Review: Hearts of Fire (Hearts #2) by L.H. Cosway

Title: Hearts of Fire
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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.

This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.

My Review:
Another great read from L.H. Cosway.

I loved the concept of this book; I mean who didn’t entertain fanciful notions of running off with the circus at some point? And that’s exactly what Lille does in order to escape her overbearing, controlling mother. I adored Lille as MC, and loved her progression throughout the story. I especially loved that she was an artist and it really appealed to my creative side.

Jack was very gruff to start off with, but he was very protective of Lille from the get-go which was sweet. He was a swoon-worthing lead man. Their romance is a little unconventional but it works.

The plot around who was attacking the girls on the set was a little predictable, and very much secondary to the relationship between Jack and Lille, but that’s how I prefer it.

Secondary characters were again well-developed, and I particularly warmed to Marina, King, and Lola.

I spent an anxious few chapters waiting for Jay and Matilda to show up, but boy was it worth the wait. This is one of my absolute fav things about series like this – when we get to catch up with other beloved characters.

L.H. Cosway is adept at writing strong emotional scenes that bleed off the page. When Lille cried after reading Jack’s letter, I felt her compassion and her empathy. When the brothers eventually reunited, it tugged at my heart strings. I could completely visualize the scene as it unfolded, even down to the girls linking hands as they watched from the sidelines. Superbly written.

The only issue I had with this book is Jack’s so-called ‘fetish.’ I was very uncomfortable with this aspect of his character because, for me, Jack was suffering from deep-seated psychological issues as a result of the trauma of his childhood. He needed to deal with the underlying cause rather than venting it as he did on Lille’s body. I felt this was glossed over, as indeed was the horrific abuse he endured as a child, not to mention the fire he almost died in. I wish the author had explored this a little.

However, it was still an amazing read, and I’m definitely invested in this series. I look forward to reading King’s story next.

Thank you Dali for the gift copy. Another winner for my Kindle.

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