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It was my time, a cross-country drive heading home for my brother’s wedding to figure out my life after college. Me, my dog named Goat, and the open road. That’s all I wanted.

He wasn’t supposed to be part of it. My older brother’s high-school friend and my sister’s ex. The cocky boy my 11-year-old-self hated.

The infamous Smith Blackburn, a.k.a. Smug Bastard. The guy every girl wanted to be with and every guy wanted to be.

The day after graduation, he left town and disappeared, losing contact with my family. But nine years later, he resurfaces and becomes a thorn in my side once again.

After his motorcycle breaks down, my older siblings convince me to let him ride home with me. Kyle wants his old buddy at his wedding, and Kasey, still carrying a torch for him, wants nothing more than to see him again, convinced they are meant to be. It’s the last thing in the world I want, but I learned long ago going up against the powerhouse twins is futile.

After nine years, we’ve both grown up, but our mutual dislike lingers. Though I can’t deny he is the sexiest man I have ever seen in my life. His piercing blue eyes, gorgeous rugged face, and muscular, tall figure belong on magazine covers. But he’s still a smug bastard, and I’m still the annoying little “Baby K”.

Spending every minute together in a tiny camper van starts to twist the lines of hate, igniting feelings and passions I’ve never felt before, shoving me out of my safety bubble. Tension grows, and nights are filled with strain and forbidden desire.

But I can feel him holding back. Cagey and cryptic, Smith’s dark past hints at the surface.

When it finds us, nothing could have prepared me for the truth - the secrets that flip everything upside down.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for him.

He was never meant to be mine. 

©2020 Stacey Marie Brown and Cocky Hero Club, Inc. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Shopaholic Husband/Frugal Wife
  • 01-07-20

Hmmm...

How do I explain my rating without spoiling the story??? First half is a road trip where he wants her -she wants him; but we can't. His dark past, not so dark. Jealous ex doing the usual story bending and the leading as usual doesn't get the truth first hand. The past problem of the male lead was too familiar, almost exactly like a book I've read years ago, so much so that I knew exactly who did what to who. Reading with Audible Escape for free yes.

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  • Amy M C
  • 21-07-20

Smug Bastard

4.5 stars
loved this one. The perfect brother’s best friend with a tiny bit of forbidden twist ( since he had a fling with her older sister back in HS). Kingsley is starting a long road trip home from Cali to Rhode Island for her brother wedding when she gets a last minute plea to pick up Smith - her brother’s old best friend from HS who recently picked up their friendship. They haven’t seen each other in 9 yrs (last when Kingsley was the annoying/ awkward 13 yr old little sister. Their attraction is immediate and the sexual tension rockets up from there. Of course they don’t give in right away and their was a little twist or two along the way. Loved it

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  • Bookie McJingles.
  • 22-04-21

Really enjoyed this one


Maaaan, this book comes with the drama. Not angst, but DRAMA. It is a moderately slow burn but you get the following: Best friend's kid sister. Jail time. A cross country trip in a camper. Cactus. New Orleans. Hot up against the side of the building alley sex. Jason Clarke using an Aussie accent for a sub character (Total 🎤 drop) and a HEA.
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  • L. Ruble
  • 22-10-20

Great Story

The first book that started the “Hero Club Series” Soraya and Graham’s story Is “Stuck-Up Suit” by ViKeeland and Penelope Ward it took me forever to figure it out.
You don’t need to read the first book but if you want to....

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  • BCherry27
  • 17-10-20

Best “hate-love-hate” road trip ever!

This is just the best roadtrip story ever! Fantastic story and characters. Everything flowed seamlessly. The character development was perfect and the intrigue and secrets were just right. Honestly, one of my favorite books in that last couple years.
Of course the amazing narration duo of Maxine Mitchell and Jason Clarke made it even more enjoyable. They are sooo good at their jobs! Maxine is easily one of the expressive narrators in the business and Jason just makes everything sound sexy - exactly what Smith’s character is all about. Perfect casting by the author!!

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  • AMD
  • 15-10-20

A great adventure

Very well narrated by both readers. The story is good, kept my attention and had enough conflict to make it interesting. The blurb tells you that Smith is Kinsley’s sister’s ex, but there is the ick factor that they both slept with the same man. I always hate when siblings sleep with the same person, but if that’s not a thing for you, then the rest of the story is great.
They both learn how to really live life and to do it together.

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  • DZM
  • 13-10-20

Maxine Mitchell- hard no

Thought I might put up with her for Jacob Morgan but between Maxines narration and unlikeable characters I couldn’t do it.

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  • PatioS
  • 06-09-20

Loved this story

The Hero Club stories have been hit and miss. This one was a hit for me, I’ll have to check to see if Stacey Brown has written other stories.

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  • KJo
  • 21-08-20

Great Listen!!!

Wasn't sure from the description that I'd like this one, but I am SO glad I started it. Great performances & the story line was great. Definitely recommend!

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  • A.Fernandez
  • 14-08-20

Smug Bastard

This is the first book I have had the pleasure to read by Stacie Marie Brown. I was not disappointed. This was a wonderful addition to the Cocky Hero series. This was a fun, entertaining, and heartfelt journey to go on with Kingsley and Smith. I absolutely enjoyed this book.
Narration was Perfect!