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The Varlet and the Voyeur

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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
Story Rating: 4.5/ 5
Romance Rating: 4/5

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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 Incognito.

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