21 August 2015

Tour & Review - COCKY BASTARD

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Cocky Bastard
by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland





What they say: From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new standalone novel.


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.



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Meet Chance in COCKY BASTARD!
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

NOW AVAILABLE



Read Chapter One of Cocky Bastard HERE.


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: This is a story of two halves; Aubrey's part and Chance's story. As far as contemporary romance goes, Cocky Bastard is a fun mixture of steam, drama, action and humour. 

Aubrey is on a mission to escape from her old life and horrible ex when she meets an extremely handsome, yet cocky stranger, called Chance. After an unfortunate incident (or a REALLY fortunate one) she finds herself having to give him a lift to California - they end up on an extremely random road trip.

Chance aka Cocky is as mysterious as he is handsome. So Aubrey has a difficult time trying to interpret his signals and motivations. She's trapped somewhere between extreme lust and general irritation.

The book is really funny and I appreciated the banter and everything cocky about Chance (get your minds out of the gutter people, I mean his wit and charm, not anything else). Chance is confident, crass and hilarious - he has so many one-liners that I honestly didn't know what he was going to say next. Also being a hot Aussie (sort of) really doesn't hurt.

I'm not going to lie my favourite parts involved the goat! Yes a goat! 


There is a BIG FAT HUGE twist which I have to say I (mostly) missed. The unusual part is when the twist happens (don't worry no spoilers here). After the twist the story shifts, and although it keeps its tone, there is a difference in more than just POV. 


I have to say I felt extremely bad for Chance and did find myself getting slightly annoyed with Aubrey at times. I loved his dedication to Aubrey and his determination to make her see how much he cares for her. 

I'm firmly on #TeamGoat

4 Stars in my Sky!




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Excerpt:

A knock at the door made me jump.
With a huff, I got out of bed and stood on my tiptoes to look out the peephole.  Why were those things always so high on the door anyway?  I was surprised to find no one standing on the other side.  Maybe I’d imagined it.
Another knock.
I flicked on the lights. The sound wasn’t coming from the entrance door.  It was coming from an interior door I hadn’t even noticed before.
Chance’s door.
I unfastened the top lock and cracked it open just enough so I could see what he wanted.  And there he stood.
Shirtless.
Wearing only dark gray boxer briefs that hugged him like a second skin.
It took a minute to understand what he was doing there, even though he was holding up a toothbrush in question.
“I thought we had established I wasn’t a serial killer already.”
I opened the door wider.
He smiled.
Oh lord.  Stop that.  Right now.
“I must have left my toothpaste in my saddlebag in the car.”
I swallowed hard.  “Uh huh.”
He cocked his head to the side, and his brows dipped in.  “Can I borrow yours?”
“Oh.  Yeah, sure.”
He walked past me and let himself into my bathroom.  I waited at the door.
“You got an awful lot of girly crap in here for one night,” he said with a jumbled mouth full of toothpaste from the bathroom.  “Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.”
He was reading my Estee Lauder perfume bottle.
I heard him rinse and spit.  Then there was a gargling sound.  He used my mouthwash, too.  Sure, help yourself.
He walked out and flicked off the bathroom light.  “Is tuberose a rose?”
I shook my head, still confused by the whole situation going on.
“That’s why,” he murmured.
“Why what?”
“I couldn’t figure out what you smelled like all day.  Not sure I ever smelled a Tuberose before.”  He shrugged and walked back into his room but not before turning back.  “Even those little black lacy underwear smell like tuberose.”
My eyes bulged.  I’d taken off my bra and panties and left them on the bathroom counter.
“You…you—”
“Relax.  I’m teasing.  Do I look like an underwear sniffer to you?”
Yes.
No.
Maybe?
“Night, Aubrey.” He graced me with a dimple and disappeared.
AH-BREE.  Damn him.
I locked the door and checked it twice, unclear if it was for my safety or his.  His voice saying my name was on audio replay inside my head, getting softer and softer like a soothing lullaby with each breath as I drifted off to dreamland.
Until the knock came again.


Author Spotlights:

Vi Keeland
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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)
Beat


Throb


MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)

Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)


Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)



Penelope Ward

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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:

Stepbrother Dearest

Gemini
Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)


 




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