Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Hearts of Fire by LH Cosway

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.

Release Date: March 9th

4.5 Stars by Jen Skewes

LH Cosway has done it again.  I loved this book.  What I love about her books the most is the characters that she creates that are both intriguing and unique.  From an illusionist, to a cross dresser to a mysterious fire-breather and knife-thrower.  If you have read Six of Hearts by Ms. Cosway you new that Jay Fields had a brother who he thought had died in a fire with his parents.  Well his brother Jack is very much alive and this is his story.  I fell in love With Jay in Six of Hearts and could not wait to read his brother’s story.

When the circus comes to town Lille sneaks out to go see it.  She is completely drawn to the show and the people.  When she is offered a chance to tour with them for the summer she is both excited and nervous.  She has always lived by her mother’s rules.  Her mother was very controlling and overbearing and she always did what her mother wanted.  Lille has this need to be free.  To escape the prison that is her mother.  So joining the circus seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that.  But the mysterious yet sexy Jack McCabe, fire breather, knife throwing extradonaire warned her to stay away.  Because she didn’t belong in this crazy world.  But the need to break free was too great and Lille made the decision to go along for the ride, no matter how crazy it may be.

Jack is a very intriguing character, very intense and a bit of a mystery.   His paretns died in a fire when he was young.  Him and his brother were separated and he was left to live with foster families.  After his parents death his childhood became a complete nightmare which is why he is the man that he is today.  He has walls up.  He does not open himself up to anyone and any women that he has been with has been nothing but sex.  But then Lille comes along and she is this young naïve girl but he is drawn to her.  He knows he should stay away and that once she knows his secret she will run as far away as possible.  But staying away just proves to be too difficult.   They begin to grow closer and he opens up to her in ways he never has before.  But when he finally reveals his past will he lose her forever?

Lille was this sweet and innocent young girl and at times very naïve.  Wanting to trust and believe in people, which at times only caused her problems in the end.  She felt this pull towards Jack and no matter how wrong they may have been for each other it felt right.  She cared about him and wanted to break down those walls that he has put up. She wanted to help ease his pain of his past.  She never judged him and I loved her for that.  She was the perfect match for Jack. 

Jack on the other hand was a very complex character.  He had many levels to him. I felt his pain and his hurt and that pain had everything to do with his past and his brother.  I wanted so bad to see what was behind the pain.  What happened to him as a child to make him this way.  But when that secret finally came out there was so much more to Jack than I had expected.  Because it wasn't just the pain of his past that he was keeping deep inside it was who he was today that he also kept to himself.  I can’t really go into detail of course but seeing how his present linked with his past and how his current “interests” for lack of a better word had everything to do with the way he coped was quite fascinating and honestly unexpected.  I felt this man’s pain and his hurt but I also felt how deeply he could love.  He loved his brother but hated him at the same time.  You could see that despite trying to push her away he cared deeply for Lille.  And it wasn’t just his brother and Lille that he cared for.   He cared for the people that meant something to him and even if he had walls up, you felt that love. 

I love LH Cosway’s writing and the unique stories that she tells.   Her stories capture you from the very beginning.  Lille and Jack’s story was a bit dark at times but the connection that these two had was so clear that you felt it.  I loved the intensity, the passion, the love and the angst in this story.  And the moment that I had been waiting for when Jack sees his brother for the first time was worth the wait.  I felt it all.  It was beautiful and heart breaking all in one.  Another amazing story by LH Cosway.  I am a forever fan and cannot wait for King's story!

“Oh,” I said and tightened the towel around me again. When I turned, Jack’s gaze wandered from my wet temples, along the side of my cheek, and down my neck before finally settling in the region of my chest. I felt touched. Hot and flushed. I looked up at him from under my lashes and he met my eyes then. There was something intense about the way he looked at me, but again, it could have all been my active and fatally hopeful imagination.
“Got a nice little look at you earlier,” he said and I seriously thought I might die of mortification. My skin prickled with awareness.
What?” I replied, my voice so, so quiet.
He didn’t say anything for a second, just hummed low in his throat and it was the sexiest sound I’d heard, possibly ever. Then he took my hand into his. I’d taken the bandage off, but I still had a red burn mark down the centre of my palm. Holding it up, he seemed fascinated as he ran a finger down it gently. It only stung a tiny bit, and the combination of him touching me and the sting caused a strange tingling between my legs. Yep, my vagina was definitely on Team McCabe, even if my brain was waving around big red BEWARE signs like a maniac.
His mouth moved and there was something intrigued in his expression, like he just figured out he’d aroused me and it both interested and surprised him. He moved closer, eating up my space…and just stared at me.
And man, could he stare. I felt like he was telling me a silent story and it was captivating.
“Could I get by you, please? I need to go get dressed,” I said, breaking the quiet. It could have been minutes or hours that I was standing there, but I’d never know. Time moved in strange patterns when I was around this man.

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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