The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

June 11, 2018 Book Review 0 ★★★★½

The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid four-half-stars
The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #4
Also in this series: The Hooker and The Hermit, The Player and the Pixie, The Cad and the Co-Ed
Published by Cipher-Naught on June 11, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 410
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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)
William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)
Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally getting her shi… uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLANWhat he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.What she needs is an apartment with free rent.Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him. Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th (and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

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.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

 

By Sparkles

I refuse. I simply refuse to accept that The Varlet and the Voyeur is the last book in the Rugby series. This is just unacceptable! So, Mmes. Reid and Cosway, you better come up with some more stories for these rugby players STAT.

Will, the silent, stoic farm-boy brick house has fascinated me from the very beginning. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who was shocked by his voyeuristic side!!! Did I say shocked? Well, I actually meant intrigued… I totally loved Will, because he was a gentleman, he was also considerate and sweet, and he totally melted me with his understated sexiness. Also, lots of muscles, so yeah.

Josey was a hoot. She was a bit all over the place, but I actually liked this about her. She was charming in a quirky, hilarious-verbal-diarrhea-y kind of way and her thought process had me laughing my butt off.

I really loved how Will and Josey got to know one another, and how their relationship evolved. Their chemistry was fabulous, and their connection just made me enjoy them more.

“I had sex with Will. Not just sex. I had the best sex of my life with Will. Maybe the best sex of anyone’s life.”

Unfortunately, their main issue was lack of communication when their feelings for the other started to change, and this particular kind of issue drives me up the wall. So, that part I did not totally love, but still, they were so cute and adorable together that I could, mostly, ignore my frustration at their communication deficit and I only found myself wishing to slap some sense into them a couple of times.

The Varlet and the Voyeur also touches the topic of how the public opinion can be swayed by the media, even if what it’s out there is not true and even when refuted, things are never the same again and someone’s character can be forever blemished.

Funny, sexy, sweet and with some seriously hot sextivities, I enjoyed this story and I really can’t believe is the last one in the series. All of the books have been fantastic and will stay in my favorites-for-rereads-list, Will’s naughtiness included. Then again… these two writers could come up with some new players, yes?

Rating: 4.5 “Not accepting this is the last one” Stars

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Excerpt:

*Will*

When I saw how spotless the shared living space was, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and peeked my head into her bathroom, Rocky dancing around my feet as I entered the space. The counters were covered in woman-products, but the marble surface and sink were free of water spots, and the glass of the shower had been wiped clean.

I glanced at Rocky. He glanced at me. Bemused, I chuckled to myself, about to turn back to the door, and that’s when I spotted it.

A dildo.

A big, Pyrex dildo.

With ridges.

In the shower.

I froze, blinked, and I stared at it, my brain sluggish. Oddly, I had to remind myself to breathe. Likely because I was . . .

I was—

I was shocked.

I shook myself, tearing my eyes from it and rubbing my chest where an odd kind of pang was spreading mild warmth up my neck.

But why was I shocked?

Why should I be surprised?

Despite my never seeing her that way, Josey was a woman and women have needs.

Don’t they?

I hadn’t grown up around women—any women. My mother died when she had my youngest brother. My grandmother died before I was born. I had no sisters. We lived on a farm, way out in BFN Oklahoma.

Girls—women—and their bodies were sacred lands of the unknown to us Moore boys.

Unbidden—completely unbidden—an image of Josey flashed through my mind’s eye. Her full lips parted, her big eyes closed, causing her thick black lashes to catch droplets of water before they dripped over her sharp cheekbones. Her head would be lolled back as shower spray melted bubbles of slippery soap, sliding down her bare skin as they dissolved. Her legs would be parted, and maybe one hand would be braced against the wall of the shower while the other moved in a steady rhythm.

Holding that huge, glass dildo.

I swallowed a sudden rush of salvia and, unable to help myself, I leaned closer to the sex toy, examining it and comparing its size against my own.

I was bigger.

But not by much.

And for some reason, this realization made me instantly hard.

Crap.

Of course I knew Josey was a woman, but until this moment, I’d never really thought of her that way. Not even the tampon-mountain drove the point home. Up until this point, she was someone I liked as a person, someone who made me laugh, who was smart and compassionate, someone around whom I felt completely comfortable. A good—no, a great companion.

She was still all of those things, except—

Except now I’ve pictured her naked.

Meet Penny Reid:

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Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Connect with Penny:

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

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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.

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Website: www.lhcoswayauthor.com

four-half-stars

About Sparkles

Don't let her sparkles fool you, give her an Epic Epilogue or she'll take you down with her ninja moves...

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