King of Hearts – L.H. Cosway

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I own a copy of this book. All thoughts are 100% my own.  You can also catch my review of Hearts of Fire (where you meet Oliver King for the first time) here.


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.

***King of Hearts is standalone romance that tells the story of Oliver King, first encountered in Hearts of Fire. This is the third book in L.H. Cosway’s Hearts series.***

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We met Oliver King in Hearts of Fire. He was a broken, shell of a man, who preferred his bottle to anything else in this world, except a photograph. That photograph was his most prized possession. He’d rip someone apart if he thought that they’d take it from him. When I read that story, he broke my heart. You knew that there was a story there. There was something there about Oliver King. Well, this is his story. And it takes place before Hearts of Fire, but don’t think that you know the end of his story just yet, because you don’t.

This book starts with Alexis. She’s going in for a job interview for a personal assistant position at an investment banking firm. In her interview, she meets Mr. Oliver King. He’s on top of the world, the golden boy who can do no wrong. And he’s practically an Adonis standing in front of her. King finds her delectable and basically tells her so. And so they start to work together and through a joke gone wrong, he thinks that she’s unavailable to him. And this allows him to get to know her without the pressures of trying to bed her. And thus their story begins.

I cannot, and will not divulge more to this story. If you’ve read Jack and Lille’s story, you know that at some point, Oliver becomes a very broken man. And you see this happen in this story. We know how he spent his time, from the time stuff happened to current day. Now we get Alexis’ side of the story. We get how she spent those years in the in between. And when they come together again after all that time….and they DO come together. It’s poignant and sad, and heartachingly beautiful. I read this book and at times, had to read through tears because Oliver’s pain was sometimes too much. I will say that there IS a happy ending in all this. I don’t feel bad for saying that because Ms. Cosway has made it abundantly clear that there is an HEA to Oliver’s story.

Ms. Cosway continues to grow this world of hers. She took us from Ireland, had us travel to the United States, and then we become a bunch of circus gypsies, going everywhere, and now she’s parked us in London. I’m not sure where else she’ll take us, but these group of stories of hers, some loosely brush sides (Viv’s show being casually thrown out in Six of Hearts, and the street performer being mentioned in Painted Faces). Some are directly and intricately woven as all these “hearts” stories. So, the question begs asking…would I recommend this book? Most assuredly I would. Especially for those who’ve read Jake and Lille’s story. As with all of Ms. Coway’s stories, I’d make sure that people understood that she packs some SERIOUS heat in her scenes. But the human element, the indomitable spirit, and the love of her characters are what defines her books. Not the nookie.



L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite 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.

Currently, she is working on the third book in her Hearts series, King of Hearts, which is due for release on 07.16.2015.

L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.



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