The Hooker and The Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny ReidThe Hooker and The Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Published February 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
five-stars
Format: eBook
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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?

Annie Catrel is an achiever and the most-talented employee at Davidson Croft, where she works on social-media and reputation management. Except she hates being in the limelight. She’s litteraly a recluse, enjoying working from home and avoiding human interaction like a plague. When she’s not working, she enjoys blogging anonymously under the nickname The Socialmedialite, and on her rather successfull blog New York’s Finest, she loves to pick apart celebrities and their scandalous behaviours.

When Annie discovers that the target of her latest blog post, Ronan Fitzpatrick, a professional hooker (that’s an Irish rugby quaterback for you dirty-minded people out there), is also her new client, Annie is mortified. Especially since the two of them have already been engaging into heated and angry conversations over e-mail, frther to Annie’s condemning blog post release.

Ronan has a bad-boy history and needs severe help reputation-wise. When he catches a glimpse of Annie in the kitchen of Davidson & Croft – which is a miracle in itself given how little time she spend in the office – he is suddenly onboard with Davidson & Croft’s reputation strategy on the once condition that Annie takes over his case. However, what he doesn’t know is that this shy and reclusive girl he’d like to take to bed is also that bold and empowered woman he has been trading mails with under the Socialmedialite handle.

What I loved about this book:

  • Completely refreshing storyline, in a very modern and hilarious context
  • Great, very realistic and well-developed characters
  • Reason

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Nothing, but the dire need for an epilogue or a book #2

Ah, it’s always so hard to review books when absolutely everything about them is great. It’s just so boring when there’s nothing to criticize! But then again, praising can be a good thing too, and Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway definitely deserve the praise for such a well-written, hilarious and entertaining contemporary romance read.

“That’s right, I am a reclusive pervert, and I make no apologies for it. And, giving the matter some thought, a reclusive pervert is much preferable to an extroverted pervert. I might also be a bit sexually starved, since I avoid all physical, real-life human interaction.”

The Hermit and The Hooker was all over my Goodreads status updates a while back, so I had to give into the temptation and got myself a copy. To be very honest, I had already read (or rather listened to) Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, and while I found it nice and cute, it just didn’t move fast enough for me, stalled way too much, and well… it just didn’t have all the feels and the steamy moments that I got used to through other books. So I was reluctant to try another Penny Reid book. And well, then there was the fact that The Hermit and The Hooker revolves around a rugby player, and I generally try to avoid sports MCs, as this is not so much my cup of tea… But I still went ahead and tried thsi book, and I can’t say I am disappointed since I loved it!

“I wanted to high-five the fuck out of myself then do a victory dance. But I didn’t, because, you know, manly.”

The writing style was over-the-top (in a positive way). Honestly, it was simply stellar. I loved the alternation between Ronan and Annie’s POV, and I loved the e-mail exchanges between Ronan and The Socialmedialite. All of their interactions and the whole story was just extemely entertaining, and The Hooker and The Hermit therefore turned out to be a total page-turner.

Also, I loved the way the story turned out. It was something completely different! Sure, we know the plot were on of the main characters has an online relationship with the other MC, while she/he is completely unaware they are one and the smae person – but The Hooker and The Hermit was unique and entertaining in it’s very own way. And it was refreshing to find that both the storyline and the characters were not predictable at all. In the end I really let this story take me on a ride.

Both characters were extremely realistic: they were unique, they had their own mind, they had their flaws, and they had their good sides – and I loved both characters, flaws included. Together they simply made for a fantastic pair with lots of banter and good fun. With Annie being a total recluse and suddenly put in the limelight due to her connection with Ronan, and Ronan being the hot-tempered Irishman that he is (who suddenly falls head over heels with a girl), well… needless to say that the character development in this book went a long way, which made up for a great read.

“I wanted him to curl up on the bed and spoon me. I’d never been spooned – I’d only been forked and knived.”

And last but not least, I must say that the read was much more explicit and steamy then Neanderthal Seeks Human, which in my mind was a huge added bonus. So good times are definitely to be had with this book!

In summary, I totally recommend The Hooker and The Hermit and definitely think it is a 2015-Must-Read!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars