Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Player and the Pixie! I absolutely adored this book – and the first one in the series – and just can’t recommend them highly enough. Keep reading to learn more and, if you haven’t already done it, make sure to enter the awesome giveaway below!
The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 12, 2016
Format: eARC, 326 pages
How I got it: From the 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.
Oh how much I enjoyed this book! After loving The Hooker and the Hermit, I had a pretty good feeling this one would be right up my alley as well, but you just never know. I mean, Sean wasn’t the nicest guy in the world in the first book, so there was always the chance I wouldn’t connect with him OR want him as a partner for Ronan’s sister, Lucy. But you know what? There was SO MUCH MORE to Sean that met the eye and (*whispers*) I just might like him better than Ronan. Ok, or as much as. You know I don’t like playing favorites. But I digress. Either way, this was a great book and, because I didn’t pay much attention to the synopsis before I started reading it, I was surprised to learn Sean really wasn’t the suave playboy asshole I thought he was after the first book.
I adored Sean. No lie. Sure, he’s a little gruff sometimes and he’s awkward and prone to saying the wrong things, but as you know, I like awkward characters. I found him endearing more often than I found him to be a jerk. There was a vulnerability to him that I loved, even if he hides it pretty well. While he was painted as this playboy manwhore (which wasn’t ENTIRELY inaccurate), he was really bad in bed. He just didn’t care enough to try to be a better man – or a better lover – until he met Lucy. Which all led to some awkward fumbling in the beginning but led to some hot AF scenes later on.
Lucy was a great character and a perfect match for Sean. We only barely scratched the surface of Lucy, too, in The Hooker and the Hermit. She was strong and called Sean (and anyone else) on their bullshit when it was warranted. She was struggling a little to find herself and figure out what she wanted in life. Of course, she was resistant to Sean at first because he was her brother’s nemesis – on and off the field – and she hadn’t seen through his exterior to the amazing guy underneath. After they spent a little time together, there was no denying the attraction and the connection there. I’m glad she didn’t resist for long. Because of that, we get a lot of together time with these two.
The romance in this book was fantastic. Lucy and Sean had great banter, tons of chemistry and a real connection. They were passionate, so the book was pretty darn hot. There was more than just sex to these two though. I loved how they grew together, once they both let down their guard. Sean was protective of Lucy, but not overbearing like her mother or brother. It was easy to ship these two, even if their relationship had it’s own ups and downs. Since they were frequently apart, there were lots of texts. Ridiculously adorable, flirty and downright sexy texts. I loved seeing their personalities come through in those as well. So yeah, basically I just loved everything about Lucy and Sean as a couple.
The Player and the Pixie was fun, sweet and sexy. I found myself literally laughing out loud at times. It was a pretty lighthearted read, but that didn’t stop me from having some feels along the way. I loved seeing more of Ronan and Annie. They’re still just so stinkin’ cute together. I said it when I reviewed The Hooker and the Hermit and I’ll say it again today – if you’re a fan of romances that are sweet, sexy AND make you laugh out loud, you need to be reading the Rugby series.
Right now I’m all aflutter at the thought of the third book, The Cad and the Co-Ed. There’s a sneak peek at the end of this book and OMG it sounds so fuh-reaking good. I think it’s going to start off as a frustrating read, but hopefully it will transition quickly. I have high hopes… but it’s not out until next year. *womp womp* So, the wait begins!
I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Why do women want to smell like cake? If I want cake, I’ll eat cake. If I want a woman, I’ll eat a woman.
“I don’t want to close my eyes when I could be looking at you,” he whispered.
I liked Sean Cassidy. I liked him with something more than just my vagina.
Lucy Fitzpatrick was my drug of choice, and has quickly become a necessity. I had no desire to complete rehab.
“The moment you walk into a room you brighten it, Lucy Fitzpatrick, and I for one feel like the luckiest bastard in the world for having known you.”
Have you read any of L.H. Cosway’s or Penny Reid’s books?
Which are your favorites?