It was the promise of something different that first attracted me to Six of Hearts. I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued. I knew that this was a book I needed to read the SECOND it was out. I’m going to try and write this review without giving anything away so I’m sorry if it seems a little obscure.
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.
Madness right? That pretty much set the tone for the entire book. I was constantly thinking, “HOW THE HELL DID THAT JUST HAPPEN??!!?!?!” and I even, at one point, convinced myself that Jay must be magic. That’s the only explanation for all the crazy. Throughout the entire book I had this feeling of wonder and also a feeling of intense frustration because I wanted to know how this was happening. I wanted the inside scoop! It drove me crazy.
Both Jay and Matilda were interesting characters. Their romance was sweet. Not completely heartbreaking or breathtaking but a nice, sweet, even tempo throughout the book. It had moments of ups and down but they were over pretty quickly. The angst levels in this book were slim to none. I’m an angst lover, I feel like it livens things up, so I found the romance okay but not great.
The real magic (hah!) happens within all the twists and turns that occur during the story. Admittedly most readers will figure out the plots twists pretty quickly but there are still a couple of surprises in there and it’s a lot of fun seeing Matilda figure it all out.
“It’s like being locked in a world where violence is God and you’re constantly waiting to become the next victim of it’s wrath.”
This was a solid read for me. I loved that it was different and the story had more to it than the usual contemporary romance reads. The element of mystery (which hung around even after the book had ended) really set this book apart from others and made for a compelling read. So if you’re looking for something a little different, then this may be the book for you!
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