ARC Review: The Varlet and the Voyeur

By L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

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This is the final offering in Cosway’s and Reid’s Irish Rugby series and by far it is my favorite of the four! That’s most likely because William Moore is one of the most interesting heroes I’ve read in a long time!

Will’s been hanging around in the back of the previous three novels, a team mate of our first three heroes and a gentleman  to the core. So imagine the readers surprise when Will’s book opens up with him enveloped in a public scandal — he’s been outed as a voyeur, a “pervert.” That’s right. Our gentleman Will likes to watch….

Will decides he needs a roommate to distract him from his proclivities; enter Josey, the loudmouth friend of Eilish who we meet in Book 3. At the start of The Varlet and the Voyeur, I did NOT like Josey. She is spoiled and bratty and says inappropriate things. But I found myself warming up to her, seeing the sweetheart inside. She is spoiled, yes. But she recognizes it and she’s working on it.

I appreciated this. In so many romances (at least the ones I’ve been reading lately), we’re given a spunky girl with a fiery attitude. We like her right away. But she falls for a bad boy, or a jaded man hardened by life. And it takes us a while to see the good in him. This was the exact opposite. I liked the reversal of norms here.

But Josey and Will suffer from one of my most disliked romance tropes. Though it’s probably the most realistic problem romance couples deal with, it is also the one I find most frustrating. Neither character can read the other’s thoughts, nor are they willing to put themselves on the line, so they make assumptions and misunderstandings occur. This is so frustrating for me to read because if they would just be HONEST with each other then they could find resolution so much more quickly! By chapter 20, their inability to speak to each other was painful for me. I just wanted to step into the novel and scream, “Will, she likes you! Get over yourself!”, “Josey, he likes you too! Put on your big girl panties and woman up!” Ugh!

As frustrated as I was, wen the couple did get together it was extremely satisfying.

The book had a lot of the quirky humor that I come to expect in a Penny Reid book, especially during all the chapter-opening Twitter convos between the rugby players.

Since The Varlet and the Voyeur takes place in Dublin (a place I’ve always wanted to visit) and then travels to Sydney, Australia (it’s on my bucket list too), the book is a must choose for my May Ultimate Reading Challenge selection — Set in a Place You’d Like to Visit.

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I’m giving The Varlet and the Voyeur a solid four stars. But it would probably get five if I didn’t feel like I wanted to reach into my Kindle and sit the characters down on a couch and make them talk to each other!

The Varlet and the Voyeur releases everywhere but Kindle on June 11. On June 14 it will be available on Kindle Unlimited.

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3 comments

  1. […] See my above comment about the torture that is vertigo…. But I did manage to flisten to a few books on Audible — Stay, Maybe Someday and Maybe Not. Then I “suffered” through my ARC of the final Rugby book from Cosway and Reid, The Varlet and the Voyeur. You can read what I thought of it here. […]

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  2. […] player who accidentally falls for his dog walker (adorable right?), while also reading my ARC of The Varlet and the Voyeur, which is about a rugby player. Two sports romances at once did not mix. I ended up getting […]

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