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.
OMG. This was a completely AMAZING read. I am still totally blown away. I don’t ordinarily read a lot of books set in Ireland, even though I’m Irish, and this is the second one I’ve read recently. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I especially loved all the brilliant observations and Irish sayings and cultural references (like the one about taxi drivers either being ignorant or total jaws. Lol.)
The romance is sweet, and slow-building, with lots of smexy times, and plenty of angsty to-ing and froing (which I always love even though it’s torture.)
The plot is good but it’s transparent, so don’t expect tons of twists and turns. The author makes it very clear to the reader who Jay really is and what Matilda means to him and that he is out for revenge. But the beauty of this book is in the superb execution.
And I love that Jay is an illusionist, and I loved the glimpses we got into his life. Different. Unique. Stand-out. (I’d still love to know how he pulled some of the illusions off though.)
I could waffle on forever but it would get boring, so I’m going to list what I liked most:
The beautiful writing
The well-developed plot that was masterfully woven
The hilarious witty banter
Great secondary characters
Ah, Jay, swoon. He is everything you could hope for in a book boyfriend and more. And the lengths he went to to seek vengeance on those who had wronged him and Matilda’s family! I cried with Matilda when she found out. And then he said he had loved her since he was a kid and I cried some more. Be still my beating heart.
Ha. Ha. I’m just picturing the scowl on my husband’s face when he reads this review. Sorry, hon. Please remember – he is only a FICTIONAL boyfriend and that’s totally not cheating.
All in all, this was a totally dreamy read. Can’t wait to devour the rest of the books in this series. I have to thank the lovely Dali for gifting me a copy of this book. You were right, Dali! You knew I would adore L.H. Cosway’s writing, and I do! Thanks for connecting me with another author I enjoy.