Book Review – The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

BLURB

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. 

THE CAD
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.

THE CO-ED
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.

THE PLAN
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?

 

Expected publication: February 14th 2017

MY REVIEW

 

OMG – the blurb hooked me instantly. I love reformed bad boys. Even more if they struggled and overcame an obstacle of immense proportions. And Bryan had done that – and so much more.

I just LOVD Bryan.

After a drunken night, totally wasted Bryan couldn’t remember a thing, especially not the starry-eyed girl who he spent a passionate night with.

Eilish, pretty quickly realized what happened and couldn’t escape fast enough, just to find out that her night with THE Bryan Leech brought more life changing consequences than she ever could have imagined.

Five years later, Eilish and Bryan crossed paths again. This time it was more permanent.

Eilish started as the new physiotherapist for Bryan’s rugby team, and consequently was forced to work with him on his injuries. Of course awkwardness ensued – how could it not.

Finally after realizing that The Cad wasn’t as caddish as she thought, Eilish took the opportunity and told him about Patrick, his son. Bryan had the most awesome reaction – I just LOVED IT!!!

Even so Bryan didn’t remember her at all, he was very much attracted to Eilish. Without even knowing that they had a child together he wanted to get to know her more deeply. And after finding out about their son, his determination went into hyperdrive.

He wanted to give her anything she needed. Of course, strong and resilient Eilish put her foot down, and stayed as independent and strong willed as ever. She had been a single mom for 5 years, she wouldn’t allow a Bryan Leech to change that overnight.

She already had practice with over the top generous rugby players, her cousin Sean toted on his ‘nephew’ and gradually turned him into a mini suit wearing Sean – which I ADORED.

On top of that, Sean turned out to be an even better character than I already believed he was. His loving way with little Patrick was heart-warming and just swoony. I also adored how maturely Sean dealt with the situation. I expected him to try to beat Bryan to a pulp, but instead he surprised me by adhering to Eilish wishes and let her set her own speed.

Bryan was wonderfully mature himself. After he dealt with his alcohol addiction he became a different man. He loved his routines and predictable lifestyle and was perfectly suited for Eilish and Patrick when the time came. He was patient but insistent. And he gave her time when needed but also didn’t give up in his pursuit.

Besides the awesome main characters, I loved the group dynamic of Bryan’s team. They were hard playing but also down to earth kind of guys. They were good-natured, in each others business but also cared for each other. I’ve always had a soft spot for BROMANCE.

And I LOVED the twitter captions – H I L A R I O U S!!!!!

I thought The Cad and the Co-Ed was a fantastic third book in the Rugby series. I think I loved Bryan the most. He was an amazing character, genuine, good-hearted and just perfect. I adored the authors writing, it was fast paced, witty, hilarious, and exactly my kind of style. I can’t wait for the next book, and I’m hoping it’s about his roommate William ‘The Brickhouse’ Moore.

 

4 stars

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

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