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Cocky Bastard by [Ward, Penelope, Keeland, Vi]
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Editorial Reviews


"Witty & HIGHLY addictive standalone with a surprising plot twist we didn't see coming! Confidently one of our top reads this year!!"  -The Rock Stars of Romance  

"This will be, without question, one of my favorite reads for 2015!"  -5 stars from Lisa, Three Chicks and Their Books
"To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I binge read this unputdownable standalone. If there was a formula for a perfect book...this would be it. This second chance romance is absolute Kindle Crack. Cocky Bastard has the ideal mix of "the feels", romance, angst, drama and likable characters. This funny, sexy and sweet romance captivated me from the first page to the last. Be prepared to pull an all-nighter."  -Cheri, Kindle Crack
"I absolutely am in love with this book! I could not put it down, simply because this book has everything in it, happiness, sadness, hope, dejectedness, humour, bloody fantastic characters and a brilliant story line."  -Michelle, The Romance Vault
"This book made me feel so many emotions but the firstone was to laugh through the beginning! This Cocky Bastard is now one of my favorite books ever!"  -Maria, Book Boyfriend Hangover

About the Author

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. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult/contemporary romance genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is the author of RoomHate and Stepbrother Dearest, which hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Other works include the New York Times bestseller Cocky Bastard (co-written with Vi Keeland), Sins of Sevin, My Skylar, Jake Undone, Jake Understood and Gemini.
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 an attorney and a New York TimesWall Street Journal, & USA Today Best Selling author.  Over the last three years, eleven of her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller lists and four on the New York Times Bestseller lists. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1515303942
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014005B72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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AH-BREE and Chance's story was amazing!! A chance encounter between a gorgeous, cocky Australian hottie and a beautiful but uptight woman who's trying to start her life was a refreshing, exciting change of pace and chock full of laughs, sarcasm, adventures, and emotion.

I really loved the back and forth wit and HU-MAH between Chance and Aubrey. Chance brought out a side of Aubrey that she never showed to anyone and it was endearing how he never made her feel foolish for letting loose. The road trip they ended up on was funny and I loved experiencing their adventures with them. Esmeralda Snowflake was my favorite character of the whole book!

Part one is told from Aubrey's POV and it was interesting to see her perceptions of Chance, and get inside her head to see how she deals with the situations he puts her in all along their trip.

Part two is told from Chance's POV and Penelope and Vi did an amazing job of giving the readers the male perspective on the tough, emotional situations we find these two characters in.

Even though Aubrey and Chance only spent like 8 days together on their road trip across the country, the feelings they develop for each other are deep and everlasting. They both know they've been changed for life with how they feel about each other, but does that necessarily mean they should truly be together? It was an angst filled, emotionally charged story that kept me on the edge of my seat and my heart in my throat dying to find out if these two end up with their dreams fulfilled and a happily ever after!

I commend Penelope and Vi for collaborating on this story! I haven't laughed this much while reading a book in a long time! It was such a refreshing change for me and I will most certainly be reading this one over and over again whenever I need a pick me up and some much needed HU-MAH in my day!
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What a wild and crazy ride this book was! Once I picked it up, I was unable to stop reading till I reached "The End".

We meet Aubrey who is on a road trip from Chicago to California to start a new life, she never expected to meet C.B. aka Chance on her trip across the country. One flat tire, and one broken bobble head changes Aubrey's trip dramatically.

I loved the eight days that Aubrey and Chance were together during their road trip. You could instantly tell there was a spark between Aubrey and Chance and I wanted nothing more than for these two to end up together. Chance is laid back, hilarious and pushes Aubrey outside of her comfort zone. Aubrey is stand offish at first, and guarded, but as she spends more time with Chance her fun side starts to peak out.

During the road trip Chance and Aubrey definitely create a bond, and I loved their back and forth banter, their sexual innuendo's and everything else. I was laughing out loud multiple times during this book, and then throw in a fainting goat, and this road trip was one to go down in history. I knew that Chance was hiding something with how secretive he would get on his calls, but I wasn't expecting what it was he was hiding. I was kind of in shock when it came out.

I really loved how this book was told in two parts, part one was Aubrey's point of view and dealing with the road trip, and the second part was told in Chance's point of view dealing with things after the road trip. The after the road trip section was amazing in my opinion. I loved getting inside of Chance's head and my heart hurt for him. He really is a good person and he knows he has made some mistakes.
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I finished Cocky Bastard by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward on Wednesday and I struggled with book afterglow so I couldn't read anything new yesterday. *Sigh*... it was just that good! Although I've now loaded two new books on my Kindle, the glow is still riding me pretty hard. I absolutely adored the story. It was funny. It was sweet. It was very sexy. And LAUGH OUT LOUD funny! This story contained the best of everything that you love in a romance and more.You will instantly fall in love with Chance and Aubrey....oh and Esmeralda Snowflake. Cocky Bastard was a romance gem of 2015!
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I didn’t love this book, but I did like it. The humor and witty dialogue really carried the story a long way.
The book kicked off really well with two entertaining personalities from Aubrey and Chance. Right off the bat, you can see a truly sizzling chemistry that never fizzles out during their road trip. There are moments that show hesitancy from Chance, but the issue as to why is never acknowledge or made known.

That is until the second half of the book which takes place after two years. Honestly, this time jump is where it all went downhill for me. Chance’s predicament came out of left field a bit. Looking back, I could definitely piece together from the one clue given early on, but I think that aspect wasn’t developed enough to give a nice flow to the story.

The passion that the two once had or at least what they were building up to got lost on me at this section as well. I never again felt the same intensity and love worth fighting for.
The determination from Chance to win her back brought a smile to face. At one point though, I think he needed to dial it back a little considering his actions began to stray over into the stalking category.

The biggest problem I had with this story was Aubrey in the second half of the book. Aubrey’s actions made me lose all respect for her. She would express interest in Chance one minute and then push him away the next. Her indecision was extremely grating the entire time. I was getting mixed signals so I could only imagine how difficult it was for Chance. She seemed to want her cake and eat it too and it just wasn’t fair to those involved. That started to make me severely dislike Aubrey.

This book will surely be loved by many, but unfortunately I can’t get fully on board with that opinion. There were a few factors that I didn’t enjoy, yet I have no doubt others wouldn’t be bothered by them. That being said, if you really want to give this book a shot, go for it. Otherwise, I’d say pass.
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