out couldn't possibly mean anything, right? So she sets her mind on becoming a friend to him. Someone he can trust and confide in. Because more than anything, she wants to be that person who knows him better than anybody else.

I didn't see him as a damaged little boy, I saw him as a unique, wonderful, yet very breakable grown man.

The passion between these two combusted off the pages. After trying his hardest to stay away from her, the tension was built to an impossible level. But it was well worth the wait. Jack reveals an unusual part of himself to her during this time and I was kind of conflicted about how I felt about it. He has this fetish that in some ways are unsettling and yet strangely it didn't turn me off. (What that says about me, I don't know, but being real, I thought they were insanely hot together.)

There was a plot arc about a murderer/rapist was living among the circus community. I can't say that there was a twist there that surprised me regarding that. After a certain event in the book, it became glaringly obvious to me who was responsible (At least, in part). But I really didn't mind too much, because I was too focused on a certain character from another book making a sudden appearance...

I just about died from excitement.

The reunion between the two brothers ripped my heart out, tore it up, squeezed it, and pumped it back to life again. It was everything. I love Jay, and Jack, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with. All the little things I found in the plot weren't enough to knock my rating down. I came away from this book glowing in book giddiness. There's something about the way that L.H. Cosway writes that makes me feel her stories so deeply. She just has the ability to say a thousand things with the simplest words and make you feel so much.

His smile grew slowly.
"I like the way you see me."
I smiled back.
"I like seeing you."

Loved, loved, loved! And the epilogue was absolute perfection I was so sad to see the book come to a close. BUT...there's going to be another standalone connected book!!! King of Hearts! It's about a side character named Oliver King and release is set for this summer. Am I already impatient? You know it.


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