The Cad and the Co-ed by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #3
(Can be read as a stand-alone)
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Genres: Romance, Sports, Contemporary
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?
I read this book in less than two days. I have no self-control when it comes to Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway. It was definitely my favorite of the series. I loved how funny it was! I think it is the funniest of the 3 books.
“But now he was in front of me and I was a little afraid I’d just drooled on myself.”
Ellis is such a strong character. She’s raised her son as a single mother, while working and going to school. While she doesn’t always like accepting help from others, she knows she can’t always do everything on her own. She accepts help from her cousin Sean (The Player and the Pixie), who is just wonderful in this book! I loved his role, his support of Eilish, and his love for Patrick.
“I often wondered if my cousin was the only decent guy out there. Sean stood out like a neon sign as a man barometer, and sadly other men didn’t measure up.”
Speaking of little Patrick, what a cutie! How he calls Sean ‘Monkey Sean,’ was so adorably funny and I could totally imagine a kid doing that. He was so sweet and I only wish we could have seen more of him and his interactions with Bryan.
Bryan. What a cad… well he was a cad. He’s two years sober when his and Eilish’s paths cross again. Unlike his previous partying self, he now prefers pajamas, tea, and a good book. He has really matured and grown up in the years since we last saw him in The Player and the Pixie. He is immediately drawn to Eilish when they meet again, this time at Will’s, a fellow Rugby player, birthday party. (Side note: William Moore. I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED his book is going to be next!) Eilish seems familiar to Bryan, but he can’t put his finger on it.
“Her eyes met mine again, and damn, something in them knocked me off guard for a second. A weird feeling of deja vu hit me as I blurted, “Have we met before?””
When Eilish is hired on as a physiotherapist trainee for the rugby team, she and Bryan start to see a lot more of each other. Eilish tries to avoid him, but it’s inevitable that they get pushed together. She is keeping a huge secret from him and doesn’t know how to go about telling him the fact that their one night stand five years earlier resulted in a baby (i.e. Patrick).
I understand Eilish’s reasoning behind not telling Bryan about the baby right away. He was an alcoholic, partier, unreliable cad. She was only trying to protect her son. When she finally does tell him, Bryan handles the news surprisingly well. I honestly don’t think he could have handled it better. He was mature, and just frankly a man, in every sense of the word. It really displayed just how much he had changed and grown.
Overall, I loved this story. It was so funny, sweet, poignant, and just wonderfully lovely. Go get it now!
I received an eARC from the authors in exchange for an honest review.