The Player and the Pixie – [Review]

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The Player and the Pixie - [Review]

The Player and the Pixie – [Review]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
Published by Caped Publishing
on April 12, 2016
Genres: Humor, Romance, Sports
Review Copy Provided By: Author
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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?

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.

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 was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

Review TPatP

❝ I just like a good underdog story, that’s all. Every stray deserves a chance for love.❞

So good! So very good. I love these characters, I love these authors … I just … love!!!

Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway have blown me away, again! ‘The Player and the Pixie’ is the second book in the Rugby series and I never thought I could love the follow-up as much as I loved the first, but much to my surprise, I did.

The concept is completely original. The idea that a man — who is described as a manwhore, is completely inept in the bedroom, was so exquisitely delicious, I ate it up! Sean Cassidy is an extraordinary character. He saunters through life pushing others away, hiding behind his cocky attitude, snarky comments, and ridiculous sexiness. But he isn’t happy. He is cold. So he searches for warmth in nameless women, one night stands that provide temporary distractions. The problem? He has sex like a racehorse. He races to the finish line with blinders on, ignoring everyone around him until he wins his prize. But he did wonder why he was the only one winning?

❝I’m beginning to doubt women are capable of climaxing. The great female-orgasm myth…❞

Lucy is a kick ass heroine! She’s full of witty comebacks, smart as a whip and not afraid or embarrassed about her sexuality. Yet, Lucy has lived her life in the shadow of her brother, Ronan. She is under constant scrutiny from her mother … about her appearance, her weight, her hair, her job, you name it, she does it wrong. The only person she feels is in her corner is the one person she idolizes, her brother. Ronan is her hero. She would never do anything intentionally to hurt him. But when his nemesis is the one guy Lucy can’t stop thinking about, she knows she is going to disappoint someone.

❝ 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?❞

Pleasing others never really mattered to Ronan, until Lucy and suddenly he is as wrapped up in her “instructions” as he is in her. But all good lessons come to an end. And when they had reached theirs, Sean knew he had changed. Lucy had changed him, she had begun healing that sad, lonely, dejected boy that resided within his soul. He needed more, he needed Lucy.

The Player and the Pixie was funny, the banter between these two was hilarious. Their escapades between the sheets, hawt! My only criticism was I felt the latter 1/4 of the book lagged. There was so much build up and steam in the first 3/4 it felt like the book took a turn, a shift, and the focus changed. But with the first part easily being a 5+ rating for me, the latter part didn’t come close to changing my opinion of the book.



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About 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.

About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis 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.

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