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How the Light Gets In (Cracks Duet, #2)

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Published 06 Feb 2018
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Publisher L.H. Cosway

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 instalment in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

"How the Light Gets In (Cracks Duet, #2)" Reviews

Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
Sat, 10 Feb 2018

“I don’t really want tea,” he murmured.
“What do you want?” I asked shakily.
“You,” he replied.

The conclusion to the cracks duet continued to hold my heart in its hands. A beautiful story filled with beautiful people and a broken love trying to fix its cracks.
A timeless love story that can be appreciated for different things by different people, give Dylan and Evelyn a chance, they won't disappoint.

the flower doesn't dream of the bee
With more reasons that one, this story reminds me of the movie La La Land. The bittersweet feeling of finding yourself whilst finding love, all with the passing simplicities of life bring this book to life. I salute the other with the way she can string normalities and the mundane limits of life into a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscing both childhood love and finding your soul mate.

"There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in."

I want to state that even though there was a significant time jump, we got to see the characters mature with their voices and personality. We also got closure on some other characters so the remaining questions from book 1 are all answered in one way or another. I enjoyed reading about how the two main characters (Dylan and Evelyn) had key aspects that the reader could correlate to them as children and that's what made the story all the more realistic.
“I missed you,” he went on sadly. “For so long I’ve missed you.”

it blossoms
““It’s always only been you. It only ever will be.”

Love is a messy, colossal thing. It changes people, it leaves scars and it leaves dark clouds over peoples once cheery auras. This book shows that so well, and it is one of the first contemporary romances that has ever addressed that love isn't all sunshine and butterflies and strawberries and unicorn shits. It shows how a person can change by falling in love, in both positive and negative ways.
I do want to state the slight something that didn't allow this to be a five star read, and that was personally, I found the dialogue and the monologue of the characters to be a bit cliche at times. This was only a small aspect but at times, it got me wishing it could have been dropped altogether.
"I wasn’t ready to say goodnight. When it came to Dylan, I’d never been ready to say goodnight."

On another note, we got to see mature Dylan *eyebrow wiggles* and you know what that means ladies and gents! It means we got a whole lot more sexy and the adult in new adult ;) In all honesty though, I loved how both characters matured and the author didn't paint them in a harsh light, but in reality. They were shown to be older with the way they approached subjects, the way they looked etc.
"He cast me an amused look. “You’re in a sassy mood tonight.” He moved closer, his lips at my ear when he breathed. “Maybe later I’ll fuck it out of you.”

and the bee comes.
“You’ve been mine since the beginning of time, Ev."

The writing in this book was beautiful, and once again - there were times when simple words took my breath away. Also, after this book I'm pretty sure I will never look at perfume the same again. And next time I go out shopping for a 'new scent', you better bet your ass on my explaining all about the top, middle and bottom notes.
"Everything had been so wonderfully effortless between us, so perfect that we’d ruined each other for anyone else."

This book taught me a lot of things. It taught me to never let someone else define you, and to define yourself primarily. Although this is one of the most cringiest and cliche things that can ever be said. In all ways, it's true. More people need to know this, and a lot of people do. But, I fell for the way they found each other through finding themselves.
Sometimes the world isn't going to give you what you want, sometimes you have to fight for it. There are ugly things out there and sometimes there isn't a lot we can do about it. But it's the little things that count.
"I didn’t hate the world. I didn’t see the cracks. I saw all the beautiful, flawed and wonderful parts that held them all together."

- Mount Joy, PA
Sun, 30 Sep 2018

Only this time ... I didn’t see the cracks.
Please note: This is book two of a duet, in which book one ended on a cliffhanger. If you have not yet read “A Crack In Everything,” you may not want to read any further.
Dylan and Evelyn are now adults, as eleven years have passed since book one, and I am still completely in love with these two characters. Their chemistry is delectable.
I didn’t think it was possible, but Dylan got even more adorable, more swoonier. He officially has been placed on my ‘book boyfriend’ shelf. I can tell you that shelf is looking mighty fine!
Evelyn, well let’s just say, she needed a kick in the behind, but still as humorous as ever.
I would have loved a bit more drama in their relationship this time around, as I live for angst, but found the storyline to be utterly enjoyable and just as beautiful!
"Each perfume I've created was inspired by you, Ev. Synaesthesia is you in the morning, when you've just woken up. Wildflower is you when you dance. E. V. is you when you smile. Limerence is how I love you. And Hiraeth is ....
Gah, upon gah!! You need to read for yourself what Hiraeth stands for in Dylan's life. It will melt your heart and turn you into a pile of pure mush!

Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
- Lawrence Township, NJ
Wed, 18 Oct 2017

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}
The way he looked at me was all-consuming. Most people could only dream of being looked at in such a way. And there he was right in front of me, his eyes telling me I could have him if only I was brave enough to reach out and take. He made me weak. He made me want. Every part of me fizzled with the need to feel his touch, to touch him.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN picks up eleven years after where the first installment ends. YES. ELEVEN YEARS!! I may have screamed and cried a bit!! Oh, so much time lost for our Hero and Heroine. You could feel just how much in love this couple was and for them to lose over a decade of being in each other’s universe felt like the biggest travesty!
Evelyn is twenty-nine and has been living in New York with her Aunt Yvonne for two months. After her Gran passed away, there was nothing left for Ev in Ireland, and her Aunt convinced her to come to New York. Yvonne sets Ev up with a bartending job at a restaurant she manages. Eleven years after her tragic loss, Ev still has lost the joyous and carefree soul that used to reside within her. She has been wandering aimlessly through life, but she’s in for a shock when Yvonne invites an unexpected guest for dinner…Dylan! She’s completely stunned, and a little embarrassed by how her life has turned out because Dylan pursued his dreams and has become a highly successful entrepreneur. His fragrance line is sold all over the world at his chain of high-end fragrance boutiques.
She tries to keep Dylan at a distance, but the man is determined more than ever to have her back in his life. He lost her twice and there’s no way he’s letting Ev slip through his fingers again. Every time they are together you can almost feel his adoration pouring out from the pages of the book. I fell even harder for Dylan. What I couldn’t understand was why Ev kept trying to fight it and why at times she almost seemed resentful, when she was the one that sent him away all those years ago. I wanted a Heroine that was more deserving of his love.
Here are my overall ratings on the book:
Heroes: 5
Heroine: 3.5
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN releases on February 6th!

Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
- Redmond, WA
Wed, 27 Sep 2017

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

"There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

Eleven years after Evelyn let Dylan go she still hasn't found equilibrium. The heartbreaking event in her teenage years has hardened her, gone is the sunny girl who could light up the room with her personality. In her stead we find a closed off, world-weary Evelyn. Until coincidence brings Dylan back into her life. Both of them now in New York, they fumble to fuse the broken strings of their once tight-knit young love.
Dylan is now the producer of his own perfume and a successful businessman. His wealth hasn't changed him and he still looks at Evelyn with starry eyes. I have no words for how perfect, how sweet, wonderful, endearing and amazing he is. His love for Evelyn, even after such a long time, is in every word, in every gesture and I was hoping that Evelyn would sort herself out soon.
I saw the stark, blatant honesty in his words and mourned for all the time we’d lost. Mourned because I had been lost in mourning. We both had been. He had to leave when he did. I had to stay when he left. Our paths diverged, first one, then two.

Unfortunately, old habits die hard, she is locked up in her little world of gloom and it takes Dylan a lot of gentle and loving prodding to get her out of the funk. His infinite patience with her was nothing short of astounding.
Evelyn has left Ireland to live with her aunt after her gran died and she had nothing left in Dublin. She works at the bar her aunt manages and has given up growing flowers. The color has left her life on that horrible day eleven years ago. Little by little and with Dylan's tender love and care, his open affection she first finds fragments and then bigger pieces of herself. It was so good to see her coming back into her old self.
I loved Dylan and Evelyn's connection. They had such a solid friendship, their banter underscored it. I was so rooting for them. And oh my, Dylan was sexy as sin and temptation personified. How Evelyn resisted his loving and sensual onslaught, I have no idea. He is one of the most romantic characters I've every read about. His sweet gestures killed me. Every. Time.
“Each perfume I’ve create was inspired by you, Ev. Synaesthesia is you in the morning, when you’ve just woken up. Wildflower is you when you dance. E.V is you when you smile. Limerence is how I love you. And Hiraeth is how I’ve felt for eleven years without you in my life.”

HOW THE LIGHT COMES IN is a satisfying conclusion to this duet. In my opinion this is L.H. Cosway's best work so far, at least out of those I've read. The language is wonderfully lyrical yet modern, fitting the main characters' creative talents.
The scent was . . . sophisticated where once there’d been the naivety of a novice. It was . . . glorious, sumptuous, a medley of wonder.

Both installments are strong in their own way. The first has the foreboding of things to come and enhances the quality of the love all of the characters feel for each other. The second has the angst of unrequited love although we all know it has always been there for both the hero and heroine. Both installments together are a supremely emotional, sublime, exceptional, even a little life-changing story that will leave a lasting impression. I have no idea what to do with myself at the moment - I know that these books will stay with me for a long time.
I glanced at the man beside me and fell in love even deeper, because he’d flicked the switch. He’d turned on the light bulb in my mind, shown me a new way of thinking just like he did when we were teenagers. Only this time, I didn’t hate the world. I didn’t see the cracks. I saw all the beautiful, flawed and wonderful parts that held them all together.

Thank you, Ms. Cosway, for sharing your wonderful talent and Dylan and Evelyn with us, thanks for giving me the chance to read this wonderful duet.

KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
- New Zealand
Tue, 06 Feb 2018

MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog:
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: Is the second instalment of the (Cracks Duet) by L.H. Cosway. This is a continuation of Evelyn's and Dylan's story. A second chance romance.
This jumps drastically eleven years after 'A crack in everything', Dylan and Evelyn are no longer young teenagers. She's only briefly seen him when he was twenty two during a stop over, now he's thirty and conquered all his dreams he'd set out to accomplish in 'A crack in everything' owner of many successful perfume franchises.
After her Grandmother died nothing was holding her back to stay in Dublin and moved to New York with her Aunty Yvonne who set her up with a job and let her stay with her in her apartment again.
Once these two reconnect after so many years apart Dylan shows Evelyn in so many ways that he still loves her, even when apart he was still carrying a torch for her. Evelyn it seemed needed a bit more convincing, and this is where a wee bit of frustration for me came into the story, his love for her was pouring off the pages, everything he did was based on his feelings for her, so that in itself made it hard to understand why she didn't commit to him a lot sooner than she did. But all in all it made for a good read. I enjoyed his unwavering pursuit.
Here was a man who had once stolen my heart, who had once been my whole entire world. Now we were virtual strangers.
These characters captured my heart in ‘A crack in everything’ and getting to reconnect with them all again in this book was priceless it felt like coming home after a long trip abroad. Needless to say "second chance romances' are my guilty pleasure lately I can't seem to get enough of them, so I'm glad I got that fix with this book. Once I hit the 'Epilogue' the feels yet again came rushing at me, such a beautiful high note to leave off at. Once I started this I couldn't put it down, I loved how it all came full circle and really hope we get to read Conor's and Yvonne's story.


Rachel Reads Ravenously
- Los Angeles, CA
Wed, 07 Feb 2018

4 stars!
I really enjoyed this duet by LH Cosway and will be sitting here waiting for her to publish more books as soon as humanly possible!!!
This duet wrecked me and for that, I cannot put any coherent words together. Instead I shall give you all a gif casting and the assurances that you need to read these books!
My reviewer laziness has hit an all time high!!!! But for reals, read this book.
copy was won in the facebook group The Blissful Bookies. Thank you to LH Cosway for my gifted copy of this book! It did not affect my review in any way
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