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?
Since the end of The Player and the Pixie, I have eagerly awaited the story of Eilish and Bryan. My excitement only grew after seeing the synopsis and learning it would be a “secret baby”, one of my favorite tropes. I enjoyed this one from start to finish, and the writing duo of Reid and Cosway never disappoints. There is great mixture of romance, humor, and emotion.
“There were no villains. Just two misguided people colliding and making something beautiful.”
Bryan is an unlikeable person early on, but his character undergoes a complete change. His present day personality was a pleasant surprise, and I couldn’t get enough of his drab humor and back and forth jabs with Sean and others. Even knowing what would happen at the beginning, I still felt sadness for poor Eilish. She not only has to endure how Bryan treated her, but also discovering she is pregnant. Despite her life altering circumstances, she never becomes bitter or jaded. She is a somewhat reserved but strong heroine, and I adored her throughout the book. She has a hilarious internal dialogue, and I found myself constantly smiling at her antics.
WHY OH WHY IS HIS TOWEL SO SMALL?
Oh no, my thoughts were in capital letters.
THIS IS VERY BAD.
Given the storyline, it was not as intense as I thought it would be. There are many light hearted and fun moments. As with the previous two books, the supporting cast is lovable and adds depth to the storyline. Sean is a big brother figure, offering sound advice and unconditional love to Eilish. He is a complete gem, and I came to love him on an entirely new level. There are also hints at future books, which thrills me. I can’t wait for the next installment of this series.
**Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Ms. Reid for my advanced ecopy of this book.
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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.
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.