Published by Caped Publishing on February 14, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
hird 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 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?
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
A reformed bad boy? YES, PUHLEAZ! Throw in a self-sufficient, strong heroine, and you had me at Once Upon A Time!
❝Maybe Bryan had a magic penis. And how lucky was I? Finding a bloke with an enchanted penis for my first time. Maybe he had a purse around here someplace with endless money, or a goose that shit golden eggs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.❞
One night. One night was all it took for Bryan Leech, alcoholic, self-absorbed, inconsiderate ass, to turn Eilish Cassidy’s life upside down. What could have been the start of something incredible, turned out to be a painful, forgettable night.
❝He smelled like my dreams. And he felt too good to be true. He is too good to be true. And you’re forgettable.❞
Eilish was a strong woman, a single mom to her bright, adorable son, Patrick. She was smart, she worked hard, and with the help of her cousin, Sean, she survived. She went to school, got a degree and is the new physiotherapist for her cousin’s rugby team. The same team for which Bryan Leech plays.
It’s been a few years since Bryan has had a drink. He has changed. Once a party animal, now a homebody, he prefers tea to beer and reading about birds to parties. He has settled down. Bryan was learning to adjust to his new life and I appreciated his struggle. He was incredibly compassionate and devoted.
At a party for a teammate, he sees Eilish for what he thinks is the first time, and though he can’t make sense of it, he feels an instant connection with her. He is the last person she wants to see. He broke her heart once, she will not let it happen again. And how will she tell him about her son? What will his reaction be?
I was happy to read about some of the cast from the previous books. The way they gave Bryan trouble, lent to the hilarious moments in the book. And while the relationship between Sean and his cousin Eilish was endearing, the way Sean was with Patrick, melted my heart.
The Cad and the Co-Ed is my favorite in the Rugby series, by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid. It was heart-warming, it was funny and it was sexy. If you love to laugh, if you love witty banter and sexy goodness, then pick up this gem. It can be read as a stand-alone, even though it is the 3rd book in the series.