I’ll honest and say that I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book considering the hero was supposed to be bad in bed. Now call me shallow but I want my heroines to get off, dammit. And a hero who doesn’t know his way around the bedroom is worrisome in romance.

Welp. I’m humbly eating my humble pie in silence because that one detail made this book even more interesting and fun.

So a quick rundown before I go into my personal thoughts on The Player and the Pixie. Lucy Fitzpatrick, sister to Ronan—the hero in the first book—cannot stand Sean Cassidy, which isn’t really a surprise since Sean has been his brother’s rival and most hated team mate from the start. Sean has a reputation of being a douche, and despite his good looks and money, he’s also bad in bed. It’s something that he knows or at least suspected but never really concerned himself with. But when Sean found out about Lucy Fitzpatrick’s “secret” he found an opportunity to have an arrangement with her.

Well, we all know how these arrangements usually go in romance. Sean and Lucy found themselves emotionally entangled but with Ronan being Sean’s rival, coupled with Lucy’s compulsive problems, their romance is on shaky ground. Plus, there’s that “bad in bed” thing. I should’ve known that all these things will come together beautifully because duh…LH Cosway and Penny Reid outdid themselves with this book.

I enjoyed all the elements in this book. The humor, the plot, the writing—all of them flowed nicely together. And I was flipping the pages non-stop. I enjoyed Lucy’s quirkiness and her willingness to deal with Sean despite her personal prejudices against him was admirable. While I do find her inner monologue perplexing at times, it works for her character.

But what truly made this book shine for me was Sean Cassidy. Yup. His character journey was one of the best thing I’ve read. I thought this was going to be another story about a guy who changed because of the power of the pussy. Nothing wrong with those stories. In fact, I’ve enjoyed quite a lot of them. They’re fun to read.

But what this book offered was to give readers a hero who’s really good inside but was considered a mean son of a bitch because he doesn’t play by the rules of propriety. And I loved it. I loved Sean. And I’m not just saying he’s good because he’s the hero so he has to be. Nope. The authors did an excellent job in building his character, from his relationship with his cousin and how he dealt with Lucy and Ronan. He just ticked everything on my “Admirable Characteristics Every Romance Hero Should Have” list.

And if you’re still wondering about the “bad in bed” thing, let me just say that there’s nothing sexier than a man who asks his woman what she likes and then goes about fulfilling every single thing she wants. *fans self*

Conclusion: Read this book. And yes, it can be read as a standalone. The couple from the first book makes an appearance but nothing in their plot intertwines with Lucy’s and Sean’s. Seriously, read this book. The only reason why I gave this a four and not a five is the ending was a bit abrupt and anti-climactic for me. But that’s just me.


<i>ARC provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review</i>