4 stars · Contemporary Romance

King of Hearts (Hearts #3) by L.H. Cosway

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Hearts Series #3
L.H. Cosway
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
July 16th 2015

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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ARIANNA’s Review

4.5 Stars!!
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“King of Hearts” is the third installment in L.H Cosway series entitled, “Hearts” and like its predecessors it can be read as a standalone. Before everything else I have to say this series’ title is very well picked and if you choose to read any installment you will know why I’m saying this. This 3rd book in the series was as fantastic as the previous installments. It was unique, beautifully written, refreshing and had me glued to the pages from the very first chapter. “King of Hearts” was the most emotional installment in the series so far and while wasn’t my favorite it was an incredible read and a great addition to this series. Needless to say I highly recommend you to try it or any other installments in this wonderful series.

“The bigger our hearts, the more beautiful our souls.”

This installment is told in two parts – the before and the after and is told entirely from the heroine’s POV, Alexis.

We met out male main character, King in the previous installment and I have to be honest here, he intrigued me like no other character I have met so far in this series. In the present King is a homeless alcoholic who’s not living. He only exists. He’s traveling with his sister’s circus, The Circus Spektacular and he doesn’t have many friends. He’s a broken man and he drinks to forget what or who nobody knows. No one knows what happened with him or who he was before he started drinking.

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The past starts off with Alexis Clark, a young woman in her twenties who’s about to attend a job interview at a prestigious bank in Canary Wharf for a position as an executive assistant to one of its head directors, Oliver King. She has a diploma, but she doesn’t have any experience, so she’s absolutely sure she won’t get the job. Alexis is witty, confident, she has no filter and she manages to charm King from the start. ( and me of course because let me tell you I loved the sh*t out of her from the beginning)

“I had a feeling there was far more to Oliver King than met the eye.”

King is successful, confident, charming and sexy. Alexis feels a strong attraction toward him, but she’s determined to keep the distance. King wants Alexis, but he doesn’t do relationships. At the moment he doesn’t have space in his life for a real partner. King and Alexis become friends, both agreeing staying away from each other it’s for the best, but as the chemistry between them grows each and every day and they start falling for the other, they can’t stay apart anymore.

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King and Alexis’s chemistry was sizzling from the very beginning and the sexual tension was delicious. It goes without saying that the sexy scenes between them were hotter than hell. I also loved the dynamic between them. They were simply perfect for each other and they completed each other in every single way. They made me smile and swoon with the way they were with each other and let’s not forget the witty banter between them who made me grin more times than I can count. Loved it!

Something happens and King and Alexis are separated for five years, five years in which neither of them forgot or stopped loving the other.

“I never stopped loving you, not even in my darkest hour”

I loved King and Alexis, individually and together. They were such endearing and maybe even relatable characters, both in the past and in the present. King from the past was charming and everything, but King from the present, the one who got me intrigued since I’ve read the previous book in the series, won my heart completely. My heart broke one thousand times for this man. He was so tortured, so lost and I’m glad he had some good friends who helped him and brought him back to life and of course a little later Alexis, a strong, kind-hearted woman I fell in love with more and more reading this story.

The story is beautifully written, the storytelling once again is stellar and the cast of supportive characters just lovely. I loved the epilogue which is told from King’s POV. I really would have liked more chapters in his POV.

All in all, “King of Hearts” was a fantastic emotional friends lo lovers story (the past)/second chance romance (the present), with two flawed, yet lovable characters and a touching love story that will make you smile and swoon.

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