Friday, April 29

*** BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY *** The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid


The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid 
Publication Date: April 12, 2016 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Humor

How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him? The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series. THE PIXIE Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby. As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble. THE PLAYER Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone. His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick. THE PLAN Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal? Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love. 

My Review 

There's a reason that L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid are two of my favorite authors. If it's at all possible, their writing only gets better and when you put them together, it's just magic. I loved The Hooker and the Hermit, but they just blew me away with The Player and the Pixie. From the building antagonistic relationship to the panty-melting sex scenes to the swoon-worthy redemption, I had a smile on my face the whole way through. I loved it so much I started reading slower when the ending neared because I did not want it to end. Lucy and Sean have definitely become one of my favorite fictional couples to ever grace my Kindle. 

Lucy is Ronan's little sister from The Hooker and the Hermit. She's the outgoing, vibrant sister that Ronan is really protective of. Sean is the guy who seemingly stole Ronan's ex from him. Ronan and Sean hate each other. But there is so much more to Lucy and Sean than anyone knows. Both have struggles that they're trying to hide from people and at times even from themselves. When Sean runs into Lucy randomly one day, their banter from before starts to heat up in a way neither expects. As much as Lucy wants to hate the guy who has always been a grade A jerk, there are times that his facade falls away and she's really interested in that new guy. Sean wants to get to Lucy at first because he knows it'll annoy Ronan to no end. But when he actually gets to know Lucy, she warms him up in a way that he's never felt before. 

As Sean and Lucy spend time together during the short while he's in New York, they come to a kind of agreement. Ronan can definitely not find out and it's just going to be sex. Lucy soon realizes that underneath all the bravado Sean shows, there's a place that only she's privy to and only she can reach. But as time moves on, Sean and Lucy start to develop feelings that just aren't acceptable. Together they are a fierce combination of lust and love but neither can really admit so much without worrying about the fallout. And what a fallout it would be. 

I have to say that after reading about how horrible Sean was in book 1, I was amazed at how quickly I felt for him. There was so much depth to him and he turned into one of the most sympathetic characters I've read in a while. Lucy had her own troubles and she was the perfect mix of stubborn and sassy. I loved them each separately but together they were just beautiful. Both Lucy and Sean were wonderfully flawed and able to bring out the best in each other. The "problem" they faced was surprisingly unique and had me clutching my chest in sympathy but also fanning myself because of just how HOT it was too. Getting to see more of Ronan and Annie was awesome as well and getting a sneak peek into book 3 left me salivating for more.

Reviewed by Paige 

★★☆ 5 "Teach Me" Stars ☆★★ 

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L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite 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. 

Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories. 


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