The Hooker and the Hermit // refreshing read

the hooker and the hermit book cover

Title: The Hooker and the Hermit
Author: L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Genre: Romance
Category: New Adult
Series info: Book 1 in the Rugby series, can be read as a standalone.


Synopsis:

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?

my-review-graphic

This book had been on my To Read list for ages. I read the third book in this series The Cad and the Co-ed and added the first two books to my list but never picked them up until recently.

I was looking for some good and refreshing romance books because all the New Adult Romance books I’ve been reading lately aren’t that good. I find that a lot of books use the same formula of characters, plot and twists. They became very predictable and I didn’t like them much.

So I went through my to read list and found this one. And I got it immediately.

The Plot

Annie Catrel is a social media whiz and a secret blogger. She is popular with her real name as a very talented social media handler who can change anyone’s social image. But she’s even more popular as The Socialmedialite, her online persona, who sounds completely different than her real self.

Annie makes fun of celebrities and famous people on her blog, and how she does it is very entertaining. She writes a post on Ronan Fitzpatrick one day, completely oblivious to who he is. The funny part, though, is that he is introduced to her the next day as her new important client.

Ronan Fitzpatrick is a rugby player who is VERY popular back home. But after a recent stint where he beat up his teammate, his public image is in shambles. His manager decided to look for a team to revamp Ronan’s image, and introduce him to Americans. And Annie is brought in for the job.

Ronan and Annie have chemistry IMMEDIATELY. And Ronan pursues her the next second, oblivious to Annie’s alter ego.

I absolutely loved watching the two interact and come together. They’re very different people with other own issues who have a lot of chemistry and compatibility. It doesn’t hurt that the book is humorous and highly entertaining.

The Characters

Annie is a social media whiz who can turn anyone’s reputation into something else. Because of her talent, she’s allowed to work mostly from home which is perfect for her highly introverted self. But Annie also has another side.

When Annie blogs as The Socialmedialite on her blog New York’s Finest, she’s a whole different person. She’s confident, sassy, funny and entertaining. She’s also very popular online through her alias, but no one knows that Annie Catrel and The Socialmedialite are the same person.

I found Annie VERY relatable. I used to be very introverted like her and I found another side of myself through blogging. I used to find comfort in my anonymity then, as well, before I started using my real name and telling people I know in real life about this blog.

What made Annie an amazing main character was her charm. She has charm in SPADES. I immediately liked her. Her inner monologue, thoughts, actions, everything drew me in.

“Bollocks, bitches, and Battlestar Galactica,” I mumbled. I have a bad habit of mumbling curse words when I’m aggravated; honestly, I think I might have a mild case of Tourette’s. To soften the string of foul language and make me feel like less of a freak, I try to throw in a pop culture reference at the end. It usually works, but not today.” 

Ronan Fitzpatrick is used to being popular. He’s one of the best rugby players of his team and is very popular in Ireland. With the limelight, comes all the issues that he doesn’t care about. Ronan just wants to play the sport and not have to deal with maintaining his image, watching himself everywhere, and going to events.

It worked fine before but after Ronan pummeled his teammate enough to send him to the hospital? His image is in serious shambles. With the three month suspension period, Ronan comes to America to escape his problems. Specifically, his ex who cheated with the aforementioned teammate and the public only talking about his personal life.

Being in America isn’t a vacation, though. Ronan has to work with Davidson & Croft Media to fix his image and also gain popularity in America. Basically, the one thing he’s not interested in doing. But he meets Annie and his whole attitude changes.

Ronan is someone who takes life as it is and tries to make the best of it. He is headstrong, going for what he wants without reservations. I liked that while Ronan is headstrong and persuasive, he’s also attuned to the people around him. He is thoughtful and intuitive under the surface of confidence.

I found Ronan very entertaining as well. He has his own charm which makes me smile every time I read about him.

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

Overall

I absolutely loved the book. The authors have written this wonderfully. I definitely recommend it if you want a refreshing romance that will make you laugh, make you swoon and that gives you all the feels.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

four stars

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