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.
(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😀💞
"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!!
"LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM!!!"
All of it....I loved all of this book!!!
That Chance never gave up...he was shot down several times and just kept going...He is an awesome guy!!!!
Aubrey and Chance of course....they were great!
This would be a fabulous Rom/Com!!!
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!!!!!!
"Good Story if you can get past the male narrator"
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
Aaron Abano was horrible in this. Michelle Ferguson did a much better job and wished she did the whole book
"Male narrator ruined the second half"
The story itself is great. It has some wonderful writing with great levels of tension that keeps you listening in anticipation. Unfortunately, the narrator in the second half sounds like he is 70 and sounds like he doesn't know the English language. He stresses all the wrong words which makes sentences sound like broken English. This book would have been so much better if it stuck with the female narrator the whole time. You are better off reading the book versus listening to the audio book.
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