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The Player and the Pixie: Forbidden Love Sports Romance (Rugby Book 2) Kindle Edition
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.
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.
- ASIN : B01DPMWBFQ
- Language : English
- File size : 551 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 307 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 133,331 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters were well drawn and interesting. I may even start looking at rugby players differently, as in they're more than just muscled brutes. ;-) Generalising here, but, what can I say, I'm not into sportsmen.
This book was a bit surprising in that the macho, 6'8" rugby player wasn't very skilled in the sack. I don't remember ever reading that scenario where the guy wasn't beyond amazing when it came to the horizontal play. I guess we don't read romance books for their realistic portrayal of men and women, or relationships, or life in general.
The writing is fluid and well paced, and there was no dialogue that made me cringe, so I didn't mind the first person, alternate POVs one bit.
Good job, L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid. I couldn't tell who wrote what parts, so that means it was another successful, smooth collaboration.
I think Penny and L.H. make the perfect team, they complement each other very well and they also seemed to adapt their styles to make one, coherent story which as a reader I'm grateful for. If it was too different, too trying to be stubborn and loyal to just their own styles it would ruin the whole flow of this book and damage the wonderful characters they've created. Luckily that didn't happen.
Their characters are flawed, funny, sexy, and very likeable (even when they're not being likeable). I want to be their friends, ALL their friends!!! And I can't wait to read more . . .
This story though wasn't as humorous as those I am accustomed to coming from the mind of Penny Reid. However, a good read nonetheless.
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What I was intrigued by was how on earth Reid and Cosway could portray Sean Cassidy as anything but vile and to think of him as likeable seems a stretch at first glance. I know a hero isn't always likeable but some redeeming factors are needed to engage with a lead character in a romance. I am pleased to report that Sean Cassidy did not have a personality change, yet I was able to dig deeper into who Sean was, why he riled Ronan and how Lucy, Ronan's sister could possibly see him as suitable boyfriend/bed-fellow material.
Lucy was true to her rainbow self, bright, intelligent but kind and giving. You just can't resist liking Lucy; she engaged me from page one. There is a storyline running through this book, between Lucy and Sean that is quite brilliant, fresh and funny.
As with Hooker and Hermit, the writing between the two authors is seamless. You cannot tell where one author begins and the other ends. I would say that this book didn't hit quite as many humour buttons as book one, but it had more poignancy in the characters and their situations. It started a little slow for me but quickly picked up pace and I thoroughly enjoyed what these two favourite authors of mine can do when they get together. Keep them coming!
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).
This is book 2 of the rugby series and could be read on it's own, but I recommend you read book 1 first.
Lucy is drawn to Sean who plays rugby for Ireland and Sean is drawn to Lucy. Unfortunately Lucy's big brother Ronan also plays rugby for Ireland as the captain no less, and he hates Sean's guts. The feeling is mutual.
As Lucy finds herself falling deeply, she is torn between loving Sean and being loyal to her brother.
Both Lucy and Sean have some personal issues but it is these that really bring them together.
I really felt for the characters in this book and the storyline weaves it way through the various relationships perfectly.
Lucy has an unfortunate compulsion which if revealed would embarrass her brother as well as getting her in trouble with the law. Sean a good looking and successful rugby player also has problems, firstly he is obnoxious and secondly he is rubbish in bed, the first may not be unusual in a romance but the second is.
The idea and people are unusually interesting but the whole thing dragged on and there were a number of loose ends ignored.