Book Review, Giveaway: THIEF OF HEARTS by L.H. Cosway 1

Thief of Hearts 

by L.H. Cosway




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Book Description:

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.

Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.
A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.
But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise, his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.
Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

**Can be read as a stand alone.


My Rating:

5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:

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.



My Review:


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.

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 About the author:


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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One comment on “Book Review, Giveaway: THIEF OF HEARTS by L.H. Cosway

  1. Reply Curly Carla Oct 15,2016 11:44 am

    Oh this book sounds awesome.

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