What a wonderful read this turned out to be! I don’t know why I waited so long to read this story. It was magical, refreshing and everything I expected from this author. “Hearts of Fire” had my attention from the start. This author with her fantastic storytelling created something unique, a perfect blend of romance and humor, a tale with an enchanting setting, a tale about a man and a woman who find themselves and also find each other, find love.
“The danger was what I wanted. Adventure was something I craved.”
The story starts off with Lille Baker, a 21 years old girl who loves art. She’s an artist herself. However at her mother’s behest she’s studying for a degree in business. She lives only with her mother who’s an awful woman, controlling every aspect of her life. Being an artist, Lille wants to life her life in colors, she wants to be adventurous, to experiment everything, to make mistakes, to live life to the fullest.
“I wanted to live through every high and low, because otherwise I wouldn’t be living.”
Lille gets the chance to escape not only from her mother, but also from a life she doesn’t want to live when someone proposes to her to join a travelling circus, ‘The Circus Spektakulär’. She knows what she wants – freedom, so she packs and runs away.
Jack McCabe is Jay Fields’s (the male main character from the previous installment in the series, “Six of Hearts”) supposedly dead brother. He’s part of the Circus, working as a fire-breather and knife-thrower. His past left him a little damaged. He build high walls around himself, he doesn’t trust easy and he’s not very accepting.
“In the stories I read, the bad people get what’s coming to them. In the real world, that’s not always the case.”
Lille is drawn to Jack from the moment she lays eyes on him. He seems dark, dangerous, intriguing and Lille would want for something to happen between them. She thinks he will never notice her, so she want at least to be his friend, to know everything about him, to be for him someone he can trust since he’s so unworthy.
“I didn’t see him as a damaged little boy, I saw him as a unique, wonderful, yet very breakable grown man.”
As the story progresses these two get close, they become friends, but they also become something more. While Jack knows he should stay away from Lille, he finds himself drawn to her like a moth to a flame. He simply can’t stay away! They are too good together, they complemented each other in every way, so why should they stay away from each other?!
This story was fantastically written and we all can agree how talented storyteller this author is. I simply loved this aspect of the story. I have to admit it didn’t wowed me like the previous book in the series, but I really enjoyed it. It was a great solid read, heartwarming, captivating at times and of course full of magic and adventure.
Jack was a wonderful written character. I immediately fell in love with him. He was mysterious, intense and from the start, just like Lille I just wanted to know his story. I loved his personality and in some way I loved him more than Jay (his big brother from book1). I knew he had something very appealing to me from the first chapters. The fact that he was portrayed as a tormented character was just a bonus to me since I love these kind of heroes. Tormented or not, Jack was not a weak character. He’s strong, imposing, charming and had a dark aura I was drawn to from the start. But he’s also sweet, caring, protective and not only with Lille, but with other characters as well.
“Make mistakes, Lille. Walk on the cracks. Break the rules that were made to be broken.”
I liked Lille as well. She’s not exactly my favorite type of heroine, but I have to say that I admired her courage. Her character development was stellar IMO. She knew what she wanted and took some risks joining the Circus and I really admired this about her. At the beginning she was portrayed as a naïve, innocent girl, but I wasn’t bothered by this fact. She was sweet, caring and I loved the way she looked at the world. I also loved her empathy and how she learnt to stand up for herself. Jack and Lille’s connection was really great done and their chemistry was off the charts. The sexual tension, the sexual innuendos..uhh..I loved them all. It goes without sating their sexy times were full of passion.
All in all, “Hearts of Fire” was a fantastically executed read, magical, captivating with two endearing characters that will make you smile, swoon and fell in love with.
“You have never been invisible to me, flower. You’re all I see.”