Joint ARC Review: The Player and The Pixie by LH Cosway & Penny Reid

18 Apr 2016

Book Title: The Player and The Pixie
Author: LH Cosway & Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #2
Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports

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.


Let's admit it ladies & gents, having a collaboration between these two amazing, witty authors by the name of LH Cosway & Penny Reid was like a wet dream came true for a lot of us. Ever since we fell heads over heels in love with The Hooker and The Hermit, it was already written in the stars that this power duo can do no wrong. 

The Player and the Pixie was just everything we love from an easy, fun loving read. Not super heavy on the angst but just enough to get the 'ole heart strings a pulling!

Sean Cassidy is one of those heroes you really truly want to strangle, slap, and kick in the jewels. Then you learn the reasoning behind all his antics to keep people at bay, and you want to grab ahold of him and hug the living sadness out of the poor soul. He kind of reminded us of a dog kicked and kicked who finally bites everyone first in self protection, expecting that kick and wanting to be the first to ward it off. Yes, he was a certifiable a$$hole but it took a quirky rainbow haircolored girl like Lucy to see beneath his growl, his bite, and see the wounded puppy inside. 

I always tried to believe everybody had the potential to be good, to be redeemed. But this guy might just be the one to prove me wrong.

Lucy Fitzpatrick is Ronan's sister from The Hooker and the Hermit. She is a blogger and chases around stars for a good paparazzi shot for the blog. Sean is known from The Hooker and the Hermit to be the Grade-A douche-canoe who was caught shagging Ronan's fiancee, So not a lot of people will venture into this book loving Sean. He's painfully misunderstood until Lucy strangely understands him...

The Player and the Pixie has a certain plot device we have never encountered in a romance novel and boy, did we freaking loved it! We're going to refrain from spoilers but lets just say that both of us were laughing hysterically at Sean's expense (we'll never get over the 'carpet' rubbing!) . What a uniquely refreshing spin that will surely have everyone really feeling sorry for this poor manwhore fella. That being said, you've been warned that this book probably isn't safe for public consumption- unless you want to get the funny looks (consider yourself warned!) because we learnt that the hard way *winks*. 

Lucy herself has some deep seated issues. Sean has observed them himself and maybe, just maybe, their similar shortcomings or ways they cope with inner stresses in this world, can amount to mutual understanding and camaraderie. Maybe... if she would give him the time of day! But Lucy hates rugby.

So it takes just the right person to understand Sean, however, Sean is also Ronan's archnemesis and fellow Rugby teammate. If Lucy came even near friending that man, Ronan would certifiably lose his mind! How can Lucy withstand her pull to Sean for not only friendship but also their physical attraction? And how can she get everything? Happiness, love, and not at the expense of family loyalty? Can she have it all?

This book was an all-around super enjoyable read about two emotionally flawed people who find just the perfect fit to balance those imperfections. It's wildly entertaining and it's a read that will leave you bursting with emotions. Definitely a top recommendation from us both and will be making its way to our top 2016 reads! We leave you with one of our favorite scenes from the book. 

"I missed you.” (...) 

"When did you miss me?” 

“Until now. Until right this moment.” I pressed her palm between mine, studying how we fit together, how my large hand swallowed her much smaller one. "I think I’ve always missed you.” 

We were quiet for a moment and I felt her eyes on me as I examined her fingers. Her nails were both perfect and atrocious. The polish was chipped, the edges uneven. She needed a manicure, but only if she wanted one. “I think I’ve missed you all my life.”


Advanced copy received by authors in exchange for our honest review.


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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