The Cad and the Co-Ed by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #3
Also in this series: The Hooker and The Hermit, The Player and the Pixie
Published by Self-published on February 12th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Cad? What Cad? I forgot all about the Cad around the second or third chapter. Having loved the first two books in the Rugby series, I was keen to read Eilish Cassidy’s story and found a page turner that had me smiling more than I can recall while reading a book in a long time. I can’t recommend this series highly enough. It is fresh, well-paced and downright entertaining.
She didn’t deserve to be forgotten. She deserved to be treasured.
I was a little apprehensive reading about Bryan aka the Cad after what we learned about him earlier in the series, and I didn’t like the idea of him being the one for Eilish. My fears were soon averted as Bryan turned out to be an utterly charming guy, not to mention thoughtful and forgiving! It was easy to see how a young impressionable girl became so swept up in the moment and how quickly she came crashing down from her dream night.
My boy rarely got nervous. He simply took new experiences as they came. I, on the other hand, felt like I had placed him in a wicker basket and was about to send him down the river.
Eilish is a single mother, a proud and independent young lady who for the last four years had educated herself while raising her beautiful son, Patrick. A change in circumstances forced her to return to Ireland and accept the help of her cousin to get back on her feet again. Since the arrival of her son, she has relished in devoting her time to him, being the mother to him she never had.
“I’m not a participation ribbon he gets for having a son.” I swallowed a sudden thickness and crossed my arms. “I deserve better than that.” “So you do,” Sean quickly agreed, putting his arm around my shoulders and squeezing. “You deserve a prince.”
I’d happily settle for someone who wouldn’t forget me.
Her stoic silence about sharing the news of Patrick’s existence to Bryan was put to the test when Eilish takes a position as a physiotherapist with the rugby team. Being so close to Bryan was overwhelming. Despite being ridden with guilt, she held her secret tight, not wanting to lose her precious son. Their chemistry was undeniable, but she wrote it off as lust and Bryan was not ready for a relationship, especially with his team mate’s cousin. His years of drinking had impacted on his memory, and that included ever having met Eilish and fathering their child.
There was lots of beautiful moments and the banter between the teammates, and when they got together, it was awesome. The Twitter posts shared at the beginning of each chapter illustrated their comradery as well as the scenes where they featured. Witty and entertaining, they added another dimension to the characters while not impacting on the flow of the story.
The Cad and the Co-Ed is a story of broken trust and how not all breaks can be mended. Each book in the Rugby series carries the same upbeat tone as they cover difficult issues with sensitive and heartfelt storytelling. Be ready for a few twists. There’s no smooth sailing for a girl who has no time to waste on anything other than the gift of her son. There is so much I loved about this story, as was evident from my highlighting and notes on situations that continued right through to the end of the kickass epilogue.
What I struggled with:
- Her mother’s cold-hearted attitude
What I loved:
- Being swept up in the moment
- Sean’s gift giving
- Bryan’s determination to get himself on track
- Quick thinking teammates and their left of centre plays to help a mate!
- Mother and Son times
- Eilish getting her me time and the effort people went to for her
- Condition No. 5
- The epilogue
Rating: 5 Impressive Stars
Oh. My. God.
The stories in this series just keep getting better and better. I’m not sure I can review The Cad and the Co-Ed without going full on fangirl-mode it was just amazing.
This is a story that has stayed with me even weeks after I’ve read it and I’m sure it will be one of my favorite books of the year. I can safely say this is the best secret baby book I’ve ever read.
Eilish is back in Ireland after years away at college and a tiny detour called Patrick. She was a sweet, adoring and caring single mother to her baby boy. After the most heartbreaking first chapter in the history of the written word (mild exaggeration) I could totally get on the “we-hate-Bryan-Leech-that-eejit” wagon and understand why, at first, she kept his paternity a secret.
“I didn’t want Bryan to suffer. That’s a lie. Part of me wanted to cut his enchanted dick off and burn it.”
Bryan starts off as the biggest asshole in the history of assholes. By the end of the aforementioned gut-wrenching first chapter, I wanted to castrate him with a rusty spoon. You should know, though, that by the end of the second chapter I was mellowing and it didn’t take much more than the third to have completely forgiven him. Once he cleaned up his act, he was an adorable, grumpy, rugby hunk and once his and Eilish’s relationship starts to develop I was rooting for him 1000%.
I loved everything about this story. I loved how realistic the struggle of single-motherhood and overcoming an addiction was portrayed. I loved how Eilish and Bryan’s romance was slow in building but beautiful to witness. I loved how Sean was there for Eilish, Patrick and even Bryan and still could be a hilarious PIA.
“Get Sean to play babysitter.” She laughed. “He doesn’t like the term ‘babysitter’. He prefers ‘child haute couture consultant’.”
I think what I loved more, though, was Bryan. Incredible as it may seem, the eejit stole my heart with his commitment to changing and being better, and how he went absolutely all in, once he found out the truth about Patrick.
“If I wasn’t careful, Eilish Cassidy would be elevated to sainthood level in my mind. I decided I should debauch her before this happened.”
The Cad and the Co-Ed has the same fantastic, funny writing, sexy shenanigans and compellingly quirky characters as The Hooker and the Hermit and The Player and the Pixie. I’m really curious now how Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway think they can top this one, as it was simple brilliance. I connected so much to these characters I got all of the feels and simply couldn’t put it down. This is, most definitely, a must read book and series.
“My God, you’re adorable.”
“I am not adorable. I’m brooding and sexy and masculine,” I said, effecting a manly expression. It was all in the brow.
Rating: 5 “Best secret baby book ever” Stars
Meet Penny Reid:
Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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Meet L.H. Cosway:
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.
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