In Review: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Posted May 22, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, Audiobook Review, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward & Vi KeelandCocky Bastard by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 22, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audiobook, Length: 7 hours and 59 minutes
Narrator: Michelle Ferguson, Aaron Abano
How I got it: Audible Romance Package
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge

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.

in review my thoughts

I bought Cocky Bastard ages ago, but just never got around to reading it. Funny how frequently this happens to me, huh? Well, with all the hubbub a couple weeks back with “cocky” books in the romance community, I decided there was no time like the present to read it. I wanted to throw my support behind the authors who came before and what better way to do that than read it and promote it? (Assuming I enjoyed it, anyhow.) It was a fun, sweet and sexy read that even hit me in the feels a couple of times.

I was hooked on Chance and Aubrey’s story from the very start with their adorable meet cute. I’m a sucker for road trip books and the setting, combined with their banter, made the book magical right off the bat. I listened to the audiobook and I found myself making excuses to be able to listen longer. More time on the treadmill? Sure. Extra time cleaning? Why not. Traffic sucks? Oh well, at least I have this book to listen to! I laughed and swooned my way through the beginning and my heart broke right along with Aubrey’s when he disappeared.

But man, the reasoning behind it? It totally threw me for a loop. I didn’t see that coming. As much as I hated how things went down between them initially, I couldn’t help but love watching him grovel and try to win her back. The cocky bastard had a heart of gold and, more importantly maybe, he wore that heart on his sleeve when it came to Aubrey. They gave me the swoons and the feels and lots of laughs, too. I couldn’t have asked for more. Oh, and did I mention there’s a goat? A blind, fainting goat? Amazing. I loved that goat just about as much as I did Chance and Aubrey.

Even though I already owned the ebook of Cocky Bastard, I decided to snag the audio from the Audible Romance Package. I enjoyed listening to it so very much. Both Michelle Ferguson and Aaron Abano are new-to-me narrators, but I thoroughly enjoyed their performances. They brought Aubrey and Chance to life in a great way. The story was fantastic and their narration only added to it. No matter how you choose to read this one, you’re in for a treat.


“So yeah, you’re right. I’m not attracted to you. It’s more like I’m captivated by you.”

“I’m sorry, Princess. For everything. For hurting you. For leaving you behind. For not being there when you woke up. For not being there every day since.”

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

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. 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 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 currently working on her fifth 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!

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  1. I was curious about this book, too! Especially now after #cockygate… but I wasn’t sure with the blurb… also, titles with the word “cocky” don’t really jump out to me and I was a bit surprised that there were a lot of books with “cocky” in the title.

    Anyway, awesome review! I’ll definitely pick this up on audio!