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.
**Suitable for readers 18 years and over. Contains sex scenes and adult language.**
L.H. Cosway is another one of those authors that I’ve had on my want to read list and never got around to it for one reason or another, but then the stars finally aligned. Six of Hearts went on sale and she is one of the author’s who will be attending a book signing in my neck of the woods this year, so I made the time and lemme tell you I’m kicking my own ass for not diving into her books sooner because I adored Six of Hearts! From the first page I fell down the rabbit hole and didn’t want to leave it, even when the end did come.
I adored Matilda and Jay. Matilda is sweet, snarky, a little geeky, creative and lets her curiosity get her into situations that amused as well as frustrated me but her big heart was a huge draw. She isn’t a doormat, but she doesn’t hold a grudge and though she experienced a huge tragedy at a young age there is a kindness to her that is inescapable. Jay is actually quite similar to Matilda and could charm the pants off of anyone and the way his mind works was a huge draw. You never knew exactly what was going on with him, but knew that whatever it was it would be epic. That went not only for his illusions, but the reason he sought out Matilda’s dad to help him out in the first place.
Jay and Matilda’s growing relationship was fun to experience and part of that had to do with the fact that as a reader I had knowledge that Matilda didn’t. Knowing that there was a connection between them kept me turning the pages to see just when Jay would let the cat out of the bag and the way it all ended up happening was perfect IMHO. But it was also fun to watch as they went from strangers to friends to lovers. It happened gradually and I could feel the chemistry between them, not only in the sexual sense, but intellectual as well and loved their bantering. And though there is quite a bit of push/pull going on between Jay and Matilda, something I’m not always a fan of, it was necessary in this case and actually had me do a little bit of a dopey sigh thing.
The pacing of the story and how all the various twists and turns were done extremely well and I enjoyed watching it all unfold and seeing if I had guessed correctly at what Jay’s end game was. I enjoyed all the characters from Jay and Matilda to Jessie, Michelle and Hugh, Matilda’s dad, and the different perspectives the brought which made the world that much fuller. The story is done in first person solo POV, Matilda’s POV, and thought it was done very well. The descriptions of Jay’s various illusions were excellent and I swear I could actually picture them happening in my head as Matilda described them.
The Bottom Line: Loved falling down the rabbit hole with this one and am looking forward to getting my hands on the next in the series!
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.