ARC Review + Giveaway: The Hooker and the Hermit by Penny Reid and LH Cosway

Posted February 17, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review + Giveaway: The Hooker and the Hermit by Penny Reid and LH Cosway
The Hooker and the Hermit
by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: 2 February 2015
Series: Rugby #1
Published by Smashwords
Pages: 369
Format: eARC
 

“A book containing quirky humour and a dirty minded hero is always going to be enjoyable; however, I expected something, more?” ~ Under the Covers

By day Annie Catrel is a recluse, a social media whizz who can make even the most despicable celebrities look like saints, all from the safety of her apartment. However, Annie is also has a secret identity…the Socialmedialite her online persona and the creator of the extremely popular blog New York’s Finest. Ronan Fitzpatrick is a the best hooker out there, on the rugby field he can do no wrong, it is life outside the field and the court of popular opinion he seems to struggle with. When he is sent to polish up his public persona, who better than Annie the social media guru to assist him…especially when Ronan can’t seem to take his eyes off her, and his dirty mind from fantasising about her…

I thought it was only in Historical Romances that people have conniptions… but apparently that isn’t true, when I heard that Cosway and Reid were writing a book together, I believe my reaction closely resembled a matching making mama who just realised her formerly plain/mousey daughter has managed to land the most eligible Duke in the ton. I was a tiny bit excited.

Which, is why I am a tad…disappointed! And it isn’t because I didn’t enjoy The Hooker and the Hermit because I did. A book containing quirky humour and a dirty minded hero is always going to be enjoyable; however, I expected something, more? Because, although I did like this, I laughed in the appropriate places, sighed lustfully in others, what it didn’t do was knock me socks off. Maybe I have been spoiled and I am to used to Reid and Cosway wowing me, Reid’s Knitting in the City series has never failed to make me fall in love and Cosway’s books always leave me contemplating the twist and turns the book has taken me. Maybe, The Hooker and the Hermit was just too conventional for what I was expecting.

However, although I was a little let down by this book, I think this is because my expectations were sky high, and it didn’t quite make it. But, if you want something with a sexy Irish hero, who has some deliciously filthy thoughts and a funny heroine, this is something you need to pick up and give a go.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I'm originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family. I work full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. I work a lot. I'm also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-5 and girl-3), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

I don't like to sit still unless I'm writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group... or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I'm trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months.

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.

 

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 favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

 

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne

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i’m often nervous when authors collaborate because sometimes the finished product ends up being less than what was expected…

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That happens to me when I get too excited about a book. It’s good, but I’ve put such high expectations on it. This one looks fun. Thanks for sharing!

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