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

Description from Goodreads:

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?

The Hooker and the Hermit was featured in last week’s Feature and Follow Friday post, check that out here for my first thoughts on the book!
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
4 Stars


First Impression Friday | The Hooker and the Hermit

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in  all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

The Hooker and the Hermit by L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid
The Hooker and the Hermit is really funny, I’ve been making use of the highlight function on my Kindle as I make note of all the passages and one liners that grab my attention.
Annie takes shy to a whole new level, she mainly works from home, only going into the office two days a week, and finds it extremely hard to make eye contact. Being shy is definitely something I can understand and relate to, and it makes the whole potential relationship with a famous Rugby player very intimidating. 
Ronan is Irish, so you know, I love him. 
I should probably elaborate. I adore the Irish accent, seriously adore it. If I’m watching TV and an Irish (male) starts talking then I’m all ears and everyone else in the room better quit talking ASAP. 
So, yeah. I like that Ronan’s Irish. But you know what I really like? That there’s no ridiculous Irish jargon littered throughout, that everyone with a brain knows Irish people actually don’t say. So kudos to L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid for forgoing all that.
I like Annie and Ronan’s developing relationship, that Ronan is pushing Annie out of her comfort zone, which, let’s face it, is pretty damn tiny. But that’s only in the real world. Online, Annie is completely different. She’s adopted an online persona for her blog, which is very popular. In the online world Annie is completely different, and it’s really nice to see the other side to Annie’s personality that she keeps hidden.
Ronan keeps dropping lots of little hints. Basically, Ronan is a dominant, don’t get me wrong I have absolutely no issues with BDSM, I just was not expecting it in this book. I’ll power through regardless, so expect a review soon!
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Mini Reviews | Texas Secrets | Neanderthal Seeks Human | Someone Else’s Fairytale

I’ve read three books this past week that didn’t hit the mark, I realised that I didn’t have enough to say about them for individual reviews, so I pulled them all together in one post! So here’s my thoughts on the three books that left me disappointed and still in need of my next good book fix!

This book was so underwhelming and disappointing. I expected so much more, I love me some Texas, the State’s in the name for crying out loud! I had such high expectations! It’s not that Texas Secrets was bad, just very disappointing.

Maddie is a top chef from New York City and Boone is born and bred Texan with a weird past, although even after reading I still don’t get why his past was such a mystery. Drama for dramas sake if you ask me. Obviously the two of them were going to fall for each other, there was no doubt. It just seemed to take SO LONG for it to happen. There’s only so much describing of hotness a girl can take before boredom sets in. I read this book pretty quickly, and honestly that wasn’t from enjoyment. I was having a bad with it and just wanted it to stop.

‘Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star’ by Jean Brashear
2 Stars

I enjoyed Neanderthal Seeks Human most of the time, but it was quite hard to connect to Janie. There’s no way to describe her narrative tone other than stiff. She clearly has a very unique and quirky character which I got and appreciated, I just think that writing could have been a lot less sterile. I thought that the writing was purely like this to fit in with Janie’s character, but then the prologue was in the POV of Quinn, and it was exactly the same. There needs to be variation! I want to know that I’m reading from a different characters POV, it should be reflected in the style of writing!
Aside from my issue with the tone and style of the writing I liked the story, it was slightly predictable but I could put up with it for a quick romantic read. I liked Quinn more when Janie was talking about him, although he did order for her quite a lot which is a big no-no. I’m quite capable of ordering my own food, thank you very much.
‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ by Penny Reid
3 Stars

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts

Someone Else’s Fairytale took me quite a while to finish, 20 days to be precise. It didn’t take that long because I wan’t enjoying, it’s because I got Red Queen and couldn’t stop myself from diving right in! (Find out what I thought of it in my review!)

Basically, Chloe is your average American student who’s been seriously injured as a child after her brother attempted to murder her, you know, just average stuff. Then there’s Jason, the hot movie star from the same town. Obviously he falls for her immediately and she turns him down because she’s not about that life. No problems with that, she doesn’t want the fame and crazy lifestyle, which I understand.

Problems started arising when she turned him down and friend zoned him, then immediately started going out with her best friend. She took this relationship pretty seriously, but from what I could tell it only lasted for a day (maybe more, I was reading this on the train at ridiculous o’clock in the morning). So why did she take it so bad? Get a grip and get your self a movie star!

She (eventually) did get herself a movie star, but honestly, the relationship moved very fast and quickly took a very unneeded turn for the worse.

‘Someone Else’s Fairytale’ by E. M. Tippetts
3 Stars

I think it’s pretty clear that I’ve had a run of bad luck with books recently, has anyone else been experiencing this, being let down by your books? I’d love to hear what you have to say, let me know in the comments!