Title: Hearts of Blue
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #4
Genre: contemporary romance, new adult
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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Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 **cheeky** STARS
“We were the same. Too stubborn and brave to know what was good for us, out on a mission to save everyone but ourselves.”
I truly love Ms. Cosway's Hearts series, but unfortunately it isn't always possible to appreciate every single book in a series. She had a splendid run so far, but this instalment had its ups and down for me. Don't get me wrong I had a good time reading, but I have some issues. Let’s talk….
Hearts of Blue is a story about a police constable and a thief. The premise alone made my heart go all jumpy. From the first time I met Lee and Karla in King of Hearts I was excited to find out more. Especially what it was Lee whispered into her ears. I loved the idea of the book and in a lot of ways it delivered what I had hoped, but some things didn't live up to my expectations.
Karla Sheehan is a policewoman, Alexis' best friend and roommate. She first came into contact with the Cross brothers through said best friend and one fine day she also ran into the most notable of the brothers, Lee Cross. He is a cheeky, smoking hot, up-to-no-good smooth talker. Their chemistry was off the charts right way and who could blame the girl for crushing on the bad boy. So yes, of course I was excited to see what was possible between them. And let me tell you it was hot and ill advised, but delicious nevertheless.
Long story short, it's complicated for obvious reasons. She works to uphold the law and he doesn't mind breaking it.
The thing that absolutely made the book for me was Lee as well as his brothers. Brilliant characters, wonderfully written and fleshed out. They made me laugh, swoon and once the smooth talking turns into dirty talking I'm always a gonner. Very much looking forward to see more of Stu, Liam and Trevor in the future.
Now, my biggest issue would be Karla herself. In some regards she was a great character - tough as nails cop, but I was missing a certain spark and then there were times when I thought for all her kick ass fighting skills she rolled over far too easy. I have a hard time putting my finger on it, but I never really connected with her. Which is a problem when the book is written from her POV. Maybe it was the magic that was missing, but Karla was not my favourite heroine. Fortunately for us, when she was with Lee he managed to bring out the best things in her, by seducing her into submission.
As always the writing was excellent and the story engaging, albeit a bit too drawn out in some places, the Cross brothers alone make this a worthy read and I'm sure a lot of people will like Karla well enough. ;D
**ARC very kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
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.
♥ READ THE BOOKS in this Series ♥
Six of Hearts (Hearts #1)
Hearts of Fire (Hearts #2)
King of Hearts (Hearts #3)
Hearts of Blue (Hearts #4)
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