Review:

The Hooker and the Hermit (Rugby, #1) by L.H. Cosway

Tuesday, July 19

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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?

What I loved:

- What I thought I was going to read, based on the book summary - as a kiwi girl, I have to want a book about rugby players!
- Some of the things the H says, and his inner monologue. He was funny. And he actually sounds Irish, which is awesome.
- This book obviously went through spell check and reasonable editing, which I appreciate after some of the awful writing I've seen lately.

What I didn’t love:

- What I actually read ... this book turned out to have everything I dislike in the romance genre, and it had it in spades.
- Insta-lust, insta-love, insta-every-emotion. Feelings weren't developed, or grown organically - they were just suddenly there. The H walks out of a room, spots the h, who is (of course) the most beautiful woman he's ever seen in his life, gets a hard on over her eating a donut, and immediately goes in to grope her. This happens within one page.
- I think someone was confused about the characters personalities. Nothing about Ronan or Annie is consistent. On the positive side, at least Ronan and his sister talk like Irish people.
- I'm not a fan of alter-egos or secrets with my MCs that make one of them look like a fool. Personal taste, but this book is full of secrecy and dishonesty, and making the H look like a dick.
- Annie's blog has 20m followers? Really? How?
- No major action that I noticed - basically I spent 2.5 hours reading about a special snowflake and her Christian Grey in a much hotter body hero. And by read I mean skimmed. And by special I mean lying. And by hero I mean predator.

Overall…
2.5 hours I can't get back.

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