ARC Review: The Cad and the Co-ed by LH Cosway & Penny Reid

5 Mar 2017

Book Title: The Cad and the Co-ed
Author: LH Cosway & Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #3
Release Date: February 12th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
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 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?

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The Cosway/Reid author duo has yet to disappoint me and they've kept that record strong with The Cad and the Co-Ed. What a cute second chance sports romance.

There can't be much worse a punch to the ole self-esteem than waking up the next morning after a night with your sport idol between the sheets only to find out he's a hung-over jerk with no memory of said night of bliss. Close the curtains and pretty much "get out..." Nice. But Eilish Cassidy takes that sucker-punch with grace and walks away with a tail between her legs...and a bun in the oven.

In my heart of hearts, I’d hoped that I’d made some impression.

Silly, right?
Pathetic, right?
Crazy and stupid and selfish, right?
He hadn’t. He hadn’t remembered me at all. I was . . . completely and utterly forgettable.

Fast forward five years and Eilish finds herself working alongside said cad with no memory of her or their night...except he's changed. Or has he? He's traded his Irish ale for mint tea and a night of bliss for Bryan entails curling up in his housecoat, fuzzy slippers, and reading a good book about bird watching. Is this guy for real? And does he finally deserve to meet his son? Time will tell...

“Is that a housecoat?” she asked, one side of her mouth tilting up.

My hand not holding the mug went to my hips as I answered curtly, “Yes.”
“I didn’t realize they still made those,” she continued, full on smiling now. Sean chuckled.
I arched a brow, unable to stop myself as I asked quietly, “Would you like me to remove it?”

This is one awesome slow burn of a romance. Though their chemistry is palpable from the get-go, Eilish puts her son priority and though meeting his father for the first time in his life, she won't make the mistake unless Bryan is ready, worthy of knowing their boy. Her cousin Sean has been a great fill-in male role model but he's not his dad. Can she open up and trust Bryan without opening her heart to be broken all over again?

Bryan Leech was quite the impressive stand-up guy and he definitely had to work for it with Eilish. At times I wanted to strangle her but I knew her trust issues and motherly protective instinct was always front and center. The authors portrayed that motherly instinct to perfection. Her son came first and Bryan made it very difficult to not fall in love with him all over again when their son and Bryan bond almost at first sight. How can Eilish come out of this unscathed?

Endearing and heartfelt, comical yet emotional at times, The Cad and the Co-Ed has a bit of it all. With dual first person point of view, Reid and Cosway seamlessly weave a second-chance romance that'll melt your heart...and the pages. But I digress. Chocked full of muscular, hot Rugby players, this series continues to deliver. I'd love a book from a certain sweet, giant, American player, William. Hint hint.

P.S. I love all the Irish-isms, thanks to Dublin resident L.H. Cosway. Specifically 'slogging.' Must use that word soon in conversation.

Advanced review copy received by the authors in exchange for my honest review.

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.

Penny Reid


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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