BLOG TOUR: REVIEW, EXCERPT, AND GIVEAWAY: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is available NOW!

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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)

William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)

Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN

What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.

What she needs is an apartment with free rent.

Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.

Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!

Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th(and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

My Review

“We’re all the underdog in our own story.”

Josey Kavanaugh could not have explained life any better, and as the newest heroine in Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway’s co-written Rugby series, there’s definitely truth for her in that statement because regardless of how others see people’s quirks, oddities or strange behaviors, they’re always their own biggest critic, which is why her new living arrangement may be more difficult than she thinks.

Those who have been around Josey see a babbling, flustered, and embarrassing woman who doesn’t understand boundaries and who says stupid and sometimes inappropriate things when she’s in mixed company. They see someone who has a tendency of putting her foot in her mouth and annoying others with her non sequitur tendencies.

Those who have been around Will Moore, before information about his private life and sexual tendencies were released to the public, see a reserved, quiet, and pensive man with no social life but also an athlete who plays one hell of a good game of rugby. They see someone who’s a bit of a loner and a country boy due to where he’s from back in the States.

Those who have been around both Josey and Will see two people who couldn’t be more different, but it’s those differences that make them the perfect team in order to fix Will’s image issue and provide Josey with a place to live and a way to continue her goal of becoming a veterinarian. It’s Josey’s ability to fill the room with words and sounds that soothes Will and allows him to stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to his voyeuristic tendencies. Those who know both Will and Josey don’t see this arrangement working out, but that’s only because they don’t take the time to see how refreshing Josey’s honesty, curiosity, and uniqueness is for someone like Will…someone who needs to be distracted and kept an eye on so that his particular kink doesn’t compromise his position on his team or have him crossing boundaries that he’s not comfortable with, because regardless of the bad press he’s receiving lately, Will is definitely a man of principles…a controlled man who needs rules and clear expectations with minimal risks, or when it comes to Josey, he needs to feel like he can trust her and trust himself, which takes time and quite a bit of overthinking, but it definitely seems that these two together can be what the other one needs and maybe even what they never knew they wanted.

I really liked both Will and Josey. They both got stuck in their head a lot but given their quirks and people’s perceptions, it wasn’t surprising. As soon as Will proposed to hook up with Josey in Australia, I knew that it was going to be impossible for either of them to give only their bodies to one another because there was an attraction there from the beginning, which means feelings were bound to become a factor, sooner rather than later.

Will and Josey are definitely unique characters – ones whose quirky mentalities might not mesh well with some readers, but its their uniqueness that endeared them to me, especially Josey; in my opinion, she’s a very relatable heroine. I found myself embarrassed for her at times and also heartbroken because of the way she felt people’s judgments of her. I love that Will truly sees her from their very first interaction, and he accepts everything she is; in fact, he embraces her oddities, which is quite refreshing given the ways of society.

I’m so sad to see this series end; each story was extremely entertaining and I also say that Reid and Cosway write some of the best smart romance around. I sincerely hope they co-wrote another series sometime soon because I know I’m not the only fan who can’t get enough of the tales that they together.

4 Poison Apples

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Excerpt

*Will*

When I saw how spotless the shared living space was, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and peeked my head into her bathroom, Rocky dancing around my feet as I entered the space. The counters were covered in woman-products, but the marble surface and sink were free of water spots, and the glass of the shower had been wiped clean.

I glanced at Rocky. He glanced at me. Bemused, I chuckled to myself, about to turn back to the door, and that’s when I spotted it.

A dildo.

A big, Pyrex dildo.

With ridges.

In the shower.

I froze, blinked, and I stared at it, my brain sluggish. Oddly, I had to remind myself to breathe. Likely because I was . . .

I was—

I was shocked.

I shook myself, tearing my eyes from it and rubbing my chest where an odd kind of pang was spreading mild warmth up my neck.

But why was I shocked?

Why should I be surprised?

Despite my never seeing her that way, Josey was a woman and women have needs.

Don’t they?

I hadn’t grown up around women—any women. My mother died when she had my youngest brother. My grandmother died before I was born. I had no sisters. We lived on a farm, way out in BFN Oklahoma.

Girls—women—and their bodies were sacred lands of the unknown to us Moore boys.

Unbidden—completely unbidden—an image of Josey flashed through my mind’s eye. Her full lips parted, her big eyes closed, causing her thick black lashes to catch droplets of water before they dripped over her sharp cheekbones. Her head would be lolled back as shower spray melted bubbles of slippery soap, sliding down her bare skin as they dissolved. Her legs would be parted, and maybe one hand would be braced against the wall of the shower while the other moved in a steady rhythm.

Holding that huge, glass dildo.

I swallowed a sudden rush of salvia and, unable to help myself, I leaned closer to the sex toy, examining it and comparing its size against my own.

I was bigger.

But not by much.

And for some reason, this realization made me instantly hard.

Crap.

Of course I knew Josey was a woman, but until this moment, I’d never really thought of her that way. Not even the tampon-mountain drove the point home. Up until this point, she was someone I liked as a person, someone who made me laugh, who was smart and compassionate, someone around whom I felt completely comfortable. A good—no, a great companion.

She was still all of those things, except—

Except now I’ve pictured her naked.

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Meet Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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