Wednesday, February 11, 2015

**Review & Giveaway** THE HOOKER & THE HERMIT by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway



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Tour: The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid






SYNOPSIS:



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? 


The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.
 











REVIEW:

            



It is no secret that I have a huge book crush on Penny Reid.  You might say I went a bit over the top after reading Beauty and the Mustache (one of the best books of 2014, btw) and gorged myself on everything Penny has published in a short amount of time.  Her writing is so unique; it is witty and funny and she knows just when to hit you with humor and heart stopping emotion.  Penny Reid is the perfect combination of heart, humor and heat... or so I thought until The Hooker and the Hermit!  Now, I know that Penny Reid is amazing all on her own, but when you combine her writing with the writing of L.H. Cosway that my friend, THAT is the combination of AWESOME!  

L.H. Cosway is a new to me Author (I own, as it turns out, a few of her books on my Kindle) and The Hooker and the Hermit may have just launched her to the top of my "must read all books by this author" list.  L.H. Cosway's writing really blended beautifully with Penny Reid's.  Reading this book you would never know that two people wrote this book.  Their styles mesh well and each Author enhances the other to create the amazing story that is The Hooker and the Hermit!  

Just reading the blurb for this book, I knew I was going to love it and I was not disappointed.  The Hooker and the Hermit is the type of book that makes you love reading all over again.  The story was fun, the characters were unique and the chemistry was off the charts!  Ronan and Annie were a pair that I fell instantly in love with and I truly hope that we get to see these two again (in a spin off, in a novella, anything).  I am addicted to these two and I find myself going back to things I highlighted in this book almost daily.

Ronan is the bad boy of Rugby and is in New York for some much needed time away from Ireland and his team.  The instant we meet Ronan I had insta-lust.  He is rough around the edges, doesn't care what others think of him, has a bit of a temper, has a sweet mushy center and has a filthy mouth that will make you blush!  Ronan's character was so much more than I expected.  I loved peeling back his layers and watching him with Annie, learning about how his heart works and getting inside his head with the dual POV in this story.  (Have I mentioned his dirty side?  Sigh.  It's a good one).  Annie was a treat to read.  On the surface she is a very quiet person who hides away from the world but knows how to redeem even the baddest reputations.  She likes to blend into the background and doesn't have close friends.  What you see with Annie, isn't all there is to her.  At home in the privacy of her sanctuary, she has another side of her that is snarky, sassy, open, brutally honest and super funny.  Annie is also an internet famous blogger and seeing how she can open up via the internet as a shield was fascinating.  Annie doesn't let people in, she doesn't let people get too close and then Ronan comes along with his dirty mouth, hot eyes and charm and the fun begins.

I loved this story!  L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid together make one incredible team.  The cast of characters, the emotions, the heat and the humor in The Hooker and the Hermit will win you over within the first chapters.  If you have never read a Penny Reid book or L.H. Cosway book you are in for a treat!  If have been lucky enough to read these authors in the past then you are in for an amazing evening of reading (I dare you to read this in more than one sitting) and falling in love with these two writing together.

The Hooker and the Hermit is my first 5 star read in 2015 and I have a feeling it will stay a favorite for months to come.  Go 1-click this today!!

**If you haven't read this book yet and want to read along with a fun group of ladies (I am going to re-read this one) The Blushing Reader Book Club on GoodReads is reading The Hooker and the Hermit for our February Read-A-Long.  
Come join the fun (or come and talk about this book with us)  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/122241-the-blushing-reader-blog-book-club







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MEET THE AUTHORS:

Meet L.H. Cosway

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.


Meet Penny Reid

Author-Photo-Penny-Reid-300x300SEX! 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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