Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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Cocky Bastard is here! Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland have totally delivered on this surprise book!

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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?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Meet Chance in COCKY BASTARD!
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland


Read Chapter One of Cocky Bastard HERE:  http://bit.ly/1MCrJk9

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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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★★★★★ stars

I have a love/hate relationship with surprises. I either love them or hate them. There's no in between. Finding out an author you love to read has written a new book is always a good surprise. Learning that two of them have written a book together is an even bigger one. There's always concerns before you read a book if they'll be able to mesh their different writing styles. To be honest, I had very few doubts about this writing duo, but the few I had were totally unfounded.

From the first page to the last, every word in this book had my undivided attention. I couldn't get enough of the story and I completely loved Chance and Aubrey. I loved Aubrey for her determination and how she valued herself. She wasn't any one's fool and she truly had a heart of gold. Chance was a bit of a mystery in the beginning. I really enjoyed Chance's sense of humor. He was laid back compared to a driven Aubrey. I learned so much about him from his actions. I loved seeing Chance and Aubrey verbally spar with one another; their banter was witty and funny. The attraction between them was easy to see and so was the tension between them!

I found that the story was really well written. Both Penelope and Vi have distinct writing styles. I wasn't able to tell who wrote which part as it all flowed together seamlessly. I loved how the story kept the high intensity and emotional depth both are known for while mixing in laughter and steam. I wouldn't call this a "light" read but nor would I categorize it as "dark" either. It's the perfect balance of realism with a fictional escape. I enjoyed being in both of their heads. It really allowed me to get a feel for who Aubrey and Chance really were, what motivated them, and how they were feeling. 

Cocky Bastard delivers on the promise of a great story. It made me laugh, swoon, fan myself when things got hot, and even get teary eyed a time or two. It's a great story of finding love unexpectedly and then trying to handle the challenges that come to you in the best way possible. It's angsty and yet not overly so. I loved the twists in the story because I didn't see them coming. Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland did well with this surprise. I hope they'll write more together in the future. 

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About the Authors:

Vi Keeland
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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!
Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1zk882K

MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1alpVES
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1is0zNX

Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)

The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)
Standalone novels
Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
First Thing I See
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JWFo21

Penelope Ward
PENELOPE WARD.jpgPenelope 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.
Other books from Penelope Ward
Stepbrother Dearest

Jake Undone (Jake #1)
My Skylar
Jake Understood (Jake #2)

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