New York’s Finest
Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!
You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy. Well, I have a confession to make…
Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.
Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…
When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.
What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?
The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 110k word novel, and is a standalone.
Annie Cartel is a walking contradiction. She works as a consultant making over celebrity’s images, yet she has very little social interactions with people. However, unbeknownst to anyone, she runs a blog making witty and hilarious comments about clueless celebrities. She dresses in baggy clothes so she won’t stand out. Yet, she is beautiful and doesn’t go unnoticed by her new client, Ronan Fitzpatrick. Ronan is on his way to being the best “hooker” for a rugby team in Ireland. But, he has come to New York to change his reputation in the media after his temper gets the best of him. The two are complete opposites. She has trouble interacting with people in public but thrives as her online personality. He is being dragged kicking and screaming into the world of social media. The attraction between Annie and Ronan is off the charts. Ronan is a shameless flirt, but Annie wants no part of a relationship. As she spends more time with him, he is able to break down some of the walls she has erected. She realizes he isn’t the jerk the media is portraying him to be. Can these two opposites find happiness together, and what will happen when their secrets come to light?
I loved the sexy, steamy romance and their chemistry, and let me tell you there was fire in the bedroom. I’m still fanning myself….However, I liked the commentary on the celebrity and social media age we live in today where the internet can sometimes replace everyday interactions with people.
“No person is ever truly their online or media persona. For better or worse, the human condition, desires, and faults are so much more robust than pixels on a screen or words beneath a caption.”
This quote struck me and really made me think about how much time I spend on a computer. While I love the friends I have made online, in fact, I have met a few in person, and they have become like family to me, interacting with people “in person” is also important. And, sometimes we forget celebrities are human; they aren’t always the image we perceive them to be.
I could go on and on about all the things I loved about this book, but there isn’t enough space to fill it up with all my reasons. If you are looking for some satire, laughs, love, and hot sex, this one has it all. I haven’t read anything by these two phenoms before, but I sure am glad I found them.