Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blog Tour & Reviews - The Cad & The Co-Ed by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway


The Cad and The Co-Ed, an all-new romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is LIVE


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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Eilish is a single mom finishing her last year of university and getting started on an internship. This lands her directly in the sites of her failed one night stand with Bryan the cad. Or is he still a cad….? It turns out Bryan is now a recovering alcoholic and is really a great guy. He is completely smitten with Eilish and can’t figure out why she is avoiding him. Eilish is trying to test the waters with Bryan to see if he has really changed and ready for responsibility. She is carrying a massive amount of guilt for keeping the secret. I personally felt it was understandable knowing how it all ended and Bryan’s issues.

I really liked these two. Even though it has been a couple of years Bryan is still adjusting to a sober life. He doesn’t know how to go about dating and his biggest concern is keeping his plant alive. I adored Bryan. I loved the fact that he was basically a crotchety old man in a 30 year old body. Eilish learns the man she idolized at 19 wasn’t the real Bryan due to his substance abuse. He was so sweet and fun. Eilish was sweet, stubborn, and a great mother. Her determination to do it all was admirable but frustrating to the men in her life. I loved Bryan’s reaction to their situation. He really grew up in the years they were apart. And he really understood how damage he would have caused if he had been around earlier.

I ate this book up. It was so much fun. It was sweet, funny, sexy, and heartwarming. It was a bit predictable and yes this story has been done before. The difference for me was the baggage that Eilish and Bryan had. They seemed very real and I liked how they worked through it. Plus, the combo of Cosway/Reid always makes the story fresh and amazing.

Bonus: If you loved Sean from the Player and the Pixie you are in for a treat. He is Eilish’s rock. He is hilarious. And I loved his relationship with Patrick. This was just an all-around feel good romance and it will leave a smile on your face. Well Done!


While I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series, Eilish & Bryan's story just caught me more than the others. I think because they both worked so hard to get to the places they are now and it just hit home more for me than the previous books.

Eilish and Bryan hook up at Annie & Ronan's wedding; Eilish is floored that Bryan is interested in her. The next morning, Bryan has no recollection of the previous night due to drunkenness; Eilish is horrified and leaves. Several months later, she discovers she's pregnant, but doesn't inform Bryan since he doesn't remember it and doesn't think he'd want to be involved, nor does she want him to due to his alcoholism.

Flash-forward several years, Eilish is now working with the rugby team. She's managed to keep her son's parentage secret from everyone other than her cousin, Sean, who has been her rock for the last several years. She runs into Bryan and he's drawn to her, but doesn't know why. He's intrigued by her apparent dislike towards him. Bryan has worked hard the past to years to maintain his sobriety. Sean actually pushes Bryan to pursue Eilish, knowing that she still has strong feelings towards him.

Bryan and Eilish have intense chemistry, which they both fight. I'm glad that Eilish finally reveals the truth to Bryan. His response was wonderful, and he agrees that he wouldn't have been the best role model for his son. When he meets Patrick, he's instantly smitten with the boy. Eilish and Bryan don't have an easy road due to meddling family members and friends who try to control their situation and relationship. The interference nearly ruins the tentative relationship they've built.

I liked that both characters had flaws and weren't afraid to show them. I enjoyed that they confided things in each other instead of hiding their insecurities. Overall, I really quite enjoyed this story. If the authors continue the series, I'll definitely pick it up.

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.


Connect with Penny:

Twitter: @ReidRomance

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.


Connect with L.H. Cosway:

Twitter: @LHCosway

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