Review: My Last Duchess by Eloisa James

My Last Duchess by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Caste #0.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 27th 2020
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James returns to the Wildes series with a prequel about the Wilde children’s parents, Hugo, Duke of Lindow, and Ophelia, Lady Astley.

Every Duke needs a Duchess…

Hugo Wilde, the Duke of Lindow, has a drafty castle, eight naughty children—and no wife. Ophelia, Lady Astley, has a fine house, one well-behaved daughter—and no husband.

Hugo takes one look at Ophelia and loses his heart, but she doesn’t want more children or a castle. She takes one look at him and heads for her carriage.

Desperate to find a duchess, Hugo identifies an appropriate lady to woo. Yet when he meets Ophelia again, the duke realizes that he will marry her, or no one.

Now he faces the greatest challenge of his life.

He must convince Ophelia that their blazing sensuality, his exquisite castle, and his eight charming children add up to a match made in heaven.

When a duke finds his duchess, can he win her heart?

The Wildes of Lindow Castle has been such a fun series. I adore all these Wilde siblings, but when I heard we’d be getting a story about the parents, Hugo and Ophelia, I couldn’t wait to read it! They are the much beloved father and mother/stepmother to these eight children. My Last Duchess turned out to be SUCH a sweet, feel-good read. If you love a pursuing hero who does everything he can to woo the heroine, you’ll love this one!

Hugo, a Duke and father to eight motherless children, is in need of a wife. After being widowed by his first and divorced by his second, he doesn’t have much hope for a long-lasting marriage full of happiness and love, so he’ll settle for one that provides for his children. But when he sees Ophelia across the room at a ball for the first time, he’s smitten. It’s love at first sight, something the men of the Wilde family all experience, and he’ll do everything he can to show Ophelia he’s the right man for her.

Ophelia is the single, widowed mother of Viola. She has money, a home, a loving daughter – what more does she need? She certainly doesn’t have any use for a Duke, even a gorgeous one who’s dead set on winning her heart. But maybe there is enough room in her heart for Hugo and his eight adorable children, because she ends up falling for all of them right back.

My Last Duchess is quick, swoony romance that gives us insight on how Hugo and Ophelia met and fell in love all those years ago. We get to see the Wilde siblings as young children, including Horatio, and they’re up to no good, as usual. It was easy to enjoy this one – it’s low drama with a straightforward romance and a hero who has all the heart eyes for the heroine. If you’re a fan of the series, you don’t want to miss this prequel. And if you’re new, this is a great introduction to the Wildes!


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Reading Order: The Wildes of Lindow Castle series


#0.5 ~ My Last Duchess: EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#1 ~ Wilde in Love: Ebook • Hardcover • PaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Too Wilde to Wed: EbookHardcoverPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Born to be Wilde: EbookHardcoverPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Say No to the Duke: My ReviewEbook • PaperbackAudible Goodreads
#5 ~ Say Yes to the Duke: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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Blog Tour + Character Interview & Giveaway: Fire in You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for FIRE IN YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout!! Check out a character interview below with Jillian!

Character Interview: Jillian Lima

What it was like growing up with your father?

It was never boring growing up with Andrew Lima. Since my father is a famous ju-jitsu and mixed martial arts expert, I grew up in the MMA world and the Academy. That was interesting to say the least.

What do your friendships with the other couples mean to you?

I love that I’ve found such wonderful female friends, but I also love that our significant others are close, too. It works out that we all get along.

How has your past shaped your future?

I eventually realized that I have to live in the present because there is no promise of tomorrow.

What’s your favorite holiday Starbucks order?

Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you and Brock could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

Traveling anywhere with Brock is an adventure. It really doesn’t matter where we travel because we enjoy all of our time together.

Fire in You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #6 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: November 28th 2016
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From the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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FIRE IN YOU will be available in paperback and eBook November 28th, 2016!

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Reading Order: Wait for You series

Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout Trust in Me by J. Lynn Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout Stay with Me by J. Lynn
Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout Dream Of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

#1 ~ Wait for You: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Trust in Me: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Be with Me: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Stay with Me: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Fall with Me: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4.5 ~ Dream of You: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Forever with You: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#6 ~ Fire in You: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (Nov. 28, 2016)

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Jennifer L. Armentrout#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Tour Schedule

November 21
The Book Bratz-Review
This Wacky Mama Reads!-Review & Excerpt
Booklovers For Life-Character Q & A-Jillian

November 22
The Reading Geek-Review
Words With Sarah-Review & Author Interview

November 23
Grown Up Book Reviews (MundieMoms)-Review
Krista’s Dust Jacket-Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR-Review & Excerpt

November 24
A Bookish Escape-Review
Star-Crossed Book Blog-Review & Author Interview

November 25
Book Bitches Blog-Review & Excerpt
The Irish Banana Reviews-Review & Author Interview

November 26
Stuck In YA Books-Review & Top 5 List
Step Into Fiction-Review & Excerpt

November 27
Less Reality, More Books-Review & Character Q & A-Kristen
My YA NA Book Obsession-Review & Author Interview

November 28
RentasticReads-Review
Stuck in Books-Dual Reviews
Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It-Review
MEReadAlot-Review

November 29
Milky Way of Books-Review
Love Between the Sheets-Review & Character Q & A-Brock
Book Boyfriend Reviews-Review

November 30
The Cover Contessa-Review & Top 5 List
Deity Island-Review & Excerpt
All Romance Reviews-Review & Excerpt

December 1
Cocktails and Books-Review
Readers Live 1000 Lives-Review & Character Q & A-Avery & Cam
K-Books-Review

December 2
Tome Tender-Review & Excerpt
The Book Hookup-Review & Excerpt

December 3
Nose Stuck in a Book-Review & Excerpt
Kimberlyfaye Reads-Review & Top 5 List


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Blog Tour + Character Interview & Giveaway: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Corrupt by Penelope Douglas! I’m so excited to share an interview I had with the characters of Corrupt! Also make sure to check out the fantastic tour giveaway below ❤

On a side note, I freaking LOVED this book – my review will be up as soon as finals are done!

Character Interview: Rika, Michael, and the Horsemen from Corrupt

Hi everyone, thanks for being here today for an interview! As much as you all scare the hell out of me, I’m glad you’re here…
To start off, Rika and Michael, what’s the first thing that draws you to each other?

Rika: I guess it’s like Michael said in the catacombs. He saw the same thing in me that he saw in himself, and I think I didn’t feel so alone anymore. We were both hungry for a life we thought we couldn’t have, and no matter how both of us tried to cover it up, the need was always there. We validated each other.

Michael: Some things can’t be explained.

Rika and Michael, what do you think would’ve happened between you two if Damon, Will, and Kai never got arrested and sent to jail?

Michael: I would’ve claimed her a lot sooner, that I know. The morning after Devils’ Night, I already regretted what I’d said to her at the warehouse. I’d finally let myself get close, and there was no way I’d be able to withstand being near her and not wanting her.

For the Horsemen, what has been your most impressive prank?

Will: *laughs

Kai: *smiles

Will: You tell her.

Kai: No. We were kids. It’s stupid now.

Will: It was awesome!

Kai: Fine.

Well…we were playing St. James our senior year of high school. It was a home game, and it was a grudge match. There had been fights and some minor vandalism in the past, but that night we won and they didn’t take it well. They broke into our trophy case in the school and stole our shit. So we…

Will: *snort

Kai: We stole something of theirs. It was a Catholic school and they had this rule where the cheerleaders had to ride on a separate bus from the players, so we tricked the driver off the bus for a minute, and a…stole… yeah.

Will: *laughing* It was an EPIC night!

Kai: It was a hassle! Parents, coaches, cops…everyone was out searching for them.

Will: And they sure found them. ☺

For everyone, what’s your ideal date night?

Michael: Anything that doesn’t require sitting down.

Kai: Our own private box at a concert

Will: Hide and seek in a library.

Damon: Date night? Are you kidding?

What song best describes yourselves?

Michael: Love the Way You Hate Me

Kai: Jekyll and Hyde

Will: Bodies

Damon: *blows out smoke*

What’s the thing that scares you the most?

All: Nothing (They won’t answer that in front of each other or even admit it out loud)

Rika and Michael, where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Rika: We have goals as far as our career goes, but the rest, we don’t think about it. Today is what matters. It’s certain. Tomorrow might not come. As long I’m with him, I don’t really care.

Will, can you tell us anything about Emmy Scott? Why are you in love with her?

I’m not. Who told you that?

Damon, can you give us a little glimpse of what goes on in your head? *bites nails*

We can discuss it in private, if you like.

Damon, what’s going on with you right now? What have you been doing?

What I’ve been doing isn’t nearly as interesting as what I’m planning. Maybe if you’re good, you’ll get to see.

Lastly, Kai, Damon, Will, do you think any of you will get a story of your own? Anytime soon?

Will: When we feel like cooperating, maybe.

Kai: Exactly. I’m enjoying my privacy a little too much right now.

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: November 17th 2015
Genre: Dark, Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Organized by: As the Pages Turn
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Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…

You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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  • (1) Signed copy of Corrupt + $100 Amazon or B&N gift card, winner’s choice (Intl)
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Blog Tour + Sawyer Interviews the Cold Fury Players & Giveaway: Zack by Sawyer Bennett

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Zack by Sawyer Bennett! We have some special guests here on the blog – please welcome Sawyer Bennett and the Cold Fury players!!!

Sawyer Interviews the Cold Fury Players

I had a chance to sit down with the boys from the Carolina Cold Fury and asked them a handful of fan questions. Cold Fury Captain, Alex Crossman, as well as linemen Garrett Samuelson and Zack Grantham are here with me.

Alright guys, I have a handful of questions from some of your biggest fans. Think you’re up for this?

ALEX: “We’re ready.”

Excellent. Hockey is a physically demanding sport and requires you to stay in top physical condition. What sort of routine do you follow to stay in shape?

ALEX: *snorts* Do you want the answer pre or post-Sutton?
GARRETT: *howls in laughter* Dude, you know she’ll kill you if you talk about sex in an interview.
ZACK: *shakes his head in disbelief*
ALEX: Obviously during the season, we have practices and team drills, plus a pretty rigorous weight room regimen. In the off season, there is a group of Cold Fury members that meet regularly to run and hit the weight room. We attend whenever our schedules allow.

How do you cope when you are injured?

ZACK: I’ll take this one, since I spent a significant amount of time recently injured and in rehab. I’m not going to lie. It sucks. You spend so much of your life working toward a goal, and once you’ve achieved that goal, you spend your time making sure you stay on top of your game. You always strive to be your best. Then something happens that prevents you from being your best and it sends your world into a tailspin.

My situation obviously had a lot of other outside factors that contributed, but the most important thing you can do is follow your doctor’s orders. Rest when you’re told to rest. Go to therapy when you’re told to go to therapy. And most importantly, don’t let yourself return to the game before you’re ready. The damage could be much worse than the reward.

GARRETT: *places a hand on Zack’s shoulder in a show of support*

What drives you to keep playing the game day after day, week after week?

GARRETT: There is nothing better than stepping onto the ice and having 20,000+ fans screaming for your team. The adrenaline is unreal. As grueling as practices and conditioning are, the games are what make it worthwhile.
ALEX: And The Cup, man. The Stanley Cup. The thought of kissing that beast and lifting it up in the air in victory? That’s what it’s all about.

What is your life plan after hockey?

ALEX: I want to help Sutton at the center. The work she’s doing there is so important and I want to help make a difference.
SAWYER: Really? After all the fuss you made?
ALEX: That’s before I knew Sutton. That’s before I really knew myself.
ZACK: I’d love to get more involved in Ben’s school. Maybe coach his little league team or something.

What is your favorite sport to watch or play outside of hockey?

GARRETT: Golf. There is nothing like hitting the links with Alex, or some of the other guys, having a couple beers, and enjoying a beautiful North Carolina day.

Would you want your children to follow in your footsteps?

ALEX: Only if they want to. I’ve lived a life where I was forced to participate in something I didn’t want to do. I wouldn’t wish that on any kid. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with that whole kid thing though.
ZACK: Same. I would never force Ben to participate in anything he didn’t want to do. But if he did want to play, I’d be sure to give him all the necessary tools to be successful.

Alright, two more questions and then I’ll let you guys get back to practice. Travel away from loved ones is hard. How do you stay connected?

GARRETT: FaceTime is basically the greatest thing ever created. Olivia and I are big fans. BIG fans.
ALEX: *snickers* Looks like I’m not the only one that is going to have a pissed woman waiting for me at home.
GARRETT: Hey, the road gets lonely. What can I say?
ALEX: Hey, I’m not knocking it. I never knew how great phone sex could be until I met Sutton.
ZACK: God, I love phone sex.
GARRETT: And the photos. So. Many. Photos.
ALEX: So many photos, so few clothes.
ZACK: You’re killing me right now.
SAWYER: I feel like it’s time to move on to the next topic.
ALEX: *shifts uncomfortably in his chair* Yeah, that’s probably a good idea.

Last one, and honestly, I’m not sure this one will be any better than the last. *sigh* How big is your stick?

ZACK: *chokes on his drink of water*
GARRETT: Oh, it’s huge.
ALEX: So huge.
ZACK: Geez, warn a guy before you throw shit like that out there.
SAWYER: Sorry. *blushes* That question was probably uncalled for.
ALEX: That question was awesome. I love talking about my stick any chance I get.
GARRETT: You like showing it to people too.
ALEX: Hey, I’m proud of my stick.
ZACK: Hell, my stick is my greatest asset.

It appears I’ve lost all control of this interview. Garrett leans over to Alex and whispers something, and they are howling in laughter. I wait until the laughter dies down just a little.

SAWYER: Alex, Garrett, and Zack…thank you for sitting down with me today. I look forward to seeing you guys on the ice.

Shaking hands, we say our good-byes and the Cold Fury boys are off to practice. I would be lying if I said I didn’t check them out from behind as they left the room.

Zack by Sawyer Bennett

Zack by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #3 (full reading order below)
Release Date: June 9th 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.

Warning: The following contains spoilers from a cliffhanger in Garrett.

Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief that has put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury, still crippled by emotional baggage, and now a single dad, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.

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Reading Order: Cold Fury Hockey series

Alex by Sawyer Bennett Garrett by Sawyer Bennett Zack by Sawyer Bennett Ryker by Sawyer Bennett

#1 ~ Alex: My Review • Ebook • Goodreads
#2 ~ Garrett: My Review • Ebook • Goodreads
#3 ~ Zack: EbookGoodreads (June 9, 2015)
#4 ~ Ryker: Ebook • Goodreads (Sept. 8, 2015)

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Sawyer BennettUSA Today and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015.

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Blog Tour + Character Interview, Release Day Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Hearts of Fire! We have Jack and Lille here with us on the blog for a character interview! Make sure to check out my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway below!

Character Interview: Jack & Lille from Hearts of Fire

Lille and Jack, thank you so much for being here today!
Jack, can you tell us about what you do in the circus?

I’m a fire breather and knife-thrower. Come and see for yourself.

Jack, how did you become a fire-breather?

In my teens I became fascinated with fire and burning. One day I saw a guy on the street eating fire and thought, I could do that. I began researching and learning everything that I could and a year later I was the guy on the street, performing fire tricks for passers-by.

Lille and Jack, what’s the first thing you think of when I say the word “circus”?

Jack: *grumbles* Hard work.
Lille: Elephants!

What are your guys’ favorite thing about the circus? Your favorite acts?

Jack: The freedom of travel. I like the lions.
Lille: Getting to see new places and new people every week. My favourite act is Jack’s, of course *blushes*

Lille, what’s something interesting you’ve learned since joining the circus?

I’ve learned that a gigantic tent can be built overnight. Like seriously, I’m still amazed at how quickly it gets done. I’ve also learned that travel broadens the mind.

Lille and Jack, how do you two feel about falling in love?

Lille: It’s pretty simple. I love being in love.
Jack: *gives Lille an affectionate look* What she said.

What were your first thoughts when you were falling in love with each other?

Lille: This is scary and wonderful.
Jack: I’m falling for her and she’s too good for me.

Do you have any regrets in your life?

Lille: Not running away with the circus sooner!
Jack: Believing lies. Not having faith in my brother.

Where do you see yourselves in ten years?

Lille: Anywhere. Everywhere. With Jack.
Jack: *drapes an arm around Lille* Maybe in a little house in the mountains with a couple of dogs.

And lastly, how would you two describe your relationship?

Jack: Peaceful. Exhilarating. Mine.
Lille: *looks to Jack and smiles* What he said.

Thank you so much for the interview!

Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway

Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #2 (full reading order below)
Release Date: March 9th 2015
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The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.

My uncle lied. I never died.

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 the truth, 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.*

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Having read Six of Hearts (which you don’t need to read prior to Hearts of Fire, but I highly recommend it!), I’ve been so excited for Jay’s brother Jack’s book! Jack was previously presumed dead, but obviously, he’s not… And his story was an absolute delight to read! I adored Jack and Lille’s story – it’s a heartwarming, engaging, fun read that everyone should enjoy.

Lille is a girl who wants… more in life. She’s always followed the rules, her mother’s rules to be exact, but she wants an adventure. She wants to experience everything there is in life, and her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes in the form of the circus.

After all, there’s no point to an adventure if safety is guaranteed. The whole purpose is the unknown, the danger.
I craved it more than anything.

When Lille joins the circus, it’s a whole new world for her. She’s meeting new people, seeing new things,  visiting new places, and most importantly, she’s having the adventure of her life. But there’s one little hiccup in her adventure – Jack McCabe. He doesn’t want Lille to join the circus for some reason, so he’s a jerk to her. But Lille won’t let anything dampen her adventure, not even sexy, moody Jack.

Jack was a character I had a hard time warming up to, but then found myself loving by the end of the novel. He’s a jerk in the beginning, yes, but he’s a jerk with a lot of hero potential. And when he starts showing that potential, by protecting Lille, caring for her, that’s when I started loving him. I absolutely adored how Jack and Lille were together – they have a hot chemistry, but they’re also so sweet and adorable together!

“You smell like me. Do you know how much that drives me crazy? God, you’re perfect, too perfect. You make me feel so wretched. I want to consume you, steal your light and make myself a little bit more. You’re more, Lille. I want to be more, too.”

There’s so much heart in this novel. First with Lille and Jack’s wonderful romance, and then with Jack’s past and his relationship with his brother Jay. We find out Jack’s side of the story, and my heart broke for him. He hasn’t had the best life, but the way he came out stronger in the end is so admirable. He’s a character that’s just so intriguing and unique, and I love that he’s a fire-breather in the circus!

If you’re a fan of Six of Hearts or anything circus related, you definitely don’t want to miss this book! The romance will sweep you away and the circus life is riveting to read. When I first started this book, I wasn’t too into it, but soon enough, I found myself unable to stop reading. When I read more about Lille, Jack, and the circus, I got hooked – this is definitely a book I can highly recommend!

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Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Now here’s an excerpt from Hearts of Fire! ❤

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Somebody swore profusely from behind me, and I turned to find Jack trying to light a cigarette. The wind wasn’t doing him any favours, and he couldn’t get the flame to stay lit. Not wanting him to see me, I began walking swiftly in the opposite direction. I didn’t get far when he was suddenly behind me. He looped his finger through my belt and practically dragged me to the corner he’d been standing in.

“What the fu….”

“Stay still,” he ordered. “I need you to block the wind.”

I didn’t have any snappy comebacks, so I simply stood there, amazed by his gruffness. Hadn’t anyone ever taught him simple manners? When I looked at him, I thought that maybe they hadn’t. I could easily imagine him as a little Mowgli type, being raised by animals in the jungle.

He flicked the lighter and finally got the smoke lit. Inhaling deeply, then exhaling, he watched me all the while. I shivered, and not from the cold. I felt like there was an atmosphere between us, but it was more than likely all on my end. I was good at imagining things, especially sexual tension. And I was well-acquainted with the one-sided kind.

“Are my services required further, sir?” I asked with a hint of sass. I mean, I’d been his wind-blocker, and he hadn’t even said thanks.

Just like last night, he almost smiled, and I hated that it was wondrous. I could have painted an entire mural of his jaw line alone. He flicked off the ash and leaned back against the wall behind him.

“So, you’re staying with Lola?”

“Yes, and Violet.”

“That’ll be fun.”

“Are you being sarcastic?”

“Are you?”

“What?”

“Nothing.”

“You’re weird.”

He took a step forward and stared down at me, teeth flashing as he spoke. “And I bet I could make you like it.”

Reading Order: Hearts series

Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway King of Hearts by L.H. Cosway Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway

#1 ~ Six of Hearts: My Review • EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Hearts of Fire: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ King of Hearts: My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Hearts of Blue: My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Thief of Hearts: Goodreads (2016)
#6 ~ Hearts on Air: Goodreads (2016)

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L.H. CoswayL.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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