Review: Cracks Duet by L.H. Cosway

 

We’re celebrating the release of the CRACKS DUET by L.H. Cosway! 

 

 

Title: A Crack In Everything and How The Light Gets In (Cracks Duet)

Age Group: Adult

Release Date: January 30 & February 6, 2018

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A Crack In Everything

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A Crack in Everything

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.

 

How the Light Gets In

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 CAN’T DEAL WITH L.H. COSWAY. She deserves a standing ovation. Her books make my emotions erupt like a massive volcano. It’s been almost twenty-four hours since I finished reading this duet and the book hangover is still going strong, that’s how you know you’ve found a one-of-a-kind book.

I don’t even know how to describe all the things I felt/went through while reading this duet. I grinned bigger than the joker, fell in love until my heart hurt, cried buckets of sad tears and shed a couple of tears from anger and injustice, screamed because life is crap sometimes and laughed because sometimes life is pretty darn amazing. And that’s not all. There’s plenty more where that came from but that’s all I can cope with at the moment because if I start telling y’all more I will start bawling and writing with tears in the eyes is impossible and this review is not going to finish writing itself.

A Crack In Everything, the first book in the Cracks duet, broke my heart. Shattered it until there was pretty much nothing left. In this book you can expect to swoon, feel mutant butterflies in your belly, swoon some more and cry. A lot.
It tells the story of Evelyn and Dylan, their best friends and their teenage lives in Dublin. It is told from Evelyn’s point of view so you get to feel everything she goes through; the powerful connection she has with Dylan, her beautiful friendship with Sam (her best friend), her relationship with her aunt and grandma, her passion for gardening and the losses she experiences at the end of the book.

How the Light Gets In, the second book in the Cracks duet, glued my heart together. As much as possible anyway, because I’m telling you, the first book shattered me and some pieces of my heart are still nowhere to be found. In this one you can expect to swoon, blush, swoon, heal some wounds and cry. Only a little this time. Cross my heart.
This book follows Evelyn as she moves to New York City to join her aunt and maybe… possibly… stumbles upon the one that got away. It’s set eleven years into the future. Dylan is now a successful businessman and Evelyn is a heartbroken bartender. The past eleven years have not been the best towards her but she’s healing. Slowly but surely.

The first book made me feel like I was watching one of those UK (even though it is not set in the UK) TV shows like Skins and My Mad Fat Diary with all of the teenage angst and unique characters. The second book gives an entirely different vibe, it is more of what I like to call “mature romance” but then again it is set eleven years into the future, in NYC and the characters have been through A LOT.

I cannot express how amazing this duet is. It’s beautiful beyond words. It’s written wonderfully and the story is original and emotional. Y’all better give this book a chance. Don’t be afraid of getting your heart-broken and just jump into this one hoping to find an unforgettable and unputdownable story.

 

Huge thanks to Wordsmith Publicity and L.H. Cosway for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

 

 

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.

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