The Player and the Pixie
LH Cosway & Penny Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Date of Publication: April 12, 2016
Number of pages: 326
Word Count: 99,510
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.
Penny Reid has become one of my go to author when I am looking for a story full of not only romance, but snarky dialogue and over the top characters. But when she pairs with L.H. Cosway, magic happens. This second book in the Rugby series was so fantastic, I hated to have to put it down.
Lucy Fitzpatrick, younger sister of Ronan, our hero from book 1, is now living in New York, working with Annie on her blog. Life is looking up, she has a job she likes, living far away from her mother and is working hard to get her life together. Unfortunately, she has had to go back to Ireland for her brother's end of the season squad party. This puts her back in her mother's sphere and causes Lucy to once again fall back into her compulsion of shoplifting unneeded or wanted items, for a bit of stress relief. It's at the party that she runs into Sean Cassidy, her brother's nemesis and the sparks start to fly. What worse is Sean catches Lucy in one of her klepto moments and blackmail's her into dinner with him.
Sean comes off as an incredible douche bag. In fact, Lucy tells him he is acting that way, (so it's not just me!) The way he treats women and deliberately goes out of his way to antagonize Ronan, Just his entire entitled attitude is horrible. I didn't think I would like him very much. But then we got into his head, and spent some time with his family and find out what makes him tick. Slowly, just like with Lucy, I couldn't help but fall for Sean. He has this sweet side for those he cares about, that is so endearing. Plus that whole getting her to help him out in bed? Sexy as hell. Seriously. I really liked these two together. They each brought out the other's better qualities.
I was once again disappointed in the lack of Rugby to be found in the book. However there was a small scrim towards the end of the book that helped to make up for this lack. I had a great time reading this and gave it 4 stars.
Thanks to Penny Reid for the opportunity to read and review the book.