“Cocky Bastard” Book Review

September 9, 2015 / 21 comments

“Cocky Bastard” Book ReviewCocky Bastard by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Published by Self-Published on August 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Borrowed
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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?

Liezel’s Thoughts:

There are so many amazing books that are scheduled to  drop this weekend. Because of this reason  I wasn’t meaning to write a review for “Cocky Bastard”. I wanted to read this quick and be done with it but after finishing it last night… I can’t seem to move on to another without giving it the praise that it deserves.

“Cocky Bastard” is a beautiful story of fate and at the same time one of second chances. Chance certainly wasn’t out looking for that one woman would change his life. Nor was Aubrey seeking for a rebound either. At the time that they first met a relationship was out of the question and much as they resisted they couldn’t help falling. They were only together that one night yet the passion that they shared was something  that  changed them both forever.

At first, I couldn’t understand why Chance would give up something that amazing so easily. I  began to question his logic and even began to loath him for leaving for all those years. I kept wondering … what could have been that important to be gone so long? The better question was  – Will the authors be able to convince me that what he did was legitimate? Did they?  Oh yeah, everything  about it was justifiable all right.

“I love you, Aubrey. Can’t you see that? I am head over heels in fucking love with you. I love you more than anything in this world. When I look into your eyes, I don’t just see you, I see my children. Hell, I see an entire farm of children and deaf, dumb and blind goats. I see my entire future. Without you, I see nothing. Nothing….”

Once I found out what was that important to Chance I couldn’t help but admire the guy. This wasn’t the only thing I found terrific about him either. I loved how he took full responsibility for his actions. I definitely enjoyed every aspect of his endless pursuit and persuasion. Even if the odds weren’t looking good he never gave up. Aubrey deserved every act of worship that Chance gave her and I thought it was great how she put him through his paces.

I do have to admit that I  felt apprehensive with how the authors would go about their second chance (cheating is a big NO for me) but I needed not to worry  because that too was done perfectly. I can’t begin to tell you just how relieved I was. Overall, I thought that “Cocky Bastard” was a fantastic second chance romance. One that will definitely make you laugh and even cry and have you swooning multiple times over.

The Verdict:


My Review At A Glance
Writing Style
Story Flow and Pacing
Overall Impact
Character Development
Heat/ Sexual Tension
Overall: 4.5 / 5

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About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She 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 genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is currently working on her third novel and loves friend requests from readers!

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!

My Review At A Glance
Writing Style
Story Flow and Pacing
Overall Impact
Character Development
Heat/ Sexual Tension
Overall: 4.5 / 5

21 Responses to ““Cocky Bastard” Book Review”

  1. Susan Dougherty

    This sounds like a book I would like to read. I have found most of your reviews have been spot on with my opinion. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Valentina

    Looking forward to Hollywood dirt cuz I love Alessandra’s books. Thanks for the chance. Fingers crossed.

  3. Rachel B

    I have no idea. Too many from which to choose! But, I really enjoyed your review of this book. Think I’ll have to give it a try.

  4. Judy van Ryn

    There are so many great books so I am unable to choose just one. I love to read, but just had cataract surgeries, so will be able to read again by the end of September.

  5. June M.

    I am really looking forward to BASE INSTINCTS by Larissa Ione. It is the next book in her Demonica series and the first that is M/M. It releases next week

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