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

Review: The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny ReidThe Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Publication Date: February 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
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Synopsis

Synopsis

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?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

“I don’t always want you tied up.  I want you free.  I want you wild.  I want you brave.  I want you any way I can get you.  I want you now, and I want you for the rest of my life.”

Swoon away and get ready for the ride of your life.  L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid have written the most wonderful, funtastic, love-filled read. I had serious cheek aches from laughing and smiling my way through The Hooker and the Hermit.

“I am legendary in my field. I am the best at what I do.”

Annie Catrel is sharp and witty, well-educated and a killer business woman.  She is at the top of her game at Davidson and Croft Media.  Her outward appearance may scream, “I still haven’t had my first cup of coffee”, but her talent and ability to sway clients makes up for all of that.

“He looked just as yummy as an eclair, but with an aura of dark vulnerability that made me want to cuddle him and make him tea and kiss him alot.”

Ronan Fitzpatrick is the ‘hooker’ for the Rugby League International. He is well-known in the media and in female circles as the hot rugby player that can’t be caught. He loves to have a woman for a while, and then let her go. He hates people getting into his personal life. He can, evidently, be a class-act jerk.  But on the flip side we learn that he has a soft spot for his mom and sister.

And so the story begins…

Annie has just run into the most gorgeous and well-built man. He seems to be a celebrity, but she really has no idea. The only thing she does know is that he will make the perfect specimen for New York’s Finest, the Socialmedialite, to blog about, and this makes her more excited than a kid on Christmas morning.  After being introduced to New York’s Finest, we quickly realize that this is no ordinary blog…it is hilarious!!  Laugh out loud, jump up and down, fist pump in the air all-time-fun-time.  However, in what we will come to know as true Annie fashion, her posts always offer an opportunity to support a charitable organization.

“It seemed like my life was being controlled by faceless people sitting behind computers writing stories about me, and I was sick of it.”

When the rugby and social media worlds meet head-on, the collision brings us the most intriguing sport in the game of love.  The Socialmedialite has truly outdone herself in her posting of Ronan.  She is proud of her latest poking, but Ronan is infuriated that the media has struck in his life, yet again.  He has just come through a very awkward and public break-up, and is in no mood to tolerate this type of perceived harrassment.  Taking matters into his own hands, he replies to the illustrious SML.  His reply is to the point and curt, with a sprig of bitter thrown in to make it hard for her to swallow. Then, he’s off to to a meeting with a new PR firm to fix the mess that has been displayed to his fans and the world.  In an awkward turn of events, we watch as he meets the most beautiful woman who is equally attracted to him.  Annie knows who he is, but can’t stop herself from gawking at him. He is dreamy to her, in an annoyingly sexy way. After receiving his response to her blog site, she should be aggrivated, angry, even outraged with him.  But we find her in a trance to the Irish rugby player.  She continues in this mesmerized state while her boss drops the bomb that she will be working very closely with Ronan. We are standing on edge when she opts to return Ronan’s email, expertly taking him down a notch. And like a child who had his ball stollen on the playground, he fires back. We are, at this point, in utter hysterics.

“I would rather be alone that be left again.”

Annie continues trying to avoid Ronan, but he will have none of that. We watch as he goes after her and tries to pry open the top that has her closed off.  Unfortunately for him, she’s not budging. However, he now holds the key to reaching her, and soon after our fading heroin of social talk has her own key that unlocks the mystery that is Ronan Fitzpatrick.  As this part of our story progresses, the authors paint a more clear and true picture of our two main characters.  Annie has two sides to her…the cat with claws who can pounce in an instant, and the cute, but frightened kitty who runs when cornered.  We also get better acquainted with our Prince Charming as he figures out Annie’s identity but continues to pursue her.  Meanwhile, Ronan and Annie continue to be flirtatious with one another, tip-toeing around their attraction, until their play is exposed. Then their relationship takes on a new twist and we can tell that this is going to be risky in more ways than one. They are challenged throughout many turns in the path they take, but we find that each new challenge brings greater understanding, and hope that this will carry through to the end.

I loved everything about this book!  Let me count the ways….unending and endearing humor that had me laughing, smirking, and feeling giddy from cover to cover. Sexy and delicious Ronan. He was hot, protective, loving, and seductive. Sweet and timid Annie.  She was exactly the type of woman needed to complement, not tame, Ronan.  You cannot pick up The Hooker and the Hermit, begin reading, and leave feeling sad. Even in the lower emotional moments when Annie spoke of her hesitancies in life, I still had faith that the end result would be something beautiful.  Who else gained my affections?

Lovely Lucy, she was like the icing on the cake.  She added sweetness, flavor, and that unforgettable, good to the last drop taste sensation.  Her viewpoint of Ronan was cute and sweet, a little like when you see an adorable baby and just want to pick them up and squeeze their cheeks. I was initially heartbroken at the intrusion of Ms. Fitzpatrick into this fairytale. She was Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, and didn’t want to allow Lucy to dream, love, or be loved. But, as this relationship was resolved I forgave her for her selfish ways, and embraced her as more than a frenemy.

“All that matters is that I have you.  The rest is background noise.”

When the insatiable antics began to fade and Ronan and Annie became more serious in their dialogue and actions I was floating like a cloud…up, up, up.  I melted into a pile of Ronan-goo each time he said, “Oh, Annie, what am I going to do with you.”  I read it as, “Oh Annie, you unfortunate, sweet girl. I love you!”  I was electrified reading the scenes as they connected on every level possible and pushed away all inhibition to embrace each other. It was steamy and arousing!  With each new sexual encounter their words became more provocative. They were no longer playing games, but establishing boundaries for pleasure. Because I had so many good feels in the initial part of the book, I forced reading through the touchy parts near the end, not because the writing was bad, but because I had already adopted this couple in my mind and couldn’t consider an alternative ending for them. My cathartic state was crashing before my eyes, and I was left hanging in the balance that was tipping over the edge of a too-steep cliff.

Then I was up and doing a happy dance, spirit fingers wiggling in the air.  Great ending to a wonderful read!  The Hooker and the Hermit was a tempting mixture of naughty, nice, and never-made-me-laugh-so-hard- in-my-life read. I loved it like dark chocolate, rainbows, unicorns, and watching shooting stars.

A comical quote from a scene in The Hooker and Hermit that made me snicker, but also hit the nail on the head as to my feelings of the story…

“It’s top shelf.”

5 Stars

About 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.

About 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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