ARC Review: Thief Of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H.Cosway

Summary

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.

Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

REVIEW:


Rating
: 3.5 stars


Thank you Wordsmith Publicity for providing me with the ARC for the review tour.

Things I liked about the book:

• Stu. As usual L.H.Cosway created yet another drool-worthy amaaaazing hero I love 💕

 • Trevor Cross. I want book 6, just to know his story!!!! 

• Heists are always golden.

• I loved the character development for both the protagonists.

• Complicated family matters handled oh-so-well.

• Cosway NEVER writes a cliche story 

Things I didn’t like about the book:

It fell short of the other books in the series. It’s more casual, and less feels.I know this isn’t reason enough, but yeah, I just wanted more from Thief Of Hearts.

Overall

This is still one of favorite series’ so GO AHEAD AND READ IT ALREADY 💞

Read my reviews of the previous books in this series: 

https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/hearts-series-by-l-h-cosway/

Purchase the book on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Thief-Hearts-L-H-Cosway-ebook/dp/B01LZDDVFH

~ Sripurna

Hearts series by L.H. Cosway

Some times, some books leave a mark on your heart.

The first book of this series, Six Of Hearts, was lying in my TBR list for a long while. Three days ago, I decided I should give it a go. And hence started my journey with this amazing series, and I’m reading the last book now.

Okay first of all these books have playlists from the author on Spotify, which is not available in my country (yes, my luck). So I’m not going to make playlists for this (Secret: I really wanted to, though).

Aaaand the reviews:

Six of Hearts (Hearts, #1)

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Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.

I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.

Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.

But most of all, I put on a good show.

The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.

Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

 

Jay Fields is the new love of my life. He is funny, arrogant, mysterious, sexy, smart, intelligent, and guess what… he is an illusionist. We get his POV only in the prologue of the book, and the rest of it is the female POV. Jay, or Jason, is going to confuse you, frustrate you, and definitely make you love him.

Matilda, our simple, cliche heroine, works for her dad who is a solicitor. She meets Jay Fields here, and he ends up being a tenant at her house. And in the midst of her search for an epic love, this mysterious stranger complicates everything. Predictable much? Do I care?

“Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors.“- Jay.

I must give the author a standing ovation for the way she potrayed the magic tricks. It felt like I was watching a magic show live, with my very own eyes, her words literally painted a picture. I can imagine how much research that took. I am glad to finally find a book which shows strain in relations with proper reasons, not just “Hey I meet you, you look great, lets get together, oh no problem, and then solution, and happily ever after”. That is what romance books have become. But no siree, this book, I loved. This book, was different.

All over this beautiful magical story captured my heart. Its unique concept, fresh characters (except Matilda, she is cliched like i mentioned before), and enchanting presentation makes it a 5 stars rating worthy read.

And just a piece of advice:

“Never try to out-trick a trickster.”– Matilda.

Hearts of Fire (Hearts, #2)

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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.

(Take a look at this beautiful, beautiful book trailer I came across on Youtube)

Jack Fields, brother of Jay Fields, is a fire-breather and knife-thrower. Lille is an artist studying business. When they meet at a circus, and Lille flees her house to live with this travelling group, this unlikely couple finds love.

But love isn’t easy. Jack’s past haunts him, he is a quiet man, and is reluctant to give away his heart. Lille is a dreamer, her colorful world is very different from Jack’s. The story takes a turn when mysterious happenings start occurring at the circus, and the two lost souls are brought together.

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Again, another masterpiece by L.H.Cosway. The circus spirit, the suspense, the love, oh my god the feels :3

King of Hearts (Hearts, #3)

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Welcome to the City, London’s most prestigious square mile, where finance reigns and Oliver King is a rising prince.

I used to rule the world.

There might be wolves on Wall Street, but there were crocodiles in Canary Wharf. Some of us craved money. Some of us craved power.

I liked money, and power had its advantages, but what I really wanted was to excel, to surpass the men who came before me. I never cared much for love and romance until I met Alexis.

I could feel it the very moment she walked into the interview, with her outspoken charm and vivacious personality. She cast all the others in shadow, made me laugh when life held no humour. Our friendship should have remained professional, but it wasn’t long before the lines started to blur.

You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? Well, I never foresaw where my plans would lead, and only in my darkest hour did I finally see the light…

You can have all the money and prestige in the world and still be the poorest man alive. And love, well, I hate to use a tired old cliché, but love can be the thing that truly sets you free.

“And I fear if I made you my queen, I could no longer be a king.”

I thought i wouldn’t like this book so much. We had met King in the previous book , and he was a raging alcoholic, beyond repair. Half of this book is an explanation of his past.

But then you get to know the previous version of King and oh my god, he definitely rules hearts. I won’t say anything about him. Because I won’t be able to stop. :3

Alexis Clark is a fantastic female lead. She is super-smart, super-cool, and the banter- god help me- fabulous.

^(Okay did anyone else have 50 shades of Grey-ish deja vu with this picture?)

The ending, it was a bit farfetched. I wish they showed King as a better person in the previous book, I would have believed more in his redemption chances.

But I still loved it, because which romantic person does not love a happy ending? 😀

Hearts of Blue (Hearts, #4)

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She upholds the law. He breaks it.

Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.

Currently reading. Watch this space for review. 🙂

CAUTION: This series is only meant for romance lovers, or want-to-be-turned-into-romance-lovers.

Have you read this series? Do you want to? Any other book you want to recommend to me from this genre? Comment box awaits!

Happy reading  guys!

-Sripurna XO