BLOG TOUR REVIEW: THE CAD AND THE CO-ED by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

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

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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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Review

At the beginning of The Cad and the Co-Ed, readers witness Bryan Leech treat a young, naïve Eilish Cassidy deplorably due to his caddish ways and constant state of drunkenness, and while this was definitely one of the lowest points, albeit for different reasons, of both of their lives, the outcome of that night is something that neither will grow to regret because that one passionate encounter gives Eilish someone to cherish and it gives Bryan a way to make amends and allow him to prove to Eilish how truly unforgettable she is.

The Reformed Sober Cad Professional Rugby Player

I have to admit…when I first read the beginning of Bryan and Eilish’s story in the back of The Player and the Pixie, I didn’t know how Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway could make me like Bryan…that small insight into their first encounter left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a strong negative opinion of the lout…but I should have known that Reid and Cosway would prove that I was too quick to judge Bryan and that I needed to understand Bryan’s background and his level of addiction when it came to alcohol to truly see behind his assholish behavior.

The Hardworking, Stubborn, & Responsible Mum

When a young woman has an unexpected pregnancy and becomes a single mom, their lives become all about her child, making sure s/he is taken care, shifting her priorities, and changing in ways she never thought possible. Eilish Cassidy absolutely fits that description and then when you add in the way the baby was conceived and her family’s view on her choices, it makes sense that Eilish would find it difficult to let her walls down and give Bryan a second chance when they reconnect five years later. Reid and Cosway do a great job of illustrating the reasons for Eilish’s guilt and stubbornness and while those two qualities make her react in certain ways that are frustrating to Bryan, Sean, and readers, her struggles for the past few years and her feelings of rejection are not going to simply go away without a certain Cad proving that he’s not that man anymore and showing her that she is not the mistake she believes she is.

I love where Reid and Cosway started Bryan and Eilish’s story after their initial meeting/first time together and the result of their wild night. The fact that five years have passed allows readers to understand the choices both characters have made to move forward with their lives. Bryan is so far the opposite from where he was at the beginning of the story, which works because for someone whose addiction ruled his life, he needed to lead more of a boring, quiet, and orderly life in order to stay on track and away from alcohol.

Eilish had every right to question whether or not the “new” Bryan was real and doubt that he wanted her for more than sex because of how he handled their one night together and the things he said to her that she took to heart, so why I was frustrated that she couldn’t or wouldn’t see the work Bryan had done and see how he treated her now, doubt is a powerful thing and it definitely has a solid hold on Eilish for much of the story.

The fact that Sean Cassidy, the Original Player, is such a pivotal character in the story made me giddy. Eilish and Patrick are important to Sean, and he proves how much he loves them with his words and his actions, even when he’s pushing Eilish down a path she doesn’t want to go. With Sean in their corner, they have stability and protection, and readers witness a side of Sean that came out a bit in The Pixie and the Player but is front and center in Eilish and Bryan’s story because this GQ guy is way more than I ever expected him to be.

The Cad and the Co-Ed is an emotional, witty, and steamy story that illustrates what can happen when bad choices are made. It also speaks to second chances and how crippling addictions can be as well as the kind of strength it takes to change one’s life and stay on that path when others try to bring him/her down. Bryan and Eilish’s journey to a happily ever after is not a straight shot in the slightest; there are obstacles to contend with and more importantly, their own feelings to overcome, which can be a daunting task when one’s heart feels one way and one’s head continues to go in the opposite direction.

Reid and Cosway continue to be a dynamic writing duo, blending quirkiness and sexiness together in a way that works and draws readers into the plot and the characters’ lives, and I can’t wait for more from this partnership.

4.5 Poison Apples

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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