Happy Release Day to L.H. Cosway and her new book King of Hearts! The King of Hearts release week event begins today. Be on the lookout for what the blogs aka the wonderful bookworms have to say about Oliver King’s story! Take a sneak peek into the book below and make sure to enter the giveaway! Good luck!
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.
Disclaimer: This is the third book in the Hearts series by L. H. Cosway. While this is a standalone novel, it is highly recommended that you read the first two books – Six of Hearts and Hearts of Fire – to understand the Male protagonist in this book – Oliver King (and also, there might be a few spoilers in the review).
I met Oliver King in Six of Hearts – he was a character that I didn’t care for, not at first – not till the incident with the photo (Want to know what that incident was? READ THE BOOK :P).
That was then, I realised I needed to know (physically needed) to understand what had made this passionate man the way he is now – what were the choices, circumstances, the fork in the road that led him to where he is now!
Oliver King’s story is told in two parts – Before and After – but both are told in the POV of Alexis Clark – the girl in the photo ❤
I adored the Oliver King in the Before, the financial genius with a prodigy pianist for a mother and a crime kingpin for a father. He is cocky, intelligent and absolutely adorable for an alpha male – yes I use adorableness as an adjective for all the cocky fictional males I fall for and they have gotten used to it as well 😀
But let’s not digress – Oliver King was at the top of the world – rich, successful, hot and absolutely brilliant at everything he does. So while I knew there was an inevitable downfall of the King coming way – I still couldn’t help but enjoy the beautiful joy that came with watching (or reading: semantics!) the love story of Alexis and King grow with each word ❤
Alexis Clark on the other hand, is an unapologetic young woman, and courageous as well – because trust me, it takes quite a bit of confidence to have only a diploma and years of waitressing experience – to walk into an interview with a company and bag the job on the first go.
Alexis is the change that King needed – he needed her freshness, her honesty and her loyalty and most of all he needed her love. She became the best part of him – a part that he was devastated to lose when circumstances forced him to make choices that brought him to the broken man he is today.
Alexis and King find their way back together in the After – though after a while – and with the help of few friends. I loved how their love came to fruition – not the in your face “passion” but a slow strong love that comes with knowing, trusting and understanding each other. And I absolutely loved how they got back together as well – the slowness of getting to each other again but with the surety of knowing this is the person you have loved and will always love in your life.
While I loved everything about this book – and I do mean everything, the writing is brilliant, the characters so amazing that you find yourself remembering them long after you are done with the book, the relationships are pretty darn adorable that you wish you could see a replica in real life – the only thing I had a problem with was the way King’s Alcoholism was handled.
Having worked in a field where I see first hand the destruction that alcohol causes in the lives of the addict and their loved ones – so it was a little hard for me to digest that King was able to beat most of the addiction within a few days was impossible for me to digest – even if he had the most motivating incentive the whole wide world and that’s the only reason why this book went down to 4.5 stars.
L H Cosway had me hooked with The Hooker and The Hermit and her books are littered with magical escape that I can’t help be drawn to and King of Hearts is no different. This is a bit more emotional, a bit more dark (with humor peppered through of course!) but the story of Oliver and Alexis is a lot more satisfying, if only because I have been dying to know what happened to Oliver since the first book 😀
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
I wouldn’t just recommend this book by LH Cosway – I would recommend every single one – not just because her writing is spot on, but because her male protagonists are as different as can be – run of the mill heroes just don’t cut for this wonderful author ❤
You all have a wonderful chance to win some amazing swag by L H Cosway that includes a signed copy of this amazing book! Not going to lie – I have already entered – so if you don’t want to – all the more chances for me to win 😛
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.
♥ READ THE BOOKS ♥
Six of Hearts
Hearts of Fire
King of Hearts