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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 getting 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.


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Varlet and the Voyeur

L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

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The fourth and final standalone novel in the Rugby series from authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid is available now, and I have an excerpt for you.

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Excerpt

“You must be Josey,” he said with a small smile as he approached. Even though it was small, it set my heart pounding. He seemed completely confident and at ease. I hadn’t even opened my mouth and already I was failing.

“Yes, I am she.” I nodded. “Sorry about the water. I’m all fingers and thumbs. That’s not a euphemism by the way, hahaha.”

Oh, man. This was bad.

At least I managed not to open with So, voyeurism, eh? What’s all that about? But really, my inner pervert was intrigued. She wanted to know where, why, and with whom he engaged in such activities, but I guessed quizzing him on kink right now wouldn’t work in my favor.

Will’s mouth did a weird, non-smiling quirk thing, but I couldn’t tell if it was a good or a bad sign. Probably bad.

“Didn’t think it was,” he replied, and I swallowed.

“Oh my goodness, I’ve offended you, haven’t I? It was supposed to be a joke, but sometimes I have a weird sense of humor. Anyway, just pretend I never said it.” I held my hand out to him. “I’m Josey Kavanagh and it’s a pleasure to meet you.”

He took my normal sized hand and shook it in his giant one. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, too. I’m Will. Bryan said you’re a friend of Eilish?”

“Yes, me and Eilish go way back to our days in the ’hood.”

Silence.

Stop trying to make jokes, Josey. They’re going down like a glass of cold vomit.

“She’s my physio.” His eyes got all crinkly and I wondered if maybe he had a soft spot for her. Eilish had her fair share of admirers, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. She was kind, strong, and smart, beautiful, easy to talk to.

“Yeah, she’s great with her hands.” I nodded and internally winced. Usually, I had a ratio of three okay statements for every awkward one. Now every single sentence coming out of my mouth was bad.

William—er, Will—didn’t seem bothered though, or maybe he was just good at hiding it.

“Can I take your order?” the waitress asked, having approached the table, and I was glad for the distraction. She used a cloth to dry up the spilled water as I replied, “Yes, I’ll have tea.”

“Black coffee, thank you,” Will said.

The waitress left, and Will held my gaze for a second. His eyes drifted along my forehead, then travelled down to my chin. He blinked, his eyebrows inching together.

I stiffened. “Do I have something on my face?”

He shook his head. “No.”

I frowned, touching my chin. “Are you sure? You can tell me.”

“No.”

“No, you’re not going to tell me? Or no, I have nothing on my face?” Now I was searching my cheeks with my fingers.

“No, you have nothing on your face.” His eyebrows did this odd thing, where they came together and then apart, and then together again, like he was trying to clear his expression.

I squinted at him. “In my teeth? There’s something in my teeth.” I picked up a spoon and checked the reflection. Unfortunately, it was concave, so I was upside down.

“There’s nothing in your teeth.” His calm voice held a hint of something I couldn’t identify. When I glanced at him again his gaze was still moving over my face in a peculiar way. So I dropped the spoon, unhappy with its distorted reflective qualities, and picked up the knife.

“There’s nothing on your face, I promise. It’s just—”

“What?” I wiped my nose with the back of my hand because—oh God—I probably had a hanging snot.

“It’s just . . . interesting.” He said this haltingly and then winced slightly, giving me the impression he hadn’t meant to say the word ‘interesting.’

I blinked at my miniature reflection in the knife, and then at him. “I beg your pardon?”

“You’ve got”—he lifted his chin towards my face and breathed out, sounding frustrated—“you have interesting features.”

I stiffened.

I knew I wasn’t the most conventionally attractive flower in the garden—more like a thistle than a rose—but it wasn’t a nice feeling when someone pointed it out. When I was younger I’d get upset, but these days I tried to own it.

Considering him, and his conventionally attractive everything, I crossed my arms. “My friend Alice from school used to say I looked like a bug.”

Will’s brows drew together, like my statement irritated him. “No. You remind me of those big eyes paintings from that movie. Ever seen it?”

“Can’t say that I have,” I mumbled quietly. Big eyes?

I had no idea what paintings he was talking about or what movie. I also didn’t want to know, because if they were ugly or weird looking, that meant he thought I was too, and I’d rather live in blissful ignorance of the extent to which my features were “interesting,” thankyouverymuch.

The waitress came with our drinks and I busied myself adding sugar and milk as I tried to get the conversation back on course. “So, about this job, what sort of person are you looking for?”

Will thought on it a moment, then answered, “I need someone who’s honest.”

I waited for him to continue, widening my eyes. When he didn’t, I prompted, “That’s it? Just honest? That’s the only requirement?”

He stared at me, as though considering, or maybe struggling to find the right words. Maybe he was one of those verbally constipated people. I noted his eyes were gray-ish green, the color reminded me of granite for some reason.

Abruptly, he said, “Living with Bryan worked because he was sober and attending AA. He had this rigid routine and I followed it. But then he left to move in with Eilish and things went downhill.” He glanced at his hands, like they held a memory.

Studying him, I nodded. “So, you need someone like Bryan? Who doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs, who goes to bed at a reasonable hour and gets up at 5:00 a.m. to work out?” Because if so, I was not that person.

I loved wine. We were in a relationship.

I did exercise, but mostly (only) because of my dog.

I’d also indulged in a little marijuana every now and again. In fact, my parents were the only ones I smoked it with. Most people thought this was weird, I know, but my dad was an intellectual and my mam was an artist. They claimed it opened their minds, helped them access a higher plane of thinking, but really, they just liked getting high.

Honestly? I liked it because of the snacks. My dad couldn’t cook a real meal to save his life, but he made the best snacks whenever he was high. My favorite was his fondue. Sometimes I’d pretend to smoke just to get the snacks.

And last but not least, I wasn’t a morning person. My alarm going off at 7:00 a.m. was my least favorite part of the day.

“No, I don’t expect you to be Bryan.” William’s eyes seemed to smile, but the rest of his expression was unchanged. “Honesty a-and boundaries.” He took another deep breath, his gaze moving over my shoulder. “Someone to”—he frowned, again looking frustrated—“someone to help me resist my worst impulses, and check in on me, hold me accountable.” A dark cloud seemed to form behind his stare as he brought it back to me.

“Can you explain that a bit more? What do you mean, ‘check in on me’?”

He glanced over my head, squinting. “Be present. Ask me about my day, tell me about yours. Ask me what I’ve been doing, if I’ve been tempted to seek out company.” His eyes came back to mine. “That kind of thing.”

“So, I’ll be like a mish-mash between a therapist and a babysitter.” Blarg! I regretted the words as soon as they left my mouth.

But he nodded, not looking at all perturbed by my description. “Yeah, basically.”

“And what if you are tempted?”

“Distract me. Remind me of all the reasons why it’s a bad idea, my responsibility to the team, the ramifications to my career.” His gaze flickered over me, and he added quickly, “If you think you can do that then the job is yours.”

The job is mine? What??

YES!

Except . . .

My stomach flipped over.

I really wanted to lie and tell him I was sure I could do that, but I had to be honest. “Cards on the table, I might not be the person you’re looking for.”

He sat back, his gorgeous head tilting to the side as though he were studying me, his delicious voice a deep rumble. “How so?”

“I’m messy and disorganized. I drink too much wine and I oversleep. I’m not great with boundaries, frequently overstepping, or just saying absolutely the wrong thing. I never seem to know when something is or isn’t my business, offering opinions when I should hold my tongue. I also have a dog. He’s a bit of a handful.”

“I like dogs,” Will said, his eyes seeming to smile again. “On the farm we had lots of working dogs.”

Rocky was about as far from a working dog as you could get. He was a ball of pampered, energetic mischief, but I wasn’t going to get into that right now.

“The fact is, in all honesty, because I have a real problem with honesty—in that I’m always honest and frequently to my detriment, like now—I would absolutely love to take you up on this offer, but I think there are people out there far better suited. You’ll have a much higher chance of success if you choose someone else.” I paused to give a soft laugh. “Someone who’s the opposite of me, basically.”

Will didn’t say anything for a moment, studying my face in a way that made me start to feel self-conscious again.

Then he said, “You’re hired.”

My brows shot right up into my forehead. “Have you listened to a single word I’ve said? I’d make a terrible sober companion, or well, voyeurism abstinence sponsor, I guess.”

“I disagree.”

What?

I stared at him, incredulous. “Why on earth do you want to hire me?”

“You’ll tell me the truth even if it won’t benefit you to do so.” His gaze was steady. “That’s what I need.”

Mouth agape, I blinked. Well. . . wow.

Did you hear that? I’m what he needs!

And I’d told him the truth, so maybe I was right for this job after all.

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I’ve already purchased the ebook and I’m waiting for the audiobook to go live. I need this paperback for my shelf to complete my collection.

Ahh! I love these books but I think I will completely identify with the awkwardness of this character. When a blurb can make my stomach feel funny and my heart stop because I identify with a character and have felt the way she does, I know I will love it!

I can’t decide if this is sad because Will evidently has an addiction to voyeurism or funny because Josey can’t help but blurt out what she thinks! Can’t wait to read!

Looove the excerpt. It´s amusing and interesting. I´m already in love witht he characters. Can´t wait to read more :)

I haven’t read this series yet. The excerpt sounds great. I love the dynamic between these two, and it sounds like it will be a very entertaining read. Thanks for the great giveaway chance.

I try to avoid excerpt as I see it as some kind of spoiler. Looking forward to the book no matter what! =D

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this new book by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid!! I love their books so much and this cowritten series of theirs is phenomenal. I absolutely love romantic comedies and these books have it in spades!!!! This excerpt was incredible and I can’t wait to read Josey and Will’s story! You can tell from the opening line that Josey is attracted to Will and has no problem speaking what’s on her mind. She is quirky and really funny! I laughed so hard during this passage “At least I managed not to open with So, voyeurism, eh? What’s all that about? But really, my inner pervert was intrigued. She wanted to know where, why, and with whom he engaged in such activities, but I guessed quizzing him on kink right now wouldn’t work in my favor”. I love characters who just say what’s on their minds and have no filter!!! I also loved how after this passage Will gave her that non-smiling quirk! It’s like he is trying to be cool and not show her how she is affecting him but it’s clear that he is intrigued by her. One thing is for certain she will always tell him like it is and I think he respects that. When Will couldn’t stop staring at Josey and told her she has “interesting features”, I think she kind of took it in a bad way but I don’t think Will meant it like that. I think he finds her endearing and is intrigued by her and there might even be some instant attraction on his end. One thing I love in books is the initial meeting between the main characters and L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid did not disappoint in this scene. I really think the awkward moments were realistic and charming! First meetings are never perfect between two people and they conveyed this one seamlessly! I also liked how honest Josey was with Will about her reservations about the job and not knowing if she would be the perfect fit for the job. She didn’t hold back, even though she clearly needs the job. I also liked how Will knows he needs someone to keep him accountable and how important it is to his career to not mess this up! I honestly think there won’t be a dull moment in their relationship. She will hold him accountable and speak honestly to him and keep him on his toes and I’m betting it won’t be long before they are both falling head over heels in love with one another! Sigh! I need this book ASAP!!! Thank you for this incredible chance Natasha!!!

Honestly, it would be better if I didn’t get this book because once I start one I stay up late, sneak away from work and can’t really concentrate until I’m finished…and then I’m disappointed that I’m done. But I’d still love to get my hands on it ASAP!

I just finished reading this, it was so good!! I loved how Will loves all of Josey’s quirks that she’s so worried about.

Josey sounds hilarious – I’m reading the ebook over the next couple of days, can;t wait to read more about her and her dog!

Thank you for sharing this excerpt, and offering the prizes. I’m now struggling even more to hold off on reading before I can re-read #3 in the series! Must. Read. Everything. NOW.

I’ve already read the e-book, but I remember reading this part of the book and finding it so incredibly adorable. Penny Reid never disappoints.

Oh, I need more! I just found the rest of the series earlier this year, and I rushed right through them. As well as their other books.

I loved this book, and this part was so funny. I bought the book yesterday and finished this morning. It was hard to put down. I love both L.H. COSWAY & PENNY REID and it is sad that the series is over.

Oh my, I love Josey’s honesty! And not being able to stop talking by filling the silence. Penny Reid and LH Coswy are genius together and separately!

Reading it now! Love it! Josey is just the best character and you picked a wonderful excerpt because I remember reading this section in the book and I just died laughing!

I love this excerpt and I love this book! I actually finished reading it the day it came out. Will was one of the characters I’ve wanted to know more about after reading Eilish and Bryan’s story!

AGH!! Just like all the other books in this series and everything by Penny Ried and L.H. Cosway, this book GAVE 🙌🏼 ME 🙌🏼LIFE!! Every single time a new book is released, I can barely contain myself! My husband couldn’t figure out why I stayed up so so so late to read this masterpiece! And honestly? This excerpt is such a powerful and satisfying reflection of these characters! I admire them both so much and they really do seem to fit. I think it is a true testament to the writing that these characters, places, and events are so developed and real. Thank you for another triumph!

I loved this scene once the book! I loved how Will was drawn to her in an unconvential way – he didn’t find her beautiful but just really interesting. I feel like it’s more realistic.

I love when they mention dogs, but to be honest, I just read Bryan and Eilish’s book so I love the continuation and chance to learn more about Will!

I love this series and from the excert I think I’m going to love thus book!! Lots of hotness to look forward to.

Loved this scene in the excerpt. I think Josey and I are soul sisters of awkward. I love her so much because I too am a nervous talker!

Penny Reid and L.H. Conway are 4 for 4 in grabbing my attention from the get go with this series. I can’t wait to read the adventures of Josey and Will (and previous characters scenes if any).

I am so excited that this book is finally here! I can’t wait to learn more about Josey and William! Penny Reid and LH Cosway are two of my favorite authors!

I think I’m Josie. Honestly, Penny always makes her characters so relatable that i think I’m all of them. I can’t wait to finally read this.

Talk about honesty! I love the way these authors develop conversations like this one, they are human, smart and so funny! I love it.

Wow, I am so excited for this book! I love quirky, honest lovable characters. This looks like it will deliver.

I can’t wait to read what happens next with these two! I love that he calls her looks ‘interesting.’ I bet he changes his mind. Love this series and hate that it’s ending. I don’t know much about rugby or rugby players, but I’ve enjoyed reading about them!❤️

Oh my goodness, this whole book, ne, series, was just amazballs! I hope it’s not the last this awesome duo work together!

Having read this book already, I can see how this scene perfectly helps introduce the two main characters. You can see that Will is the stoic, silent, type, whereas Josie is the awkward, no-filter type. Will and Josey are just so perfect together and balance each other’s quirks. Love this one! Thank you for the chance!

Can’t wait! I’ve been reading another book and haven’t gotten this one yet.
I love all three previous books and can’t wait to read this!

I have just finished this one! Ughh so freaking funny and great and witty but what did I expect right? As usual, the duo delivers an amazing romcom read! First off, Josey is so freaking relatable in a way that a lot of us are so freaking awkward in social situations lmao. Second, I have always loved Penny Reid’s amazing diversity in characters and how she freaking handles social/mental difficulties like a pro-finesse and all that jazz. Thirdly, (is that even a word?), freaking loved your excerpt!

I’m going to be very frank and say that I am one of those readers that refuse to read excerpts on the books I already know that I’m going to read. Since I’m a “Penny Read Junkie,” that’s a given. I will say that I have no doubt that this excerpt is as amazing as the rest of the book will be. :)

I just finished reading this book and I loved it! I particularly love how awkward Josey can be. Very relatable! ;)

I love these two. I have been waiting for Will’s book since Bryan’s book!! I love that Josey is so completely honest. We need more people like her in the world. :)

I haven’t read this series yet but it sounds like something I would absolutely love reading. Thank you for the chance to win!

This book sounds incredibly humorous, a must read. I feel like it could be my autobiography since I can’t seem to stem the words from flowing around people I don’t know, or do know, or animals, and even inanimate objects sometimes…

I adore Josey and Will! I think we can already see how this is a case of opposites attract and just knowing it’s written by LH Cosway and Penny Reid makes it a one click by for me. I love that she’s a bit different – a bit immature but so good hearted. He’s quite serious but also has that deep heart of gold and is already protective of her from the very beginning. Such a lovely read 💗

I skimmed… why because I refuse to ruin it. I’ve read every single Rugby book in this series. I wait for the audio to come out as I love doing the whispersync thing. These guys sound so good. I would love to start the paperback collection.

Josey is so quirky. I absolutely adore her. And Will, a kinky gentleman it doesn’t get any better.

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