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Publisher's Summary

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.

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. What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when Ronan discovers who she really is?

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Penny Reid (P)2015 Tantor

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The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid (Audio Edition)
Narrated by: Lucy Rivers and George Allen
Series: Rugby #1

4.5 Stars - This book had me laughing during the short audio sample I listened to, which was the reason I purchased it. I was not disappointed! Annie was a witty blogger who wasn’t a fan of going outside of her comfort zone. I really liked how Ronan pushed her out of her boundaries a bit. Ronan in turn was definitely more of the aggressor and barring his constant desire to “tie her up and take her from behind” I really liked his character. I felt their chemistry increase as their relationship grew and I saw growth in both Annie and Ronan, some from their own experiences and some as a result of being together. I loved that he wanted to come to Canada and “get lost in our mountains”. Loved the emails back and forth between the SocialMediaLite and Ronan. They totally had me cracking up! And lastly, I loved that I felt the passion between these two, whether they were bickering or flirting.

There was only one downfall for me… I am not a big fan of the whole bondage/dominance scene. This book wasn’t too bad with it, as there was only like 2 short scenes.. (other than the aforementioned thoughts from Ronan) and he wasn’t out to hurt her so, that was a plus... but there was one part that Ronan was getting Annie all worked up.. then he realizes he had no protection… so instead of just doing other things that do not involve actual sex.. Or even had the author just not wrote that he forgotten protection - leaving the reader to assume whatever they wanted.. Ronan tells Annie he doesn’t have any protection, notices her concern and responds with “What? Don’t you trust me?” wtf??…. Ah… NO! This is their first time together.. Why would you even ask that! I mean, come on!!! This really bugged me, and made me lose a bit of respect for Ronan.

Other than that though, the book was quite enjoyable, I loved the accents the narrators used. It just added that perfect touch. I haven’t read these authors before but I would be happy to read more from them!

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Deflated

Sad. I liked the first half of the book as it had me chuckle quite a few times and I even felt a bit of the romance between the two characters had going but only just a bit because it was slightly tainted by the over focus of the lust the couple were wrapped in instead of the heartfelt emotions for each other, The second half left me feeling duped in the end. The leading man just became unlikable for so many reasons and the leading lady became annoying with her constant whining and lack of backbone. I couldn't even finish listening to this drivel any more. Just left me feeling disappointed and deflated. I also didn't like that Annie's boss basically whored her out just to land a client and even went so far to change her wardrobe to show off more of her assets in attempt to seal the deal. That's just so wrong on so many levels.

I will not be recommending this book to anyone I know. But if you are looking for a true romance that makes you laugh, cry, smile, and feel the love then I would suggest you are better off reading The Wingman By Natasha Anders. Now that book is a winner.

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LOVE Penny Reid....Hated This Book

What disappointed you about The Hooker and the Hermit?

This book failed to grab my attention from the beginning and was pretty boring. I strongly disliked Annie and did not feel there was much of a connection between her and Ronan.
Penny Reid is one of my favorite writers and her books always leave me wanting more, however I almost gave up on this book.

Which character – as performed by George Allen and Lucy Rivers – was your favorite?

The character of Ronan was performed very well. I very much enjoyed listening to George Allen as Ronan Fitzpatrick.

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  • Randy
  • Texas City, TX, United States
  • 07-27-17

Just ok

I usually love how funny and witty Penny Reid's characters are but this book just fell short. I found it hard to like the characters. The book wasn't terrible it was just ok.

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Hooked on Fitzpatrick!

It was
like fresh air reading this book. It didn't feel like other recycled stories. I had it on my kindle but hadn't had the chance to read it. So happy when I preorder it on Audible and I can say it did not disappoint. She had me at Colin Farrel look a like lol

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Heritage Park, Australia
  • 07-31-15

Great book couldnt stop listening

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hooker and the Hermit to be better than the print version?

I think the audio builds the characters due to their accents - also helps with the "hash tag" entrées.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved Ronan and Annie - my favourite character was Annies Boss - what an intuitive lady and a nice friend

What about George Allen and Lucy Rivers ’s performance did you like?

Lucy Rivers - hats off well done. George took a little to get used to but well worth the effort

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hash Tag social misses

Any additional comments?

Loved the book a great read and entertaining story line

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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So amazing

This is my third book by Penny Reid, my first by LH Cosway. I have to say that I love it! I did not hesitate to get it when I saw it and knew it was by Penny, I will read anything and everything by her.
I will definitely check out more of LH Cosway.
The story had that Penny warmth, funny and lovely. The heroine reminds me a lot of Neanderthal seeks human. But differ t in a way. I love that it sets the premise for a new series of books. Can't wit to read them.

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Fantastic!

This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The story is interesting, funny and sexy. The narrators are fantastic! George Allen and the Irish accent = HOT! Loved this!

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  • Shannan
  • Sacramento, California
  • 08-15-18

Couldn't finish this

The main male character got thus creepy rapist vibe that made me very uncomfortable. i think the story had promise for being pretty good up until that point. It's just hard for me to believe that the heroine could fall in love with someone who acted like that towards her.

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Disappointing

I'm a Penny Reid fan. Nevertheless, I found this book to be a bit too crass for my taste and just ok plotline.

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  • HC900
  • 06-10-18

Very enjoyable.

This is a strong story, very well written. The characters are easy to see and follow. Good descriptions, excellent dialogue.

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  • JG ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends
  • 12-12-17

Quite enjoyable

I don't know what it was about this story but it just didn't work for me. The characters felt a little disjointed, although I do like a quirky female lead. The humour felt forced at times and too similar to other Penny Reid stories. The premise was refreshing though but the Socialmedialite snippets seemed a little strange on audio. And what an odd way to non-communicate with each other.

The connection and romantic feel did develop but still felt a little at odds with the storyline.

Good but not great but well worth a listen to for George Allen's performance of Ronan.

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  • MurielA
  • 11-28-17

Great story, shame about the accent...

It’s a lovely story, but the female narrator’s Irish accent was physically painful to listen to.

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  • Susan
  • 02-01-16

5* beginning, 2* ending.

It’s ironic that the previous book I listened to was of a similar theme to this one – a beautiful woman suffering from serious shyness - and I made a comment about how unrealistic this scenario was. However in this book, initially, it works. The h is seriously shy and introverted, with good reason. She has no friends, no social life and works from home to avoid office interaction. This is what she prefers, she is comfortable in her solitude and she has no yearning to change the way she has chosen to live. She does, however, come alive online where she is eloquent, witty and entertaining. She has formulated a successful career by mastering online social media and, in this story, is called upon to fix the damaged media image of the rugby playing H.

When H meets introvert h he is instantly in lust. Or so he thinks. But the reader easily recognises that his feelings are oh, so much more than simple lust. What follows is the attempts of an extroverted, very crude, funny (and surprisingly sensitive) Irish rugby player, to romance a woman who, while very attracted to him, avoids emotional ties, and would prefer to wallow in her introverted, anti-social comfort zone. She does, however, seriously lust after him and, against her better judgement, is drawn to him - a fact that he openly takes full advantage of. We see the struggles of the h to cope in a world of people that she has, until now, endeavored to avoid.

Unfortunately this book deteriorates as the story progresses. A small factual niggle for starters: Irish rugby players are not well-known, are not particularly well paid, and are certainly not internationally famous targets of the press. The H was not even currently on the Irish team, yet he flew first class, stayed in a New York penthouse, had brought his mum a house, owned a collection of classic cars and had his own publicity team. Maybe the writers mixed up rugby and soccer because the lifestyle of the H was definitely more fitting to a UK soccer player. Another minor niggle was his constant reference to “fighting” during a rugby match, as though it was part of the game. Rugby is incredibly rough, no doubt about it, but any player “fighting” or throwing punches, would be instantly sidelined.

Then there is the strange inclusion of the H’s mum, who’s character veered wildly between dedicated single mum to raving b**** and back again. In-between we got hints about her avid spending of her son’s money, and her cruel treatment of her daughter, but her son seems to be oblivious to her faults and easily forgives her blatant attempt to get rid of his girlfriend. Not sure if future Christmas dinners are going to be much fun. Add to this was the development of a Jekyll and Hyde personality in the H who was at times understanding, tolerant and sympathetic towards the h’s social disorder, but at other times has a total character turnaround and gives her the ‘cold shoulder’ because of her actions. At one stage he even walked out on her in anger because she told him the truth about her feelings - would he have been happier if she had lied and told him what he wanted to hear?

However my biggest irritation is with the sex in this book. The first few encounters are an erotic part of the developing romance, but then it seemed to descend into “mummy porn” territory and, to be honest, it all got a bit tedious. Suddenly the main plotline about h’s character development was sidelined in exchange for detailed pages of mildly BDSM sex. It seemed like a publisher put a big red line through Penny Reid’s fabulous writing and insisted she put in more sex to get the “FSOG” readers.

I am a real Penny Reid fan and this collaboration with LH Cosway could be so much better. I missed the ability of Ms Reid to get me so emotionally involved with her characters and I seriously got bored with all the sex (never thought I would find myself saying that!). Towards the end of the book I just lost interest, particularly when the H is hesitant to reveal his feelings towards the h, because he worried that she would panic and run, and yet, when she does exactly that, he gets upset with her! Where did that understanding H from the first half of the book go? The ending feels contrived and simplistic with decent storylines once again sacrificed for more sex fest.

This story is narrated from dual POV, with chapters alternating between the H and h with male and female narrators accordingly. Both narrators are excellent, the joint narrating worked really smoothly and it was good to get an insight into the male POV just as much as the female. I would recommend that you give this book a miss, but definitely read others by Penny Reid, as she is (usually) a brilliant writer of emotionally compelling romances.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-15

Great story, terrible improvised accents

I read this book and loved it so listening was easy; but the Irish accents by Lucy Rivers were shocking and did detract from the story somewhat.
That said I still laughed out loud and was thoroughly engaged.
definitely recommend.

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  • Amanda
  • 07-04-15

Love it

Loved this and George Allen needs to narrate more but please please Lucy rivers NEVER try and do an Irish accent again as is sounded more country bumpkin than sexy Irish lol

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  • Lily
  • 10-13-16

Loved it!

Great narration of an entertaining story. Glad I picked this book to listen to, it's been on my TBR list for too long LOL!

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  • Sonja
  • 10-19-15

A wickedly,delightful joyride!

What made the experience of listening to The Hooker and the Hermit the most enjoyable?

Definitely the dialogue. There were many instances as I listened where the narrative was unexpected and caught me by surprise. I actually guffawed out loud at the sheer audacity of the language. This was by no means offensive as the rib tickling language fit the nature of the characters perfectly.

What did you like best about this story?

The very real characters. This was a wonderful collaboration where the nationalities of the authors shone through to ensure the repartee between the characters was completely believable.

What does George Allen and Lucy Rivers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Oh that Irish accent! Swoon! The authenticity of the accents made the whole experience entirely captivating.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Colin Farrell eat your heart out. Here comes Ronan Fitzpatrick!

Any additional comments?

This is an amusing and ribald listening experience that will lighten your mood and put a spring in your step.I didn't want to turn it off and found every opportunity to put my ear buds in so I could travel to Dublin and New York in my mind.