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The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.

My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.

Now I breathe fire, eat the poison that almost killed me.

Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired. With each flame I spit, I risk my life.

I wear scars on my body that will never go away, but the scars inside my head are far more difficult to overlook.

My brother doesn’t know me, and if I have it my way he never will.

Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her.

I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road. She doesn’t know the monsters that lurk behind the bright lights of the ring. In truth, I could be considered one of them.

We were fashioned from different cloths, never intended to mix. So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me.

Join us in the Spiegeltent and let us give you a show. Allow my Lille to draw a picture for you in paint and sweat and skin.

The truest love is always the hardest to let in.

This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.

Review

Oh my, what a wonderful and vivid storyteller LH Cosway is, for 6 hours I was transported into a magical world of The Circus Spektakulär full of fire eaters, contortionists, lion tamers and performing monkeys. I loved every minute of it.

Artist, Lille is a 21 year old woman who is fed up with being under the thumb of her controlling mother. Told what to do, how to behave, where to go to Uni, she is a dreamer who aspires to live a life that is full of colour and when she is given the opportunity to leave her small Irish town and travel to France with the circus she grabs it with both hands and decides to take a chance.

Her only hesitation is the broody Fire Eater, Jack who has made it quite clear that he is not happy that she is tagging along. He warns her that she would be safer to stay at home and more specifically, far away from him.

Jack McCabe, however, is unable to heed his own advice and he strikes up a friendship with the beautiful Lille that results in a tumultuous and passionate relationship.

“I like your hair.”
“Thanks.”
His voice got low and quiet as he leaned in and spoke into my ear.
“I like your pussy, too.”

Did I mention he has a dirty mouth?

I fell head over heels in love with Jack McCabe, on one hand he was a sweet, gentle, mysterious kind hearted soul, and on the other he was a gruff sexy alpha with a secret fetish.

He is the long lost brother of Jay Fields who some might know from Cosway’s previous novel Six of Hearts, and it was heartbreaking to discover the history between the two larger than life brothers. I loved that Jay and Matilda were a big part of Jack’s story without taking away the attention from Jack & Lille.

Lille grew on me, she was a strange one but her development throughout the book was wonderful it was almost like watching her grow from a girl to a woman. I loved her kind soul and the way she was so trusting of people despite the fact her childhood was lacking in warmth.

The emotion and feelings between Jack and Lille made my heart squeeze and it was just one of those books that make you smile. It was romantic and sexy and with a little mystery thrown in for good measure.

I am eagerly awaiting King’s book, who was the lonely alcoholic brother of the circus ring-mistress and is a character that I would love to read about.

Fantastic writing as usual, from LH Cosway.

This is a standalone novel told in Lille’s POV. Whilst it can be read on it’s own, I highly recommend reading Six of Hearts first.

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

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

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Excerpt

Jack didn’t even announce that he was starting when he stood at least ten feet away from me, flipped a knife in his hand, caught it, then lunged with his whole body and flung the knife right at my head. I squeezed my eyes shut, and a hollow thud sounded at my ear where the knife had, thankfully, hit the board. Sounds of nervous excitement and clapping came from the audience as Jack continued his assault on me. He moved his body with the kind of skill that only comes from obsessive practice.
Adrenaline drowned me, my chest rising and falling rapidly.
A small squeak of fright escaped me when he threw a knife at my hip and it barely missed. In fact, I could feel the hard edge of the steel pressing against me. I was surprised it hadn’t cut into the fabric of my coat. Jack prowled around the stage, gaze on me, calculating his next throw. Everywhere his eyes looked, I felt positively laid bare. Molested by disinterest.
I might as well have been a sack of potatoes for all the care he showed as to whether or not he might cut me. Deciding I couldn’t take any more, I kept my eyes closed until it was over and all six knives had been thrown.
Thud.
Thud.
Thud.
When I finally opened my eyes, Jack was standing before me, unbuckling the belt that held me in place. I didn’t move even after I’d been released, still trying to come to terms with the terror I’d just endured. All of a sudden, Jack McCabe was more scary than sexy.
“That was a close one,” he said as he pulled out the knife that had landed just below my ear. I glanced to the side to see a tiny lock of my hair fall to the stage floor. Oh, my God.
“You cut off my hair,” I gasped.
“Only a small bit. Don’t worry — I didn’t leave a bald patch.” He chuckled darkly.
I didn’t know what to say, but I was momentarily appalled at how cavalierly he was taking all this.
“I could sue you,” I said, and then instantly grimaced. I sounded like my mother. It was only hair, after all.
He leaned in, and I thought I saw him bare his teeth for a second. “Go ahead, pumpkin.”

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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