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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.

Review

Do you know how excited I was to read this? After reading King of Hearts, which is one of my all time favourite books, I was beyond ecstatic to learn that East London bad boy Lee Cross was to get his own book, and not only that but his love interest was to be PC Karla Sheehan – A copper! Yes that’s right, A copper, but I’ll get to that later.

I know a lot about the boys in blue, as I grew up addicted to a tele program called ‘The Bill’ which followed the lives and exciting times of a bunch of Metropolitan Police officers, and it was a highly popular show, but anyway I am digressing.

Karla is a police constable, daughter of ruthless Superintendent Sheehan, she is trying to prove herself, not only as woman in a man’s world, but as a PC worthy on her own merits. She takes her job very seriously and so she should.

When Lee was a teenager, his mum having just passed away, he was left living on a rough council estate, with no money, three brothers and a cousin to feed. He finds a way to do what he can in order to survive and even if that means being on the wrong side of the law, he doesn’t know an other way.

When these two come together, it’s explosive and I loved every single interaction that they had. Lee was a quite bit of a swoony hero and I loved the way he looked after those he cared about with everything he had.

Karla was an interesting enough character but I would have liked her to be bit more desperate in her need and want for Lee, she seemed a bit indifferent at times, I know if that were me I would have been pining!

The forbidden factor was very believable which makes for a great read; how can Karla in good conscious get involved with someone who is involved with a man who sells stolen cut and shut cars for a living?

It was definitely a slow burn romance, which I definitely prefer and the usual captivating writing that I have come to expect from LH Cosway was present in this book. I loved the characters and the setting and the familiarity of the culture. For me, the authenticity of it was 90% spot on, and I understand how hard it must be for an author to write about a place that isn’t in their home country, so I have a lot of respect for the author for taking a risk like this.

I must admit to you, in all honesty, the use of the term ‘cop’ bothered me from the beginning, probably me being a picky cow, but you know what it’s like when you get something in your head, you can’t seem to let it go. It really distracted me from the story and it felt almost American in places, I even said it in my head in an American accent. I have to say I am surprised because King of Hearts felt so extremely ‘London’, the feel of it was very different.

That probably won’t bother a lot of people though, it’s just have I lived in London all my 39 years and have only ever referred the police as either coppers, old bill, the fuzz, the five-o or pigs.

I am still peeing my pants with excitement at the knowledge that there will be a book about the other Cross brothers, but please, please make them authentic. I love a cheeky chappie cockney, after all I did marry one.

Overall, I thought it was an enjoyable read, but just slightly lacking the magical feeling of the previous Hearts stories.

This is a standalone contemporary romance, told in Karla’s POV. Also part of an ongoing series.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

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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.

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