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.
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…
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?
In the first impression review it was pretty clear that I was enjoying the book, both characters were hilarious. Seriously, I was laughing quite a lot while reading this. I’m not the kind of person that laughs at just about anything in a book, so for a book to make me laugh it must be something special. Therefore, the amount of laughing was a pleasant surprise.
“when I laugh I snort like the love child of a pig and an alligator“
Annie is socially awkward and extremely shy, so naturally she falls for the famous Rugby player and has to pretend to be his girlfriend. Ronan is Irish, and gorgeous. He’s funny and charming and a bad boy. He’s everything you could ask for in a male love interest.
“Basically, if Ronan was a member of a boy band, say One Direction, he’d be the Harry Styles. He was far too gorgeous and lusted after to be trusted to stay faithful, not to be stolen or have his head turned by the next sexy young thing who came along.“
That’s another thing I really liked about The Hooker and the Hermit, the references to popular culture that just worked. From Frozen to Taylor Swift, they were relevant and funny.
Ronan is a man who knows his own mind and what he wants. Naturally, he wants Annie, all of her, for himself. He’s not the kind of guy to share and he wants Annie to be all in. But that’s not the kind of person that Annie is, she’s made her way through life not trusting others, relying only on herself. Maybe they’re an unlikely match, but they did work well together. They challenged each other, and Ronan pushed Annie out of her comfort zone.
Annie not only had the job that introduced her to Ronan, she was also the author of a very popular blog, in which she was a much more confident version of herself. She keeps this secret part of her life hidden, I understand why didn’t want the public to know, but there came a point when she should have told Ronan. It was around about this point that I lost a little bit of patience with Annie. She reacted badly. Really badly. I don’t want to go into too much detail, no one likes a spoiler. I will say that I thought Annie’s reaction was over the top and honestly slightly pathetic. I get that her character was shy and vulnerable, but come on! It just started going too far.
Aside from that one thing that happened towards the end of The Hooker and the Hermit, I really enjoyed the book. Have you read The Hooker and the Hermit? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
‘The Hooker and the Hermit’ by L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid