The Hooker and the Hermit

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

4.25 Bollocks, bitches, and Battlestar Galactica stars!

“I want you free. I want you wild. I want you brave. I want you any way I can get you.”

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***First off I want to clarify something, in the title Hooker does not stand for prostitution, it’s a sports position in rugby! I just wanted to put that out there because when this book started blowing up Goodreads, I honestly thought it was a about a lady of the night.***

Now that that’s cleared up, OMIGOSH THIS BOOK WAS SUCH A FUN READ!!! I adored Six of Hearts by LH Cosway, but I’ve never read anything by Penny Reid (despite her books sitting on my kindle for longer than I’d care to admit). I honestly could not tell that two people wrote this book, it was done so well! Needless to say, this book has lit a fire under my ass to start reading her books asap!

The Hooker and the Hermit is the story of Annie and Ronan. Annie is the secret blogger known as the Socialmedialite. Witty online through her writing, Annie in real life is incredibly socially awkward. She has trouble making eye contact and connecting to other people by talking. One day while out eating, Annie sees a Colin Farrell look alike and snaps a picture of him for her blog. This CF look alike is in fact a famous Irish rugby player who is taking a break from the game for personal issues. In a weird twist of fate, Annie’s PR company picks up Ronan as a client, and pairs Annie and Ronan to clear up his public image.

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At the beginning of the book, I have to say I didn’t care for Ronan all that much. He basically agreed to go along with the PR company mostly because his end goal was to get into Annie’s pants. Romantic right? Well, over time he turned out to be a pretty amazing book boyfriend. His determination to get Annie to open up to him, to give a relationship between the two of them a chance pulled at my heartstrings for the majority of the book. In fact, I love books where the man has to convince the girl to be in a relationship instead of the other way around.

Annie was so endearing. Her past led her to her social insecurities and I just wanted to give the girl a giant hug the entire book. I do think she may have overreacted a bit when it came to Ronan’s actions, and she pushed him away so many times, but I still liked her as a heroine.

I feel like a lot of us who review can relate to Annie very easily. For some reason or another, we all turn to our blogs or Goodreads in order to express ourselves and our opinions on books rather than just talking to other “real life” people. Many of us love our anonymity. Others may not care. But we all know what it’s like to sit in front of a computer screen and let out hearts pour out onto the keyboard.

This book was so freaking funny. There was many a moment where I smiled or laughed out loud (luckily I don’t laugh like Annie or I would have gotten some seriously weird looks directed my way). Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Thought I won’t object to your calling me Daddy.”
Her eyes got really big then, and I burst out laughing, “I’m joking, Annie; relax. I’m joking”
“Thank God.”
“I know. I think I might have creeped myself out with that one.”

“She said seals sexually assault penguins and deserved to be clubbed. That woman is nuttier than a Snickers bar.”

“For the love of God, don’t ever laugh in public. No one will forgive you for it. You’ll be ridiculed, Ronan will go on an assault spree, and then Ian will have a mental breakdown trying to clean up the mess.”

“I love him more than Sean Connery loves talking about Scottish politics while living in Southern California with a llama.”

A very cute, fun book that I am so glad I read. Thanks to Suzanne (and Jasmine) for the recommendation!!!

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