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.
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?
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"Loved the first half, but..."
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!!!
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.
"First half perfect - Second terrible"
This is a wonderful book and I hate how little I liked the audio version.
I loved the female narrator, had such a good time with the way she got the banter across!
I absolutely disliked the male narrator because that voice did so not go with the guy on the cover you're supposed to picture as Chance! And his female voices were horrible because he made them sound stupid, taking really slow and high. The stress was more often than not on the wrong word in the sentence. So I stopped listening after half of his part and simply read the rest of the story - up to the epilogue, which Aubrey told again.
I so wished this had worked out better because I absolutely love the book itself!!
"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!
"Thor meets PeeWee Herman"
Great story and part 1 had me totally captured but when Aaron Abano began his narration the whole book was ruined. It started as a 5 and quickly to a 1 for performance. He should be a children's book narrator. Nothing about his voice is sexy.
I love both Vi & Penelope's books. Michelle really made her character real & she deserves a 4+. So Sad Aaron took his from a 10 to a 1. So Disappointed
"A FUN FILLED ROAD TRIP WHICH ENDED IN HEARTBREAK"
Aubrey was expecting a boring road trip to California after uprooting her life for a new and promising fresh start after a split with her ex. But, when she was leaving her pit stop in Nebraska, the road trip would never be the same, because Aubrey had just made a deal with a real charmer.... Chance, a sexy, handsome, Australian Biker full of flirty innuendoes and a cocky attitude which would not only change the trip but knock her off course too. And, during the first part of the story, which was told from Aubrey's POV, there was lots of humor, sizzling mutual chemistry, fun flirty and witty banter and some weird and wonderful diversions along the way.
But, as they got ever closer to one another, Chance would suddenly pull back.... his attraction and lust glazed looks were there but something, or someone, was holding him back. Despite their mutual sexual desire, the hot passionate kisses and them touching some bases, nothing could force Chance to break his determination not to have sex with Aubrey. Until Aubrey just couldn't take the push/pull mixed feelings any more and went for broke - she bared her soul, her desires and her body..... and finally Chance was unable to resist any longer. Which led to a passion filled romantic night of sexcapades..... but in the morning the love of her life was gone.
Part two is then told from Chance's POV and we learn what happened and why he couldn't commit (I think he should've just told Aubrey but I get why he didn't). And now Chance has two options...... forget about the woman who's haunted his days and nights for two years or go and see if there's any hope that a) Aubrey's still single and hasn't moved on and b) that she's forgiven him, will give him a chance to explain and is in as deep with him as he is with her. Chance chooses to go and find her..... but when he gets there he's faced with heartache because Aubrey's love life, and her emotional mountain that had grown from her feelings of mistrust, neglect, a broken heart and confusion, was going to be difficult to scale..... so all he could do was to start to climb..... because at the top was forgiveness, hope and Aubrey.
Worth a credit? Really likeable characters, a fun story that takes on a deeper curve in part two, enjoyable, romantic, good narration and YES a creditworthy listen.
"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😀💞
"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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