The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
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?
Eilish is my hero.
I fell in love with Eilish in The Player and the Pixie. I thought it said a lot about her personality that she was the only family Sean liked since he was the only one in that family who seemed decent. She didn’t put up with her family’s bullshit any more than he did and I liked that she stood up to her harridan of a mother when she found out she was pregnant. You get more of the relationship between Sean and Eilish in this book and you’ll see how important he is to bringing Eilish back to Bryan.
Bryan had to work a little harder to win my love. He was really an ass when he met Eilish. I know he has a problem, but just because you’re an alcoholic, doesn’t mean you get to treat people like shit once you’ve sobered up. I was really hoping that he’d remember more of their night together than he did. That would have made it a little easier to get past his being a dick to her the morning after. In his defense he did clean himself up eventually and he seemed sincere in earning Eilish’s forgiveness, so I’m giving him a reluctant pass.
How Eilish and Bryan handled the situation they found themselves in came across as very realistic. I’d almost argue that this a third chance love story. I was starting to get concerned that Bryan was going to use up all his chances with Eilish before he finally got his shit sorted. The really did have a lot of negative outside influences they had to deal with, which didn’t help. Eilish’s mother couldn’t keep her nose out of Eilish’s decisions or quit chasing social standing and the way she tried to manipulate both of them just made me want to break something. And I thought Sara, Bryan’s sponsor, caused more trouble than she helped Bryan work through .
Luckily they had William. Remember the rugby player from Oklahoma? He does a lot to make up for the negativity. I almost...just almost, wanted he and Eilish to make a go of it. I can’t wait for his story.
But this really could only end one way and Cosway and Reid did a great job getting them to that point.