Review: The Crack Duet by L.H. Cosway

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I received this book for free from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The Crack Duet by L.H. CoswayA Crack In Everything by L.H. Cosway
on January 30, 2018
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 260
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
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Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.

It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

There was a crack in me now, and someday it was going to expand and swallow me whole. by Evelyn

 

*****WARNING  This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, so my review will be totally biased by my feelings and emotions.*****

New Adult, Contemporary Romance, with dual-POV.

Book #1 of a duet, that is not meant to be read alone.

This first book starts when Dylan and Evelyn are in high school. In the midst of a harsh life, Evelyn is sunny, bright, good. She is everything Dylan wish he could believe in. Could she take him out of the shadows and bring him to light?

Breathtaking, beautiful, painful!!!

 

  • Addictiveness: I love the duet. I couldn’t put it down. I had a hard time going to sleep. I went to bed still think of all the possibilities for the second book.
  • Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5  I fell in love with both Dylan and Evelyn. They were sort of night and day; light and dark; but together they made sense. Also, I love the secondary characters. The entire group of friends and Evelyn’s aunt were also well-developed. They were easy to love, connect and understand. They felt real and very believable.
  • Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I love covers. I buy many books by its cover. I love the duet’s cover. Even the art work feels like a duet. One completes the other. Love the title, and the colors. I would definitely buy this book without reading the blurb.
  • Freshness: Unique! This is the only word I can think about when remembering the story. Is so different and unusual. This is contemporary romance love story that I’ve never read before. It has so many elements that makes feel original.
  • Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  How can I explain the greatness of this plot? It feels real, believable. It has a great beginning and an even better ending. The dialogues are well written and the main conflict is poignant. It has perfect pace to let the characters grow and their relationship to cement. It has a few twists to keep the reader guessing and is very emotional. I’ve cried, I’ve laughed and I’ve fallen in love with them.
  • Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 This is a love story. Even if we don’t yet see the happily ever after here, this is a story of love. Love can hurt and can heal. Love can shape people and mold them into whom they become. Dylan intensity was hot and their first time was precious.
  • Writing Style: Perfect! Unbelievable characters, amazing plot, superb pace and emotional plot.
  • This was the perfect first book for a duet! I can’t think of anything that could make it better. It all had meaning to the story flow.

Wow! I finished this book in an emotional vortex. I couldn’t wait to start book #2 at the same time I needed breathing space.

This was my first book by the author and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t read anything from her before.

Overall 

  • Action 3/5
  • Angst 5/5
  • Darkness 1/5
  • Humor 2.5/5
  • Romance 5/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 2/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoy romance. In fact, this is a MUST READ!
  • Would I re-read this book? Definitely!!!
  • Would I re-read this series? Yes!!!
  • Would I read more from the author? I have a new mission in life: to read everything Ms. Cosway writes!!!

You MAY read this because you followed the author; you SHOULD read this because you like a love story; you MUST read this because is poignant!!!

 

I received this book for free from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The Crack Duet by L.H. CoswayHow the Light Gets In by L.H. Cosway
on February 6, 2018
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 200
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
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He came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.

We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once
meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought
I’d see him again.

I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet. But
Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected
he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.

He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women
across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best
life in the after.

And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.

How the Light Gets In is Book #2 and the concluding installment in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

 

I didn’t see the cracks. I saw all the beautiful, flawed and wonderful parts that held them all together. by Evelyn

New Adult, Contemporary Romance, with dual-POV.

Book #2 of a duet, that is not meant to be read as a stand-alone.

This second book starts eleven years after the end of the first book.

After letting darkness take part of her, Evelyn decides to start over in New York where her aunt lives. There her past come back in full force. Can she believe in second chances? Is she strong enough to open herself for pain once again?

 

 

  • Addictiveness: I love the duet. This second book is the perfect finish for the first one. I read it in one sitting, even though I felt like I was drowning sometimes. Very emotional!
  • Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5  I fell in love with both Dylan and Evelyn again. They have changed roles, but basically they are fundamentally the same. They are so real and believable.
  • Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I love covers. I buy many books by its cover. I love the duet’s cover. Even the art work feels like a duet. One completes the other. Love the title, and the colors. I would definitely buy this book without reading the blurb.
  • Freshness: Unique! This is the only word I can think about when remembering the story. Is so different and unusual. This is contemporary romance love story that I’ve never read before. It has so many elements that makes feel original.
  • Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Once again… this plot is superb! The author creates the perfect balance between light and dark. This is a second chance of life book. How it develops is touching and beautiful.
  • Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 This is the perfect love story. It hurts, it heals. It makes you cry and laugh. It mends and makes you believe in love and second chances.
  • Writing Style: Glorious! Really, very touching and capable. It is very well written.

  • Nothing!

 

This is a MUST READ!!!!

Overall 

  • Action 0/5
  • Angst 4/5
  • Darkness 1/5
  • Humor 1/5
  • Romance 5/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 0/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoy romance. In fact, this is a MUST READ!
  • Would I re-read this book? Definitely!!!
  • Would I re-read this series? Yes!!!
  • Would I read more from the author? I have a new mission in life: to read everything Ms. Cosway writes!!!

You MAY read this because you enjoy romance; you SHOULD read this because you like a bit of tough love; you MUST read this for an emotional catharsis!

 

 

five-stars

About L.H. Cosway

 

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. 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. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

 

Rating Report
Addictiveness
five-stars
Character
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Freshness
five-stars
Plot
five-stars
Romance
five-stars
Writing Style
five-stars
Overall: five-stars