The Cad and the Co-Ed by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Title: The Cad and the Co-ed (Rugby #3)

Author: L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Date of Publication: February 12, 2017


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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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Meagan’s 4 Star Review

I love when authors play well with each other. Nothing makes me happier than reading a book by a duo who knocks it out of the park. L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid mesh perfectly together. They’re like Nutella and bananas they were made for each other.

Karma is a wanker.

Bryan Leech was a drunk. He used women and vice versa. Years of his life are riddled with spotty memories. Like the missing memory of screwing a redhead at his friend’s wedding. Eilish, however, remembers the night she lost her virginity to Bryan with all too much clarity. Not only that, she walked away with a parting gift – their son.

I’m usually not a big fan of surprise pregnancies, but I enjoyed it in this book. Eilish wasn’t a “woe is me how will I ever survive” kind of gal. She strived so hard to make it on her own she almost killed herself. While in the US she gets so sick while working two jobs she has to finally swallow her pride and ask her cousin, Sean (who I freaking adore and is the hero of the second book, The Player and the Pixie), for help. Which is how she ends up back in Ireland as the newest physical therapist for the same professional rugby team her cousin Sean plays for. Did I mention Bryan plays for the same team? I think you can see where this is going.

“If you let me, I’d make you come for the entire night. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but I have incredible stamina.”

I loved so many things about this book. Bryan was adorable when he acted like a cranky old man. And his reaction to finding out he has a son hit me right in the feels. Bryan and Eilish’s son Patrick was adorable. Sometimes children in romance novels come off too sickly sweet. Patrick was the perfect mix of normal kid and darling fictional character. (The daddy/best friend scene? SO freaking amazing!) The side characters were hilarious too. I loved all the rugby players, especially the American, Will. And the tweets at the beginning of the each chapter – omg, so fabulous!

@THEBryanLeech: Life is shit and a bird just crapped on me and we’re all screwed and everything is pointless.

@WillthebrickhouseMoore to @THEBryanLeech: So…is this the title of your new self-help book?

I had a few minor problems with the novel. I liked Eilish but I didn’t love her, she didn’t stand out like Bryan did. She wasn’t a bad character, just not as colorful as some of the others. It was brought up a few times that Eilish would have rather become a computational biologist but that storyline never went anywhere. I also had a hard time liking Bryan’s AA sponsor Sarah, but maybe that was intentional. And I hate to say it, but the ending felt really rushed.

You have to wait a while for the Rugby series books to release compared to many of the other romance novels out there, but it’s so worth the wait. As soon as the pre-order is ready for the next book in the series my one-click finger will be ready.



Christina’s 5 Star Review

Eilish has just returned to Ireland after finishing college in the States. Her college years were a little more challenging than most co-eds have to endure; namely a child she had at the age of nineteen, a product of a one night stand with an incredibly drunk Bryan, a teammate of her cousin, Sean. The next morning, Eilish sees Sean for what he is, a player, interested in only himself.

Now that Eilish has finished college, she is looking for employment, and she becomes a physical therapist for the team. Her reunion with Sean is challenging; she still has feelings for him, and now that he’s cleaned up and has been sober for two years, she’s ready to tell him the truth…he’s a father. Unlike the first time, Sean is interested in her, but he’s not ready to jump into a relationship just yet, but he can’t fight the attraction he has to Eilish. She’s afraid of what Bryan’s reaction will be, having hidden the truth for nearly five years. Are either of them ready for a relationship? They’re both committed to doing the right thing for their son, but is it the right thing for them?

I love rugby; really love rugby. Bookshelves are full of football, baseball, MMA and the like, but rugby is woefully underrepresented. That’s the major reason I like this series so much, but I also love the characters and the story itself. I’m a huge fan of Cosway and Reid, so that is just the icing on the cake.

Like the first two books in the series, the ensemble of characters are all a part of the story, and the relationships between them really make the story fun. The story is told in a dual POV between Eilish and Bryan and the authors wove their parts together to create a fun, sexy, read. The Cad and the Co-ed can be read as a standalone, however I highly suggest reading them in order, it makes the series all the more enjoyable, and will really help you fall in love with the characters. I highly recommend this book for sports fans or if you like the secret babies trope. You certainly can’t go wrong with either Cosway or Reid!


About the Authors

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 favourite 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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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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