{Review} The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

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{Review} The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny ReidThe Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #1
Publisher: Cipher-Naught (Self-Published) on February 2, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 338




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Our Rating

4.5 Stars

New York’s Finest
Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
April 22
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!
You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy. Well, I have a confession to make…

THE HERMIT
Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.

THE HOOKER
Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…

THE PLAN
When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.
What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

The Hook: Well, obviously the title is what drew my attention to this book.  It didn’t even sound like something I’d want to read, but I checked out the synopsis anyway, realized the word “hooker” did not mean prostitute, and grabbed it from Kindle Unlimited.  Ronan is a star rugby player who’s behavior has landed him in some PR trouble, and Annie is an isolated, rather anti-social expert in redeeming damaged public images.  What Ronan doesn’t know is that Annie’s also a popular anonymous blogger who poked fun at his clothing and didn’t recognize him at all for who he is — she thought he was Colin Farrell’s muscled-up doppelganger.  So when the foul-mouthed athlete is paired with the mousey social media expert to do some damage control, only one thing can come of it…


The Verdict: Ronan’s not really the bad boy of rugby that everyone seems to think he is, but he’s no refined gentleman either.  He’s unapologetically straightforward, easily loses his temper, and is best known now for attacking his teammate for sleeping with his fiance.  Annie, on the other hand, is practically invisible.  She works from home 90% of the time, dresses like she wants to blend into the scenery, and secretly blogs like she’s the snarky feminist queen of celebrity culture.

Annie catches Ronan’s eye on the day of his first meeting at the firm where she works, and when her calculating boss notices his interest, she immediately pairs them up.  Ronan’s determined to get Annie into his bed, just as she’s determined to keep her distance — and neither is entirely successful for a while.  Ronan comes on strong, really strong, and as much as Annie would like to retreat back to the safety of her apartment, her boss won’t let her.

There were moments that I really didn’t like Ronan, and oddly enough, that’s a good thing.  Perfect is boring, and he was definitely not perfect.  The way he aggressively pursued Annie was the very definition of sexual harassment, and if she’d been so inclined, she could have cut him off at that.  But she wanted to redeem him in the public eye, wanted her boss to be pleased with her work, and couldn’t quite resist having Ronan around.  Fortunately for both of them, Ronan was also a good guy at heart, and Annie seemed to sense there was more to him from the very beginning.

For all her wanting isolation from the world, Annie wasn’t exactly timid.  Sure, she wasn’t at all comfortable in crowds, and she didn’t have much experience when it came to relationships, but it wasn’t because she was afraid of the world.  Her back-story was rather sad, a kid abandoned to foster care and rejected too many times, enough that she didn’t form attachments as an adult.  Ronan could identify with a little of that, though not nearly to the same extent, and even as they seemed completely incompatible on the surface, they both recognized something in the other that was worth getting to know better.

While Ronan’s “big secret” turned out to be something I’m generally not too keen on in my romance novels, something about the way it was written here didn’t send me off to start a different book.  It wasn’t overdone for shock and kink value, and I think that’s what made it fit.  And Annie’s pragmatic reaction to all of it was kind of hilarious.  These two were definitely made for each other.

If you like ’em hot and rough around the edges, you won’t be able to resist Ronan any more than Annie could.  The Hooker and the Hermit is a fabulously fun romance read, and I’m off to grab the rest of the series!

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
4 star rating
Style & Editing
4 star rating
Story Conclusion
star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating
  


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.

About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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