Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blog Tour: The Cad and The Co-Ed by Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway + Review


The Cad and The Co-Ed, a quirky and sexy romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is available now!!

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?


My review

4 stars

This was a good book! This is Eilish and Brian's story. Brian is a famous rugby star on the same team as Sean, Eilish's cousin, and Ronan. Eilish met Brian when she was 19 at Ronan's wedding. She was young and innocent without much experience with men. Brian pursued her, talked sweetly to her and pretty much swept her off her feet. She ate it up, imagining she had found love, spending the night with him and giving him her v-card. The next morning, she realized that Brian had been drunk, and still was, and didn't not remember her or the previous night at all. Also, Brian was a jerk and kicked her out of the hotel room. She was heartbroken by the incident and, even more heartbroken, to find out that she was pregnant a few months later. Brian was in the tabloids with his new girlfriend and gotten a DUI. It was obvious that he was not a good guy and an alcoholic. Eilish didn't think he would believe her or want a child if she told him she was pregnant. He didn't even know her name. So she kept the baby a secret from him. Her uppity, society mother disowns her and she moves to America to live and raise the baby on her own. She ends up working three jobs and struggling to support them both with no help, making herself sick in the process. Her cousin, Sean, helps her out big time, loaning her money so she can move back to her hometown and helping her finish school. Now, her son is 5 years old and she's gotten a job with Sean (and Brian's) rugby team as a physiotherapist. Brian is 18 months sober and doesn't recognize her, but is interested in Eilish right away. He knows he might not be ready for a relationship yet in his sobriety journey, though. Eilish feels guilty for not telling Brian about Patrick, but she knows she has to. They spend time together and she eventually tells him. They have a long road to work out their relationship and their future as a family, but it all works out in the end. 

This was actually a really good book. I love the "secret" baby trope and it is well done here. Brian and Eilish were great characters. Eilish was strong. She had been through a lot, pregnant at 19, cut off from her family, working three jobs with a newborn and living alone with no support or help. I felt bad for her but proud that she had weathered it and come out on top, with the help of her cousin, Sean. Eilish was weary of Brian. She knew that she could easily get hurt by him again, but she still felt a connection to him when she met him again. Brian had been humbled and was learning how to be a sober person again. It was like starting over from scratch. I loved that Brian knew he was not a good guy before and wanted to be a better person now. I felt like his alcoholism was dealt with well. He was not played up as being a manwhore at all. Brian knew he had hurt people but could not remember specifics from when he was under the haze of alcohol. He was so sorry about what had transpired between him and Eilish and that he could not remember her, because he really liked her in the present and saw her for the gem she is. He definitely understood why she hadn't told him and knew he would not have reacted well to find out she was pregnant at that time. He held no grudges towards Eilish. He was just very happy to find out he was a father, loving Patrick from first sight. Despite him being a sports star, he knew how lucky he was to have found an awesome girl like Eilish, and even though he knew he might not deserve them, he wasn't going to let her or his son go. It was really sweet to see how they started off slow and developed their relationship from friends to lovers and more. They had some obstacles to overcome, but it all worked out in the end.

All of the characters were unique and well-developed. I liked the side characters of Sean and Brian's friend, Will. I didn't really like Sarah, Brian's AA sponsor, because she created drama between the couple in her mistrust of Eilish. I also didn't like Eilish's friend, Josey, or her mother for the same reason. I didn't love the big conflict. I felt like it was a silly misunderstanding that was thrown in for drama's sake and blown out of proportion. That kept me from giving the book more than 4 stars. But despite that I really loved the storyline. I loved both Brian and Eilish, as well as their son, Patrick, who I felt was very realistically written.

Overall, this was a unique, sweet book and I enjoyed it a lot! This was my first book to read in this series and from L. H. Cosway at all, though Penny Reid is one of my favorites. I will definitely go back and read the others in the series soon.

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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. pennyreidauthorpic

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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. lhcoswayauthorpic

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