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.
©2014 L.H. Cosway (P)2015 Penny Reid
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"Don't get the audible book...narrator ruins it"
Characters all the characters have depth.
After the story reaches that peak storyline halfway thru the book
there are still twists and turns to look forward to
Jay Fields sounds like a high pitched 15 year old. While Matilda sounds like she is 30 something.
She would raise her voice when she was suppose to whisper
The american accent was good, until she said Darlin'... which annoyingly came out as a sarcastic sounding Dawhhhhh-lliinnn' every time.
"The Story is wonderful, but the Narrator ruins it"
I often purchase audio books to listen to after I have read a book - I get a more complete picture of the book because I hear things that I missed during reading, and vice versa.
That said, Thank heavens I read Six of Hearts first, or I'm pretty certain I would have marked this as "Did Not Finish".
At one point while listening, I honestly wondered if the narration was computer generated - it is that stilted. The narrator seems to stop to breathe at the end of every phrase as well as at every comma. She forgets to use an American accent with Jay half the time. She doesn't differentiate between voices, so you can't tell from listening who is speaking. She doesn't emote half the time, so it sounds flat and boring. I really hate to say all this, because I don't want to cause hurt feelings, but listening to this recording was just plain painful...
I truly enjoyed this story, and would highly recommend it -- but get the eBook version of Six of Hearts. Don't buy this narration.
"Very bad narration"
I believe the narrator ruined this story for me. I should have been laughing instead I felt annoyed with the voice and the background noises she made. There was very little voice difference in the characters. I understand that may be difficult, but then narration of a book may not be your suitable profession. I hate to sound cruel, but this story should have been delightful for me.
I would recommend the book, just not the audio.
I've added Donna Kelly to list of one other narrator that I will not listen to again.
A better narrator.
"UNDERNEATH ALL THE ILLUSION WAS SWEET REVENGE"
Now I'll be honest here - it took me a couple of semi-starts before I could overcome the female narrator's inability to do a convincing male voice - and even her female characters were indistinguishable from each other. But I was curious, intrigued and captivated by the mysterious, talented and handsome Jay whose personality stole my heart.... and it was him, coupled with the humorous banter that flowed easily between him and Matilda, and their sweet ever growing feelings for each other, that made me press on to find out just how this unusual love story was going to play out.
Let me spin the web for you.... Jay has returned to Ireland, seeks a Solicitor to sue a Newspaper - enter Hugh Matilda's Dad, Jay also needs somewhere to stay - Hugh has a spare room and so starts Matilda's infatuation with the fit, sexy and drool worthy Jay. And, as they live under the same roof, they soon become friends but the tension and sexual chemistry between them builds when Matilda goes on a couple of dates because Jay is giving out some very strange mixed messages. There's bad guys, good guys and a couple of good friends, there's a tragic backstory and a bit of drama revolving the bad guys and there's romance, sweetness, some sex and unfortunately sacrifices too. Jay is an Illusionist, Mentalist and a Trickster.... and with him nothing's quite as it seems..... so Matilda's questions remain unanswered, his secrets build and things aren't adding up but the one thing that remains constant is the unshakable chemistry between them and their faith in each other.
Jay and Matilda were likeable characters, his true identity could be 'read between the lines' early on in the book but there were a few surprises still up Jay's sleeve. However, I did think there was a lot of build-up to the reveal.... then 'poof' suddenly it was all over and the whole ending was, IMO, a bit anti climactic. Told from Matilda's funny, warm, vibrant and often confused POV.
Worth a credit? I really liked it but I just didn't love it, it delivered a very unusual plot line but it sadly fell a bit short at the end, I loved Jay but their relationship blew hot and cold and although there was romance, some passion and sex - I never really felt an epic love story. For me, I think the listen suffered a lot by having this particular narrator and so sadly my full enjoyment of it was a bit marred. However, I do think the tattooed, mysterious and talented Jay has deserved the credit all on his own for the Sting he managed to pull off, for being so damn sexy and nice and for his thoughtfulness at the end. If you're not sure then maybe put it in your Wish List and wait for a Sale.
"Magical twist of a love story"
Matilda. I loved being inside her head. She was quirky and funny, and most importantly she felt very real.
Hmm. The narrator left some things to be desired. She was great as Matilda and affected an Irish accent well. However, I don't think the voice of Jay was done well. It wasn't masculine enough nor was his American/Bostonian accent present. At one point in the story, a male Australian character was introduced and that accent attempt was atrocious! Narrator aside, the sound editing was not up to par. Ambient noises like paper rustling, knocks, and chatter were present distractions.
Definitely. This book was very enjoyable with its mystery and Jay's immense bag of tricks. Cosway's story was quite unique in the romance genre. Bravo to her for creating something new.
My only criticism of this story is that I wish Cosway had held back a little more information from the reader. Jay wove an intricate plot for revenge which should have had more of the "prestige" and grand reveal fitting of a master illusionist. I wish I had been shocked in the end and I wasn't.
With that said, the characters in this book were believable and fun. The romance between Jay and Matilda was sweet but still ripe with hot, sexual tension. I hope that the other books in the hearts series are available on Audible soon.
Very well written. Engaging romance that is so much more. Such a good story. Highly recommend!
"this will become one of your favorites as well"
I was addicted from page one and I couldn't put it down. I started off reading the book myself until I was 40% done and then I had a decision to make. I could either put the book down and reflect on all of the information that I had read that morning or download the audio and finish while I worked. I chose the latter. I didn't know if I would like the accent the narrator had bc I already had character traits of my own. But the narrator grew on me and she easily Captivated me. It was SO-OH-MY-GOOD-GRACIOUS-AMAZING that I listened until my Bluetooth headphones drained of their battery. Then I was restricted to listen to the last hour in a parking lot on my phone.
The only issues I have are I could hear something clicking in the background and I could hear page-turning. Other than just a few misspoken sentences all in all it was very good.
I love that Jay and Matilda shared a house for a brief time while Jay set the final things in motion for his revenge plan. I loved how tempted they were by each other's presence.
Jay proving he was better than Jessica at a certain sexual skill was very memorable. ;)
Perhaps British narrator Edita Brychta instead, although I have no idea if Edita would be proficient with either an Irish accent (for the majority of characters) or Irish-American accent (for Jay). I just didn’t care for Donna Kelly’s narrating style overall. Her accent for Jason and her sometimes halting delivery were hard to like. She wasn’t awful, but I’d definitely think twice about one-clicking another audiobook narrated by her.
No, that's a rare thing for me though and has no real reflection on the story. Since I wasn't a big fan of Donna Kelly's narrating style, it was better to listen in daily chunks as I normally do.
•*¨*•What I liked about the lead characters:•*¨*•
★Matilda★ – I related to her awkward online dating results to the nth degree.
★Jay★ – I hated, hated that he smoked cancer sticks, eww! But I liked how cool his illusionist skills were and how he got his revenge on those stupid, greedy and evil people who caused his family’s death.
•*¨*•What I liked about the supporting characters:•*¨*•
★Matilda's dad★ - His honesty as a solicitor was refreshing, and I loved his reaction when Matilda finally told him she and Jay were dating, ha!
★Jessica★ – Jay’s assistant and friend. OMG! She was so frank at times. The 'who’s better at cunnilingus' scene was to die for, so very funny!
★Michelle★ – Matilda’s buddy. I liked that she had no qualms about her bisexuality and that Jay sussed out her attraction to Jessica immediately, ha!
‘This feels too good to last.’ ~Matilda
But last it does thanks to Jay well executed revenge plan. Bravo, sir! I’ll just pretend Jay give up his cancer sticks sooner than later so he and Matilda have their fictional HEA for years and years.
"Long but good"
What a unique story with so many factors that came together beautifully.
I will admit that I stopped this book a couple times because of narration. But the plot kept digging into my brain and not letting me go so I decided to just stick it out. OK! That being said... Donna Kelly is a story teller, not a narrator. She doesn't really do voices and she doesn't really narrate. At all. But she is a story teller and a pretty good one. If you go into the book with that fact in mind, you'll get thru it just fine.
The whole concept of an illusionist coming into this girl's life that has such a fantasy look on love. It's quite poetic actually.
It got a lot long in the middle. I dozed off for about and came back to it without rewinding and I'm pretty sure I didn't miss a thing. It just kinda drags on just a little.
That sounds terrible but really it wasn't. I loved the book and I know this will be one that I listen to again. It's a fantastic story. I will most definitely love on with the series!
"Really good start to the series :)"
This was a really good story. I liked Matilda and Jay and their story was enjoyable and kept me constantly engaged.
Matilda is a single woman that runs her father's law office for him. She lost her mother when she was young and she loves her father but sometime felt she missed out on not having a female role model in her life. Matilda has some issues with being very shy when it comes to men and because of this, she hasn't had much luck with dating.
Jay is an Illusionist. He was born in Ireland but after his parents and brother were killed, Jay moved to the US to live with his uncle. Unfortunately, his uncle wasn't a very good man so Jay ended up running away and lived many years on the streets. Jay's now a rather famous Illusionist but his main focus is getting revenge on the people that destroyed his family.
Jay moves back to Ireland and is between places to stay when the story begins. Jay actually goes to Matilda's father's law office to attempt to hire him for a court case. In the process, Jay finds out that Matilda and her father are renting a room of their house and he asks to rent the room since he needs a place to stay. Matilda is rather shy and she's very attracted to Jay so she's not real thrilled about living with him and dealing with his hotness on a regular basis. Jay makes it clear right off the bat that he wants to be friends with Matilda but the problem lies in the fact that he's obviously attracted to her in return but he's determined not to acknowledge it and wants to keep them as friends only.
Jay has reasons for not wanting to start something with Matilda right away but it's very difficult for them both to keep things platonic. I actually felt kinda bad for Matilda through a good portion of the story because she really liked Jay and he was so hot and cold with his affections she didn't know what to think. With her shyness and lack of experience, Matilda couldn't understand Jay's actions and often she saw it as a lack in herself, even when Jay tried to make clear to her that it wasn't her fault. The back and forth lasted through most of the book while Jay lines up all his dominoes so they'll fall perfectly in place when he implements his plan for revenge. Thankfully, the revenge is dealt and Jay is finally able to tell Matilda the truth after which, they work things out and start a HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I liked Matilda very much as the heroine. She was somewhat shy but she was still smart, sassy and even brave. I liked Jay as well but I wish he'd have told Matilda the truth earlier. My only real complaint about this book is the hot/cold treatment that Matilda got from Jay...I understood the reasoning behind it but I really wish that had been resolved sooner. Outside of that, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it. :D
* note - I thought the narrator did a very good job with Matilda's accent.
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