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- Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494561859
- ISBN-13: 978-1494561857
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 737 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,978,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Hooker and the Hermit is a witty romantic comedy with an above-average narration, making it a good audiobook choice." ---AudioGals
About the Author
L. H. Cosway is the author of several books, including Hearts of Fire, Painted Faces, and Six of Hearts. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and Greek and Roman civilization and a master's degree in post-colonial literature.
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*Takes deep breath* *whispers* "Ididn'tloveit..." What was that? You read that right. I didn't love it. THERE. I SAID IT! I feel ashamed and disloyal to the literary geniuses who are Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway by saying it, but I. just. didn't. love. it. And I feel like I'm in the minority here, but that has never stopped me before, so this is why...
Maybe it's because I had such high expectations? When two brilliant minds collaborate such as Reid and Cosway, I expect BIG THINGS. I expect their chapters to move mountains... their paragraphs to cause unexpected solar and/or lunar eclipses. Tsunamis? Maybe. Earthquakes? Definitely. And I just didn't get any of that from this book. So that could have been part of the problem, but...
It was also just so damn predictable. And maybe it's just because of the sheer volume of romance books I have read over the years (which is very possible), but I just wasn't surprised by anything, which IS unlike the rest of Reid's books. That girl normally keeps me guessing.
AND the female main character (Annie) just BOTHERED me. I know how it is to be socially awkward. Believe me. I AM socially awkward. She just took it to a whole new level, which at parts was honestly hard to read. I was embarrassed FOR her. Like cringe-worthy embarrassed. And she was all over the place emotionally! I honestly wanted to reach into the book and slap her a time or two. You all know how it is when you're not a fan of one of the main characters... especially the female lead... no bueno.
What did I like? Plenty. Don't get me wrong. It was a good book. I loved Ronan. These ladies did not disappoint in their male main character. You'll love him too. It was also funny (which I have come to expect from both of these authors). I did enjoy it, aside from the little nuances I listed above. So definitely read it. You'll enjoy it. For me, I guess I just expected the resurrection of the actual Elvis (in the literal sense) by the collaboration of two of my favorite authors, and was slightly dissapointed when I encountered only a professional Elvis impersonator instead.
The hero and heroine are problematic. Ronan is a rugby player who is sent to Annie’s company to revamp his image. Annie works for a PR firm but also moonlights (anonymously) as a blogger who comments on celebrities. She is also an extreme Introvert. Most of her emotional connections happen online. She has no real friends and basically hides away in her apartment and is quite content to do so. When Ronan and Annie meet, Ronan is immediately attracted to her and makes several heavy-handed passes at her. This was my first problem. Within hours of meeting Annie, Ronan corners her in an elevator and is making sexually suggestive remarks to her. This actually made me angry. The woman is just trying to do her job and this guy is hitting on her. The authors try to make this okay by having Annie appear slightly hot and bothered by Ronan’s passes (and Ronan is apparently astute enough to see the answering heat in Annie’s eyes). But the fact is, Annie tells him on several occasions that she is not okay with his remarks and yet he continues to ignore her. Her wishes don’t matter because he “knows” she doesn’t mean it. That’s a bothersome message and made me not dislike the hero slightly. I was turned off by how inappropriate his behavior was and how entitled he felt to just pursue a woman who had told him she wasn’t interested. To the point where he talks about being inside her and touching her, such as holding her hand or placing his hand on her leg. This is not okay. I don’t care how famous or good looking someone is.
But the real problem is Annie. I think the authors intended for her social anxiety to make her sympathetic but in the end they made her reactions so extreme she was just annoying. I found myself disliking her and wondering why Ronan was so enchanted by her. And the last confrontation that Annie and Ronan have before they get their happy ending really made me angry. Because not only was Annie’s reaction over the top but it was completely unfair and unreasonable. When Ronan finally tells her off, I was cheering him on. I think I would have been perfectly happy if Ronan had just walked away at that point and never looked back, that’s how annoyed I was with Annie.
Anyway, there are things to like about in this book. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, it’s not the main characters.
The other huge issue I have with the story is the use of false abuse accusations by the former girlfriend. Women are routinely not believed when they claim abuse and are accused of making it up so I find it really offensive that female authors would use this as a lazy way to make the ex girlfriend horrible.
I think both authors are talented writers. It's a shame therefore that they came up with such an unlikeable hero and filled their story with lazy tropes (not just the super b**ch ex but the curvy girl who has no confidence and is given the clothing makeover and the brilliant girl who is no good with people and the man eating female boss …… the list goes on).