Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Hearts of Blue by L. H. Cosway

Hearts of Blue
Hearts #4
by L. H. Cosway
Release Date:  November 19, 2015

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.

Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.

5 'blue' stars


I love this book right from the first page till the last. There is nothing dramatic, nothing over the top, there isn't even a growling alpha male in it, but L. H. Cosway make it work with her great writing, good plot and most of all the well developed and heartfelt characters that woo my heart. 

I read this as a standalone because I didn't read the previous book King. I understand that this book mainly took place in between King's disappearance, therefore there might be some spoiler for previous book. For those who are new to LH Cosway's though, this one totally works as a standalone. No fret.

The main thing that drew me in beside that it is penned by Cosway, is the star-crossed lover's theme. We have a heroine and a hero who is on the different side of the law. That little tidbit is enough for me to read this book without even checking out the blurb.

Karla Sheehan is a police constable. With a high ranking officer as her father, Karla is the kind of righteousness law woman who is out to prove herself and make the world a better place. Kudos.

Lee Cross is a thief, a criminal deep in the life due to circumstances that force his hand. Though it was stressed that he was involved only in non-violent crime.

Karla and Lee met each other due to Lee's elder brother connection to Karla's best friend, Alexis. Long story short, when Lee found out Karla was a policewoman, he was chasing after her like a horndog, in a totally non-creepy sort of way.

I just love their little banter and bickering, mostly due to Lee's constant pursue of Karla. And damn, that man is persistent. He totally can't take a hint, no matter how many times she rejected him point blank.

"I'm exhausted. You should come back to mine and sleep with me."
"Nice try."
"Come on, Snap, don't leave me sitting here feeling all rejected."

And when he started with his dirty talking, I don't know how can she still not wet herself right there and then.

"You'll be wet, I'll be hard. I'll peel off your clothes and slip into you so easily, like I was always supposed to be there. Afterward I'll cook, and we'll eat dinner in bed bed. By the time you're full, you'll want me in you again."


Actually both of them are not officially together for half the book. But I couldn't care less because they have so much page time together even though they are not officially a couple. And the part that sure to make romance reader swoon is that they both so into each other that no other man or woman are in their radar since they met. How's that for romance, huh?

"If I wasn't me and you weren't you, I'd go home with you in a heartbeat. You, know that, right?"
"It's because you're you and I'm me that we want each other, Karla. And I wouldn't have it any other way."


Karla was quite a hardass and a woman with principle, which is what kept her from giving in to Lee in the first place. But she didn't came across as holier than thou or too stubborn. I appreciate the fact that she understand where is Lee coming from and didn't try to crucify him. 

As for Lee, he is such a flirty, smooth talker. And I seriously never seen a more persistent hero in my book. I can't keep track of how many times Karla tell him that it won't work. But outside his easy going demeanor is a man with some heavy baggage for his family. I totally had a weakness toward these selfless hero. Did I mentioned he is also a great cook? 


Now let's shift to some serious business. No matter how much they both like, love or crave each other, they can't ignore the fact that Lee is on the wrong side of the law. When reality come crashing into their relationship, what would Lee and Karla do? 

There would always be a divide. The thin blue line would always lie between us, with me on the side of order and him on the side of chaos.

"I'm sorry if I ever hurt you."
"Hurting with you is better than a painless life without you."

Overall this is quite a light-hearted read with some great humor. I had such a blast laughing along with the characters. The four Cross brothers, Stu, Lee, Trevor and Liam left such a deep impression to me. I can't wait for each other their stories next!

The world isn't blue, isn't lonely any more, and though I was supposed to be the thief, she was the one who stole my heart.


Tony was about to throw some barb back at him when his radio went off with a call from dispatch. He stepped away so that he could talk to the person on the other end, thus leaving me alone with Lee, who leaned against the doorjamb and gave me a heated little look. “I have to say, I like you in uniform.”
“Oh, shut it.” I rolled my eyes. There was nothing attractive about my uniform. It was basically men’s clothing on a woman.
“I’m not lying. How’s about you come up to my room for a bit and I’ll show you how much I like it?” He paused, eyes flicking to the top of my head as he winked. “You can even leave your hat on.”
Completely against my own will, I snickered a laugh, folding my arms across my chest. “No thanks, Tom Jones.”
“I think you’ll find it was Randy Newman who penned the tune. Tom Jones did the cover,” Lee quipped.
I made a concerted effort to regain my professionalism and throw a bucket of cold water over his flirty banter. “When you see your brother, tell him to get himself down the nick to see me.”
“Fucking hell, Snap, you really are Ross Sheehan’s daughter. Growing up must have been shit for you.”
The empathy in his voice caught me off guard. I swallowed but didn’t say anything. Our gazes locked and held, something thick and unspoken passing between us. He took a step outside, past the threshold of his doorway and onto the street. I glanced down at the toes of my boots and back up again, a strand of hair falling from behind my ear. Lee’s hand reached out, as though he were about to tuck it back in, but then he froze before he could touch me. Touching a constable could technically be considered assault. And technically, I could arrest him for that. Maybe that’s why he stopped. Or maybe it was something else.
His eyes softened when he whispered, “If that cranky string of piss weren’t with you right now, it’d be a whole other ball game.”
I looked to Tony, who had just finished with his call. Lee turned and casually went back inside his house, closing the door softly behind him.

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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