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.
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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.”
*****************NICUnurse’s Review of Co-Ed by Rachel Van Dyken*****************
Reverse Harem. Sounds risqué? Kinky? Maybe a bit out of your comfort zone? So you’re not sure if you can read Co-Ed… but… you’re tempted.
C’mon… it’s a story written by Rachel Van Dyken! Of course you can read it! You really shouldn’t doubt her. Ever.
So, if you’ve followed my reviews on the blog even a little bit, you’ll know I’m a pretty die-hard Rachel fan. So even when the titles, or blurbs, or rumors about her books have made me nervous, I’ve taken a chance, jumped in… and never once regretted it. Suffice it to say, Co-Ed was pretty much the same for me. Actually… there was a lot more to the story than your average, everyday reverse harem, new adult romance.
Shawn transfers to the University of Washington in the middle of the semester and, due to a major snafu on the University’s part, ends up living in a suite with 4 guys. She’s feisty, mostly secure in her own skin, and takes no bull because she’s done with that.
Slater is her roommate who has a past with her other three suitemates, Leo, Finn, and Knox. Slater wants to protect her. Leo and Finn want to be her best friends. And Knox? Well… Knox just wants her. Period. But he’s not happy that she’s getting under his skin. There’s something they aren’t telling Shawn. In fact, they are doing the best they can to keep her in the dark. Will the past stay where it belongs, or is the past destined to repeat itself?
Rachel’s mind is a fascinating thing. She develops plots that tend to start out familiar, then she whacks you over the head with a complete surprise (you can practically hear her laughter over that at times). Especially in her mafia and paranormal romance books. Which is why they are still my favorite of all of the subgenres that she writes. But in Co-Ed, she manages to combine new adult romance with a twist of suspense that definitely follows along similar plot lines as her mafia and paranormal books. While most of the subject matter in Co-Ed is heavy with themes of discrimination, hate, and how rumors can tear anyone down, there is, as always, a bit of Rachel’s own brand of sarcasm and sarcastic humor scattered about to lighten the mood, even in the midst of the heavy. And bonus: Co-Ed brings us a small taste of what some of our favorite Wingmen are up to these days. (NOTE: Co-Ed IS a standalone book so you do NOT have to read any of the Wingmen books prior to reading Co-Ed!!!!!)
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Co-Ed a solid 4.5 propellers. The characters are rich and have characteristics you’ll love… then some you’ll love to hate. There’s heavy subject matter tempered with humor. And even when you want to hate them, of course you fall in love with all of Shawn’s suitemates. But… the plot twist at the end was what stuck with me for a while, though. And how Shawn chooses to show grace and mercy in the wake of overwhelming hatred and evil is refreshing. So don’t let all the talk about Co-Ed being a reverse harem book scare you away. Really… I’m fairly conservative, and if I read this book and liked it, it is NOT what you’re thinking it will be.
Meet the Author:
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!
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