When I saw that The Player and The Pixie was going to be about Sean Cassidy and Lucy Fitzpatrick I admit I had a moment where I did the whole blinking in silent disbelief thing, but rolled with it and then I read the blurb. Well, I didn’t make it past the opening bit before doing a snort/laugh combo and no one can blame me because how many books come out and tell you the male lead is ‘rubbish’ in bed? So of course it got bumped up the TBR list and when I finally dove into it, I laughed, cringed, growled, did the happy sigh thing and as the book came to close ended up absolutely adoring both Lucy and Sean!
Honest to God, I didn’t think I’d even really like Sean based on how he came across in The Hooker and The Hermit. Yes, I know you should never judge a book by it’s cover and all that, but he was doing a hell of a job holding on to the title of King of the Asshats and then I started to read The Player and The Pixie and he slowly, very slowly, started to win me over as I got to see what was going on behind the façade and find out that much of the reason he is the way he is, is because of how he was raised and was just never able to shake it off and be who he really is. The arrogance is well deserved, the guy is hot and an amazing rugby player (even Ronan agrees), but he has such a big, soft heart that when he finally lets it out all you want to do is hug him. He also has an interesting quirk that had me shaking my head but giggling at the same time.
I adored Lucy upon first meeting her in the first book and even more so after finding out that she had rainbow colored hair and a personality to match. She’s vibrant, kind and has a heart that looks for the good in people and typically finds it. She’s loyal to her brother to a fault and though she loves her mother, their relationship causes her anxiety level to skyrocket and it leads her to do things that she thinks she is hiding, but isn’t.
The road the their HEA was definitely a roller coaster of a ride and it pulled all the feels out of me. I liked how their first interactions weren’t necessarily on the up and up, but through them interest and attraction was built between them and even a strange sense of trust. And though their relationship started off in a very unique way, they ended up really getting to know each other and becoming friends The whole teaching Sean to be a better lover was actually pretty damn hot, after his less than stellar first performance, and loved Lucy’s confidence in her own sexuality. It really was refreshing to have the female take the lead. The issue with Ronan finding out about them was actually done well because while it hung over them like the Sword of Damocles, it didn’t overshadow their budding relationship and I liked how that whole issue was handled in the end.
The authors write so well together that I couldn’t even point out where one part ended and the other began it was done so seamlessly. The pacing of the story was great and the 1st person dual POV was done really well and I love the tweet convos that go on at the beginning of the chapters ~ and yes certain people do need to stop doing acid. I loved catching up with Ronan and Annie and really liked how the issues with Ronan and Lucy’s mom played out. Then there is Broderick. I know he isn’t a rugby player but I do hope we get more of him and get to see him with an HEA at some point. Eilish, Sean’s cousin who is more like a sister, was awesome and I can’t wait to get to know her better, especially after that little tease for The Cad and The Co-Ed at the end of the book.
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.
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.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.
Penny 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.