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The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

The Cad and the Co-Ed Book Cover The Cad and the Co-Ed
Rugby Series #3
L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
February 14th 2017

Third book in the USA Today Bestselling Romantic Comedy Series

Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

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 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?

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ARIANNA’s review

Once again, Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway co-wrote a book that simply warmed my heart. If you’re a fan of these two authors and if you enjoyed the two previous installments in the series as much as I did, then you don’t want to miss this one. Trust me! This book is wonderful! This third installment is everything. A fantastic mix of humor, romance, but also heat, ‘The Cad and the Co-ed’, made me smile and grin the entire time. These two authors did a brilliant job with every single aspect of this story, managing to deliver a delightful tale that will keep you entertained for a good couple of hours.

“Any straight woman with a pulse would feel lust for Bryan Leech. I’d been ogling the man. (…) I’d felt like an addict, devouring him with my eyes, promising myself that each glance would be the last . . .”

Nineteen years old, Eilish Cassidy has just had the best night of her life. Bryan Leech, a guy she has had a crush on for years finally showed interest in her and they ended up spending the night together. When, the next morning, Bryan, who’s an alcoholic, doesn’t remember her or their night of passion, acts like a douche, Eilish feels very humiliated. Her life changes irrevocably several months later when she finds out she’s pregnant. She decides to keep the baby, despite the fact that her family had turned their backs on her and decides not to tell Bryan that he’s the father.

“…when he laughed, he was devastating—free and open and alive—he made me feel alive in a way I hadn’t experienced since . . . since . . .That night.”

Five years later, Eilish is about to start her new job as a physical therapist for her cousin’s Rugby team, but she’s not really looking forward to it since she will have to see Bryan for the first time in so many years. Bryan is a changed man. He’s not an alcoholic anymore, hates parties and prefers to spend his nights alone in his apartment.

“I wanted her. I had no business wanting her. No, strike that, I wouldn’t allow myself to want her.”

Bryan feels drawn to Eilish from the moment he lays his eyes on her. He doesn’t only want her in his bed…  he also wants to get to know her. Something about her feels very familiar, he feels a strong connection with her. Eilish wants to stay away from Bryan, not only to protect her heart, but also to protect her little boy, Patrick. Needless to say, she’s determined to hide her secret.

I loved this one! Everything was perfectly balanced and I found the story-line to be so engaging and sweet. I loved the humor, I loved the heat and I absolutely loved the romance. ‘The Cad and the Co-ed’ was really a heart-warming read with two endearing main characters that I simply loved.

“I’m attracted to you on every level. I want you, Eilish. I want you with every breath I take.”

The two authors did a wonderful job with Bryan’s character. I really felt how remorseful he was regarding the night he spent with Eilish five years ago. This reformed bad boy won me over from the moment he was introduced. He was sweet, funny, sexy and I absolutely loved the way he was with Eilish and Patrick. The way he tried to prove to Eilish that he’s a changed man and that he loves her and that he also loves his son was sweet and entertaining. There were so many heart-warming scenes with these three characters together. Loved them! Patrick was such a sweet character. Cute as a button, he was so adorable at times.

I liked Eilish’s character from the start. Not only she is a strong woman, but her love and dedication towards her son are really endearing. She is sweet, caring, suborn and so determined to be self-sufficient, sassy and, overall, a fun heroine I sympathize with. I enjoyed how Eilish and Bryan’s relationship progressed, their witty interactions and, of course, their romance. I loved these two together and I enjoyed all their sweet and sexy, sensual scenes. As for their connection – oh, my gosh – so great and palpable.

“We’ve been through a lot together. So, we should kiss each other until it’s all better.”

I loved seeing Sean and Ronan, the two male main characters from the two previous books in the series. Sean was simply amazing in this installment. I loved his support and loyalty towards Eilish. He was really great, not only with Eilish, but with Patrick as well. I also liked the fact that he figured out immediately that Bryan is a changed man and accepted that he’s the perfect man for his cousin.

Overall, this was a wonderful addition to the series and I’m looking forward to more collaborations from these two authors.

About 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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About 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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