Review: Six of Hearts
 by L.H. Cosway

Posted June 10, 2024 by Sophia Rose in Reviews Tags: , , ,

book cover of Six of Hearts by L.H. CoswaySix of Hearts
L.H. Cosway
Sophia Rose
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

Twists and truths all tucked up in one man’s illusions on stage and life as he seeks revenge for a dark deed of the past. This was my first encounter with L.H. Cosway’s work, though I’ve seen her stuff many times and meant to read a few of her books now.  As it turns out, a reading challenge requiring a circus show setting finally had me choosing Six of Hearts and, wowsers, I have been missing out.

Six of Hearts opens with a tragic prologue from a young teen boy’s perspective when he ruminates on his abusive father and doing something about it to being the victim of a home invasion and fire that took his whole family. The only ray of sun is his kind next door neighbors and their little girl who even come to the hospital.

The first chapter leaps ahead and starts from a funny, awkward-adorable Mathilda’s point of view as she works as office assistant in her dad’s small law firm and encounters the sexy, out-of-her-league potential new client of her dad’s, illusionist, Jay Fields. Mathilda’s past has loss in it. She and her dad mourn the loss of her beloved mom from a home invasion and Mathilda bears actual scars from the ordeal so her internal upbeat monologue that was funny as all get out adds good nuance to the emotional tone of the story right from the start.

Now, as the reader, I suspected who Jay Fields really is- the teen from the fire- and who Mathilda is to him- the girl next door who was his shining light making everything bearable. But, Mathilda doesn’t know this or just how much she figures in the enigmatic Jay’s plans. Those plans led this story on quiet the merry adventure of what is real and what is the illusion. Jay keeps everyone, including the reader wondering. But, the romance had to develop between these two and it pulled me in from the get-go. Mathilda was unsure, but she was never coy which I really appreciated.

Though a little dark because of the revenge plot, Six of Hearts was a satisfying contemporary romance with two engaging and very memorable romance characters- particular Jay.  Now, all, I will in turn thrust Six of Hearts at you for your reading consideration as a good one to add to the TBR stack.

My Rating: A
Sophia Rose

About the Book:

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.

Release Date: July 26, 2014
Hearts #1
Contemporary Romance
paperback (358 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds (Freebie)

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)