Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway Blog Tour

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Happy Release Day to L.H. Cosway and her new book HEARTS OF BLUE. Take a sneak peek into the book below and make sure to enter the giveaway. As a special treat, the author is having a poll on her FB page asking readers to pick a scene from the book that they would like to read from the hero’s POV. Stop by her page to vote and the scene that gets the most votes by the end of the Release Week Event will be posted on the author’s blog at a later date. Vote HERE!

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Synopsis

She upholds the law. He breaks it.

Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.

Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.

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Review

Hearts of Blue
Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway
Dali’s review & rating: 5 of 5 stars


Gorgeous. Magnetic. Exciting. Captivating. Witty. Sexy. A must read for any romance enthusiast.

“I want to be the only thief you chase after.”

I’m going to have a hard time tamping down all wonderful adjectives I’d like to put to this book. So while I get a hold of myself, I’m also going to change my usual review format. Instead of giving my version of the book’s synopsis I’m going to copy the author’s blurb because I don’t think I could do it justice.

She upholds the law. He breaks it.
Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.

Ok, so a bit more info before I go on with what I loved the most about this book. Hearts of Blue is the almost impossible story about police constable Karla Sheehan and car thief Lee Cross. It’s told from Karla’s point of view and has the perfect mix of flirty banter, sweet tender moments, and incredibly hot sexiness. It’s a beautiful story of how two people helped each other view the world with color instead of only black and white.

“Sometimes the innocent ones are guilty only because the world didn’t give them a chance to stay innocent.”

I was absorbed from the very start with its heart breaking prologue to the very last page with the sweet, heart-warming ending. I could barely put it down to eat and sleep.

“I don’t think us training together would be a good idea.”
“Yeah, you’re right. All those hormones and sweat flying around, who know what might happen.”

It’s no secret I love strong heroines. I really enjoyed that Karla could be hard and strong when it came to her job, but also soft and almost shy when it came to Lee. I felt so much for her because of the blows life had given her, but I admired that fact that she was so selfless and giving, becoming a police officer to help others. And with Lee, I loved how her black and white view of life she came to realize that it could be seen through different color filters.

Lee was perfect. He’s an incorrigible flirt, sweet and intense, with an answer for everything. I completely understood how he became a thief, but still valued such things as family and loyalty, and how through Karla’s eyes he found that he too could see the world differently. I adored how he was so protective of the people he valued and I thoroughly enjoyed how much he enjoyed cooking, it was incredibly sexy. And I haven’t even mentioned his mad skills at free running.

“Give me a chance, and I’ll prove to you that everything you think you see is blurred by perception.”

The dynamic between Karla and Lee is fantastic every step of the way. I enjoyed every single time Karla had to be exert her authority over Lee and how he constantly tempted her. The sexual tension snaps, crackles and pops right out the pages. I loved how their impossible situation enhanced their feelings for each other. And even though I knew they would have a happy ending, I really couldn’t figure it out and so I loved the bittersweet the twist at the end.

“Any excuse to slap a pair of cuffs on me, eh? If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were something of a fledgling dominatrix,” Lee joked before leaning in close to whisper. “But we both know that’s not true.”

The Cross brother’s family dynamic and delightful secondary characters is another wonderful component and staple in L.H.’s books. She creates awesome multi-dimensional characters I want to get to know. And even though I was completely charmed by Trevor, one of Lee’s younger brothers, who threatened to steal the show a few times, I would really like to read about Stu next. His book can’t come fast enough.

Finally, L.H. doesn’t just write good characters with interesting plot lines. She has a way of making you part of the story, almost as if you could see Karla chasing down a criminal or Lee doing parkour trick. I could practically smell Lee’s delectable cooking and feel how their hearts ached and soared.

“Hurting with you is better than a painless life without you.”

Every time I satisfyingly close another of L.H. Cosway’s books I think “this is my favorite, I can’t imagine loving one more than this one.” And then I open up her next one and it blows me away. So I declare the entire Hearts series has a prominent spot on my favorite list.

Author’s pinterest board -> https://www.pinterest.com/lhcosway13/…

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Excerpt

Lee didn’t answer, and instead he took a step forward, forcing me to back up if I didn’t want us to collide. The problem with this meant my back hit the wall a moment later.

“You’re so pretty, Snap,” he said, voice low, as he dropped his face to my hair and breathed in.

I wasn’t wearing a hat, and my hair was tied up in a bun. My entire body trembled when he wrapped his arms around my waist, inhaled deeply and pulled me into a hug. This was a distraction, I knew it, and yet, I let him distract me. I wanted to be distracted, and I was just glad that the blinds in his office had been pulled.

Standing in his embrace for at least a minute with silence all around us, I was unable to move. I liked having Lee close, loved the feel of him and how he could make feel so…surrounded. Despite all the warning signs, my attraction to him only grew stronger. There was just something about him that called to me.

“Lee.”

His mouth moved against my hair. “What is it, Karla?”

“Why are you hugging me?”

“You looked like you needed to be held.” His response was low, and the affectionate undertone had me swallowing deeply. At long last I summoned the willpower to break the hug. His arms fell away from me easily, my stomach churning with confusion. What the hell was I doing?

I stared at the floor when I spoke. “I have to go.”

Heading for the door, I paused when he said gently, “Hey, I needed it, too.”

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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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King of Hearts

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