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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best sellers Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a sexy new standalone novel.

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.

Author's note: Cocky Bastard is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this audiobook is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.

©2015 Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Simply stated, save your money.

I decided to listen to this audio while I was driving home from visiting my daughter. It was a 3.5-hour drive, so I was looking forward to listening to an audiobook. Simply stated, save your money. There were so many issues with the audio, I cannot list them all here. But I will give a few.

1.) The narrators had a difficult time with the dialogue. I think this might be a case of when an audio is not a good option for a book. Too much dialogue forced these narrators to have too many voice and inflection changes that it became seriously annoying!

⦁The female narrator had a lilt at the end of her sentences which made her sound like she was whining. Throw in other character voices and an Australian accent, and I wanted to throw my iPhone out the window.
⦁The male narrator had a naturally deep voice, so when he raised his voice and slowed down his tempo to "sound like a woman" he sounded more like a preteen boy, or demented man, I haven't yet decided which.

2.) When I got home, I was exhausted and thought I would read the book along with the audio --- so basically I just followed along. This was a BIG mistake. What I found were numerous inconsistencies from the audio to the book.

⦁Audio says Chance's sister is 22 years old. The book reads she's 28.
⦁Audio says his sister "looked like a woman now". The book reads "she looked like a mum."

I wish I could say this was all there was, but that's not the case. Eventually, I turned off the audio and just read the book. I found I enjoyed it much more that way.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Promising start

I enjoyed the first part of this book very much. The second part not so much. I like a little groveling but it was way too much. In addition, the male narrator destroyed any chance of me enjoying the last part. It was BAD. When performing the main male character, he sounded like he was on a coke high due to the innapropiate voice inflections ALL. THE. TIME. When narrating female voices it was even worse. The female narrator was ok. Both her female and male voices worked for me.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • CJ
  • 01-17-16

Loved the first half, but...

Any additional comments?

Some spoilers below.


I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The second half I found very frustrating. I loved groveling. I crave groveling in books after the hero did something upsetting. However, this went a little overboard and too long. I became very frustrated with the heroine in this book in the second part.. I wanted Chance to grovel. What he did to Aubrey by just leaving was cruel. Chance did not tell Aubrey why he had to leave without a goodbye. He knew that his leaving would hurt. However, once Chance explained why he left and his reasoning I did understand in some ways, I was upset that Aubrey continued to stay with Richard. Then I was really annoyed that she told Chance that she loved Richard. I understand that Aubrey thought that Chance was gone so she moved on, but once Chance explained his reason for leaving, she should have distanced herself from Richard. I don't even want to know if she was having sex with Richard at that point either.I am not sure if spending an entire audible credit for this book was worth it.

With regards to my 3 star rating for this book, I wanted to clarify that the actually writing style was 5 stars. I did not feel the writing was wordy or that the story was flooded with inner dialogue. My rating has more to do with the heroine's actions in the second part of the story.

I will continue to read more books by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland. I was just a little disappointed that the characters in this book spent more time not as a couple then as a couple.Michelle Ferguson who did Aubrey's voice did a great job. Aaron Abano did an okay job. He sounded too old to be Chance in my opinion.
The goat was the best secondary character ever!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Male narrator killed the book for me

This story was so sweet and had twists that I didn't expect. However the male narrator was horrible for this character. His acting was extremely over the top. I don't think his narration style is good for romance. The female narrator was fine.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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It was okay

The first half was pretty good. Then the second half came around and eh it went down hill... Really it felt like a teenager wrote it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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2 different stories & bad male narrator

I found the male narrator distracting for the entire book. His voice sounded much older then the age the character was supposed to be. The female narrator was much better and I actually preferred her male voice to the actual male narrator. I also didn't enjoy the second half of the story. What a disappointment. The idea was interesting and the reasons behind the drama were noble but the execution just kind of ruined the whole story and just left me feeling sad and frustrated for these characters. I usually will listen to a book twice before I write a review but I just couldn't endure this one again. This is the first book I've listened to from this writing duo and I will try again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Story started out good....

the story started out good ...but once the 2nd part of the book began and the male.narrator started ....it went downhill quick! the male narrator, Aaron Abano, is horrible! at least for this type of book. Michelle Ferguson was very good and the author should have kept only her throughout the book! Also, the editor or producer should be fired. for letting the audible book be released with a narrator who paused and inflected at all the WRONG spots! needless to say I returned this book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM!!!

What did you love best about Cocky Bastard?

All of it....I loved all of this book!!!

What did you like best about this story?

That Chance never gave up...he was shot down several times and just kept going...He is an awesome guy!!!!

Which character – as performed by Michelle Ferguson and Aaron Abano – was your favorite?

Aubrey and Chance of course....they were great!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This would be a fabulous Rom/Com!!!

Any additional comments?

Chance and Aubrey meet quite by chance...and after he changes her tire and buys her a bauble head...She agrees to give him a ride to California since his bike was broke down. Aubrey is very reserved...and Chance has a filthy mouth and is drop dead gorgeous....she tries to not fall for him, but she did! They go the long way about it...and sometimes life gets in the way.....but True Love always finds away...and how can you resist a Stalker and Cocky Bastard!!! Loved Esmeralda Snowflake too!!!

GREAT STORY!!!! GREAT NARRATION!!!! I RECOMMEND!!!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't finish it!

The female reader was good but the male reader for the second half was so bad I couldn't finish it!

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  • Michelle
  • Frederick, CO, United States
  • 09-26-16

Good Story if you can get past the male narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was a great story line. Love the characters. Just did care for Aaron Abano. He didn't have the correct accent. And he doesn't know how to act. It was cringe worthy at best

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Aaron Abano was horrible in this. Michelle Ferguson did a much better job and wished she did the whole book

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 12-30-15

A really enjoyable story

(Spoiler alert) Firstly I must say I loved this audio book the story and idea was great !! However performances make or break a audiobook that was definitely true in this case. I loved Michelle Ferguson's voice and performance she matched my idea of Aubry perfectly and her change if voice for Chance was perfect too., I liked Aaron Abano's performance but his voice didn't match my idea of Chance at all which made listening to the 2nd half of the book really difficult. I soldiered on because I loved the story and wanted to know what happened the HEA was worth the wait😀💞

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-26-18

Great

Wow I thought this story was just great the voices were wonderful too so funny in places and so heart wrenching in others loved the goat lol x

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  • Yvonne
  • 06-26-16

Raunchy to com

Enjoyed listening to female narrator but male was a let down and his attempt to do a female voice sounded just wrong. Good giggle though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

Narrators wrecked the book

Couldn't handle the male narrator. I think if it was narrated by Sebastian York it would if made the book better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-18

That awful accent

That accent was awful! Chance sounded like a 50 year old man from London.
Spoiler alert - that was not an Aussie accent.
The story was ok, but the reading made me cringe, and I just couldn’t get into it. I should have just read the ebook.

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  • Louise
  • 01-28-17

Like the story but the narration was really BAD

Story was good but the Narration WAS BLOODY BAD, the Australian accent was so bad it annoyed me, and I found it so hard to listen to the whole book because of it, I finished the book but would never listen again because of the Narration even thou it was a good story

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  • Laureen
  • 01-23-17

Great story

The narrator who read Chances part was not a good fit for the story. He sounded like an English older gentleman. I'm from Australia and it was very difficult to listen too

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  • Rosslyn
  • 06-13-16

Entertaining Performance

The advice not to judge a book by it's cover should also apply to reviews. I avoided this book for a while due to the reviews, particularly of the narrators. And I was relieved to hear that Aaron Abano has an authentic sounding Australian accent. Not only that, the inflection and emphasis were perfect for the style in which this novel is written. For me, this book had balance. The intensity of the first half of the book was lightened by the writing style and the narration in the second half and I smiled through most of it. How can you not smile, when there is Cocky Bastard who goes after what he wants, limits his vocabulary when referring to his rival and has a soft spot for a goat?