Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review Tour & Giveaway: King of Hearts by LH Cosway

king of hearts

Welcome to the City, London’s most prestigious square mile, where finance reigns and Oliver King is a rising prince. 

I used to rule the world.

There might be wolves on Wall Street, but there were crocodiles in Canary Wharf. Some of us craved money. Some of us craved power.

I liked money, and power had its advantages, but what I really wanted was to excel, to surpass the men who came before me. I never cared much for love and romance until I met Alexis.

I could feel it the very moment she walked into the interview, with her outspoken charm and vivacious personality. She cast all the others in shadow, made me laugh when life held no humour. Our friendship should have remained professional, but it wasn’t long before the lines started to blur.

You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? Well, I never foresaw where my plans would lead, and only in my darkest hour did I finally see the light…

You can have all the money and prestige in the world and still be the poorest man alive. And love, well, I hate to use a tired old cliché, but love can be the thing that truly sets you free.

This is Oliver King and Alexis Clark's beautiful story. Now, we first met King in 'Hearts of Fire.' I actually have mixed feelings whether I recommend reading 'Hearts of Fire' first or not. I loved the intrigue of meeting King in the previous book and how very curious I was to know his story. But I also think it might have been nice not to know anything about him going into this book, and just to have taken this journey with fresh eyes. So essentially, if you have already read the previous books in this series, go ahead and read 'King of Hearts' and love it, because I know you're dying to read King's story. If you have not read any of the previous books, then I'd suggest going ahead and reading this one first. Then go back and read 'Six of Hearts' then 'Hearts of Fire' and get the full circle experience. But any way you choose, it's awesome.

As far as 'King of Hearts' goes, this story turned out to be so much more than I could have expected. At the start of the story, it appears Oliver King is on top of the world. And Alexis Clark's life is starting to look up too, as she has just been hired to replace King's assistant. Seems like the beginning of your typical billionaire romance, right? Maybe. But that's where the similarities end. Because this is LH Cosway we're talking about. And she has woven a fascinating tale of two people falling in love in a way that is semi-forbidden, but completely endearing. But there are secrets and threats lying in wait, jeopardizing the happiness of this beloved couple. And... that's all I'm going to say about that. Trust me, it's better you read it than I spoil it for you.

But what I can say is how very much I liked King and Alexis. King may be wealthy and driven, but what I really loved about him was his humor, snark, and charm. These qualities drew me to him in the beginning. And then there was the way he interacted with Alexis. Alexis, who was bold and charming and bawdy, and it's no wonder King fell for her. I absolutely loved how the two of them bantered, with such fun and sass and humor. They were adorable. But then they were completely sexy, with chemistry and heat pouring off them in buckets.

Then when this story ultimately takes its turn, the things that drew me to King and Alexis, kept me engaged and hopeful for them, was the resilience of their characters. Life's challenges forced their lives into difficult directions. But what I loved was that deep in their cores, they were still the same people, yet with these new exeriences they could actually become a better version of themselves, if they chose to learn from the past. Watching them wrestle, relearn, and regain hope was heartbreaking, but also endearing. I found myself especially admiring Alexis's compassionate, patient, and forgiving heart. And I admired King's repentance and commitment.

Overall, I loved King and Alexis's beautiful story of hope, forgiveness, redemption, and love. I'm a little in love with King and Alexis. Their story touched me. It may not be as dark as the previous books in this series, but there is a special quality about the tragedy of love found and lost, and the triumph of a love that comes out not just standing, but ahead, after overcoming the odds. 'King of Hearts' is that love story. (Now I'm quite eager for the next story in this series!)


Six of Hearts
My Review
Hearts of Fire
My Review
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King of Hearts
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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.


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