Series: Rugby #2
Author: L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Release date: 12 April, 2016
Main characters: Lucy Fitzpatrick (the pixie with a peculiar compulsion), Sean Cassidy (the player with his own problems).
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).