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Published by Self-Published on April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: INDIESAGE PR
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?
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.
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 Player and the Pixie (Rugby #2)
I didn’t like him at first.
I started The Player and the Pixie without reading the blurb. I’m sure…well fairly certain I read the blurb when it originally hit my radar, but time has flown and I forgot, so I went in practically blind. In the first 5% of the book, I’m shaking my head, mumbling, grumbling and feeling a wee bit surprised. There is NO WAY they would have Sean “The Douchewaffle” Cassidy as the hero of the story. I’d met him, didn’t like him and was convinced he belonged in the bowels of hell. Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but after reading The Hooker and the Hermit I was convinced Sean was evil and mean. Turns out that Sleazy Sean – The Player, is really just misunderstood. Well, to be honest, he’s still an arse, but now we know why.
In the beginning, we meet Lucy. She’s the sister of the captain of the Irish Rugby team, Ronan Fitzpatrick. Being the sister to a famous rugby player isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Men and women befriend her to get to him. Lucy’s mother loves that her son is a famous rugby player and hates that Lucy is different. Dealing with her mother has left Lucy with self-confidence issues. She’s fairly confident when she’s away from her mother, but as soon as she’s back in her presence she is stressed. Her only way of dealing with the situation is a habit that is very unsavoury and leaves her feeling guilty and embarrassed. I think all mothers have the power to make us feel insignificant, but Lucy’s mother goes out of her way to make her feel bad. Can’t say I was a fan of Jackie Fitzpatrick, her attitude and comments were horrible. Lucy tries her hardest to be as happy and upbeat as possible and stay true to herself.
Sean is a snob. Rugby is his life, his cousin Eilish is his favourite person in the world and driving Ronan Fitzpatrick to commit murder is his mission in life. Sean and Ronan do not see eye to eye at all. Neither of them helps the situation, but Sean committed the cardinal sin, he slept with his teammates girlfriend View Spoiler »kinda…maybe not…bad intentions either way « Hide Spoiler. Imagine Sean’s surprise when he starts to have feelings for his enemy’s younger sister. At first, he convinces himself he’s pursuing her to piss off Ronan, but soon he realises his feelings are new and something he’s never felt before. Sean has a new mission, to make Lucy his.
The trials and tribulations for Sean and Lucy are vast, but there is such a huge attraction between them that they can’t stay away from each other. Sean convinces Lucy to become his tutor…in the bedroom. Lucy is gobsmacked when the first time they are intimate, she discovers that Sean sucks in the bedroom. I mean the guy has a reputation for being with a lot of women. Funny enough, it’s soon very obvious that ALL the women he has been with previously were wearing rose coloured glasses…or fan goggles. Lucy feels a little sorry for Sean and decides to take on the job.
Bloody pesky emotions, doesn’t take very long for Lucy and Sean to realise that it’s more than a teacher/student relationship. It’s not even a friend’s with benefits situation. There’s feelings involved, they start to like each other and miss each other when they’re apart. What will Lucy do when her beloved brother finds out she’s having relations with his archenemy?
I absolutely loved this story. There was a vulnerability in both Lucy and Sean that made me want to hug them. Lucy has her secret coping strategy and Sean pushes people away before he is abandoned or hurt. Both of them has families that drive them crazy and make them feel unloved. When they recognise it in each other, they realise they can help each other get past those insecurities. I loved seeing them both defend each other.
The Player and the Pixie was a very steamy read. There were plenty of intimate scenes and Sean and Lucy’s tutoring sessions were HOT!! It’s not often the woman takes the lead in the bedroom, but in this case, it never felt weird or unusual. It wasn’t all Domme taking a whip and forcing him to perform. Lucy was just teaching him the basics of what women really want.
This is the second book in the series and definitely my favourite of the two. I liked the first one but I loved this one. Sean’s vulnerability made my heart break a little and his feelings for Lucy were never in doubt. Lucy’s devotion to her brother was admirable but I was glad that she finally made a decision to look for her own happiness.
I’m already cranky about the next in the series The Cad and the Co-ed. Bry-Bry certainly has his work cut out for him getting back into my good graces.