The Hooker and The Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

February 16, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

The Hooker and The Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid five-stars
The Hooker and The Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #1
Also in this series: The Player and the Pixie, The Cad and the Co-Ed
Published by Self-published on February 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 369
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New York’s Finest
Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
April 22
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!

You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy.

Well, I have a confession to make…

THE HERMIT

Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.

THE HOOKER

Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…

THE PLAN

When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.
What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

TMTM Review
Reviewed LilyI remember when The Hooker and The Hermit was first released and the buzz that soon surrounded it. It wasn’t enough for me to get past my first impressions of the cover and the title. All I could see was a green over grown leprechaun / elf. What a dill I was, my hesitation thank goodness was relatively short lived.

What made me reconsider reading it? I never dismissed the book entirely, it has been among the books shelved ‘to read’ on Goodreads. When I am at a loss as to what to read, I will sort this shelve and checkout the books that have maintained close to a 4 star rating. There was another factor that swayed me to pick this book, I have read L.H. Cosway’s writing but I had yet to read a Penny Reid book.

Struggling to lift myself out of a book slump, I decided to opt for an audio book. What an awesome choice! This book had me smirking, melting and delighted at the mess the heroine found herself in. The plot is a comedy of errors that delivers two great people into a challenging scenario. They have to pretend to be in a relationship. I know, it sounds corny and predictable but it is anything but.

Listening to the characters was a treat. The narrators flowed effortlessly between male and female voices as well as the differing accents. It was so succinctly orchestrated. When I heard Ronan’s voice read by Lucy Rivers, he sounded slightly different but I could still tell it was him.

Ronan was a charming bad boy and Annie was every bit as ‘bad’ as he was, just no one knew! While his reputation was well known, Annie kept her activities on the down low. The banter between them is cheeky and fun. Underneath it all are serious reasons as to what drives their behaviour. There’s a bit of deception at play, but all justified. Well, Annie and Ronan convinced me as much.

I have to add I am not a rugby follower and that will explain my next confession for my misconceptions about The Hooker and The Hermit. I wrongly assumed who would be the hooker and the hermit. Yes, I know but I thought it might help others out there like me to know a hooker is a position on the rugby field. It’s also important to point out you don’t have to understand rugby or it’s culture to appreciate the story.

If I could have, I would have highlighted nonstop while I was listening to this book, so many good one liners but I was so engrossed in the story I didn’t want to stop listening to bookmark. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Hooker and The Hermit. It kept me entertained and was the antidote to my book hangover. In case you’re wondering what I now think of the cover, I’ll let you know I think it’s rather amusing, very clever and it now makes me smirk 😉

Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed CheekyIt’s official; I have a book hangover. No amount of Gatorade will fix this.

I am a voracious reader and have been underwhelmed of late with writers – even some of my favorites – who regurgitate ideas that, while good the first time, are stale by the seventy-second.

Enter The Hooker and the Hermit by LH Cosway and Penny Reid. Bad name. Great book.

First, I loved the humor. Loved it. It was enough, not over-the-top but kept it light.

Second, I loved Annie and Ronan. Relatable, deep, flawed, but redeemable and redeeming.

Third, the authorship was seamless. Two writers often feels like two writers. This doesn’t. Kudos to both Cosway and Reid for their obvious respect and partnership for one another and laying ego aside for the best of the work and the reader. I hope they partner again (hint, hint) for a rainbow-haired free-spirited woman and a staid ginger chef (hint, hint.)

I felt the story was organic, as was the chemistry and the conflict. I needed resolution a bit quicker as there was a little (very little) drag in the end. I was left with a few questions, but that only served to leave my head and heart in Annie-Ronan land.

Final thoughts: I want to curse like Annie and I want her bravery. I want a man like Ronan, who knows himself and his boundaries but isn’t written by a woman.

The only con to this book was Ronan’s, um, proclivities, which didn’t add to the story and honestly were a little distracting.

Favorite line:

“I would rather crash and burn in the flames of courage than sit in the comfortable, lonely shadows or air-conditioned cowardice for another second.

” Epic.

Overall, 4.75 stars which I will round up to 5. Go. Buy and read now – you won’t regret it.

Rating: 5 Stars

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