by L.H. Cosway
When famed illusionist Jay Fields walks into her father’s law practice, Matilda Brandon has a hard time keeping her heart from pounding. With a non-existent love life, she wonders if she could ever have a chance with a man this sexy and charismatic. She knows she’ll never meet someone like him on her online dating site, that’s for sure.
Jay wants to sue a newspaper, however, he leaves with a new landlord and a rather smitten housemate instead. As the two form a bond, Matilda finds herself becoming a part of Jay’s crazy world of illusion and mentalism, where underground magic shows, casino gambling and secret vendettas abound.
Jay has a dark history, and Matilda isn’t sure if she should open herself up to such an enigma of a man. Is he really who he claims to be? And why does he keep so many secrets?
She doesn’t know it yet, but they share a common past. Jay has set a plan in motion and whether she likes it or not, claiming her heart has always been his ultimate goal.
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.
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
BEST BOOK EVER!!!
Totally in love with this book! Defiantly one of my new favorites! I remember reading Painted Faces from this author, and loved that one - now I'm going to get a few more of her books:)
I don't know what it was about this book, but it just really grabbed me - maybe it was the magic - I love Illusionist TV shows and have always been in Awe by their talent - but I think it was probably more than that.
Jay ... what do you say about him? he's had a hard life - really, but he made something from himself, and always has a smile on his face - he's a great guy with a positive outlook, and he just has a great way of looking at things - even the shady stuff, he has good reasons for it - you can't help but love him even from the beginning when he's hiding out in the shed ready to pounce on his dad if he so much as starts in with his mom and brother
And Matilda - the girl next door - sure she was only 9 at the time, but even then she played a big part in Jay's life - and he's back and ready to do something about it .
Matilda is going through life in a comfort zone - she's not happy, but she's not sad - she's shy, but she's friendly and caring. She loves her dad and her dad loves her, and that's all she needs.
When Jay walks into the Lawyers offices asking for her dad to take his case, she felt the familiarity with him, but didn't know how much of it was him being on TV or not -
Her dad couldn't take his case - there was no way his small town office could take on a huge case against a whole newspaper agency. But Jay knew who the right man for the job was, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Things with Matilda and Jay become stronger as time goes on. Jay tries to keep his distance, but Matilda wants more of him. When Jay finally caves in to his desires to her, things start to get better. But he knew it wasn't their time yet. They couldn't fully be together until after his big show came to an end.
The whole significates about 6 of hearts is really and truly sweet -
Favorite quote :
"So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors."