Thief of Hearts
by L.H. Cosway
Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.
Well wasn’t this just wonderful. The resident classroom bad boy fancied me. Some days the world really did have a sense of humour. It was like Fred suddenly having a hard-on for Velma when there were a hundred Daphnes he could be shagging.
Well, no offence, but you dress like a lesbian. And not one of those stylish Lesbos with the biker jackets and choppy bobs, but the plain-Jane ones who wear baggy chinos and checked shirts.
Believe me when I say nobody wants Alfie loose in the kitchen. He might be a genius with a paintbrush, but my cousin could manage to burn a ham sandwich.
People can rarely tell. I’m more Rock Hudson gay than Liberace gay… That’s a laugh. You’re more Oscar Wilde gay and we all know it.
People like you give people like me a soft place to fall. Otherwise we’d just be cold and hard. That’s how I was before I met you.
My cousin was a man made of glass, naturally sensitive, and always so close to shattering. It sounded like a bad thing but it was why I loved him. It was what made him so unique.
Packed with quirky, endearing, and diverse characters, all lovingly described in a most vivid and amusing manner, Thief of Hearts was a diamond read. I am new to Ms. Cosway’s singular works, although I have read a few of her collaborations with Penny Reid – who is one of my all-time favorites. I will now be tracking Ms. Cosway like a bloodhound. I quickly fell into the rabbit hole with this story and did not want to come back out. I have to love an author who tosses out a Scooby Doo reference as a serious metaphor. I loved her characters, whether they were primary, secondary, and just in a background scene. They were colorful, varied, and uniquely fascinating – from a Goth rocker with Tourette’s who tended to burst forth with random obscenities, to her fragile artist cousin. The story was relevant, intriguing with a caper or two, amusing with clever banter and bickering, well-paced, and touchingly observant. It was also sweet with hits of steam. Ms. Cosway provided a delicious treat – the likes of which I hope to indulge in again and again.
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite 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. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
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