The Varlet and the Voyeur
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The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

In The Varlet and the Voyeur, we meet the very awkward Josie and the very nobel Will.

The Varlet and the Voyeur

THE VARLET AND THE VOYEUR
by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Publication Date:  June 12, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Source: Social Butterfuly PR
Purchase: Amazon 
Story Rating: 4.5/ 5
Romance Rating: 4/5

Description:

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.

Review

I enjoyed this book, however, I have absolutely loved every other book in this series. It pains me to have to give this one only 4.5 stars. It was good, it wasn’t amazing…

I’ll talk about the things I liked first:
The writing was engaging, quirky and easy to read.
I loved getting to see what some of my favorite characters from other books in the series were up to.
The quick Twitter conversations at the beginning of the chapters made me smile.
I absolutely LOVED the emails Josie and Will sent each other at the beginning.
The authors handled the idea of voyeurism in a positive way.

I had such high expectations for this. The premise and writing were out of this world. The problem is I found myself unable to fully connect with either character. In some ways, both Josie and Will felt like caricatures.

Josie is a socially awkward but intelligent 26-year-old who for the first time in her life is forced to move out of her parent’s house and try to make it on her own. I wanted to like her, I love quirky characters, but it seemed the focus was on making her so incredibly awkward and inappropriate being relatable fell by the wayside.

Will likes to watch people have sex. While I absolutely appreciate when any unique sexual behavior is handled in a positive light, I struggled to buy into this one. Of course, I appreciated all the discussion on exploitation, ethical porn, and power imbalances in a relationship. His reasons seemed so petty in relation to his reactions. It was a struggle to take him seriously. He was so self-sacrificing at all times, it just didn’t make sense to me.

Overall, The Varlet and the Voyeur was a great light summer read. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys quirky characters and rugby players.

If you enjoy sports romances, you might enjoy For Crosby or Ball Buster.

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