Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #4
Published on November 19th 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary
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She upholds the law. He breaks it.
Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.
Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.
“Break the rules, Karla. Just this once.”
4.5 star-crossed stars
I loved this book! Ever since Karla and Lee were introduced in the last book of this series, King of Hearts, I’ve been eagerly anticipating their story, and it was everything that I was hoping for.
You don’t need to have read the previous books in this series in order to enjoy this one, but be aware that it takes place during the time lapse that appears in King, and Alexis does appear, so there are some spoilers for that story in this book. If you don’t plan on reading King (shame on you! It’s a phenomenal book), this can easily be read as a standalone.
28 year old Karla is the best friend of Alexis from King. She is tough and feisty and is devoted to her career as a police officer. Her unsupportive father is Police Superintendent and makes his disdain of women in the police force clear, so that just gives her extra incentive to work hard and make her mark.
Lee Cross is one of four brothers who live on the shady side of the law. Deserted by their parents, Lee was the one who stepped up to take care of his brothers as a teenager and they were forced into a life of crime in order to get by. Now 25, Lee is still taking care of his brothers, and though he has a heart of gold, their business interests aren’t exactly legal.
From the moment that Lee laid eyes on Karla in King, she sparked his interest. He wanted her, and he didn’t hide that fact. Now it’s some weeks later and we see that Karla is just as affected by the gorgeous bad boy.
It’s a fantastic set up – two people who are incredibly attracted to each other, but whose lives couldn’t be any more mismatched. Karla doesn’t know the details but she knows Lee and his family are trouble, and her strong sense of right and wrong means that she can never accept his lifestyle so she tries hard to stay away from him. But they keep running into each other and every time they do, Lee can’t help but push her.
“Take your hands off me right now or I’ll arrest you,” I ordered, my tone harsh.
Seconds passed, like he was deliberating over what to do. Then he released me, but not before delivering a final statement. “One day, Karla, you’ll understand that me having my hands on you is never a bad thing.”
OMG I love Lee! You know that he’s a sweetheart, but he’s got this over-confident, cheeky vibe about him and a wicked sense of humour. He’s so upfront about his feelings for Karla and he holds nothing back from her, putting himself out there again and again and fighting hard to get his girl.
“No one’s playing games. I like you a whole hell of a lot, Karla. I’ve told you that already, so stop trying to convince yourself otherwise”
All the air left me when he moved forward, backing me into the door and cupping my face in his hands, his gaze reverent. “Give me a chance, and I’ll prove to you that everything you think you see is blurred by perception.”
The chemistry between these two is absolutely electric and the UST builds brilliantly as each encounter brings them closer and closer to the inevitable.
“If I wasn’t me and you weren’t you, I’d go home with you in a heartbeat. You know that, right?” I told him quietly.
For a second he glanced away, then bent his head to reply, his voice husky, “It’s because you’re you and I’m me that we want each other, Karla. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Before I could stop him his mouth dipped to mine, and he laid a soft, lingering kiss on my lips.
Karla may try to fight her feelings, but she’s open with Lee about her attraction to him and I love that there is no game playing or stupid behaviour. They both know where each other stands, they acknowledge the barriers standing in their way, but ultimately their feelings for each other are too strong to ignore. Their coming together is seriously hot, but very strongly driven by emotion and they are amazing together.
“I just really, really like you. I like the things you do to me, and I don’t want to lose them.”
Feeling his jaw move, I thought he might be smiling. “If it’s any consolation, I really like the things I do to you, too. Actually, I fucking love them. And you won’t lose me, so long as you make the choice to be with me.”
“You make me feel so fucking alive … Made for me.”
The story is written in dual POV and I love that we get to be up close and personal with both of them as they battle their differences while trying to create an actual relationship. The struggle is beautifully written .
Being with him made everything else in my life a lie, and yet, the idea of being without him made everything seem empty and grey. So I was trapped in the lie. In fact, I’d walked right into it willingly with both eyes open.
Throughout the story it’s not really clear what Lee and his brothers are into, but the two worlds eventually collide when the law closes in and the chain of events and inevitable fall out are brilliantly handled. Emotions are running high and I could feel everything that the characters were going through. My heart ached for them as I tried to figure out how it could all possibly work out, but it all plays out perfectly in a way that was realistic and left me with a huge smile on my face.
I loved this book. Lee and Karla are perfect as the star-crossed lovers, and the mix of humour, romance and drama is balanced perfectly to give us a wonderful story that never gets too heavy or angsty. I really love the inclusion of Lee’s brothers, they’re such a great bunch – a little bit bad, but also funny, sweet and big-hearted with an incredibly strong sense of loyalty. I’m so excited that LH Cosway is continuing the series with stories for them, I can’t wait for more.
As a special treat, L.H. Cosway is going to be writing a bonus scene from the book! She’ll be holding a poll on her Facebook page, and the options are below.
Tour Poll for Male POV Scene:
Which scene from Hearts of Blue would you most like to read from Lee’s perspective?
- The football riot scene.
- The warehouse rave scene.
- Karla & Lee’s ‘first time’ at the night club.
Go to –>https://www.facebook.com/LHCosway<– to vote!