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.
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
Series: Hearts #2 (full reading order below)
Release Date: March 9th 2015
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!
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.
Now here’s an excerpt from Hearts of Fire! ❤
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?”
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
#1 ~ Six of Hearts: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Hearts of Fire: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ King of Hearts: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Hearts of Blue: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Thief of Hearts: Goodreads (2016)
#6 ~ Hearts on Air: Goodreads (2016)
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.
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