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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An Excerpt from Cocky Bastard

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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My Review


Ok, so how do you see a book titled Cocky Bastard and not HAVE to read it? Of course the hottie on the cover and the fact that it is co-written by two amazing authors doesn’t hurt either ;) I started reading at about 10pm thinking I would just get started and read a couple of chapters before bed. Well…2 hours later and 50% in I had to MAKE myself turn off my Kindle and go to bed. This, of course, is AFTER I woke up my poor husband twice because I was laughing so hard I was shaking the bed…my ginormous, king size bed! I have not enjoyed a book this much in ages. There is no angst, nothing heavy, I didn’t cry…I just read, laughed, blushed a little, maybe “pressed my thighs together a couple times” and flat out LOVED this book!

Let’s start by talking about the Cocky Bastard himself…or if you want to call him by his real name, Chance “Sex on a Stick Please Do Me Now” Bateman. Y’all…this guy…O.M.Effing.G!! I cannot express how much I adored him! He is hot. He is sexy. He has charisma coming out of his ears and he is HYSTERICALLY funny to boot. Who can turn down that combo? Seriously…

“Save it all for me, baby. I want all your sass and your ass.”

And don’t think because he is funny that he can’t “bring” it…because oh Lord and sweet baby Jesus, can he ever BRING it…

“Attraction is way too tame for what happens when I look at you. I want to fucking conquer you. Watch your beautiful face as I sink deep inside of you so hard it borders on pain. I want to bury myself so far that you won’t be able to walk for days. The only thing that could possibly be more beautiful than your face when you smile at me, is your face with me inside of you.”

Um…hang on…I need a moment…Ok, I think I’ve got it back together now. Are you starting to see the perfection here, people? If not, then you are seriously missing a gene.

And I guess I should talk about Aubrey as well. She is sweet, she is funny, she is gorgeous and she is a little…well… a lot uptight. At least she is until a “chance” meeting (yes, cheesy pun intended) hooks her up with this amazing man that shows her everything she has been missing in life…especially once they meet the goat. Yes, I said the GOAT! Now don’t get the wrong idea, there is NO bestiality in this book. Just needed to clear that up ;) But I am telling you this goat will make you pee your pants laughing…for real.

Anyway, to wrap this up, because I could go on and on…it isn’t all roses and butterflies and rainbows throughout the book. There is a little tiny bit of drama that will have you wanting to smack somebody…mainly Aubrey…a few times but I promise it is worth every single WTF that will come out of your mouth. This book is fun and sexy and perfect!! I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a HUGE 4.5 stars for this girl!

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About Penelope Ward


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.

Having grown 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. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.