The Cracks Duet by L.H. Cosway

 

 TitlesA Crack In Everything (Cracks, #1) | How The Light Gets In (Cracks #2)

Author: L.H. Cosway

Age Group: Adult

Publication Date: January 30 & February 6, 2018

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.

Christina’s 4 Star Review

A Crack In Everything

The first of the duet, A Crack In Everything follows the lives of Evelyn and Dylan, two teens living in the projects. They had spent years passing each other, both at home and at school, yet never stopping to get to know each other. When Dylan needs a place to hide out because he is being pursued by a neighborhood gang, he pushes his way not only into Ev’s flat, but her life as well. When the two begin to spend time together, they find that they have similar goals, but as long as Ev’s grandma is alive, she is tethered to her life in the rundown apartments she has spent most of her life.

I immediately fell in love with Evelyn and Dylan. The supporting characters too played a pivotal part in the story, not only because of the friendships formed, but the loss of one of them that would forever shape their lives. The story is told from Evelyn’s point of view, and both of the main characters were interesting in a way I haven’t experienced before. Dylan has the ability to separate different scents, and uses the different fragrances to create his own. Evelyn is his muse; her flowers his tools.

The book gets off to a slow start but when it picks up speed, the love story between Evelyn and Dylan is sweet in its adolescent innocence. As you might expect, the book ends in a cliffhanger of sorts. It will be interesting to see just how much they mature during their eight years apart.

How the Light Gets In

In this second volume Evelyn and Dylan reunite eleven years later. The chemistry between the two is still very much alive and while Ev is not ready to pick up right where they left off, Dylan uses his charm and their history to pursue her. They have each grown and had nearly a decade to mature, so this time their love runs much deeper than it might have in their teenage years.

I’m giving the duet a four star rating. The first book started off strong and the second, well…didn’t. The pair get their happily ever after but there was really no plot. I’m not one for angst, but there were a couple of things that looked like they might have been some kind of twist (Laura?) but nothing comes of it. I did like that Evelyn and Dylan were able to make their way back to each other and they found their happily ever after.

I do think though that the story probably could have been told in one volume. This duet wasn’t my favorite of Cosway’s releases, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It is a contemporary romance that will appeal to many.

About the author

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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