The Hooker and The Hermit, L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid – Book Review

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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?

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SO, LET THE SQUEALING COMMENCE! Another mind blowingly awesome story by my favorite romance author of all time. Seriously, I absolutely adore Penny Reid. If you know me, you know I love Penny Reid. And, like I’ve said countless times on this blog before, she is absolutely, completely, irrevocably amazing at what she does.

Obviously, because I’m such a huge fan, I never let an opportunity to read her words go by. And, now, I can say that I’m a complete, true Reider because I’ve read everything by her. Yes, everything. I’m done with all the eight books in Knitting In The City Series (yes, there are in fact eight books, if you count one novella – novel for Janie and Quinn, one prequel to Fiona and Greg and one with scenes of all five couples from the series that have been published yet), all three in The Elements of Chemistry and the one which is out in The Winston Brothers series. So, really, all that I was left to read was this. And, now I’m finally done. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment because I am now a true ‘Reider’ (as I consider one to be only when they’ve read everything, and I do mean everything, by Penny Reid). Yes, I know that there’s a few short stories that I haven’t read, but we’ll leave those be because I can’t find them!

Though this makes me feel accomplished, it also makes me feel sad because now I’ll have to wait for her to release new stuff before I read something new. I mean, there’s always that Neanderthal Marries Human re – read which keeps calling to me, but it’s not the same. Nevertheless, I chose to dwell on the positive side of things.

Now that you realise that I’ve spouted about a hundred words and non of them have been about the book, and I’m truly sorry for that. So, we’ll delve right in and I’ll save my fangirling for later.

This story, oh my! I absolutely love it. I adore it. I want to keep it for the rest of my life. It’s just smack dab amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, mind blowing, phenomenal, awesome, breathtaking and whatever other synonyms you can find in the dictionary. I absolutely love it. Just, so, so much.

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That’s me by the way, with the lovestruck look on my face after I’m done reading this because this story left me in a daze, truly. It was just so amazing from the get go and there wasn’t a fraction of a second where I wasn’t 10000% invested in the book or the story or the characters.

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Yes, it is. It is absolutely beautiful and gorgeous. I love it. Like, I’ve already said about a million times now. Forgive me, my blogging skills aren’t up to par with one Annie Catrel, so you’ll have to make do with this.

Anyway, back to the story. It’s intense and funny and cute and adorable and smart and sexy all rolled into one perfect package for anyone who can see the brilliance shining within. And, no I am not exaggerating. Not in the slightest.

The characters are quirky and witty. They keep you on your toes.

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They’re smoldering and sexy and make you feel all hot and bothered.

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But, at the same time they’re so freaking loving that you melt in a puddle of goo just reading about them.

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See what I mean? They’re all entirely too amazing for their own good. I don’t even know what to say! They’re just ridiculously perfect. I love them!

Speaking of love and characters, let’s talk about their story huh? It’s amazingly well written and so well articulated that you will be in awe. The words flow so smoothly and the structure of the story and the plot line is practically flawless. The character interactions – all their body language, dialogue, actions are superbly written. Amazing screenplay is what it was. I loved it!

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And, the characters. Well, they’re always the best. Annie is like a sort of reflection of me? In a way, I guess. I totally identify with her in her social phobia. I mean, give me a book and candy and I’m wayyyy happier that I would be at a party or a social gathering. So, yeah, on some level, I do identify with her. I share her preference for baggy, dull clothes and avoidance of confrontation. She makes me feel good about myself because, hey! There’s a character in a story by my favorite author and she is so much like plain ole me! That thought makes me super excited. But, in so many ways, Annie is so much more than I am right now. She’s smart and witty and brave and strong. She isn’t afraid to voice her opinion and calls people out on their shit as she sees fit. That makes me adore her all the more. So, yes, she’s like my role model at the moment. I aspire to be like her. I wish I had the strength she had. Because, Annie Catrel is one of the bravest and strongest people I have met and she’s just amazing.

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Ronan, then, huh? Ronan is smart and hot and sexy and hot and good looking and sexy and handsome and hot and loving and kind and caring and sexy and hot. Did I mention he’s hot? Or that he’s absolutely too sexy for his own good? Because he is. And he has such a dirty mouth. Really. It was a pleasure to read 😉 But, apart from being hot and sexy, he’s clever and witty and loving. He’s so passionate about everything in life. His sport, his family and his girl. He’s a little hot headed, but hey, he’s allowed to have flaws, okay? Besides, he’s all smokin’ when he’s jealous and/or possessive, so I don’t really mind it that much. He’s a complete alpha male, all dominating and controlling. But, he knows how to make a woman feel good about herself and how to make her feel loved and wanted. He’s got a way with words that will totally render you speechless and breathless and wanting more. So, yeah. Next book boyfriend or what?

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Coming to their relationship, it’s off the charts! It’s raw and passionate and love and need and forever and happily ever after. It’s so, so, so amazing. They’ve got such chemistry, you want to drown. They’re an inferno, really. It makes your heart hurt (in the best way possible) to read about them. It makes you happy and sad and hopeful and just so, so, so in love with the idea of a relationship like theirs, it’s humbling. They’re so good to each other. So in sync with what the other wants or needs, always their support system, standing by them when needed. And, they get each other. In every way. Mentally, emotionally, physically, you name it. It’s like this connection that they have is so strong and undeniable. They were truly a match made in heaven. I believe that really, really strongly.

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So, the long and short of this is that I LOVE THIS BOOK! If it were a person, I would marry it. And, if you’ve not read this, you are seriously missing out on what could be the best experience of your life. Just sayin’.

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I love this book more than I love this GIF of a shirtless Matt Bomer. And, I can tell you, not many things in the world can beat a shirtless Matt Bomer.

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“My love… I want you free. I want you wild. I want you brave. I want you anyway I can get you. I want you now, and I want you for the rest of my life.” – Ronan Fitzpatrick

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5622223L.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 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.

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Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Website | Amazon

5997227Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Goodreads | Amazon | Twitter | Facebook | Website | Pinterest

P.S : None of the images are mine. Thank you, Pinterest. And the talented people who made all these beautiful edits. They’re breathtaking. ❤

Happy Readings, people! ❤

Drop me a line to let me know how you liked my review. And, which is your favorite book by Penny Reid and/or L. H. Cosway. I would love to hear from you guys!

Until next time,

Love,

Prags! ❤

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