Book Review – The Player and the Pixie | Blushing Geek

Book Review – The Player and the Pixie by LH Cosway and Penny Reid

The Player and the Pixie by LH Cosway and Penny Reid | Blushing Geek

The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Series: Rugby, #2
Published April 12, 2016 by Penny Reid
Genre: Sports, RomanceContemporary
326 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Freebie
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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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.


Unlike the recent books I’ve read, this one didn’t catch my attention instantly. I think it has to do with the writing style. I’m not sure, I just think that Sean’s POV at the first few pages sounded like a girl. Well, maybe it’s just me hahaha.

If you’ve read some of my old reviews, you will know that I am not a very big fan of sports romance but I did enjoy some good books in this genre in the past. For this story, I don’t particularly love it but I enjoyed it overall, which is the reason for the 3.5 star rating above.

I wasn’t impressed by how Sean was introduced and he’s really such a pain in the neck. But I was really interested in the idea of him getting involved with his archnemesis’ younger sister. And yep, it was really fun reading about the two of them getting together. I think it was because of that that my first bad impression of Sean is starting to change.

Lucy on the other hand is actually a fine character. I don’t remember that I hated her while reading this story. I also think she’s a really fun character and I do love her platonic friendship with Rick. Most of their conversations were very amusing hahaha. 

I don’t think  this story is that remarkable but it has some good parts that I really love:

  1. Adding Lucy’s issue of doing something whenever she had a fight with her mother or when she’s emotionally distressed. I think adding that one makes this story quite realistic.
  2. Sean’s confrontation scene with Ronan. That scene is definitely one of my favorites. It was just so emotional and beautiful. I love Sean on that part.
  3. There were no annoying characters. Which is really a great relief!

So overall, it was an enjoyable read.

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Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I’ve been meaning to try this book after reading someone else’s review of it so I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part. 🙂

Karen (@teamsheltie)
2 years ago

I’ve read several of Reid’s books and knew about this one but haven’t read it yet.

Also…welcome back!

Karen @For What It’s Worth

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