What I ultimately love about this book and what I find to be incredibly alluring is Sean, the main male character of The Player and the Pixie, by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway. Unlike pretty much every hero in the romance genre, Sean is awful in the sack, and what makes him even more unique is that he is completely aware of how dreadful he is.
“I was so aroused by the fact that I was naked and he was touching me intimately that it took me a moment to realize he was doing everything wrong. And I mean, seriously wrong.”
“Resentment hardened his features, but his bitterness was turned decidedly inward. He wasn’t angry with me. He was upset with himself. And that’s when I realized the truth. Sean knew he was rubbish at foreplay.”
Even though he is aware of his inadequacies, he simply doesn’t care, because most women use him for his notoriety, so he chooses to use them without caring whether or not they get off. Things change with Lucy, and, after begging her to help him, she begins to teach him the art of sex, thus beginning their torrid affair. Part of the reason this book is being categorized as having some of the sexiest scenes is more than just the description of the acts they participate in; it is because he wants to please her. He takes direction. He asks her questions. He pays attention to her non-verbal as well as verbal cues. He longs for her in all ways possible. His desire to get her off just ups the steaminess of the sex in this book. It would certainly wouldn’t be hard to be with a man like Sean who is willing to put in the work to make you feel good.
“‘Tell me what to do,’ he said in a low, husky voice, and I watched as his cock began to harden with alarming speed…”
“‘I’m waiting, Lucy…'”
“I exhaled heavily and cleared my throat. ‘K-kiss me.'”
“My head lay against the pillows as he braced himself above me and lowered his mouth to mine. His lips moved slowly, almost hesitant, but when I slid my tongue against his he groaned and deepened the kiss. I felt myself heating up, a slickness forming between my thighs, and in not time at all I was panting, my clit swollen and aching for pressure.”
“‘What do you want now?’ Sean whispered and my arousal heightened.”
“‘Kiss me,’ I repeated the same command as before.”
“His mouth curved in a smile. ‘I am kissing you.'”
“‘Somewhere else,’ I said shyly and his eyes darkened. I quickly added, ‘But no teeth. Not yet. Just your lips.'”
“‘As you wish…'”
“Sean Cassidy was my own personal sexual servant…”
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?
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.
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.
About the Authors:
Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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 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. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.