Author: L.H. Cosway

The Cad and the Co-ed by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

The Cad and the Co-ed by L.H. Cosway and Penny ReidThe Cad and the Co-Ed by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #3
Published by Amazon Digital Services on February 12th 2017
Pages: 337
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five-stars

THE CADBryan 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.

THE CO-EDEilish 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.

THE PLANBryan 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?

A one-night stand goes awry as the cad takes it up with the co-ed and forgets it soon after, thanks to the constant drunkenness that pretty much blots out his short-term memory for eternity. Five years later, the cad has become the old codger who rails at loud parties disturbing his rest (complete with the housecoat, reading glasses, a mug of mint tea and a book about birds in Britain and Europe) and is so desperately reformed that I couldn’t help but find the whole turnover hilarious.

“The Cad and the Co-Ed” is as endearing as the preceding book and a pretty much angst-free read to boot, only that it takes place quite some time in the future after Sean’s story. The characters are likeable and so real as they pretty much act like the adults I expected them to be; I loved Eilish from the start and the honesty and maturity that she shows throughout the book by not shying away from the difficult decisions, just as I found Bryan’s entire personality change, well, rather amusing in some parts and touching in others.

Yet there’re also some solemn insights into alcoholism, slack parenting and emotionally manipulative relatives just as the authors seem to show, rather adamantly, that navigating this minefield would be enough conflict on its own without the false need to create any more storms in a teacup for the pairing in question. And *that* is something I can definitely appreciate.

If there’s a reason to single out this series for, it would probably be the unexpected slaps of humour and sass accompanied by the stinging realness of emotion that come my way each time I read about the antics that the characters get up to – testament to the stylish and polished writing of the dynamic duo of L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid.

five-stars

Showmance by L.H. Cosway

Showmance by L.H. CoswayShowmance by L.H. Cosway
Series: Showmance #1
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 16th 2016
Pages: 376
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four-stars

Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.
As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.
Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?

I’d call this the Dancer and the Hermit but I’d be splitting hairs over a very romantic read that unfurls under the harsh glare of showbiz’s spotlights. There’s so much to like about this book, the mild angst and the lack of unnecessary antics being the main draw for me.

I started this book with a little trepidation, wondering if the high drama on stage would simply mirror the drama off it. That said, I loved the stark boundaries that Ms. Cosway draws between the artifice of theatre and what really happens past the preparations and the final curtain call. If it’s all broad strokes, lavish declaration of love and spectacle up there, what happens down below are the nitty-gritty details that matter: where tension, uncertainty and insecurities still pepper broken relationships and pasts hurts.

In short, Cosway’s personal vision of Moulin Rouge, just like the movie, recreates an extravagant Fin de siècle fantasy only to be whipped away once the curtain drops, but the actual story twists it the other way, bringing us deeply grounded, and very relatable characters who couldn’t be further away from operatic excess. Right up to the extent where I found myself less concerned with the technicalities behind musical theatre and more with the swoonworthy Damon – the unlikeliest celebrity ever and so much like a regular guy – and the steadiness of his character.

four-stars

The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway

The Player and the Pixie by L.H. CoswayThe Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #2
Published by Smashwords Edition on April 12th 2016
Pages: 326
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five-stars

Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby. As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.


Sean Cassidy is an insensitive arse. Yet shockingly, a redeemable one, especially when the world is viewed through his skewed lens of snobbery until we realise the discrepancy between the front he presents and the man he can be…while managing to be an arse at the same time. His match, even more shockingly so, is a mini-Fitzpatrick, or rather, his arch-nemesis’s sister, whose quirks and compulsive shop-lifting behaviour somehow manages to draw out the person he wants to be.Yet tying their relationship together is the incredible idea that Sean the player is actually horrendous in bed in every way possible, which Lucy discovers to her chagrin.

That combination, characterisation-wise, is intoxicating, when all I could do was clutch my sides in hilarity as I was hit by wave after wave of unexpected (and funny!) dialogue interspersed with some poignant revelations and showings about human nature that were oddly moving.

L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid work over the stereotypical tropes of the player male and the frigid female in this book and I was immediately enthralled, swept along for the ride that got me angry when bedtime rolled around because I had to put the book down. And that could only be a good thing, because this is going straight into one of my favourites right now.

five-stars