The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid is the fourth co-written masterpiece in their Rugby series. A story of quirks and of kinks.
Josey Kavanaugh is the quirky girl, inappropriate comments, clumsy, blathering, she has said it all and put her foot in her mouth more times than she dare count. William Moore is the voyeuristic rugby player that gets caught up in a press scandal when a couple he "watches" spills the beans and begins a Will Moore smear campaign. The solution that comes out of the woodwork with the help of his teammates is for him to have a roommate to monitor his behavior and make sure he isn't tempted to go in search of another couple to watch.
The thing is, as with all of the books in this absolutely fabulous series, people are not just one or two dimensions. Josey is more than the clumsy girl with verbal diarrhea and Will is far more than a voyeur. His kink stems from his need to never hurt a woman by leading her on and, leading her on, to him, means having sex. He chooses not to, and gets off by watching people be intimate. Josey finds a safe place to be herself with Will who appreciates her odd humor and together they both cultivate the better parts of each other.
I absolutely LOVED this story - Will's kink was kinky, especially hen he translated all that energy and into the bedroom with Josey! Seeing Josey find her place was liberating. Enjoy!
I wish speaking out loud came with a delete button. How awesome would that be?
I cried so much after you broke things off that night, that I used all the tissue in the hotel room? All the Kleenex, all the toilet tissue. I used all the towels, and was tempted to use the edge of my sheet… Think of the trees, Will! And now I need more tissue, you selfish, cowardly coward! You’re killing trees!
My heart shimmered inside my chest. I was sure if they opened me up they’d see it glittering. That was how Will made me feel. Like a unicorn cupcake dipped in edible glitter covered in chocolate sprinkles.
I have enjoyed every book I have ever read by either of these two clever wordsmiths, whether as an individual effort or their collaborated labors. Singly or combined, their amusing arrangements of words are essentially a guaranteed promise to provide a smirk filled day of gleefully engaging and inescapable perusal as once I start one of their books I am rendered essentially incapable of stopping. I adored these devastatingly quirky yet highly endearing characters as well as the unique conundrums they caused themselves and each other. Written from a dual POV, the storylines were delightfully crafted, deviously insightful, swoon-worthily sexy, cheekily clever, and peppered with smart levity and gasp-inducing sensuality. I am always happiest when I can claim having learned a few vocabulary words, which is a boast I can yet again claim with my current new additions being the old-world words of varlet (an attendant, as well as a dishonest or unprincipled man), and muffin-walloper (a Victorian widow who spent her days gossiping and eating cake).
I have loved every book in this series so when this one released my excitement level was pretty freaking high! This writing duo gave me some of my favourite stories last year and this one did not disappoint. Told in a dual POV (my favourite) this time we get Will and Josey's story. We have met them both in previous books and have to say they had me hooked from the first page.
I adore a quirky girl and you don't get much quirkier than Josey. Inappropriate, socially awkward and the kinda girl who quotes old forgotten English words for fun. BUT she's more than that, she's kind, she's smart and she's fiercely loyal.
Will is the good guy in his rugby team, the polite, clean-cut, well behaved member of the team. That is until his dirty little secret comes out. One of the things I love most about the stories these authors write together is that characters are not who you expect them to be - appearances can be deceiving and that's definitely the case here.
Put the two together and hilarity ensues. They are a perfect fit for each other (even though they're opposites on paper) and a friendship is quickly formed. Some of my favourite moments in the story were their nights at home together with Will relaxing with Josey - both of them learning that they're perfectly okay just the way they are. Isn't that all anyone wants really? To be accepted for who they are.
Such a refreshing read, with plenty of LOL moments, seriously hot chemistry and the occasional moment that made me sit and think - a happy balance of sweet and heat. Definitely recommend. It's gone straight into my Favourites of 2018.
'The Varlet and the Voyeur' by LH Cosway and Penny Reid is the final book in their 'Rugby' series partnership. Both writers are wordsmiths and their humour, heart, quirkiness, life observations, focus on friendships, sexiness, strong plots/characters, were appealing. In this narrative, the issue of: the media's powerful influence over our thoughts and opinions, was highlighted and offered food for thought. Will and Josey were the MCs. Will, the voyeur?! On the outside, he was the strong-silent-type, controlled, taciturn and gentlemanly, but at the same time, very sexy. Josey was a gem - kooky, awkward, warm and a daggy chatterbox, whose inner dialogue was a hoot. The varlet title was hers (with several meanings including, 'attendant'). Will plus Josey equalled adorable and their chemistry was electric, but not before there were frustrating miscommunication issues. My favourite Reid series remains the 'Beard' series 😂, but 'The Varlet and the Voyeur' was a good book and readers who enjoy humour, combined with drama, should enjoy this trope. Personally, I felt each book got better and better. PS I'm totally with Josey re men's deodorant 😉.
Love this series. It took me a while to warm up to the way Josey spoke but once I got to know the characters I was thoroughly entertained.
Will keeps his thoughts to himself and is a quiet man of few words while Josey can't stop speaking every thought that enters her head. These two were so funny and sweet and perfect for each other. Really enjoyed this book.
Loved reading this book. Its the 4th book in this series and its a must read if you love sports romances. The characters Will and Josey are so cute and kooky together and the trials they go through will have you laughing and thoroughly enjoying reading the book.
I'm sad this was the final book in the series, but what a way to end it. Josey was so horrible in the last book, but the authors made her very likeable in this story. Will was wonderful. Sad to say goodbye!