Friday, February 20, 2015

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid Blog Tour


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?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 110k word novel, and is a standalone.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Johanna☆☆☆☆☆
I loved this book. Made me want to meet a hooker too. :) Ok, I had to say that. I wasn't paid to but it had to be said. This book made me laugh, made me smile, and just overall made me lighter in a romantic sense. So we meet Mrs. Hermit, and no she's not a muppet.....that's Kermit. Mrs. Hermit has a quiet life and stays to herself, an introvert that reveals herself through a social media blog. She meets the hooker, he's a rugby player you know....not a prostitute...lol.

A hooker is a position on a rugby team that is sort of like a quarterback. I didn't know that when I asked for this book. I really thought it was about a hermit and a prostitute but I knew the guy was a rugby player. Guess I need to get out more. This book was lovely. The wit we get from the title just continues throughout the story and it’s a kind of wit I happen to like. The Hermit a.k.a. Annie works for a PR firm that is going to help the hooker’s image. I'd imagine being called a hooker, that they have their work cut out for them. The hooker a.k.a. Ronan takes a shine to Annie and the romance is so sweet. Amazing book and in my top ten this month. Overall entertainment was five stars.


Angela☆☆☆☆☆
I LOVED IT!!! I am a huge fan of Ms. Cosway’s and when I saw that she was co-writing a book featuring an athlete as the main male character, I was beside myself with glee. Although I have never read Ms. Reid’s writing before, I’ve heard good things about it so I was doubly looking forward to The Hooker and the Hermit. Let me just say that these ladies did not disappoint me.

Annie has a secret … she’s one of the most popular anonymous bloggers on the internet. As her online persona – the Socialmedialite – Annie is witty, charismatic, and pokes fun at unsuspecting celebrities (mostly male) in a good natured way while raising awareness and money for various charities. Because her posts are often satirical and she avoids “attacking” her celebrity victims, most of them are pleased to be featured … that is, until her most recent post. Ronan Fitzpatrick. The rugby player who was recently suspended for assaulting a teammate. The rugby player whose image is so messed up that he is about to become her new project at work. The rugby player who is so much more than she expected, who makes her pulse race, and who is becoming more important to her with each new bit of information she learns about him. That Ronan seems to be just as taken by Annie doesn’t help any because while the Socialmedialite is all about attention, Annie is not. She goes to great lengths to blend in with the crowd and keep to herself. So when the two are photographed together and the PR agency decides that she’s perfect faux-girlfriend material to help reform his image, Annie is thrust into the public eye and the Hermit becomes the center of attention – her worst nightmare. She must decide what’s more important to her – the man she has come to love or her anonymity.

I absolutely loved Annie, Ronan, and Annie & Ronan. Each character is written so that they feel like real people, people I would love to be friends with. As individuals, they’re great, but as a couple they are a freaking decadent treat – éclair anyone? I loved the connection that they had for one another and how gradually it grew from just a physical attraction to falling in love. Even though we were past the half-way point before they finally had sex, the sexual tension between Annie and Ronan was fabulous. As for the sex scenes, mmmmm……. I wasn’t expecting any BDSM in the novel so it was a wonderfully tingly surprise. I completely forgot to mention that on top of everything else, Ronan is Irish; so I was thrilled as I imagined him speaking with a brogue. I quite enjoyed the balance the authors bring of melancholy drama and over-the-top antics that had my heart breaking for the two and then snorting out loud a few pages later; thankfully my snort does not sound like it belongs to “the love child of a pig and an alligator.” The Hooker and the Hermit was a thoroughly enjoyable read for me and will definitely be added to my re-read list. Obviously Ms. Cosway is already on my go-to author list, but I will certainly be checking out some of Ms. Reid’s writing.


Stephanie☆☆☆☆☆
I love this book. Its wit and humor had me from page 1. The connection and chemistry between Annie and Ronan was romantic and playful, and just perfect. This is my first read by both authors, I have heard good things about them both and wasn’t let down. I will definitely be checking out other titles by them. This was immediately added to my re-read list!




L.H. Cosway
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.

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Penny Reid
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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid to read and review for this tour.

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