Published by Self-Published on 26th July 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, New Adult, Romance
Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.
I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.
She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this – if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.
So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.
You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.
I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.
So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
“The maybes could go on forever, Watson, but we both know that mystery is better than the truth. So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors.”
I was asked to read Six of Hearts and before accepting I read the blurb. Needless to say it immediately intrigued me with the idea of illusions and revenge. I was thinking along the lines of the movie The Prestige. Now, the blurb already stated that it’s from the female lead’s POV, Matilda, even though the blurb is from the male lead, so I already knew that going in. But, what I was most surprised about was that the story was mainly a love story. The beginning, besides the prologue, definitely was a slow build and that kind of bummed me out. I was expecting a big complex plot with lots of lies and deception so I was definitely disappointed. However, once I changed my preconceived notions of what I thought it would be like, I liked it a lot better. The relationship between Jay and Matilda was fun to watch especially since they had great banter and a whole lot of chemistry. Plus I loved that Jay called Matilda Watson from Sherlock Holmes. It was cute.
When events started happening, I was right there with Matilda wondering what was going on. For the most part I knew why Jay was doing what he was doing but figuring out how was definitely intriguing. The whole court case part was exciting to see unfold. That was the part I most wanted to see and it definitely had some surprises I didn’t see coming.
Besides the case, what really made me okay with the fact that it was mainly a love story was Matilda. I loved her character and her inner monologue was hilarious! Basically, Matilda really sold the book for me. Plus her and her friend, Michelle’s relationship was awesome. I loved how sarcastic they were with each other. Their conversations definitely had me laughing out loud.
Overall, I thought this was a good love story and the revenge plot was definitely interesting. I just wish I got to see more of it develop. Plus the magic and illusions were pretty cool. Even better was finding out how Jay did them when he did reveal some of it.
What? I said my inner dialogue was a bitch. The important thing is that I’d never actually say something so mean out loud. We all have thoughts that we would never, ever vocalize. And people who say they don’t are liars.
Let’s just say, if John Barrowman’s stylist up and quit, I would sell my left kidney to get the gig.
Usually I don’t like being alone in the house, but since Jay is going to be here, I’m not so down about it. In fact, I’m really looking forward to being alone with him. What? I own a vagina and he’s Jay Fields; therefore, I’m allowed to be excited, even if nothing’s going to happen.
If there’s one thing that I love doing with Jay, it’s riding with him…in his car. Minds out of the gutter, please.
Guest Post from L.H. Cosway
Magic, Mystery & Leaving Some Things to the Imagination
Six of Hearts is centred around the magic and illusion of my hero, Jay Fields. Throughout the book, the readers encounter him dazzling others with his tricks. The thing that’s so great about this is that the possibilities of how he might have pulled off his stunts are endless. It makes your heart pound. The reader’s mind begins to race, concocting all sorts of ideas. But the most exciting part of any magic trick is always the part that you just can’t quite figure out.
The part that makes you wonder, okay, could this illusion actually be real?
In Six of Hearts, a number of the tricks are explained, but there are many that are left veiled in mystery. Any movies I’ve seen or books I’ve read over the years about magicians have always shared this defining trait. They leave at least one open-ended question, because that’s what sweeps you away, turns you into a child again where the make-believe seems entirely possible.
One Halloween a couple of years ago, I went to see a magic show called Magic Macabre where the magician carried out a variety of horrific stunts that to the watching eye seemed all too frighteningly real. I sat in the audience, and even though I knew it was all a very clever illusion, I allowed myself to suspend my disbelief. I wanted to feel the thrill of thinking that what I was seeing was reality.
I allowed my imagination to run wild.
This was also the reason why I chose to write very specifically from my heroine, Matilda’s, point of view. It meant I could make an enigma out of Jay. The reader never really knows what’s going on inside his head. I think that books should endeavour to open up the imagination and in this story of magic and mayhem, I hope I’ve achieved that.