Book Review: The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Series, #2) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

The Player and The PixieDate of Publication: April 12, 2016
Genre and Themes: New Adult, Romance, Sports, Rugby
Format: 326 pages, ebook
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9781942874188
Characters: Sean Cassidy, Lucy Fitzpatrick

Blurb: 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?

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.

Warning: The following review may contains spoilers and the blurb will be longer than the actual review.

So I was imagining David Pocock as Sean with his adorable obliviousness and that huge, huge…..built! Totally swoon-worthy! I mean, he was supposed to be a first class a-hole here and his character just didn’t come out like that anywhere in the story. I mean, of course deep inside he was all good and shit but really, he’s like the best character ever! The rest were like bonkers trying to prove the opposite just didn’t make a case at all. He’s just so lovely with his soft, soft heart.

Me: Book character, marry me please.

I didn’t like Lucy’s character her at first and her ‘affliction’ was a bit of a turn-off but she kinda grew on me at the end. Also, she’s got an amazing best-friend!!!!

There are two people I wanted to kill in this story – Lucy’s big bro Ronan and her mam. Like seriously, what the feck ever! I didn’t remember Ronan being this obnoxious in the first book. I was like, huh? Was he really the MC Annie fell in love with in The Hooker and Hermit. It was like a total transformation.

Overall, I thought the story’s really smooth and consistent from start to finish. I’d loved for Sean’s aunt to turn 360 with her attitude but since the next installment’s preview will more likely be featuring more of Sean’s family – I’m guessing I’m okay with that minute detail not being resolved here. I really enjoyed reading this one and I guess, fans of the first book will do too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About L.H. Cosway
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite 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.

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About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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One response to “Book Review: The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Series, #2) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

  1. Pingback: Book Review: The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby Series, #3) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway | PADDYLAST INC.

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