Blog Tour (Book Review): A Crack in Everything/How the Light Gets In by LH Cosway

Title: A Crack In Everything/How The Light Gets In (Cracks Duet)
Author: @LHCosway
Reviewer: Grace
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: January 30 & February 6, 2018
Rating: Book 1 – 4.5 Stars, Book 2 – 5 Stars

A Crack In Everything  Goodreads
How The Light Gets In Goodreads

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

A Crack In Everything

How The Light Gets In

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.
Grace Review
Among the walls of low income housing, gangs and bullying, comes a sweet and unexpected love story.

Usually when I read young adult stories, they are filled with teen angst and bad decisions. Sure, this story had moments of jealously and self-doubt, but the heart of the story is the growing friendship into a beautiful relationship between two teenagers, Dylan O’Dea and Evelyn Flynn.

Dylan comes into Evelyn in dramatic fashion, barging into her apartment while hiding from a local gang trying to “recruit” him. Despite being separated by one year in school, they quickly form a friendship. And from there, their story blooms.

Dylan holds nothing back from Evelyn, being upfront with his attraction. Despite her own attraction, Evelyn is more cautious. But with time, they find comfort and passion.

I really came to love Dylan’s character. He doesn’t play games with Evelyn. He shows a maturity most young kids lack and makes it clear that Evelyn is his and he has eyes for no other. On top of that, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, with a plan to leave behind the Villas in search of his dream. That dream centers on his unique sense of smell. In one sweet scene, he uses this ability to create a sweet gift specifically for Evelyn.

“. . . I can only see my dreams clearly when I look through you first.”


“I just feel like any achievements are pointless unless I have you by my side.”

See!! He is the best!

Other than Dylan and Evelyn, this book has a host of an amazing an unusual cast of characters – Sam, Evelyn’s gay bff; Amy, the goth; and Conor, who is mixed race and in love with Evelyn’s aunt, Yvonne. Together, this odd group of friends find ways to make the best of their time and avoid danger, when possible. But if you read the synopsis, you can expect that not everything is rainbows in this story. And my heart hurt a lot when I finished.

As book one in a duet, you can expect a cliffy. However, the author has planned out both books well in advance, releasing them one week apart. And lucky for me, my ARC has both books, so I don’t have to wait for answers.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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.Grace Review

Grab a seat ladies (and gents, maybe), let me tell you about my newest book boyfriend, Dylan O’Dea.

This is book two in a duet (warning, book one spoilers within), and if I thought Dylan was amazing in book one, my impressions of him were just blown away in book two. He literally could do no wrong. He is all that and a bag of chips. And I’m claiming him NOW! *sticks out tongue*

Why do so many women turn to romance books?
They want that escape.
The fantasy.
The perfect man to sweep them off their feet.
Yes, romance and the readers who buy it have morphed over time, but at the basic level, that is what readers are looking for (what is deemed as the perfect man may vary by reader).
Reading this book, I think readers would be hard pressed to not fall for Dylan and his witchy ways.

This book focuses on Dylan’s quest to win Evelyn’s heart back. If you read book one, you know that he really didn’t break her heart. He did what she asked. He tried to move on. And years later, has come to one conclusion . . .only one woman owns his heart. Now he just needs to convince her to give him another chance.

As good as Dylan is in this book, I wasn’t sure about Evelyn. There are so many moments in this book where Dylan makes a great gesture or statement that had me melting. Yet Evelyn holds back.

I couldn’t figure it out. So yeah, I may have wanted to slap Evelyn up a little bit.

With time, even Evelyn comes to realize that she is an idiot and starts to let Dylan into her world. On the friendship side, they reconnect easily. The romance comes later. But that just gives us more grand gestures from Dylan.
The perfume.
The necklace.
(both have bigger meaning, which I won’t give away)
Gahhh!!! I literally wanted to jump in my kindle and scream “take me now!” LOL

I could go on and on about Dylan. But I’ll leave you to discover the rest. Just remember, “MINE!”

– Grace

*An ARC was received 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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