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His Cocky Valet

Undue Arrogance Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Undue Arrogance Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ash Harrington's life is out of control. At 23 years old, he's suddenly the head of a multibillion dollar global corporation he is in no way equipped to run. His father is dying. His mother's run away. He's spent his entire adult life playing fast and loose with his life and his loves, but when he's dragged into a position of responsibility with the fate of the company on his shoulders, he goes spinning into freefall. And Brand Forsythe is the only man to catch him.

Icy, detached, nearly twice Ash's age, the massive monolith of a British valet is impossible to deal with and like no servant Ash has ever met. Domineering and controlling, Brand quickly puts Ash's life in order. And quickly takes Ash in hand.

Even if by day Ash has to project authority, leadership, and calm...by night he's discovering the breathless pleasure of giving up control. The shivering thrill of surrendering to Brand. The sweet taboo of being submissive to the man in even the smallest things. Ash can't quite understand why it feels so good to put himself in Brand Forsythe's capable, commanding hands. He only knows, as he faces the hardest decisions of his life...the only thing that can save him is the love of his cocky valet.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Cole McCade (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Ev
  • 08-05-2019

Fun, sexy

I really enjoyed this sexy, well written love story. Thanks McCade, for bearing part of your real life story and writing this fluffy, awesome book.

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  • jim
  • 10-02-2019

Incongruous story about domination

Apart from the constantly whining voice of the ‘hero’, this story is completely incongruous. From the dying father who never prepares his son to take over the company to the uneducated valet who acts like a CEO this is really a tale about an older bully who completely dominates and controls his younger charge. No man would get away with doing this to a younger woman so why are stories about gay men written about pathetic individuals who get controlled........really hated this story

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Amazing!!! Black Butler feels 😂

I loved it so much! It got really emotional and real and way too much near the end but i loved it none the less. It was soooooo good.
Oh and i also don't recommend listening to this in public. Save yourself the embarrassment!!

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  • angela p.
  • 12-12-2018

COCKY, COCKY, COCKY...

I loved this cocky book. I also loved the cocky characters and the cocky narrator. There wasn't anything that I did not like about the cocky book. Except that it ended.

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  • Megan Ratchford
  • 06-12-2018

Wonderful!

Love the story, love the narrator, author’s notes are at first hilarious (GO COLE!) and second, heartbreaking. Makes me want to read everything out there by him. Now I have a new author to look forward to. And Joel Leslie is as always a wonderful performer of the written word. Highly recommend!

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  • Mainely Stories
  • 02-01-2019

So much more than expected.

Joel Leslie - WOW. You killed this. There was no point when I didn't entirely believe that there were multiple people talking in this story! If it wasn't edgy enough, you added so much tantalizing emotion that it became impossible to listen while driving or doing anything other than listen. Well done. This is a performance that was much more than narration! Bravo

Composer Cole McCade - Although I heard good things about this story at the time it was published in spring of 2018, I also knew that this was a quick 'action/reaction' to the behavior of a self-described 'best-selling' author previously unknown to me.

I dare say that I've read enough that I don't imagine there are too many best-selling authors who are unknown to me, at least with name recognition.

There were a few medical details that weren't quite right but as the author proclaimed, this was intended to be satire. I won't provide specifics as not everyone would be pulled out of the story by unlikely events.

I've seen the word gobsmacked in stories and have never used or heard the word used in real life. I was gobsmacked. This story was emotion-packed and provocative. I wouldn't have expected this to have so much of an own-voices flavor but this only adds to the performance art presented by this extremely talented duo, wordsmith McCabe and actor Leslie.

I listened to this on audible and now I will buy the book. It's that good.

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  • Pamela
  • 11-12-2018

Author’s note

Thank you for sharing truth in your letters at the end of this book. I was surprised to hear the information. And I must admit I laughed aloud when you shared the story about “cocky.” I’m looking forward to reading and listening to even more of your books, your your letters at the end serve to strengthen my resolve. Fun book too by the way. I enjoyed the humor found throughout.

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  • MITexas
  • 21-02-2019

THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!

THIS BOOK! THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!! Not only do I LOVE the reason on why it was made (hello #cockygate) but the story itself was perfect. Flawd perfect-for-each-other characters. And it was HOT. This book is in my hands down top 10 favorite books of all time. I love the fluffy idea of not so perfect love thy scares others but when you find the right person- that right match- it all becomes ok. That scary attraction becomes a perfect kind of love and these characters have it.

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  • Diana C.
  • 18-12-2018

beautiful

the authors at the end were a mood and I cried at certain points cool

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  • VHB
  • 08-12-2018

Great narration

Exellent narration,
Cute, sweet, and sexy story
I really enjoyed it.
I very much liked the main characters
Very sexy.

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  • Kayla Burgess
  • 07-02-2019

Beautiful. Wow

It was as Cole said. I could almost see it.
I honestly would prefer to avoid hospitals unless injured or in pain, not to... let's just say I've had my fill. And I'd rather remember that person before they were destroyed by whatever felled them.

Does that make me heartless? Maybe...
But I don't want my last memory, my last sight of a loved one, to be them in a strange bed with machines recording their last.

Anyway, I loved the book. I loved the performance and Joel did a wonderful job.

Can't wait for the Cellist.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 06-06-2019

Fluffy but not. Huggable characters.

Got this book because of a personal rec & the cocky kerfuffle sent me on a shopping trip for spite 😘. The narrator and author’s notes might be the best parts, though. For a book intended to be a bit fluffy, there is heavy emotion (parent in hospice). And it was pretty good but.

I kinda want to give a pass on business details because specificity wasn’t the point. But I was distracted by every work scene. When Ash googled info instead of asking an in-house VP or lawyer to provide a summary? Ugh. I am also personally irritated by boys inheriting controlling interests in corporations even when they are not groomed to run them. Especially publicly traded companies who should have better org charts with realistic lines of succession in place. So while the “I’m in over my head & I need help” meet cute worked to get him hooked up with Brand, Ash was SO FAR underwater already that he was staying underwater. Everything about him flailing at work then hiring a total stranger to help him at home but who then shows up in his office every day without a peep from HR or the BoD or even his admin? Just every possible no. This interfered with my ability to enjoy the story. BUT if one can set their “suspension of disbelief” to the job, it could work. I tried but couldn’t.

This romance almost worked for me. I could believe in Brand’s caretaking. I could see Ash wanting/needing caretaking. I could even see Brand’s particular desires working out, mostly. But. The trust needed to get from ‘intro’ to ‘all in’ felt a little too rushed. Even with the rush, I didn’t see enough the ‘boss by day, sub by night’ dynamic I came for. I wanted to see more expression of the kink in daily life and the boudoir, not just a description of it and the first tentative forays into it. Plot happened and the dynamic went wonky. It wasn’t wrong for the characters, it just wasn’t enough for me. I felt like I was set up to anticipate some scenes. I only got one that was almost there. Actually, one bit was wrong and that was when Brand made a decision without discussing it first with Ash. (Getting info on the sly wasn’t wrong. Moving forward with the info on the sly was wrong.) That’s infantilizing, not caretaking. There was explicit sex on the page but the sec arc was slightly out of synch with the narrative/kink arc.

Then the familial relationship. Ash & his dad existed in different orbits that occasionally crossed. They started to attempt to get to know each other more but then his mom swooped in and derailed that and it never (explicitly) came back. I think he only talked with his dad on page once after that, and the discussion was started by Brand. It was weird - there were <i>all the things</i> they could talk about! They just didn’t. Again, the set up felt mismatched to how it played out.

The narrator didn’t do a british accent and I was fine with that. The Japanese-ish accent was a maybe. Even so, it was easy to listen to and the audio quality was good.

Why am I even saying anything? Even with all the problems, I felt the characters come to life. I wanted to hang out with them. I wanted them to have fun, be healthy, and be happy. I listened all the way to the end. Some authors can get all kinds of environmental detail right and fail to draw me in to their characters. This author elided many details yet got me right in the feels. I sometimes wish I could send back a request for modifications to make the story work better for me because there’s something in it to love. This is one of those.

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  • Denise
  • 10-03-2019

I want to finish but I can't

I tried but I just can't. There was just so much that was wrong and I just couldn't take it. The only thing right was Joel Leslie as the narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-02-2019

Fucking Love

Jesus Christ I love this book so fucking much. I didn't think I could get this into this book but I did. I love the narrator which is guilty not my favorite, but he did an amazing job for this book. Joel has gotten better with more books.

I also love this author because the end note was funny as hell. But he's also super talented to create such an intricate and amazing story.

Loved this book.