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The Player and the Pixie: Volume 2 (Rugby) Paperback – 16 Apr 2016
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Plot: Lucy Fitzpatrick has a very famous brother. It could be said that she’s overshadowed by him. Her mother dotes on him and criticises her constantly. Despite the situation, she loves her brother Ronan as he is the only person in her life she can rely on. That’s why when she bumps into Sean Cassidy, Ronan’s arch-nemesis, she tries not to be intrigued by him. She tries not to see beyond his nasty veneer and definitely doesn’t want to be his friend. Nope, absolutely not.
When Sean witnesses Lucy’s compulsive (and very illegal) behaviour in public, he promises not to tell anyone if she has lunch with him. What’s a girl to do? The last thing she expects is to have fun with him. She spots a troubled, yet kindred spirit underneath the surface and finds herself unable to hate him. Sean Cassidy is trouble.
Sean Cassidy hates Ronan Fitzpatrick and would do anything to get one over on him. When he first meets Lucy, he expects her to be exactly like him, but she’s not. Despite the multi-coloured hair and free-spirit attitude, Lucy is a soul in distress. When their friendship spills over into mutual attraction, Sean fears he’ll have to admit his own personal issues in the bedroom. Maybe they can help each other with their respective problems…and if it pisses off Ronan in the meantime, so much the better.
Why you should read it: God I loved this book so damn much. It’s a short read (or maybe it seemed short because I inhaled it!) filled with great dialogue, quite complex issues for the main characters and the premise was so damn hot. I never thought I’d enjoy a story about a hero with difficulties in the bedroom, but gah! It was so incredibly hot. Lucy ‘teaching’ Sean was so toe-curlingly sexy, that I could not put the book down. I loved the humanness of the characters and the lack of unrealistic drama.
What you might not like: Not much – for me it was spot on. Sean was sweet, lost and defensive at times. Lucy was struggling to do the right thing and going against her own better judgment. Sometimes this gets overplayed in books, but it wasn’t the case here. Did I mention how much I freakin’ loved this book?
Rating: 4/5 for a thoroughly satisfying, sexy, funny read. It was adorable and L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid write so well together. I will definitely read The Hooker and the Hermit (book 1).
The Player and the Pixie is a stunning book. The characters, how they work, what motivates their actions and speech, their pasts and how they perceive themselves all combines together into this wonderful, enlightening and hope-inducing love story. It's so fascinatingly unique in how Sean and Lucy deal with sex and stress and fear, with those issues being written insightfully and with great sensitivity by both authors. The writing is utterly seamless, Lucy was just a terrific balance of incredibly confident but neurotic; sweet but fierce whereas Sean was so complex; lonely but never alone and kind to a fault but still a little snobby in his actions. Two misfits, all alone, tirelessly fight their own daily individual battles, come together so beautifully, finding strength and understanding in the other, as those that surround them try to shred the good in them.
'"I'm too big and imposing to be beautiful."
"Is it?" His eyes search mine. "Most beautiful things are delicate, so fragile that even to look at them feels like they might break." He whispered this last part and I found myself catching my breath. It felt like he was trying to tell me something; that I was the delicate, fragile thing he described.'
To sum it up succinctly. The Player and the Pixie is phenomenal. It gives good laughs and good head. Go forth, purchase and swoon.
In The Hooker and the Hermit we are introduced to Sean as a pretty vile piece of work. But through the events of The Player and The Pixie are hearts are warmed to Sean and we find ourselves rooting for him to win against his own demons and get the girl.
Lucy is a free spirit with a hidden secret. Something she and Sean have in common. Lucy is a very likeable main character and I found myself relating to her often throughout the story. I can also admit that I had to read my kindle through my fingers at some points for fear of what was going to be said or done.
LH and Penny have managed to present Sean and shown him warts and all, but where the true gift lies is in that we love him because of these flaws, not in spite of them. I can honestly say I absolutely loved every minute of this book and really hope they are revisited in the third book of this series so we can see how they are getting on together.
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I started reading the first book in this series a year or so ago and couldn't really get into it but I saw the blurb for this one and couldn't resist.Read more
-snort out loud funny) at the fourth reading as it was when you first read it!Read more
I can't say I absolutely loved it, but it was fun, Plenty humor and lots of hot moments.Read more
I loved Sean. Right from the start, you could tell that the Sean we were introduced to in the first book,...Read more
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