Title: Cocky Bastard
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Release Date: 17th August, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone Novel
Age: Mature Adult
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs
Model: Nick Ayler
Hosted by: TRSOR Promotions
Meet Chance in COCKY BASTARD! A standalone Contemporary Romance Novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.
A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.
When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.
My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.
I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.
I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
Reviewed by Rachel McEwan & Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
Pick it up, turn first page and wham bam, thank you ma’am! Authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have written a book which came alive in our hands. This brilliantly construed, humorous, but heart-rending story had us spellbound with every word, every sentence, every page, every chapter and every thought the two protagonists had. To say we were hooked lock stock and barrel, would be a putting it mildly. This is the first time these two authors have got together and wow, what a twosome they make! Reading this full-length novel in a day was no skin off our noses; so beware boyfriends and spouses! It is highly likely that you’ll be ignored at some time, have to put up with a fits of crying or even worse, listen to a running commentary while your better half is cracking up over one of the most original characters, storyline and one-liners one could ever wish for in this love story with a difference.
Aubrey ~ ‘’I’m not watching a movie with you in your underwear.’’
Chance ~ ‘’ What ? It’s not like I have an erection.’’
We couldn’t not like Aubrey. She’s not a lawyer by choice; however, this sassy animal-lover has had enough. Working in a law firm where she’d had a relationship with one of the partners, backfired. She decides to move on, loads up her BMW to the hilt with her belongings and starts off on a long journey. Stopping off on route for her destination, she crosses with whom she thinks is the most obnoxious, heart-throb, squeeze-your-thighs-together guy. It just happens that Chance Bateman is in a spot. His Harley has broken down and as they’re going in the same direction, they come to an agreement of sorts; Aubrey, of course, setting down the rules. In the interim period of quick, quirky off the mark banter which flows between them like the waters through the Straits of Gibraltar, we meet Esmerelda Snowflake. Get ready for the ‘kid’ that might just steal the show!
Chance ~ “You know if you set up rules, I won’t be able to help myself. I’ll need to break them.”
Now on route, she’s getting used to his cocky innuendos but is a little confused as to why he doesn’t make a move on her. All said and done, the sexual chemistry they have is nothing less than scorching hot. So why doesn’t he make a play for her? Not telling, but what we will say is that nearly halfway into the book, all is revealed and literally knocked us sideways.
Aubrey ~ “You know what, get over yourself. Someone finally called you on the little game you play. Being rejected sucks,” I scoffed. “Although I’m sure you don’t know the feeling at all.”
After a crazy whirlwind detour to Sin City, we have Aubrey’s point of view when something she never expected happens. The probability of giving your Kindle a good bashing or shouting out a few choice words while reading how she feels about the way she’s been treated is high. Okay, he’s not just drop-dead gorgeous, but this Aussie ex football player whose luck ran out is also going to have to pull out the big guns if wants to get back into Aubrey’s good books. And regardless of his cocky charm and his strong feelings for this woman, things are much more complicated than we could ever have had imagined… Rewind two years and we were in for a shock. Now everything makes sense but against his better judgement, he’d kept it all locked up in their whirlwind romance.
Chance ~ “My dreams don’t have rainbows and doves. They have me pulling your hair as I fuck you on that desk. You want to be my real live dream Princess?”
Fast-forward two years and as hard as Chance tries, he still can’t get this outstandingly beautiful, sexy but unpretentious woman out of his head. With a bit of encouragement from a mate he had made in a place one would never picture him in, he conjures up a plan of attack. Reading his point of view was heartbreaking, enchanting and even though it takes up a good half of the book, we never wanted it to end. The escapades he gets up to weren’t exactly ethical but we were playing on his team all the way. Aubrey, in complete ignorance of what had happened to him over the past two years, has made a new life. Time’s running out for Chance so get ready for his inventively skilful ways and means of catching her attention. Landscaping gardens will take on a new dimension and he can come and do our gardens whenever he pleases!
Aubrey ~ ‘’I need time to process. I’ve spent the last two years hating you.’’
Chance ~ ‘’ I understand.’’
There’s a very good chance (pun intended) you’ll be bowled over by this perfect summer read and fall head over heels for these two adorable lovers and their mascot. Everything about this book we loved. Like demons possessed by the authors’ handy work, we highlighted, took down notes and underlined quotes which never spoilt or hindered this read for us. The descriptive writing is sublime, the protagonists and secondary characters, well-developed and Chance’s Aussie drawl is beyond perfect. Well, AH-BREE thought so. What we look for in a good read is uniqueness and there is no doubt whatsoever that Cocky Bastard offers this. The authors cannily integrated the steamy scenes in such a way that we applaud them. Not over done; just right, just put your air con on though! One word to sum up has to be BRAVO!
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
Additional Books by Vi Keeland
Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1MWanfu
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1fczMX5
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1BgqIUD
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1CsRg9d
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1zk882K
MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1alpVES
Smashwords – http://bit.ly/1is0zNX
Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1xC71aa
Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1wbsJEK
B & N: http://bit.ly/1ljdVzb
The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1fr26W2
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1KRsCVy
Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Mi0AzQ
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1KRsdCx
Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Rmi3xp
First Thing I See
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1fr3dF7
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1RmihEP
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JWFo21
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
Other books from Penelope Ward
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Jake Understood (Jake #2)