Blog Tour: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Blog Tour:  Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi KeelandCocky Bastard by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Publication Date: August 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Second Chance Romance
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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?

Read Chapter One of Cocky Bastard HERE:

I received this book for free from Authors in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“Sometimes those who put up the biggest shields are those who are protecting the biggest hearts.”

I have been anticipating Cocky Bastard, the first book co-authored by two great authors, Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland. It is a vibrant story of finding one’s self, gaining second chances, and living a life full of surprises.

“There’s some change in the bag. Buy yourself a sense of humor.”

We open the story in quite an unusual, but real-to-life manner. It’s fun, fantasy, and freakin’ hilarious…we know we’re in for a ride.

“Sometimes, it take losing everything to make you realize what you really need.”

Chance and Aubrey are two of the most likable book characters. Both are witty and full of sass. Both are unusually gorgeous. And both come with their own baggage that they are carrying around in life. They each have their own destination to which they are heading, when fate sends each of them gentle reminders that there is more to life than what they’ve previously experienced.

“My home is where you are.”

Sometimes you just need a feel good book to lift your spirits and make you want to sprint for the finish line. That was Cocky Bastard. From the opening pages in the book, I was in hysterics. The humor that was spawned throughout each page was laugh-out-loud goodness. Told in dual points of view, from both Aubrey and Chase, I was taken by these characters as they found their zest for life and each other. I don’t know that I have ever become quite so attached to such an unusual secondary character, but Snowflake, a.k.a. Billy the Kid and various other names, stole the show for me. If I could have come through the pages and snatched that little buggar up, I would have done it. The story line was exactly what I would expect from these two great authors, but there were some surprises that totally threw me for a loop. In short, I LOVED this book, and hope that maybe one day we can catch up with Chase and Aubrey, possibly adding in more of Adele.

“I’m not attracted to you. It’s more like I’m captivated by you.”


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.


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5 Stars

About Penelope Ward

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 genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-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 Stepbrother Dearest, which spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include, Jake Undone, My Skylar, Jake Understood, Gemini and the upcoming Sins of Sevin due out in the fall of 2015.

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!

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  1. Vi Keeland said:

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!


    1. Ella said:

      So welcome! Thanks for a great read <3


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