The Cad and the Co-ed

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

4 stars!

“I was the villain of the piece, and we both know it.”

The Cad and the Coed is the third book in the rugby series by LH Cosway and Penny Reid and can be easily read as a standalone novel. The plot centers around rugby player Bryan, a former womanizer and party boy, he’s since turned his life around and enjoys his new quiet way of living. Eilish is the cousin of Bryan’s teammate Sean and has recently started working for the team.

Bryan is immediately attracted to Eilish, and thinks he may be ready. Eilish seems less thrilled to see Bryan and is always dodging him. What Bryan doesn’t realize is he’s met Eilish before. He just doesn’t remember her.

“If I wasn’t careful, Eilish Cassidy would be elevated to sainthood level in my mind. I decided I should debauch her before this happened.”

Reading this book just made me want to go back and reread this series and rediscover all the characters in this world. I liked that the hero was a reformed man, he wasn’t perfect but he saw what he wanted in life and made the necessary changes to be the man he wanted to be. Eilish was a very endearing heroine who was put in a touch spot and made the most of it, and her life was all the better for it.

I loved seeing Sean and Ronin in this book, it was like seeing old friends again. We got to know Eilish a little book in previous books but I am glad I got to read her as a fully developed character in her own novel. She and Bryan were sensual and sweet, they made a lot of sense together, even though they didn’t always see it that way on their journey to each other.

Cosway and Reid are known for their unique and sometimes odd romances, and while this one was sweet, it was a departure from their distinctive writing styles for me. This book is a great story for readers who enjoy a more established love trope and want a sweet storyline. I look forward to more installments in this series, and more collaborations from these two wonderful authors.

ARC provided by Penny Reid in exchange for an honest review

 

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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?

 

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

 

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Meet 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.

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The Hooker and the Hermit

The Hooker and the Hermit by L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid

4.25 Bollocks, bitches, and Battlestar Galactica stars!

“I want you free. I want you wild. I want you brave. I want you any way I can get you.”

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***First off I want to clarify something, in the title Hooker does not stand for prostitution, it’s a sports position in rugby! I just wanted to put that out there because when this book started blowing up Goodreads, I honestly thought it was a about a lady of the night.***

Now that that’s cleared up, OMIGOSH THIS BOOK WAS SUCH A FUN READ!!! I adored Six of Hearts by LH Cosway, but I’ve never read anything by Penny Reid (despite her books sitting on my kindle for longer than I’d care to admit). I honestly could not tell that two people wrote this book, it was done so well! Needless to say, this book has lit a fire under my ass to start reading her books asap!

The Hooker and the Hermit is the story of Annie and Ronan. Annie is the secret blogger known as the Socialmedialite. Witty online through her writing, Annie in real life is incredibly socially awkward. She has trouble making eye contact and connecting to other people by talking. One day while out eating, Annie sees a Colin Farrell look alike and snaps a picture of him for her blog. This CF look alike is in fact a famous Irish rugby player who is taking a break from the game for personal issues. In a weird twist of fate, Annie’s PR company picks up Ronan as a client, and pairs Annie and Ronan to clear up his public image.

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At the beginning of the book, I have to say I didn’t care for Ronan all that much. He basically agreed to go along with the PR company mostly because his end goal was to get into Annie’s pants. Romantic right? Well, over time he turned out to be a pretty amazing book boyfriend. His determination to get Annie to open up to him, to give a relationship between the two of them a chance pulled at my heartstrings for the majority of the book. In fact, I love books where the man has to convince the girl to be in a relationship instead of the other way around.

Annie was so endearing. Her past led her to her social insecurities and I just wanted to give the girl a giant hug the entire book. I do think she may have overreacted a bit when it came to Ronan’s actions, and she pushed him away so many times, but I still liked her as a heroine.

I feel like a lot of us who review can relate to Annie very easily. For some reason or another, we all turn to our blogs or Goodreads in order to express ourselves and our opinions on books rather than just talking to other “real life” people. Many of us love our anonymity. Others may not care. But we all know what it’s like to sit in front of a computer screen and let out hearts pour out onto the keyboard.

This book was so freaking funny. There was many a moment where I smiled or laughed out loud (luckily I don’t laugh like Annie or I would have gotten some seriously weird looks directed my way). Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Thought I won’t object to your calling me Daddy.”
Her eyes got really big then, and I burst out laughing, “I’m joking, Annie; relax. I’m joking”
“Thank God.”
“I know. I think I might have creeped myself out with that one.”

“She said seals sexually assault penguins and deserved to be clubbed. That woman is nuttier than a Snickers bar.”

“For the love of God, don’t ever laugh in public. No one will forgive you for it. You’ll be ridiculed, Ronan will go on an assault spree, and then Ian will have a mental breakdown trying to clean up the mess.”

“I love him more than Sean Connery loves talking about Scottish politics while living in Southern California with a llama.”

A very cute, fun book that I am so glad I read. Thanks to Suzanne (and Jasmine) for the recommendation!!!