Series: Hearts #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: July 25th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Hearts of Fire, King of Hearts
Also by this author: The Nature of Cruelty, Killer Queen, The Hooker and The Hermit, Hearts of Fire, King of Hearts
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
**Suitable for readers 18 years and over. Contains sex scenes and adult language.**
“Isn’t it more exciting not knowing, just letting the possibilities be endless?”
Six of Hearts is a story about fate, magic, revenge and love. L.H. Cosway is one author that manages to reinvent and rejuvenate the contemporary romance genre. With drag queen Nicholas in Painted Faces and now with Illusionist Jay in Six of Hearts, the uncommon leading man takes center stage and steals the show.
“I once read that people who have imaginary friends never reach out to touch them. There’s some part of their brain that subconsciously knows it will break the spell. That’s what it feels like with Jay. He entrances me in a way that makes me feel like he must not be real.”
I don’t want to give too much away because the less you know going in the better your reading experience is, but I have to reiterate how special L.H. Cosway novels are. I fell head over heels in love with Jay and Matilda. The chemistry, banter, and tension between the two had me in a state of swoon and butterflies.
“You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever felt.” And those are the most beautiful words that have ever been said to me.
But the romance was just one facet of this compelling story. Not only was I impressed by the “magic” that Jay performed, but the element of suspense and intrigue surrounding Jay’s past kept me turning the pages. Top that off with Matilda’s sweet nature and her hilarious observations and Six of Hearts is an absolute must read!
Jay tugs on my hand and leads me out to the back garden, where the sun is shining down warmly. “I created a magic trick just for you. I think I have it perfected.”
“For me? Seriously?” I ask in delight. He hands me what looks like a small beige chicken’s egg, placing it in my upturned palm.
“It’s an egg,” I say, stating the obvious.
Jay nods. “Just keep watching.” He passes his hand over it once, and it starts to crack, like maybe there’s a tiny chick inside. Then he passes his hand over the top of it again, and it cracks completely open. I gasp with surprise as five gorgeous red and black butterflies with white spots practically explode from the shell, their wings flapping through the air. They flutter all around me, and my heart lifts when one of them comes to sit on my shoulder.
“Oh, wow,” I whisper, smiling like crazy and trying my hardest not to move. Another comes and sits on my hand, tickling me and making me giggle.
When I look at Jay, his eyes are shining bright under the sun as he soaks up my reaction, his mouth curving ever so slightly at the edges. I’m not even going to ask him how he did it. I’m locked in his spell, and I don’t want to break it.
“That was amazing,” I say to him when the butterflies have all finally flown away.
Stepping closer, he takes my chin between his thumb and forefinger. “Look at those eyes, so full of wonder. I love your reactions. They make me feel like I can reclaim the childhood I never had.”
His heartfelt words make my throat tighten with empathy. I feel like hugging him, but I can’t. It would be…too much.