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Feb 14

The Cad and The Co-Ed by Penny Reid and LH Cosway Review

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5 Smooches

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Synopsis

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?

Review

‘My eyes were glued to that neck, I was struck with a sudden urge to bite it. In a sexy way, mind. And this was odd because I hadn’t wanted to give anything or anyone a sexy bite in over a year. Not even a nibble.’

Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway are two of my favorite authors individually and whenever they come together to write a book nothing short of pure magic happens. The Cad and the Co-Ed is the third book in the Rugby series and like the first two it shines in it’s perfection. Equal parts humor, sexual tension and a captivating story, I was wrapped up and lost in it before I even finished the first chapter.

‘I swallowed stiffly as he placed a scorching kiss on my neck. Actually, it wasn’t scorching. It was butterfly light, but it burned like a brand.’

When Bryan and Eilish hooked up five years ago she thought he was the man of her dreams, until daylight shone through and she realized that the man she gave herself to was simply a drunk and she was just another notch on his headboard. Now they are forced to interact when she becomes the new intern for the Rugby club he plays for. Only he doesn’t recognize her and has no clue the secrets she harbors.

‘I wanted more of her sighs. Louder. I wanted her to say my name, for it to be the only name she uttered.’

This book made my heart sigh in the best way possible. Bryan evolves from a drunk you want to throat punch into one of the most patient and kind book boyfriends ever. The journey to get there isn’t simple and it is riddled with bad choices on both sides but the outcome was beautiful. These two authors have a knack for making you laugh, feel and get turned on all in the same phrase. There is no one else who in my opinion can write like they do and when you marry their styles together it is perfection.

~miranda