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.
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 will be the first to admit that Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway have yet to disappoint me in either their independently written books or books they have written together. I absolutely loved “The Hooker and the Hermit’, the first in this Rugby series, so needless to say, I have been anxiously waiting for ‘The Player and the Pixie’ to be released. Let me tell you, it certainly does not disappoint!
Lucy is so unique with her rainbow colored hair and is such an absolutely adorable character! She is brave, she is flawed, she is honest, she is loyal, and she has such a confidence in expressing herself that is certainly to be admired. What I loved most about her is what a relatable character she is. Like most people, she certainly has her own flaws and insecurities, but she realizes this and is working hard to overcome them. She is hoping to find her inner peace to help her combat her little ‘behavioral tendency’ resulting from her overly critical mother. Lucy is also very kind hearted, but doesn’t hesitate in her honesty with others. Her loyalty to her brother, Ronan, comes first and foremost -even if it possibly costs her the opportunity of a relationship with Sean. She would never risk losing Ronan’s love and support. Overall, Lucy inspires an inner confidence in just doing the best you can do at just being yourself. I only wish I had the confidence to be like her character and have rainbow colored hair!
Poor sweet and misunderstood Sean! I loved how he had so much depth to his character – how he hid behind this ‘cold’ persona but actually craved ‘warmth’ and love. This huge and tough man was so afraid to share himself with anyone other than his cousin, and it just took the right woman to give him enough of a reason to open up and take the risk. He was so mesmerized by Lucy and her uniqueness, and he just simply adored her and worked so hard to please her. He accepted her for who she was and didn’t judge her for her flaws, and she in turn came to offer the same to him. Sean was so protective and he had so much love to offer- I just thought he was great!
I can’t believe how much I am enjoying reading about the world of rugby in this series. Quite honestly, I’m not really all that familiar with the sport, but Cosway and Reid have blended it perfectly with amazing storylines, completely unique characters, and their fantastic humor. I really enjoy the dual character point of views as well, and everything combined has created a truly great read! I am totally sold and looking forward to their next book in this Rugby series – ‘The Cad and the Co-ed’ – to be released in 2017!
***5 Stars for Me!***
***ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***
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.
SEX! 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.