The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #2
Also in this series: The Hooker and The Hermit, The Cad and the Co-Ed, The Varlet and the Voyeur
on April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
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.
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.
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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
WARNING: Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to drink beverages while reading this story unless you enjoy liquids going up your nose and/or splashing on your kindle screen.
What I’m loving about this series is that just like The Hooker and the Hermit, The Player and the Pixie was funny, witty and downright hot at times. It also had some great messages:
“Human beings are flawed, and all we can hope for is to work toward making ourselves better. Not perfect, just better.”
“Beauty comes in many forms, and the strong, powerful kind is the most admirable. It’s easy to be weak; you simply do nothing, but strength takes courage and effort.”
It’s safe to say I really dug Lucy. Yes, she was a bit flighty but she also was honest, candid, sweet and caring. And she did what no one else had done: she looked behind Sean’s apparent snobbish and cold persona and gave him a chance.
Sean was a poor, lost puppy I wanted to equally fiercely hug and kick in the head repeatedly. He could go from sweet and considerate to aloof and closed off in the span of a second. At first he comes off as a complete horse’s-arse, but little by little as we learn how he was raised everything starts making sense… and you’re back to mostly wanting to hug him.
“What will it take to get you to relax and enjoy my company?” he asked. “Do you want me to buy you something?”
“A car, maybe?”
I blinked at him, stunned. I was stunned because he was completely serious.
“Well, that escalated quickly,” I mumbled under my breath, still shocked.
“What’s your favorite color?”
“You’re not buying me a car.”
“Because, why would you?”
“Because I want to.”
“It’s weird, Sean.”
“No, it’s not.”
I scoffed. “God, you’re completely out of touch.”
“I agree. It’s a terrible problem. I should touch you.”
Sean’s approach to life is rejecting everything before it can reject him, and he is quite the expert at pushing people’s buttons. Especially Lucy’s big brother, Ronan (the Hooker) his team captain. Constantly under the shadow of perfect Fitzpatric, he doesn’t lose a chance to antagonize him. Basically, Sean and Ronan hate each other’s guts.
After a series of events leads them to meet time and again, Sean finds out Lucy’s compulsive problem. This in turn, lets Lucy discover Sean’s… shortcomings in the sex department. And the deal is struck, Sean will keep his mouth shut and not send Lucy to jail and in exchange, Lucy will teach Sean how to deliver on the promise that is all his hotness.
I spent half the book on the verge on peeing my pants, and the rest with a goofy smile on my face. Lucy and Sean were completely adorkable together and I really like how the authors got me to completely fall for Sean, even when he was such a duck at times.
I felt the feud between Sean and Ronan, and the difficult situation it put Lucy in, was a bit more angst-inducing than it should have been. I mean, for God’s sake, Lucy is a grown woman and both Ronan and Sean could act a little more grownup too and not like overgrown capricious 5-year-olds.
Still the story had a great pace and it kept me completely hooked from start to finish. The sexy times were off the charts hot and steamy, I laughed my ass off. So I don’t recommend this if you have a light sleeper as a bed partner or you’ll spend half the night stuffing pillows on your face so you don’t wake up the house.
Sparkles’ Rating: 5 Bubble Butt Stars.
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.
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 3 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing and the tiny overlord).
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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