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.
Oh my goodness, this is such a treat!
LH is a new-to-me author even though I’m pretty sure I have 3-4 of her bks from the Hearts series in my TBR pile *hangs head in shame*, but Penny isn’t. I’ve had the pleasure of reading parts of her Elements of Chemistry series, the first book in her Truth or Beard series, plus I have some of her Knitting in the City series yet to be read… anyhoo, I know I can count on Penny to give me humorous witty exchanges when it comes to her characters, and yay, I got that here too!
This is the second book in the series; I haven’t read the first one which is why I was twitchy when I first picked this up. It is a standalone but I don’t like reading out of order because just like most standalones, characters from previous book(s) are normally present and sometimes, the succeeding books end up giving away something from the previous one(s). I don’t think that’s the case here. Yes, it sounds like Sean has a lot of history with Lucy’s brother, Ronan, who was in the first book, and there were things that happen, but how much of a spoiler it is, I’m not sure. I’m still ok with it, and I know I will still read the first book, eventually, as I do want to find out how Ronan and Annie got to their HEA.
Anyhoo, Sean and Lucy are such a pair. It starts out as having that forbidden feeling due to Sean’s history with Ronan. They both have interesting compulsions. They realize there’s a connection there. And thanks to Sean’s lack of certain skills, an agreement was formed, a delish one at that.
If I can describe Sean in one statement, it’ll be that he’s like a big lug; an adorable, crass but well-spoken big lug. He is, anyway, especially when it came to Lucy. I don’t think I’ve read a H like him. It’s quite sweet to see his growth. And Lucy is just as endearing. She has her issues but she really is a sweet gal. There is a contradiction to her when it came to Sean, but I get it. On the one hand she’s confident how she handled Sean in the bedroom, on the other, there was that insecurity.
I really enjoyed some LOL moments when I read this, especially with some of their bedroom interaction in the beginning and some of Sean’s thoughts. Not just that, the humor throughout was well laid out, including the self-deprecating ones. I think I got just the right amount of sweetness, and the angst wasn’t overplayed. YAY!
So now, to get to Ronan and Annie’s story soon, and also getting a glimpse of the third book at the end of this book, I have more to look forward in the series. *happy dance*
L.H. CoswayL.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 ReidSEX! 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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