Co-Ed by Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
And a revolving door across the college suite I somehow ended up in because my first name is Shawn.
They don’t discriminate. Girls. Guys. Grandmas. Plants (okay maybe not plants) all walks of life stroll in stressed to the brim, and leave so satisfied I’m wondering what sort of talents lie behind that door.
My roommate calls them the pleasure ponies.
But the rest of the college campus?
They just call them the new face of Wingmen Inc. A paid for relationship service that makes big promises.
Breakup? They’ll glue you back together again.
Depressed? They have the magic pill.
Lonely? Just spend a few minutes while they rub you down and you’ll forget all about it.
And broken hearts? Well, that’s their specialty. They’ll fix you
For a price…
I swore I wouldn’t get involved.
But apparently they like a challenge, and a girl who doesn’t put up with their BS is basically like waving a red flag in front of a bull.
They. All. Charged.
But one holds my attention above the rest.
Knox Turner looks like a Viking — and getting pillaged is starting to look more appealing by the day. Though he’s hiding something — all of them are. And the closer I get. The more I realize that some things are left better in the past.
You’ve read reverse harem books before — but you’ve never read one like this. It’s not what you think, or is it? Dive in and find out…
Knox, Leo, Finn, and Slater are waiting, and they aren’t patient men.
Welcome to the new face of Wingmen Inc — You’re welcome.
I will never get tired of saying how fantastic Rachel Van Dyken’s writing is. I could read her stories all day, every day and never get tired. She always brings something exciting and refreshing and emotional to all of her stories and Co-Ed is not an exception.
When I read the synopsis of Co-Ed I thought I would get a fun and steamy story. I should’ve know better. I’m honestly a little disappointed in myself for thinking it wasn’t going to be a deep story after reading a lot of books by Rachel and literary all of them having serious and emotional undertones. This book is all fun and games until it isn’t. I don’t want to get very into the reason this book will most likely make you shed some tears because spoilers but I just really want you all to know that it will break your heart and you will be surprised.
I was a little nervous about the whole “reverse harem” thing because sharing is not my thing and I usually don’t enjoy reading stories about polyamorous relationships but listen, there is NOTHING to worry or be nervous about. Shawn, the heroine, is only with one guy from the four you’ll meet in this story. There is a lot of flirting and teasing from the other guys’ but Shawn is only focused on Knox, the hero, and he is only focused on her so there’s that. A monogamous relationship and a bunch of sexy guys who give massages and treat Shawn like a queen. (I bet I’m not going to be the only one jealous of Shawn once y’all pick up this book.)
Shawn and Knox’s relationship is all I could ever ask for. It is my kind of relationship goals. Knox is on the rough, grumpy, heartbroken side while Shawn is quirky, energetic and sweet. They compliment and bring out the best in each other. Their relationship starts out with a bit of hate but it soon develops into a friendship that then becomes more than that. Their chemistry will have you melting on the floor. And reading Knox’s point of view while he is falling for Shawn will have you wishing you could swap places with her.
The other men in this book (aka Leo, Finn, and Slate) are everything. I love them all. They are such fun and charming characters. They might seem superficial and players at first but they aren’t. Well… they may or may not be a tiny bit players but they have hearts of gold. They don’t get paid to sleep with women. Their job is to only make them relax and feel better—it is hard to explain but it is really nothing too sexual. They are good at putting up facades as you will discover and your heart will break for all of them when you do.
I could keep saying nice things about this book forever but I need for you to drop everything and go find a cozy place to read because you need to read this book and you won’t be moving until you finish this baby. It is impossible to put down with all its unexpected surprises and charming men. I promise you have NEVER read anything like this and you absolutely do not want to miss out on it. Believe me.
5 / 5 flowers
It was happening again.
I put a pillow over my face and screamed.
Not because it was too loud.
But because I kept wondering who was causing it. One? Two? All three? Leo and Finn had both tried to talk to me in class and at the coffee shop again. I’d brushed them off but been polite.
Well, let’s just say that Knox had suddenly turned over a leaf that said, “Go out of my way to make Shawn’s life miserable.”
He was suddenly everywhere.
And with a different female every single day.
It drove me insane.
And he wasn’t even mine to go senseless over!
The moan happened again.
“That’s it!” I got up from my bed, stomped over to the door, and jerked it open. Then I pounded my way over to their room and almost took down the door with my knock .
When Leo answered, he grinned down at me. “Come to play?”
I gave him the finger.
His eyes narrowed. “I’m confused. Is that yes or no?”
“Agh!” I threw my hands up in the air. “I have practice tomorrow at five a.m. It’s three. I’ve had one hour of sleep. Can you please keep the moaning to a minimum?”
“You seem stressed.” He tilted his head just as Finn joined him in the doorway. “Doesn’t she?”
“Very.” Finn nodded then reached out and started massaging my right trap while Leo grabbed my hand and worked my fingers. It felt so damn good that I forgot I was pissed for about two seconds before I pulled away.
“No.” I jabbed my finger at each of their chests. “Shame on you. Stop using your skills to make me less crazy. I need sleep.”
“I could not agree more.” Leo put his hand over his chest. “If you want, I can come over and—”
“No!” I made a fist with my hands. “I don’t need you to help me sleep. I need you to keep your clients quiet so that I can sleep. Big difference.”
Knox appeared then and held out a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones. “You can borrow them every Friday as long as you don’t set them on fire when you’re done.”
“Do you think I really want whatever STDs are crawling around the surface?” I hissed.
His eyes turned lethal. “Then I guess you won’t sleep.”
“Dun, dun, dun,” Finn sang in a low voice, just as a small lady who could pass as my grandmother made an appearance and shoved a fifty-dollar bill in Knox’s pants then patted him on his rock-hard six-pack. She had a full-on red wig perched backward on her head and cherry red cheeks with black glasses that she kept shoving up her nose. And her purse looked like something I would have seen on I Love Lucy. It was this giant black clutch that probably held cough drops and prunes.
“Love you, Edna!” Finn called while Leo brushed a kiss across her hand.
She finger-waved at Knox and straight-up waddled out of the suite.
I stared after her, my jaw dropping with each step she took until she was out of eyesight.
“What…” I shook my head. “…I mean, seriously, guys, what?”
Finn’s eyes got serious. “She’s lonely.”
“She’s at least eighty!” I yelled, so exhausted I was actually arguing with crazy.
Knox got all up in my business and said through clenched teeth, “Her husband died a year ago. She’s not comfortable with internet dating yet. We’re easing her in because she wants a partner for life, someone she can laugh with, so if we can give her that one laugh, that nice touch once a week, we’re going to fucking do it. Now jump off that pedestal, take the damn Bose, and go to sleep.”
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!