Published by Smashwords Edition on April 12th 2016
Series: Rugby #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: eARC from Author
How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?
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 Player and the Pixie is the second book in the Rugby by author duo L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid. I am so excited that I read this book. Yes, I loved the first book in the series, but even more so this is my first 5 star book in a while. I have been on a 3.5 star reading kick for about a month now it feels like. It isn’t what I would call a reading slump by any means, because I have actually been reading a ton lately, and I have been enjoying the books, but I just haven’t really been crazy in love, over the top excited about a book for what feels like a while (but in reality might only be a couple of weeks AKA about 20 books ago.) The Player and The Pixie changed all of that! I freakin’ loved this book. We are talking top books of 2016, loved! I liked it more than the first book in the series, which was also excellent by the way.
The Player and the Pixie is the story of Lucy and Sean. Sean is the resident jerk on the rugby team and Lucy is the sister of the guy that Sean is the biggest jerk to- Ronan. (you might remember him as the guy that broke up Ronan and his ex girlfriend from book one.) Yeah, there is no love lost between those two. But Lucy is like a breath of fresh air. She is just so sweet, with a side of spunk, that it was adorable to watch her get under Sean’s skin. There is just something about the two of them together that I could not get enough of.
Penny Reid is one of my favorite romance authors to read because she is so incredibly talented at creating chemistry and fantastically real characters. Every single one of her books should be made into RomComs. I would marathon watch them all! And as much as I love Penny Reid, I equally love her writing with L.H. Cosway. I told myself this after I read the first book in the series, The Hooker and the Hermit, and I am telling myself it again. I need to read her other books! In fact, they are going on my wishlist this moment.
Ok, this is about to get weird. One of the things that I loved the most about Sean and about this book, was the premise. You can tell from the summary, but I just think it was so totally unique that this huge player and sports athlete womanizer would have this problem. I just loved that this was the route that the authors chose to go. It was unexpected. I have not read a book that took this tack, and I completely loved it.
Bottom line: Sean and Lucy, and The Player and the Pixie, are one of my favorite books couples of the year. They are so great together. I honestly can’t imagine anyone not loving them. If you have not read this book, you are missing out. It is as simple as that. This book is a must read for fans of romantic comedies and contemporary romances. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. It will be a re-read of mine for years to come.
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