Review ♥ Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

April 4, 2016 Angela Reviews, Romantic Comedy

Review ♥ Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward & Vi KeelandCocky Bastard by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Published by EverAfter Romance on August 16th 2015
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Pages: 300
Format: ARC
four-stars

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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  is a surprisingly sweet book about Aubrey, a somewhat repressed lawyer, and Chance, a spontaneous, flirtatious Aussie. Circumstances bring these two strangers together for a cross-country road trip, and along the way Chance helps Aubrey learn to embrace life’s opportunities while she helps open his heart.

The story is different than I expected. I thought it would be a sex-filled romp across the country, but it’s not that at all. Chance may enjoy some dirty talking, but there’s actually very little sex. Instead, the plot focuses on character development. It’s a romance in the truest sense of the word with lots of wooing.

Aubrey’s self-esteem has taken a hit. She is afraid to get her heartbroken again, but she’s brave enough to take a chance on love anyway. She has such a good heart. It’s easy to see how Chance could fall for her. Unfortunately, her indecisiveness and the way she strings him along began to grate on me.

As it turns out, Chance isn’t really a bastard. His generous heart is on full display in the second half of the book. The man is the embodiment of the perfect book boyfriend. Handsome? Check. Attentive? Check. Romantic? Check. Witty? Check. Faithful? Check. Sexy as hell? Double check. The entire book could have been written entirely from his point of view and I would have been very happy.

Sometimes the pacing seems off. I’d get invested in the enjoyable details of a chapter, only for the authors to abruptly cut to the end of the scene, or even to the next day. It didn’t ruin the story for me, but I did find it noticeable.

Their many adventures are fun, and the crazy antics with the goat are absolutely hilarious. Cocky Bastard is an amusing, sexy, and surprisingly heartwarming romance.

 

Recommended for fans of:
Romantic comedy
Double entendres
Men with sexy accents

 

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.**

four-stars

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author. 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, which hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Her novel, Stepbrother Dearest, also spent four consecutive weeks 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.

About Vi Keeland

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!



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