Blog Tour ★ Cocky Bastard by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward +Excerpt & Giveaway
Meet Chance in COCKY BASTARD!
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
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.
Read Chapter One of Cocky Bastard HERE:
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
I didn’t love this book, but I did like it. The humor and witty dialogue really carried the story a long way.
The book kicked off really well with two entertaining personalities from Aubrey and Chance. Right off the bat, you can see a truly sizzling chemistry that never fizzles out during their road trip. There are moments that show hesitancy from Chance, but the issue as to why is never acknowledge or made known.
That is until the second half of the book which takes place after two years. Honestly, this time jump is where it all went downhill for me. Chance’s predicament came out of left field a bit. Looking back, I could definitely piece together from the one clue given early on, but I think that aspect wasn’t developed enough to give a nice flow to the story.
The passion that the two once had or at least what they were building up to got lost on me at this section as well. I never again felt the same intensity and love worth fighting for.
The determination from Chance to win her back brought a smile to face. At one point though, I think he needed to dial it back a little considering his actions began to stray over into the stalking category.
The biggest problem I had with this story was Aubrey in the second half of the book. Aubrey’s actions made me lose all respect for her. She would express interest in Chance one minute and then push him away the next. Her indecision was extremely grating the entire time. I was getting mixed signals so I could only imagine how difficult it was for Chance. She seemed to want her cake and eat it too and it just wasn’t fair to those involved. That started to make me severely dislike Aubrey.
This book will surely be loved by many, but unfortunately I can’t get fully on board with that opinion. There were a few factors that I didn’t enjoy, yet I have no doubt others wouldn’t be bothered by them. That being said, if you really want to give this book a shot, go for it. Otherwise, I’d say pass.
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.