Book Review: The Hooker and the Hermit by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

hookerandthehermitName: The Hooker and the Hermit
Author: L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Daniela’s Rating: 4.5 stars

Daniela’s review


 

My very first Penny Reid book!

Woop, woop!

I’d been dying to read this book since the moment I read the blurb! At first, the title of the book just got my attention, because come on The Hooker and the Hermit!!!!, it sounds so entertaining! Then, I read the book description and realized I had it all wrong from the title. It sounded way more interesting, and it sounded funny, and relatable, and pretty much like anything I would want read.

Well, this is the story of Annie Catrel (aka the hermit), just a girl, who’d rather spend her days locked up in her apartment, chatting with virtual friends, than to actually go out and face the world. She likes being alone, eating éclairs and doing what she’s good at: working with social media.

Then, we have Ronan Fitzpatrick. He’s the hooker on this major rugby league. He’s really good at what he does, but after sending one of his teammates to the hospital, he’s been suspended from the team for a while. He hates everything related to the media and what it represents (the lack of privacy). So, when he’s sent to Davidson & Croft Media to save the current bad boy image he’s won, he couldn’t be more annoyed. That is, until he finds a beautiful girl, hiding behind her hair and her cloths, eating an éclair. That’s when his entire world changes.

I have to say I enjoyed every single page of this book. There were a few things that aren’t my cup of tea, but that’s because of me, not the book. I’ll explain in a bit. A friend of mine (Dee) has been telling me for a few months now I should read Penny Reid’s books, because they tend to be so funny, and relatable, and just sooo entertaining. And here I am now, thanking her because she was completely right. I should’ve read something by Penny months and months ago, and this was the perfect choice.

The way the characters are introduced are so different from each other, but they complement the other so perfectly. Like, they truly are the perfect match. When I first started reading this, I kept thinking “this book could perfectly be describing my life!” haha :). First of all, I work with social media (not with celebrities, but with brands, which are almost the same thing), it’s something I love because this world is just too wonderful. Next, well.. I own a blog! 🙂 which may not be as big as New York’s Finest, but I love it as much as Annie loved hers. THEN, one thing that surprised me (so much so, I had to PM Penny), somewhere along the book was mentioned this particular food, called “arepas”. I couldn’t help it, I had to ask Penny where she had heard that name and she mentioned there was this restaurant in NY that she had gone to, and loved. Turns out, the food was Venezuelan, and you can imagine my surprise and excitement!!!! (I’m Venezuelan, for those of you who don’t know!) It may be silly, haha but it made my day.

“The only other things at which I excel in life are: 1) responsible financial planning, 2) my hobby blog, and 3) eating.”

Am I the only one who sees the similarity? 🙂 LOL.

Ok, back to the book! The characters were amazing, like I said, they were the perfect match. Where one was shy, the other one was outgoing and ever-present. Where one got carried away, the other one kept calmed. They got the better of each other out. They highlight each other’s best qualities, and I loved that so much. There were a few things I wasn’t particularly fond of, but it wasn’t something that made me stop reading, actually I couldn’t stop. The kinkiness presented in the book was subtle, it didn’t feel grotesque or anything like that, and it certainly wasn’t the main subject. There are so many important things to notice, that it just slipped my mind.

Annie was funny and unique. The girl was special through and through. Yes, she’s a complicated character, but only because she allows it to be. She’s shy and pretty much a loner. She’s had a lot of alone time in her life, so that’s what she knows, and even so, she still sees the world in her own special way. There’s a lot of bad, but there are people who are willing to be good. That’s what she finds in her virtual world.

“Because I’m terrible at almost everything else in life. Take walking or talking, for instance, never mind attempting both at the same time. Or smiling. Or not being weird. Or not creeping people out. Or not being the cause of every awkward silence in a five-mile radius.”

Ronan is the macho guy. He’s dominant but not in a I-own-everything-about-you kind of way. I didn’t feel it like that. Yes, he likes to be in control, but he gives Annie her space when she needs it. He’s funny, he always has a kinky comeback, he has an amazing heart. I loved him. He made me smile like a silly girl with a crush.

“I promise you, once you realize all I want to give you, you’ll like it. Hell, you’ll love it. This is us, and this is permanent.”

The book was just what I needed to read. It was funny, and it was smart. I loved the ups and downs it had. Highly recommended!!!!!

“Dearest Annie, Roses are red. Violets are blue. I’m using my hand But I’m thinking of you. – Ronan P.S. Just to clarify, I’m using my hand to write this note…get your mind out of the gutter.”

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