I’m a big fan of L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, they were my very first romance writer crushes! Each of them alone or both of them together. And The Player And The Pixie is my favorite Rugby book!
Rugby Book 2
written by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway
narrated by George Allan and KC Sheridan
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.
The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be enjoyed as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.
Now, the story of this one is quite witty. We have your usual alpha manwhore, BUT…. he’s bad in bed. Really bad! So people-loving lovely Lucy, incidentally the sister of Sean’s arch-nemesis Ronan from The Hooker and The Hermit**, takes it upon herself to help poor Sean improve his woman-loving ways. Forbidden love is easily one of my favorite romance tropes. And this one does it all the justice!
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Now, let me be honest. I didn’t enjoy The Hooker and The Hermit, the first part in the Rugby series, all that much. A very big reason for that was George Allan’s narration. His Irish accent sounded very forced like he was trying extremely hard the whole time and I found that distracting. Fortunately, in this book, it’s an entirely different thing. Same George Allan, same accent, entirely different outcome! I think it’s due to the arrogant, cocky tone he gives Sean that this narration is extremely enjoyable.
I stopped counting how many times my heart broke for Sean who was so thoroughly misunderstood and simply acted the way everyone expected him to, embracing the reputation as a brutish snob. George Allan is an absolutely fantastic Sean, delivering his chapters in a way that made me easily picture this giant fancy dressed guy who was forced to give up on caring and instead just decided to be amused by everything around him.
KC Sheridan has an absolutely adorable voice and accent and is the perfect Lucy. She makes it easy to empathize with Lucy and her struggles and is such a nice counterpart to George Allan’s Sean. Her intonations and voices are wonderful.
I was so captivated by this audiobook!
I wholeheartedly recommend The Player And The Pixie and it works pretty well as a stand-alone too.