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Standalone friends to lovers, second chance romance
3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.
Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.
Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.
He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.
Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.
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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
“We’re making memories tonight, Reya Cabrera, isn’t it exciting?”
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we first fell in love with this series, and still, our hearts beat with excited anticipation with each new release. We’ve absolutely loved meeting new characters along the way, becoming completely enamoured with every one of them, experiencing their stories that always find that special place in our hearts.
In Hearts On Air, L.H. Cosway again delivers a story delivered with heart, together with the witty and engaging dialogue this author is known and loved for. And again, she’s had us delighting over a mischievous, cheeky hero with that little boy charm she does so brilliantly. Though, Trevor did test our resolve once or twice!
“No one’s ever told you to act right because they’re too dazzled by how good-looking you are. They’re too busy feeling blessed that you deign to grace them with your presence. “
Trevor and Reya’s story is a friends to lovers, second chance romance that had its ups and downs and follows two years on from the free prequel Novella, One Epic Night. We fill in the gaps from Trevor and Reya’s intense night, and even more intense feelings, as their relationship shifted from friends to lovers’ status, leaving us hanging for the conclusion to those unfolding events.
Now, two years later Trevor is committed to righting his wrongs, and by hook or by crook, he plans to once again win the trust and heart of Reya Cabrera. But can he make her forget the hurt and win her over? Time will tell!
“Because you’re the best friend I ever had, and losing you is my biggest regret, the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
Told from Reya’s POV we learn Reya also has issues from her past that haunt her, to which Trevor isn’t a party to. Trevor too is dealing with a disorder he needs to keep in check.
We loved the start of Hearts on Air and the last part of the story won us over completely. We did struggle a little with the pacing of the middle which at times felt a little repetitive and tended to drag somewhat as Trevor and Reya attempt to rebuild their friendship and relationship.
“No, I know you care about me. You just don’t care enough. I’m not asking for the world, Trev. I’m not asking for much at all.”
In saying that, there was much we loved about this story, most of all the unique and beautiful voice of L.H. Cosway, trusting her to bring it home and boy…she certainly did that.
There was an element in this story that had our hearts positively soaring and tears streaming down our faces as we once again caught up with the characters we’ve loved implicitly. In fact, it had us wanting to go back and re-read some of them to once again experience those tangible emotions we remember all too well.
L.H. Cosway is an absolute gem of a storyteller. There is a warmth and humour to her stories that ensures we will keep coming back time and time again. Her ability to bring such realness to her characters, as though we know them personally, is something we particularly enjoy. Whilst we’re sad to be saying goodbye to this series, we’ll be waiting with baited breath and anticipated hearts for her next fabulous story and some brand new characters to fall in love with!
“We spend so much time striving for status that we don’t realise it’s the people in our lives that bring us real happiness.”
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The train started to move and a fizzle of excitement ran through me. This was it. We were on our way. I hadn’t travelled much in my life, just back and forth to Spain a few times when I was a kid to visit family. My parents emigrated from Madrid when they were in their late teens to make a life for themselves in London. I was looking forward to visiting Barcelona because I’d never been there, but Madrid not so much. There were too many memories there, and memories made me hear my mother’s voice in my head.
¿Por qué nunca dices la verdad? Estás tratando de arruinarnos con tus mentiras.
Why do you never tell the truth? You are trying to ruin us with your lies.
My thoughts had me feeling unsteady. Trev’s breathing deepened and I suspected he’d nodded off. I pulled my notebook from my small handbag and began to write.
Close your eyes and pick a word.
Describe the person you see in your head.
Not the one in theirs.
Take your time.
Take your time.
Tómate tu tiempo
Don’t be scared. Don’t overthink.
We are all a work in the making.
Even when we end we are unfinished we’re never really finished.
I was scribbling for a couple more minutes when Trev’s voice startled me. “Can I see?”
I froze, goosebumps claiming my skin, then turned to him. “You know I don’t like that.”
“But I’m gonna hear you sing them eventually. Why can’t I read the lyrics?”
I worried my lip, thinking on it as I shut my notebook. “Because words without music are far too revealing. The music massages their starkness. Most people are too busy listening to the melody to realise you’re baring your soul.”
Trev stared at me for a long, long moment. “So, if I read your lyrics it’s like discovering a secret, but if I watch you play I’m too dazzled by the music to hear the truth?”
I shrugged and looked away, feeling self-conscious now. “Something like that.”
“It’s not just the music that dazzles people, you know. It’s you.”
I glanced back at him and he reached out to tuck a strand of hair behind my ear. I inhaled and shifted away slightly. “What do you mean?”
“I was always fascinated when I watched you perform,” he confessed and my breath caught. “You’d start out all prim and proper, so dignified in those long, flowy dresses you wear on stage, your back straight, chest forward. Then you’d start to play and you’d slowly unravel. By the end of one song your hair would fall from its clip, by then end of the next, the straps of your dress would be loose at your shoulders. You were so real. You fucking slayed me. You mesmerised everyone and that’s because you were so unaware.”
I had no words, no idea how to respond. I never expected him to say something like that, not with the low rumble of the engine and the chatter of other passengers surrounding us.
“Are you trying to butter me up? Am I going to be sleeping in the broom closet instead of sharing with Leanne when we arrive in Brussels?” I asked, needing to break the intensity of the moment, the honesty of it. He was making me feel too many things.
He smiled, seeming to guess I was embarrassed, and shot back, “Nah, but I might need you to wash my underwear as part of your PA duties.”
I cocked a brow. “Only your underwear? How very specific.”
“I’ll get Neil to do my clothes, but I thought I’d save the honour of my dirty jocks for you,” he said and winked.
“Delightful,” I chuckled.
“How about this, if you do mine I’ll do yours.”
“Only for you, Reyrey,” he said, using my old pet name. It was the first time he’d used it in over two years and I felt . . . conflicted. Although, it was going to happen eventually the more time we spent together.
THE HEARTS SERIES by L.H. COSWAY
SIX OF HEARTS – BOOK ONE
Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.
I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.
She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.
So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.
You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.
I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.
So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.
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HEARTS OF FIRE BOOK TWO
The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.
My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.
Now 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 me, 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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KING OF HEARTS BOOK THREE
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.
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HEARTS OF BLUE BOOK FOUR
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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THIEF OF HEARTS BOOK FIVE
Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.
Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.
A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.
But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.
Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.
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