Review: Smug Bastard by Stacey Marie Brown

Smug Bastard by Stacey Marie Brown

Series: Cocky Hero World
Published by  on June 28th 2020
Source: Give Me Books PR
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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 eleven-year-old-self hated.
The infamous Smith Blackburn.
AKA 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.

SMITH BLACKBURN could give Chase a run for his money the way he takes control of this road trip. Smith and Kinsley haven’t seen each in nine years. He was the older brother’s friend she wanted nothing to do with,
Last time Smith saw her, she was a eleven year old who knew too well he was a Smug Bastard. And time hasn’t change this bastard.
He surely as ever and nine years hasn’t change Kinsley thoughts about him.
She grown up and knows that she wants nothing to do still. However this guy knows how to use his charm and get under your skin.

Kinsley is ready to make her mark and step out of the shadow but love has other ideas when she takes a trip of a lifetime.
Kinsley is a recent graduate who wants to make her own name. Sick of the past that spotlight that never spread to her like it did to her siblings. Kinsley has craved her own life out not wanting to rock the boat at home.
Smith does just that with his secrets and twists that you won’t see coming. Smith sees through Kinsley and recongises the young tween he knew is all grown up and ready to face the music. Just like she through his and the fight to break the rules begin.

With everything at stake and an attraction that is undeniable , it is a case when will they fall and fight for what they want. BUT what is the price they will they pay.

This is my first book from this author and I love this unconventional romance, it’s in your face with the sexual tension and the passion that they these two have. Brown put these two through the wringer with the drama. It made for quite a journey to HEA and by the end I was rooting for them both to find their way. It’s a beautiful romance that needs to be read by all of those who love those smug bastards and want them to realise what they are missing before it’s too late.

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