Friday, August 21, 2015

COCKY BASTARD by @ViKeeland & @PenelopeAuthor - #REVIEW + #GIVEAWAY!

Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
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.

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

Read Chapter One of Cocky Bastard HERE:

- REVIEW: 4.5 – 5 STARS -
Addicting. Riveting. Enthralling. Funny and sexy all in one. COCKY BASTARD is a MUST READ!
The second I started reading. I did NOT want to stop. I even found myself sneaking in some reading time while we had family over (I’m a wonderful hostess, huh?!)!  I laughed, I squirmed, my heart RACED, ACHED, and BROKE… It was one heck of a ride!!

“What’s C.B. stand for anyway?”
“Those are my initials.”
“Let me guess…Cocky Bastard?”
“See…I would have told you my name, but since you’re so clever, I think I’ll just let you guess.”
“Whatever, Cocky.”

Right off the bat we got to experience a truly hilarious banter that went on throughout the entire book. When I say hilarious, I truly mean: laugh-out-loud kind of funny! The kind of giggle you CANNOT control, regardless if you’re reading in public. Trust. Me. People were STARING. Because of course, I took the book with me when I went out.  I even took it to get my hair done and every time the hair dresser interrupted my reading, I’m pretty sure I gave her the stink eye!

Chance and Aubrey. What started off as a simple deal – a road trip – ended up being a life-changing, yet heart-breaking experience for both. One that neither of them would ever get over. They started ticking each other off. Granted it was Chance ticking Aubrey off WAY more than the other way around, but she got a few hits in. You see, Aubrey was very prim and proper, but Chance instantly knew that there was more – way more – to her. And he was going to help her let loose…find herself. During their days together, they really got to know each other. They bonded. They connected.

“Attraction is way too tame for what happens when I look at you. I want to fucking conquer you. (…) The only thing that could possibly be more beautiful than your face when you smile at me, is your face with me inside of you.” He closed his eyes and leaned his forehead against mine. “So yeah, you’re right. I’m not attracted to you. It’s more like I’m captivated by you.”

The sexual tension/chemistry between them combined with the ANGST of the whole situation was epically mind-blowing!!! I felt it in my bones!!! I seriously could not stop turning the pages, desperately needing to know what would happen next with them! Chance was holding back a secret and I needed to know, just as much as Aubrey, what is was!

“If the choice is you being happy or me…there is no choice. You come first.”

OMG – I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHANCE. He is MINE. Okay? MINE. ALL MINE. The way he always put Aubrey first…his COMMITMENT!! Sweet baby Jesus.

Panties = BOOM! KAPOW! POOF! Gone.

SO much happened to Chance and Aubrey. So flippin’ much. *Sigh* For a while there, there I was a tad worried (okay, A LOT) about how things would unfold for them. (You’ll see why…) But even though things were difficult for them, they were still Chance and Aubrey. Their banter, their chemistry, their connection was still there.

Towards the end, I swear I just about died thinking it would NOT have a HEA! But rest assured, not only does it have a happily ever after, it’s quite the beautiful one!! ECSTATIC READER HERE!!!

Gah!!! I knew I had to read this book. I knew it was going to be phenomenal….and I was right! Go one-click now!! You need to meet MY Cocky Bastard.



▼▼ I LOVED this part! I giggled SO much at Aubrey's reaction to Chance!! ▼▼
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.
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.
“Relax.  I’m teasing.  Do I look like an underwear sniffer to you?”
“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.

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!

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. 

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