The Player and the Pixie
by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
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 and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.
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.
“I wanted to be able to express myself in a manner that made me happy. And having hair a color that couldn’t be found in nature did exactly that.”
“One-night stands were worth it just for cosmetic product discoverability.”
“If detoxing doesn’t include a steady diet of alcohol and steak, then I guess I’ll always be somewhat toxic.”
“Something decidedly female was going on in her head, something of the mystery-to-men variety. I had no idea what she was thinking, but she looked both aggrieved and remorseful. I held very still because it seemed like the safest thing to do.”
“Lucy Fitzpatrick was my drug of choice, and has quickly become a necessity. I had no desire to contemplate rehab.”
“But one of the things about Sean that made him so irresistible to me was how he looked at me. He looked at me like I was something wonderful. Not odd. Not embarrassing. It took my breath away.”
“I can’t stand it when I’m not with you. I feel like a piece of my heart is missing.”
“Lingerie for you is a gift for me, and is as essential as breathing.”
I do not know how these authors do it, but they consistently manage to pluck at and squeeze my heart with sneaky hits of emotive writing while simultaneously maintaining a smirk on my face with their clever humor – that takes great skill – and these lovely ladies have it down to an art form. The writing was smart, crisp, humorous, insightful, sensual, engrossing, and simply boss. I found it extremely difficult to put my kindle down once I started reading. I adored the characters as well, even the ones I did not expect to. However, what I enjoyed most was the highly entertaining dichotomies and conundrums presented by each of the main characters. A world-renowned playboy who was actually “rubbish in the sack,” genius! As well as a supposedly free-spirited young woman with skittles hair – who actually suffered with several guilty secrets and was riddled with anxiety and insecurity. I know I am exposing my advanced age in confessing that naming a character Sean Cassidy conjured up the Hardy Boys for me, despite the different spelling and body types. I will be eagerly awaiting their next project and cannot wait to see what they come up with next.
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.
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.