Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Posted March 27, 2016 by StaceyisSassy in Contemporary Romace, Reviews / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi KeelandCocky Bastard by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Published by Self-Published on August 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 337
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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.
Author's note - Cocky Bastard is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Cocky Bastard Review


Cocky Bastard


You can’t help but love this Cocky Aussie.

I liked the Cocky Bastard from the very beginning. Then, I loved the Cocky Bastard the more I got to know him. When the Cocky Bastard ripped my heart out, I couldn’t really hate him. I was frustrated with the Cocky Bastard for a little while, but I knew deep down there HAD to be a good reason for him leaving. I got the full story, and while I wished the Cocky Bastard had trusted me with the truth, I couldn’t help but love him more. Aussies sure are lovable and Cocky. 😉

The Cocky Bastard is Chance. He is an American with an Aussie accent who is extremely good looking with a sensational body. Chance meets Aubrey at a pit stop when the two of them are on their own journeys of discovery. Aubrey is traveling across the country to a new job and to get away from an ex who cheated on her. Chance we don’t know much about, but we do know that he is heading in the same direction as Aubrey. Unfortunately, Chance’s motorbike won’t get him the distance and so he hits Aubrey up to travel together. At first, they get off on the wrong foot, but soon they get to know each other more and really connect. Chance keeps pushing Aubrey away, even though he has made it quite clear that he is extremely attracted to her. Aubrey really likes Chance and wants him to take a risk on her. Chance knows that it would cause her heartbreak…and it does.

This story is told in two segments. The first is told through Aubrey’s eyes and the second through Chance’s. The first half is fun, adventurous and full of sexual tension. The second half is emotional, heart-breaking and frustrating. The whole story is romantic in lots of different ways but it’s a bit one-sided. Chance wants Aubrey and he’ll do anything to prove that he’s worth taking a chance on.

I’m probably not making a lot of sense with this review, but I’m struggling with how to describe it without giving it all away. Let’s just say that while it might seem that Chance is doing all the work, he kind of has to. At first, it’s because Aubrey is hesitant to trust him, then when she finally does, Chance messes up BIG TIME!! So in the second half, he works his butt off to prove himself worthy of her love and to make up for causing her heart to break.

I really enjoyed Cocky Bastard but it was ALL because of Chance. I didn’t mind Aubrey, but Chance was just so lovable and sweet. I forgave Chance in two seconds when I found out why he’d hurt Aubrey and I was cranky that Aubrey took longer than two seconds to forgive him. There is a wee bit of a love-triangle in the second half which frustrated me a little but not enough to take away too much from the story. I will definitely be reading more from this duo in the future.

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