Cocky Bastard

Cocky Bastard

by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland


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From New York Times Bestsellers, Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland, comes a sexy 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682304280
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 08/16/2015
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 418,349
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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 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 Times , Wall Street Journal , & USA Today Best Selling author. Over the last three years, ten of her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller lists and three on the New York Times Bestseller lists.

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Cocky Bastard 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chance and Aubrey made me laugh so many times. Their story was incredible. The banter, the story, the angst and of course the steamy scenes. This is definitely a book I will reread again. Putting these two authors together created magic. I highly recommend this book. I hope they will write more together as well as individually. Loved it!,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. It had a lot of twists and turns that i didnt see coming. The only thing i didnt care for in this book is how princess acted when chance was trying to win her back. Im not going to give anything away, but come on, after she found out why he was gone she still couldnt figure out what she wanted. I wanted to scream! But all in all great story that made me laugh quite a bit. And had a few hot and steamy moments thrown in there too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Chance & Aubrey!!! Their love story was beautifully written and worth every second of my time!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then part 2 was just repetitive filler. He wasn’t the same man, he was annoying. And she was just stringing both guys along.
Truthnsarcasm More than 1 year ago
Oh my golly had me from the first paragraph!!! Holy puppies this was awesome def rejuvenated my love for the Aussie!
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was definitely a funny book. The storyline was interesting, but a bit frustrating at times. I definitely wasn't expecting Chance's twist, that threw me for a loop. I liked that we got both Chance and Aubrey's perspectives during the book. I really like Chance. He's a bit of a mystery at first, but he's a hoot and definitely knows how to use his charm. I liked being in his head and everything that he does for Aubrey. I liked Aubrey too just not as much, which is pretty standard for me. She's a bit reserved at first, but Chance helps her to be her true self and do what she actually wants to do in life. I love Pixy and that whole storyline, it was hilarious! I didn't always like everything that happens in part 2, but it all has to happen to get them to where they are in the end. I thought the ending was cute, but I would have liked even more. Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland did a great job writing a really good book together!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Since I listened to this in audiobook format my review is based on that, I loved the story and the characters, but I wasn’t a fan of Aaron Abano narration. He just kind of threw everything at me.  I pictured a sexy voice like Chris Hemsworth, and that’s not what we got.  I can work around it when a female is narrating the character, but when a man does it, and I don’t like his voice, it just doesn’t work for me.  There wasn’t anything wrong with Abano’s narration other than I just didn’t care for his voice.  I know I am weird, but I like what I like.   The story was excellent, with terrific characters and a twist that I didn’t see coming from a mile away.  And oh man does this book depict the song “When a Man Loves a Woman.”  It was swoon-worthy.  The story brought tears to my eyes a few times, and I fell madly in love with both characters.   If I read it would get a higher rating but the audiobook receives a 4.5 Boundless Stars.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and well-developed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost let the title of the book diasuade me from reading this book. But I am glad I took a chance! Loved the characters, loved the plot & stayed up after midnight to finish! :)
Sandigger More than 1 year ago
This story is really hard to put down. It's about Aubrey and the guy she meets at a rest stop in Missouri, Chance. She's on her way to California after breaking up with her lying, cheating boyfriend. She quit her job which was at the same law firm where the boyfriend, Harrison, worked as well. She stops at the rest stop and is in the gift shop looking at an Obama spring head doll. The kind people stick on their car dashboard and the head wiggles. She drops the doll when Chance startles her and the clerk yells out that she has to buy it since she broke it. She gets snotty with Chance saying it was his fault so he takes it from her and pays for it, then buys another one for her that isn't broken. She gets in her car (a BMW) and watches him get on his motorcycle. As he istarting to drive away his motorcycle dies so he gets into a conversation with her. When she says she is going to California he asks to ride with her. This starts an 8 day journey with the two of them and not long after it becomes the two of them and a goat. Ohhhhh, that's another twist to the story, it was quite funny. They develop a friendship with a strong sexual attraction. There are happy moments, funny moments and one hot steamy moment that leads to a broken heart and broken trust and it's a long way back that makes you want to cry. But it does have a happy ending although you don't know for sure until the last moment
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, and I know that it won't be my last. I cannot get enough of their style of writing, it is sexy, steamy, romantic, and funny, with just enough angst to keep you flipping the pages until the very end. Aubrey Bloom is making her way to California, hopefully to a new life, and along the way she runs into Chance Bateman, a sexy Australian who happens to ride a motorcycle. At this time Chance becomes known as Cocky and Aubrey becomes Princess. They end up taking a road trip together, and Chance teaches Aubrey how to loosen up and not take life so seriously, but at the same time he is keeping a huge secret from her. A secret that could possibly ruin the new friendship that they have developed. The first part of the book is told in Aubrey's POV and the second half is in Chance's POV. And along the way the authors gave us one of the best secondary characters ever, I loved Pixy and just wait until you find out how they name came to be. Five fantastic stars for this one, it is an absolute must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good love story was a little long in the middle but a beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. It has become my new all time favorite book and I have read hundreds and hundreds of books. Standalone novel with Aubrey and Chance making me laugh so, so much. I have to say I didn't want this book to end and I will miss their their banter, bickering and even bringing a few tears to my eyes. Sexy, romantic, a great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book, I'm So in Love with Chance. Aubrey and Chance are great toghether once they let themselves be happy. The goat is hilarious as their first child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars. Aubrey is an attorney on a cross-country drive from Chicago to Temecula, California to take a new position far from her cheating ex, Harrison, a partner in the firm she just left. She’s pretty much hating on men when she comes across CB, Chance Bateman, a sexy biker boy who teases her at a rest stop. They meet up later when Chance’s bike fails and Aubrey needs a tire change. He agrees to fix her problem, if she’ll fix his: take him to LA. He sweet-talks her into it, and then proceeds to blow up Harrison’s attempt at reconciliation by answering one of his ten-zillion phone calls that Aubrey keeps sending to voice mail. Over the course of eight days–because Chance also talks Aubrey into checking out the Grand Canyon and Vegas, they develop a strong friendly bond, and bizarrely adopt a blind goat kid, but don’t get anywhere romantically despite their combustible chemistry. Well, excepting their final night together. Which is everything Aubrey hoped for. Morning after? Not so much. Fast forward two years. Chance had a debt to settle and it’s now over. Can he win Aubrey back? Will she even let him back in the door now that she’s finally gotten past her heartbreak? The book is split into halves, first told by Aubrey second told by Chance. This allows us to access both character’s heartbreak and determination to find love again–even with each other. I loved how Aubrey let herself go with Chance, who is as outlandish a man as she’s ever met. He’s not afraid to work hard, and has overcome many a disappointment in his personal and professional life, so going after Aubrey a second time gets his undivided and creative attention. He’s endearingly arrogant, always focused on how to please Aubrey even when she wants nothing to do with him. Aubrey isn’t a heartless harpy. She’s had two years of suffering, wishing, and waiting for Chance to simply contact her. To explain what happened in Vegas. He never did in all that time. So why should she let him now? After some good relationships and therapy, she’s finally feeling secure enough to get serious, and has been dating a man for seven months. She isn’t the type to simply walk out, even if Chance is literally knocking on her door and reclaiming the love of their blind goat-child. Unwilling to trust him with her heart, Aubrey allows him to work back into friendship, and that leads to more, to some degree. Chance is both determined and despondent, by turns, especially as he learns Aubrey has a time limit in her Temecula life–a new job prospect might take her cross-country yet again. It’s a very sweet book, with lots of fun, flirtatious bits. There’s just a little bit of steam, and part of that includes a hot shower. I liked how resilient these two people are. They have had such difficulty finding a love that lasts, and it’s not realistic to trust a person who has abandoned you, for sure, so I didn’t begrudge Aubrey some time to really examine Chance and his intentions. The end is sweet an HEA as a reader could hope for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an entertaining testament to fate, true love, and faith in following your heart. Full of humor and twists, I couldn't put it down. Every woman deserves a Chance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book was funny and I absolutely loved chance... part 2 was not as funny and it went down hill..this book had so much potential but fell flat.i wish the author's would have kept up the chemistry and witty banter like the first part..some of the stuff was a little over the his stalking and treating the goat like there kid..I personally thought that trying to win her back was over the top and there chemistry was lost, they left it in vegas!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down...wonderful, well written book.
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best reads of the year for me. Collaborations seem to be the new IT thing, but I haven't seen it done better than Penelope and Vi, and I don't throw 5 stars out willy nilly. The first night I stopped reading and HATED him. The second night I stopped reading and I hated her. The third day I finished the book and was so in love I couldn't stop smiling. This is a great story about what happens when you judge and someone calls you out on it. It reminds you to be nice because you don't know what someone else is dealing with. It also reminds you that you have to be true to yourself. Aubrey has spent her life becoming who she thought she should be despite what she truly wanted. Who knew that picking up a stranded biker and driving the country would get her to open up and reveal her true self to herself? Along the way, Chance found out what it was like to be friendly with someone who didn't know who he was and had no expectations. Neither expect to fall for the other, but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. They lose touch towards the end of the road trip and the way they find their way back to each other is heart warming. There's no insta happy HEA when that happens. They actually WORK for the relationship to happen, and it's a beautiful thing as it unfolds. If you haven't read this one yet, you really should.
Christine_Marie2 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome story about a road trip and second chances (no pun intended :P) Between to characters named Chance and Aubry. Both Chance and Aubry are amazing characters and I loved this story very much. It definitely left me hanging in certain parts, and I had my doubts that I wouldn't get my happy ending, but thats what made the book most enjoyable. This book definitely gives you a run for your money and keeps you guessing but also gives you all the love, romance, and passionate you love in a great romance read. Vi and Penelope definitely have awesome writing chemistry together and I hope they write more together in the future. Total must read for sure, dont miss out on this =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little behind in starting this book with the reading group I am in... Boy did I ever catch up, I couldn't put it down. I read this book in a matter of a few hours. Chance and Aubrey's story will have you giggling like crazy, full out laughing out loud, and also have your heart aching for them on their long, bumpy road. This is definitely worth sitting down to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
This book was down right entertaining!!! It was funny, steamy, sexy, sad, and basically a great get-a-way read!!! You will fall for Chance...and for the fainting goat! A wonderful feel good book!