Review: The Nature of Cruelty by L.H. Cosway

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Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her life was when he moved away to London six years ago.

His name is Robert. He breaks the ones who love him. He’s always liked to play games with Lana, see how far he could push her. He once thrived on her pain, but no more. Now she’s coming to London to live with his sister for the summer and this time he plans on being her friend instead of her tormentor. But Lana is scarred by his past bullying. She doesn’t trust him, nor does she have any reason to.

When the two find themselves living under the same roof, they call a truce. This summer will change both of their lives, as they put their history aside and learn one another from scratch.

When fear takes over, we use cruelty as a mask. Robert and Lana’s story will see their masks slip away as the love they felt on the inside shows its true face.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

ebook
Published June 25th 2013 by Smashwords Edition
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This is my second L.H. Cosway book after Stand Life with Strings. I think there is similarity in it. And there is nothing new in the story and is also predictable, but somehow she can manage to make it into an enjoyable book. One thing that I really liked from her books is the place setting. Most of NA books I read take place in the US, but in her books I got Dublin, Ireland and London, UK. Yeah I know it’s because she lives in Ireland but her books were like fresh air regarding in place setting. Well…London isn’t a new place in the story, actually but through Lana, the main character, eyes I got something new and different.

I really liked Lana. Although she has illness which needs to pay attention all the time, she’s a strong, brave and independent girl. And I loved that she wants to try something new even when she’s kinda afraid to do it. It was easy to connect with her. The way she tells her story is so clear I liked being with her in the story. On the other hand, I have a problem to understand and be with Robert, her love interest. He was a bully, cruel and full of hate. I understand why he feel that way but I think it’s so cruel when he knows that he’s cruel but keeps doing it. It’s like his cruelty hundred times worse, if it’s possible.

Aside Lana, I also liked Sasha, Robert’s twin sister. Although she doesn’t have much story, I can see that she’s a unique character. There is one tiny thing that at first I thought it isn’t an important thing to the story but Lana keeps mentioning it and thinking about it. In fact, at some point, I feel like annoyed whenever she brings it to the story. But then, I got bigger picture why she keep thinking about it in her mind. Hence, I loved when she tells me that bigger picture. And I just love her speech about the Nature of Cruelty, at some point I can’t help not to agree with her. Her speech makes me round up my rating into 4 stars.

Result: 4 out of 5 stars

Review: Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

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My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?

Wrong.

Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published March 22nd 2014
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This book surprised me from chapter one. The main character, Jade Lennon is witty and straight forward. And beyond her appearances, I started to love her. She’s an awesome character. She knows she has flows and baggage but never once she gives up her life. She always thinks positive and lives her life freely and is a family girl. I especially love the way she thinks and fantasying things of her surroundings. She makes ordinary things become magical. No wonder Shane falls in love with her. As her love interest, I think he’s a strong character too. He completes her perfectly with his imperfect life. I just love how he gives Jade time when she asks him but never give up on her. There is also fate involve in their relationship. It surprised me, in a good way, unlike Just One Day. Their fate feels possible and understandable. Hence, I can buy their relationship easily.

Although the story feels slow, it was quite engaging to me, though in second part of the book it feels really slow and there were time when I want tell Jade to quit ignore her feeling. And since I’m not familiar with some of British words/phrases here, I have to look out to my dictionary to know their meaning. But it doesn’t make me less enjoy reading it because it’s well writing. In fact, in some part, mostly the part where Jade describes something, it’s written beautifully and so vivid I can feel her.

This’s surely one nice first encounter with L.H. Cosway books. I’m going to read her other books for sure.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars