Review: Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema

Goldfish
Author: Nat Luurtsema
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Note: I received this book from Fierce Reads via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis:

Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive…

 

Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing.

 

… or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind.

 

Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.

 

Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This girl will not be beaten.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Goldfish is a fantastic coming of age story about fifteen-year-old Lou. Lou, a competitive swimmer since early childhood, is supposed to be the best at what she does. But when Lou finishes last at the most important event of her life, she suddenly is without the sport that has been her identity. To make matters worse, her best friend did her best and will be attending training camp without Lou.

Stuck at school without any friends, Lou can’t help but wallow in her misery. Just when she’s sure nothing can turn her life around, she’s asked by three hot boys to train them in synchronized swimming for a popular talent show. Lou’s not sure she has what it takes to get the boys where they need to be, but she’s willing to try. Coaching the boys may just be the thing Lou needs to get over losing her favorite thing.

Goldfish was different from so many of the sports related books I’ve read. For one thing, it focused on swimming. For another, it wasn’t about becoming the best, but rather what happens when you can’t be. It was cool how it showed that Lou could find a life for herself outside the pool.

Another refreshing thing about Goldfish was the writing. I loved how fresh and snarky it felt! Lou was such a witty character. I imagine she would be fun to be friends with. Her text and email exchanges with her best friend, Hannah, were hilarious. Although, I do have to admit that when Lou was in her depression stage, the book became kind of slow and depressing. It made the book not so fun to read for a bit. Thankfully, that didn’t last long.

Lou’s family dynamics were awesome. They had such a great relationship with each other. It was nice to see a supportiv family in a YA book. I loved all of them, especially Lou’s dad. His words of wisdom were so funny. His birds and the bees talk was the best.

My favorite part of the story, though, was Lou coaching the boys. There were so many hilarious things that happened in the story once she started doing it. One crazy thing after another kept happening. I was smiling and laughing so much!

Overall, Goldfish was a really great coming of age story. It’s definitely one I would recommend to readers who enjoy YA contemporary fiction.

 

 

Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Paper Princess
Series:
The Royals, #1
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Hey MTV, CW or ABC Family —  I think I found the book you need to base your next TV series on.

Seriously. Paper Princess was that good. The writing was fantastic and I was immediately hooked. It had complex characters, a great plot and such witty dialog. It was Young Adult pushing New Adult. I freakin’ loved it.

In Paper Princess, seventeen-year-old Ella is struggling to make it after her mom’s death. She’s a high school student by day and a stripper at night. It’s a tough schedule to maintain, but Ella has big plans for college and life.

All of her carefully crafted plans go out the door when Callum Royal shows up to claim guardianship of her. Ella’s swept off to the Royal estate to live amongst the five Royal boys. What should be a dream come true is a nightmare. The Royal boys don’t want Ella around. They’re determined to make Ella’s life at home and school a living hell. But Ella’s been through worse and she’s not about to give up without a fight.

The characters were so cool and perfect for this story. Ella was smart, resourceful and stood up for herself. I loved what a strong female teenage character she was! The book was so much fun to read because of her point of view and personality.

 

At first, I felt exactly the way Ella did about the Royal boys. They may have been hot, successful and popular, but man were they jerks! They knew how to make Ella’s life a living hell. Reed was especially good at this, which was why I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to stand Ella falling for him. I mean, I know he was hot and making her lady bits tingle, but looks can only take you so far before your mouth ruins things.

But I loved Ella and Reed’s connection. There was just something so raw and gritty about their chemistry. I’m not sure if it was the enemies to lovers aspect or the down dirty thoughts and actions of the two of them together. It so hot…and in an almost too mature to be YA way. They sizzled.

Back to the rest of the Royal men… Even though they were jerks, they started to redeem themselves a little. I was just starting to like Easton when the book ended. And I wish I had gotten to know the twins a little more because they seemed so deviously interesting. There has to be more to their story! Same with the eldest Royal boy. I need to know what his motivations are. I need to know more about ALL of these boys NOW!

My only complaint (not really a complaint) about this book was that it ended with a cliffhanger before I was ready to be done reading it. I didn’t want it to end. 🙁 At least the next book comes out in July…

All that’s left to say is that you need to read this book. Like now. I absolutely loved it and know other readers will, too. It’s a crazy ride that will definitely entertain you and leave your begging for more.

Review & Release Day Blitz: Coast by Jay McLean

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COAST (Kick Push 2) – by Jay McLean

Series: The Road #3, Kick Push #2

Release Date: June 7, 2016

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One life-changing summer.

One boy.

The boy.

The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.

We filled our days with porch-step kisses,

filled our ears with laughter,

filled our hearts with love.

Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.

But love is misleading.

It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.

Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.

It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,

who know better than to expect it.

Love is relentless.

Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,

turns to pain.

Love should heal you.

But it can also break you.

Believe me, I know…

Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…

…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

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REVIEW

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Almost a year ago, I read Kick Push. I had some mixed feelings about it at the time. I loved Josh, but I couldn’t decide how I felt about Becca. I knew I would read Coast, though; because the cliffhanger at the end of Kick Push really got me.

I absolutely loved Coast. It was Jay McLean’s writing at it’s best. It was funny, insightful and emotional. Coast is told in dual points of view just like Kick Push. This time, the majority of the story was told through Becca’s emerald eyes. Not to worry — we still get Josh’s perspective, but the story is really about Becca’s journey of healing.

Coast had me falling in love with Josh all over again. He’s the ultimate book boyfriend. He’s smart, sweet and puts his relationships with those he loves first. He isn’t perfect, but he has no problem admitting his faults. Plus, he’s Tommy’s dad and Tommy is THE CUTEST KID EVER!

And Becca. I may not have been completely sold on her character in Kick Push, but I loved her in Coast. Getting to know her a lot better through her journal entries endeared her to me. Becca was so much stronger this time around. She fought hard to reach her goals and I had such admiration for her.

Becca and Josh’s love story wasn’t simple. There were many struggles and a lot of growing up. I loved Josh and Becca’s journey back to each other and how it didn’t just happen overnight. Coast really was a beautiful conclusion to their story. I know fans of Josh and Becca are going to love this book just as much as I did. 🙂

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Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel. For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

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Review: Say Something

Say Something
Series:
Speak, #1
Author: T.A. Roth
Publication Date: March 25, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis:

Chemistry
What most girls search a lifetime for…
I felt it the minute he set those whiskey colored eyes on me.
Magnetism
We had it in spades…
My body was drawn to hers the moment she set foot into the room.
What happens when you both have pasts that threaten the future?
Do you do nothing?
Or
Do you Say Something?

22-year-old Ari Munoz is used to keeping men at arm’s length. So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn’t think of a worse way to spend a Thursday night. That’s until she sparks the interest of love’m and leave’m Ben Rodriguez. The electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she’s never felt before.

22-year-old Ben Rodriguez has it all. He’s a football star, president of his fraternity, and well-known ladies’ man. His endless pick of beauties, makes him the envy of all of his fraternity brothers. So why are a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out all of his rules?

*This novel deals with adult themes and language. 18+ please. This is book 1 in a series and contains a cliffhanger.


  ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆


I don’t even know where to start with this one. I was completely underwhelmed by this book. It had such potential, but it just failed to reach it. The beginning was really strong, but it fizzled shortly thereafter. Why? Oh, gosh. There’s several reasons.

Say Something was built on instant attraction and lust. It was not a good insta-lust. It was a weird one. Ari and Ben were completely obsessed with each other and they hadn’t done more than make eye contact. It was creepy!

Ari was a contradiction. One moment she was weary of men because of her past, the next she was willing to give it up to someone she didn’t know. She’s never met him and has only made eye contact after feeling him watch her, but she’s already worried how she’s going to compete with his supermodel look a like booty call girl? How does she even know she’ll like him? She’s not a booty call sort of girl. Her actions didn’t make sense to me. I needed there to be more build up of trust before she gave herself to him.

Luckily, Ben was a cool guy. I worried about him in the beginning since he seemed like such a creeper, but he quickly redeemed himself. His relationship with his grandmother was really sweet. I almost wish the entire story had been in his point of view. I would have liked to have seen more of his life outside of Ari.

I wish I could say I loved Ari and Ben together, but there wasn’t much of a connection between them that wasn’t sexual. 99% of their time spent together was sex. There were a few important conversations peppered in, but not enough to show their love was based on anything else. I mean, I like sex but I want to feel a connection between the characters.

As for the writing, it was good but the dual points of view killed me for a while. It wasn’t that I didn’t like having both, it was just that each point of view overlapped the exact same time frame. I got the same exact story, just different perspectives. It felt redundant. I liked the story better when that stopped. I was a little confused when Ben’s ex Maria’s point of view suddenly popped up in the book. I know it was to clarify her motives, but it felt a little out-of-place to me. I don’t think it really added anything to the story.

There were a couple of interesting twists I didn’t see coming. The last one created the cliffhanger for the ending. I have to say I wasn’t a fan of it. I was pretty disgusted by it actually. I probably won’t be reading the next book because of it.

I know this review has sounded mostly negative so far, but there were some positives about Say Something. As I pointed out above, Ben was cool. And I loved both Ben’s grandma and Ari’s family. Their relationships brought a fun family aspect to the story.

Sadly, the negatives outweighed the positives for me with Say Anything. I really wish I had enjoyed it more.

 

 

 

Review: Living with Regret by Riann C. Miller & Edee M. Fallon

Living with Regret
Authors: Riann C. Miller, Edee M. Fallon
Publication Date: April 7, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romances
Note: I received a this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Sometimes the simplest choice has the power to change your life.

Chase

Ten years ago, I turned a hard decision into a simple one. I allowed others to decide my future . . . then I lost the best thing that ever happened to me. I let go of the girl I loved in exchange for a life I was told I wanted.

Then one day I woke up with no recollection of my reality and instead I believed my life had turned out how I had once dared to imagine. Now everyone is waiting for me to remember the day I ruined my future as I struggle to recall a life without the person I so carelessly tossed away.

Somehow, I was gifted a second chance with the woman I love, and I’m going to fight like hell to keep her.

Jordan

Your brain has a funny way of convincing you what is real and what is not; even if your heart never lets you forget the truth. After Chase Adams broke my heart, my life moved forward, even though the light I once felt had extinguished. Then I received an unexpected phone call that changed everything.

Every day we make choices, but most of the time they don’t affect the rest of our lives. I wanted to love again. I wanted to trust the gift I was given, but every choice has consequences. Now I have to decide to let go of the past for the sake of my future. . . or risk living with regret.

Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Living with Regret was so good! I couldn’t believe how quickly it pulled me into the story and the writing was excellent. It had just the right amount of angst and heartbreak. The way the story unfolded with Chase thinking Jordan was his wife was really unique and fun to read.

I loved the characters, especially Chase. I’m so happy the story was told in dual points of view because I absolutely loved reading his perspective. There was just something about him. Everything he did, he did for Jordan — even when it wasn’t truly what she needed or hurt both of them in the process. The way he dealt with his emotions felt real and honest. His determination to right his wrongs was so much fun to read.

Jordan was a great character, too. I don’t know if I would be as compassionate as she was in her situation. She had every right to hate Chase and not help him. She was so much stronger than she gave herself credit for. Jordan knew what she might be in for, but she didn’t let that stop her from helping Chase. It was sweet.

I can’t leave out the supporting characters. They were perfect. I hated Chase’s dad, but that was to be expected. He ruined everything. Chase’s friend Jake was exactly what I would expect for a professional football buddy. He made me smile a lot. Jordan’s friend Lacey was out there. She was pretty annoying, but she definitely had Jordan’s best interests at heart. (I’m really hoping for a Jake and Lacey book! 😉 )

My favorite part of Living with Regret was when Chase didn’t have his memories. I liked how he dealt with not knowing what had happened in parts of his life. And the way Jordan responded to his questions and requests was really cool. It was just so much fun to read.

The only things that I would have liked to have seen was more time with Chase not having his memories and less back and forth between Chase and Jordan. I can’t explain more without giving stuff away, so I’ll just leave it at that.

I really, really enjoyed reading Living with Regret. Readers who love New Adult romances need to read this one!

Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin

Series: Ruin, #1

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Publication Date: August 10, 2013

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


 

Ugh! This is one of those books that I really liked but feel at a loss of what to write in a review. I guess I’ll just keep it simple.

I couldn’t and didn’t want to put Ruin down. It made me laugh. It made me come close to tears. It surprised me in some of the best ways.

Wes and Kiersten were adorable. The love and friendship they shared was sweet and unconditional. The strength they gave each other was really beautiful.

I really, really enjoyed this book. You should read it, if you haven’t yet.

Review: The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

The Player and the Pixie

Series: Rugby, #2

Authors: L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

THE PIXIE
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.

THE PLAYER
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.

THE PLAN
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.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Oh my goodness. L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid have done it again. They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite writing duos.

The Player and the Pixie was hilarious! How could it not be when it’s about a gorgeous, buff player (Sean) who is horrible in bed? To top that off, the woman to “teach” him how to do things right is his arch nemesis Ronan’s sister, Lucy. I don’t think Cosway and Reid could have come up with a better scenario for these two!

It wasn’t just funny, though. The Player and the Pixie had it’s sweet parts. Sean and Lucy falling for each other was so cute. Both had their insecurities and I loved how being together helped heal them. I also loved all their texts to each other. 😉

If you’re a fan of sexy New Adult romances filled with witty dialog, you need to check out the Rugby series.

 

Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

One Tiny Lie

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #2

Author: K.A. Tucker

Publication Date: July 11, 2013

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


To be honest, I’m a little shocked I’m giving One Tiny Lie 5 stars. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The predominant storyline is a love triangle and includes cheating. Most of the time, those aren’t really fun subjects to read about. I shouldn’t have doubted K.A. Tucker’s ability to suck me into the story and make me empathize with Livie’s situation.

I loved everything about One Tiny Lie. I loved Livie and her journey of self-discovery. I loved Ashton and his cocky but secretly sweet ways. I loved crazy Dr. Stayner and his rules. I even loved the tension the love triangle between Ashton, Connor and Livie created. I especially loved the ending.

K.A. Tucker created the perfect story for Livie. She had to fall apart and be put back together to find who she truly was. It may have been a little tough to read at times, but Livie’s actions felt true to what someone in her situation would go through. I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to everyone — even those people who hate love triangles or cheating.

 

Review: Something More Than This by Barbie Bohrman

Something More Than This

Author: Barbie Bohrman

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Katy Lewis has it all: a sports reporting job she loves, a great roommate, and two brothers who, while nosy, always have her back. But when Conner Roberts, Katy’s unrequited first crush, suddenly shows up—and shows interest—after nine years, she reverts to a sweaty, panicked sixteen-year-old once more.

And if trying to read Conner’s signals isn’t tough enough, Katy’s heart is sending some mixed messages of its own. When a beautiful blonde coworker starts pursuing Katy’s boss, Dylan Sterling—her longtime mentor and friend—she realizes she may have a problem with that. A reunion with Conner is what she’s dreamed of for so long…so why can’t she stop thinking about Dylan?

For the first time ever, Katy must fact-check her heart. Should she go after the guy she thought she always wanted or see if there’s something more with the one who’s been there all along?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


I was a little hesitant to read this book. Love triangles aren’t my favorite book trope. It stresses me out a little when I’m reading one. I usually like both of the prospective mates being pitted against each other, and it makes it hard to be completely happy when one is chosen over the other. Luckily, Something More Than This wasn’t an angsty love triangle. It had it’s moments of stress for the main character, Katy, but I could pretty much tell from the book blurb who the she was going to pick. That made reading Something More Than This a light and fun reading experience.

Something More Than This also felt honest. Katy’s confusion felt real, and her indecision between two possible loves was something I could see happening to any young woman. I loved the way she stumbled upon her answer.

I also loved all of the supporting characters in this book. Katy’s best friend Mimi was hilarious! Her brothers were also very interesting. I would love to read more about them.

Something More Than This was a really fun, cute book to read. I would definitely suggest it to contemporary romance readers.

 

 

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

The Hooker and the Hermit

Series: Rugby, #1

Author: L.H. CoswayPenny Reid

Publication Date: January 20, 2015

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports, Humor

Goodreads 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?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


My rating doesn’t really show it, but I have mixed feelings about The Hooker and the Hermit.

On one hand, I loved reading it. It was a seamless collaboration by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid that flowed smoothly. It made me laugh, it made me swoon and it made me blush. Annie was sweet and sensitive. Ronan was brash and cocky, but also caring. I loved their connection and wanted to see them get their happily ever after. It was just so much fun to read.

On the other hand, there were a few things that bothered me about The Hooker and the Hermit. First, some of Ronan’s actions toward Annie could have been considered sexual harassment. I know she put up with them because of her attraction to him, but still. It was creepy. Second, there was too much of hermit Annie’s inner dialog. It became annoying. And finally, Annie’s blog. The authors tried really hard to make her demeaning famous people’s’ fashion choices acceptable, but it was still offensive. She was basically bullying male celebrities.

So why the four stars then? Because when it comes down to it, the enjoyment I had reading The Hooker and the Hermit far outweighed the things that bothered me. I easily looked past them and kept reading. I didn’t want to put the book down. It made me laugh so many times.