The Rugby Series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway
Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
The Cad and the Co-Ed (Book 3)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can read my review of book 2 in the series, The Player and the Pixie, here on my blog. While this book is a standalone novel, scenes relevant to this story are included in the end of book 2.
Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Bryan Leech used to live up to his famous rugby persona. He was wild and loved a good party. He’s not really that guy anymore though, and while it makes a few of his friends and family uncomfortable, he’s happy with who he is becoming. Eilish Cassidy might seem like a spoiled princess, but she’s fought hard to finish her degree, land an internship, and take care of her little boy. She’ll do anything to protect him and keep him with her, even if it means hiding him from the boy’s father. But as Eilish gets to know the “new” Bryan, she can’t help but feel guilty, because every little boy deserves to know his father.
The best thing about this novel, by far in my opinion, is that it doesn’t fall into many of the traps of unexpected pregnancies. I am the kind of person who rolls their eyes when an unexpected pregnancy appears in a book. I’m not a big fan of those plotlines because it seems a little too convenient. There’s a kind of manipulation that I hate. But, I’m happy to report that this novel didn’t make my eyes roll in quite the same way. Yes, there are some hurdles that have to be crossed when the premise of the novel is set up this way, but it didn’t drag on unnecessarily and it didn’t feel like baby momma drama. So if you’re like me, don’t let the basic premise of the novel scare you off—it’s really well done.
Another awesome thing about this book is it’s real depiction of the day-to-day struggle to stay sober. Getting to see Bryan on his journey is incredible and the story walks this fine line of explaining Bryan’s backstory while also holding him accountable for his actions. Bryan 100% won my heart in this story and I think he’s probably one of the most likable leading men in the entire Rugby series.
That being said, I love love love Sean in this book! He’s such a complex guy and that continues in this story. Even though Sean has his own book (book 2), he remains a consistent character full of facets and quirks that I enjoy.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)
Yes! It is a very well written novel that just makes your heart squishy. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s FREE!
Something else you might enjoy:
If you want a twist of the unexpected pregnancy plot, try Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde. It’s the second book in her Reapers MC series, but you can read it as a standalone.