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?
For someone who’s got a sample of this author collab, I would say I was very impressed with the fluidity of their writing and that this book was so much fun to read!
Eilish got a taste of what it was like to be in the arms of Bryan Leech whom she had a huge crush on for a whole night. She felt like they could be something more because of how he took care of her that night. Only, she felt nothing but pain, shame and disappointment come morning when he couldn’t even remember what happened to them. Because of too much alcohol in his system.
Few years later. Bryan, who’s now sober, felt an instant connection the moment he saw Eilish. It was like he knew her before but couldn’t place her, his memories vague. Eilish who’s now going to be a part of their team because of her internship. And Bryan, who had no idea that he’s already a father.
Let me start by saying I love both characters. Especially Eilish now that she’s a mom. Pre-mama Eilish was very young, and kind of awkward because of her preconceived notion about Bryan that night. It’s just too childish and fine for a girl her age. But Eilish as a full-fledged mother? I love, love her. She’s independent (but her cousin, Sean, was helping her), fiercely protective of her son that she’s going to fight whoever comes between her and him.
Bryan was a freaking d-bag in the beginning because of his alcoholism but after a threat of being kicked out of the team, he manned up to be sober. But sober Bryan was something else entirely. While his usual playboy ways were gone, he remained to be as amusing as before. And thankfully, Eilish kept him on his toes by dropping that hidden truth bomb that is Patrick, their son.
I love that even when the book was long, it didn’t sacrifice any aspect that might be sacrificed when it comes to the length of a story. It was well-paced, the familial sense of belonging between Bryan and Patrick made me shed a few tears, the chemistry was amazing and even when there are a lot of characters (because team), I didn’t feel lost at all. I may have a few issues about Eilish being this carefree, a little bit bitchy before that was mentioned in the book but it didn’t add up quite well to her character. I guess if I got to see that kind of Eilish, I may have believed it. But other than that, the book was really something I’d re-read.
While The Cad and The Co-Ed was a 100% guaranteed fun read, it also got this passionate feelings underneath all that laughter because of the sense of family and the father-son scenes that surely melted my heart. It was the perfect balance of playful, sexy, and heartwarming.