Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Six of Hearts by L. H. Cosway

Six of Hearts by LH Cosway

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.




4.5 magical stars

Believe in the unbelievable, because this world we live in is magic. 

This is my third book by LH Cosway and every time she manage to come up with some really unique heroes. Remember in Painted Faces, Nicholas aka Viv who is a drag queen? Then we have the sophisticated Shane who is a classical musician in Still Life with Strings. This time LH gives us Jay Fields who is an illusionist in Six of Hearts

Matilda is like any girl next door. Her mother died from a burglary incident and now she is living with her dad. She works in her dad's small firm, loves sewing and have a slutty bff named Michelle. Matilda never had any luck with men and she found herself totally awkward in the art of flirting. 

The day Jay Fields walks into her firm, she was totally enamored and developed a huge girl crush. 

Jay Fields, a successful and well-known illusionist. He is currently facing some serious defamation by a local publication and wanted Matilda's dad to represent him to sue the publisher. This guy is a witty charmer and can seriously charm any woman pants off and turn them into a pile of goo under his ministration. 

When Jay becomes Matilda's housemate and they start spending more time together, a girl can't help but to fall head on into the guy who is so perfect in every way. I mean, Jay is pretty flawless. He cook breakfast, fetch you to work, accompany you to a bizarre relationship conference and don't even mind to pretend to be your gay friend. I don't even need to mention how impressive is his physical attributes and his talent in the magic stuff.

"We both know that mystery is better than the truth. So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors."

Matilda might not be a strong or awesome heroine. She was a rather down to earth and totally relatable one. She had the insecurity experience by any normal girl out there and I find her inner monologue pretty cheeky and fun. 

I love a good mystery and from the blurb and the prologue, it seems like this book has it in spades. However, please do not go in expecting this to be a romantic suspense or a thriller. I have this notion in me and when it didn't turn out as I was expected, I was a tad disappointed. 

The first half of the book was pretty much a really good romantic comedy. Matilda and Jay are both seriously fun characters. I love their geeky banter and I'm fortunate that I did watched Games of Thrones to know what they are laughing about. Stick 'em with the pointy end. 

I actually don't recall previous LH books have that many great one liners. But this time there are simply too many hilarious dialogues and sexual innuendos that make you can't stop snickering.

'I'll be Burger King and you be McDonalds. I'll have it my way and you'll be lovin' it.'

The best part of the book is during the second half when it focus on Jay's revenge plot and with Matilda's getting suspicious of Jay's contradicting action and secretive shenanigans. Thank goodness, she only had one TSTL moments whereby I was shaking my head 'this will not end well'. 

The ending is not much of a twist, instead it is a big revelation. A big smack down by Jay to payback to those who destroy his family and love ones. Overall, a very fun and lovely romance between two colorful characters with a mild dose of mystery side plot.

With Jay Fields by my side, the world is a pretty magical place.

Rating 4.5/5