Friday, April 22, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY - The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

The Player and the Pixie
(Rugby #2)

L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid 

Publication Date: April 12, 2016 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Humor


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?

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.

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.


I don't even know where to start. Firstly, I am a fan of sports romances so this book is already has a plus. Second, I love anything Penny Reid writes! She is one of my all time favorite authors. So, when she decided to write a series with LH Cosway, I knew it will be amazing. Thirdly, this story was unique! I've never read this type of story before when an attractive, sexy as sin, manly guy can be so bad at seducing women in bed. It was filled with hilarious, sweet, sexy, and steamy moments all wrapped up in this present of a book. 


PLOT LINE - Forbidden romance? Check. If you read the first book, Hooker and the Hermit, you will see a couple return in this book. Ronan and Annie! Yes they will have a cameo. Ronan Fitzpatrick is a teammate of Sean Cassidy and the big brother of Lucy Fitzpatrick. Since, Ronan and Sean are not on quite friendly terms, Lucy has to choose to follow this connection with Sean and keep Ronan in the dark or not even go down that path. This story will take you on this journey filled with twists and turn of a friendship that formed under interesting circumstances. The player Lucy thought, was not really a player at all in the bedroom. He may be sexy as sin...but he just does have the skills in the bedroom. With a few lessons here and there, the friendship may turn into something more. 

CHEMISTRY - Damn..their chemistry was off the charts...burning...sizzling...melt off your panties kind of hot! Not only do they have differently personalities and their own quirky ways of dealing with situations. They have this one thing in common. A thing that lead to a second meet-cute between Sean and Lucy, which lead to a sort of kind of date/dinner. But all you need to know about is that there is a spark. may be clique but don't you want to feel this attraction you have with a guy. What better way to describe this burning sensation every time he touch your or when he's near you, a spark! 

When Lucy and Sean are thrown together again...the lessons on pleasing women in bed will be all sorts of sexy. Having a play by play of what to do...oh boy...*fanning oneself* gets pretty hot. You can't help but feel embarrassed for Sean at times. It's just all so darn cute. YOU WILL FALL FOR SEAN! Or at least I hope you will because I did! You can't help get to see a different side of Sean you least expect. While Lucy has her own set of problems, I love how Sean will try to help her as well. That's what you kinda need in any formation of a relationship. The give and take, I got your back if you got mine sort of deal. 

Overall, it's such an amazing read. It's one of those books you have to go back to read your favorite scenes...and end up reading the whole book again. Can't wait for the next one in the series! :D 




I didn’t know what I was doing.

Requests, things I wanted, words I would never speak or allow myself to think were now uncontainable.

It’s the sex, I reiterated. Again. I’d used this explanation, now on repeat, as a simple justification for the complex cacophony of my mind.

“Be with you?” Her long, dark lashes fluttered, beating like distressed butterfly wings against warming pink cheeks.

I licked my lips, tasting her there. “Yes.”

She stared at me, confused. I was also confused. And oddly frightened.

Because it wasn’t the sex.

Several seconds ticked on as we studied each other in breathless silence. She found her voice before I did. “What does that—”

“Lucy?” Annie’s voice was paired with a soft knock on the bathroom door. “Are you okay?”

I opened my mouth to whisper a clarification to the question Lucy hadn’t quite posed, because I was compelled to tell her it wasn’t the sex. We didn’t have to have sex. We could just . . . talk. Or play cards. Or touch. Or look at each other from across the room.

We could merely be together.

But she covered my mouth with her hand. Her features arrested with unmistakable panic.

“Yes. I’m fine! I just . . . started my period is all. Made a mess in my jeans, like a crime scene.” Lucy hollered in response then grimaced. She immediately mouthed I’m sorry to me. Her cheeks flushed red.

I lifted an eyebrow. She rolled her eyes, ducking her head with obvious embarrassment. I pressed my lips together so I wouldn’t laugh.

Issuing me a quelling look, Lucy released me and skittered out of the stall, whispering, “Stay here and count to three hundred.”

“Oh! Do you need anything?” Annie’s voice was less muffled and I surmised she’d opened the bathroom door.

“Ah, no. Have it all sorted now. Thank God Tom has these nice absorbent napkins instead of those troublesome hand driers. Although I feel like I’m wearing a nappy. They’re bad for the environment, so I should talk to him about replacing the napkins. Maybe make a few available for emergencies . . .”

Lucy’s anxiety-riddled chatter faded as the bathroom door clicked shut.

I released an audible exhale. My heart was beating as though it might leap from my chest. I needed to catch my breath. Neither had anything to do with being caught.

What the fuck were you doing?

It was the sex. She’s phenomenal in bed. You’ve never had that before. It was just sex.

I nodded, reiterating the logic of my justification for the uncharacteristic behavior. If I repeated it enough, perhaps I would believe it.

I didn’t count to three hundred as instructed. I counted to one hundred and twenty-three, then realized what I was doing.

“You’re mad, Sean,” I muttered, shaking myself and promptly leaving the ladies’ room. I checked the cufflinks on my dress shirt—a nervous habit—and strolled back to the table, eyeing the assortment of eejits gathered.

L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite 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.

Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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