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His Cocky Valet

(Undue Arrogance #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,161 ratings  ·  390 reviews
Ash Harrington's life is out of control.

At twenty-three 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
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published May 11th 2018
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I happily spent $0.99 on this baby. #cockygate resistance forever!
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I definitely wanted to spend my money supporting **COCKY** rebellion!

As for this book, honestly, I'm not sure what to think.

The author threw this one together quickly, yet the writing was clean, a little overwrought maybe, but not bad.

This story is all about that instant connection, and I mean INSTANT. We're talking DAYS.

I love the idea of a possessive, older valet bending his young master to his will. I still have no idea how Brand knew so much about running a multi-dollar business and redlini
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars.

So #cockygate happened, romancelandia is rightly pissed off and in the name of sticking two fingers up at a certain author and her nefarious actions, His Cocky Valet was born.

description It was, after all, part of his job to see to all aspects of his Master’s well-being.”


Steamy and sexy with a side-serving of kink and plenty of heart and emotion, we’re treated to two men who are seemingly polar opposites and who waste no time in acting on the spark zipping between them—American playboy billio
True Loveislovereview
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5+++ Ghaawd I found me an author who I put directly on my top list!

A fantastic written roller coaster. Amazing way of putting light at issues and behavior.
I loved the dynamic between Ashton and Brand.
Brand sharp as a knife has to knead Ashton into his new job... running a billion dollar company.
Ashton swallowed by his new life needs a strong helping hand.

Written in a fast pace, it glued me to my chair, I was somewhat breathless ...

Superior writing style.. I just love the way of observation and h
Kat, short for Clara
DNF at 29%

How I felt while reading certain parts of this book:

I really hate it when the reality doesn't match up to expectation.

Okay let's do this.

The first thing I struggled with was the Englishness. It felt forced, unnatural, and like how someone not from England generally views us, instead of having a character talk in a way that reflects either where they’re from or where they were educated. The accent of a secondary character called Vic, who Ash knew from the boarding school they went t
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.7/5 stars.

I seriously didn’t know what to expect from this book.
And it was definitely not this.

I’m in the mood of reading m/m romance and I’m not regretting it, not even one bit.
Every book is turning out great. Some better them others, but I didn’t read one yet that I hate so I’m felling completely luck. Hope this luck doesn’t go away so fast.

“That man wasn’t a demon.
He was the fucking devil”

This book got me completely surprise. I didn’t expected to liked has much has I did. And I sure
Saint Monique
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
4,5 'I need Brand Forsythe in my life!' stars

“Young Master,” Brand said, as he drew him up and into the touch of claiming lips, “Ask, and I shall give you everything you desire.”

This one was my first book by Cole McCade and I just want to bang my head against the wall for not picking up his books earlier. What the hell was I thinking??

Anyway, this book was a delightful surprise. I knew it was written as a part of #cockygate so I expected a light entertaining story. But what I got was
5 stars!

I can say that I loved this book but at the same time I struggled a little with certain parts of it because I tried to understand the nature of the relationship that Brand and Ashton had. The language was so compelling that the story and characters kept drawing me in, it was like it was hard to put it down but if I didn't it gave me a slight headache from the sheer enormity of their feelings. I have never read a book like this before. It gave me lots of food for thoughts!

Ashton, a young
Queerly Reads
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, gay
As McCade explains in his afterword, His Cocky Valet was written partly in response to the #cockygate scandal, and I’m fairly certain he wrote the entire novel in a wondrous sprint of creativity that lasted maybe two weeks. Maybe less? I have no idea, only that I was astounded by the speed in which he wrote and self-published the book.

Lots of amazing books get written with feverish haste: A Study in Scarlet, As I Lie Dying, A Clockwork Orange. I think Stevenson penned Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in
~nikki the recovering book addict
5 stars for #cockygate!!

I originally saw the #cockygate on Twitter last week and couldn’t believe the arrogance of the author. Sorry, I don’t even know your name (hah!! take that!! 😝) and when this book was released as satire for said #cockygate hubris, I got it on KU immediately and proceeded to read it.

In all honesty, I would have plowed through this even if it was bad, just as a support for this amazing author that’s taking a stand. But I shouldn’t have worried. The book was great! You could
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sexy and Cocky!

I loved reading this “come at me” title from Cole McCade. Yes, this was written in response to whatshername’s trademarking of the word COCKY.

For how quickly he churned this out, this was a fantastic read. A young man, not ready to fill his dad’s corporate shoes. A valet in his 40’s with need to control. Together, they form an instant of need on both parts.

Although the timeline for the depth of their need was scandalously fast, it didn’t feel rushed within the con
Courtney Bassett
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sooooo close to five stars.

I bought this because it was delightfully petty, had a great cover, and I was intrigued by the premise. I was surprised to actually get a full-length, well-written book with intelligence and character development. Plus an EPIC smackdown in a note at the end about the whole #cockygate thing.

Here’s where it both delighted me and let me down. I’m not sure I’ve ever run across a book with this exact dynamic (spoiler alert!) that’s somewhere between master/slave and daddy/b
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best response to censorship atempts is a good story

I love this book. I love everything about this book. From the fact it took about a week to write, that it's a fantastically written exploration of the control kink in its own right, that it's hot and emotional and a straight up good story.

That it pokes a finger at the arrogance of a particular person I shall leave unnamed who failed miserably at trying to censor and manipulate an entire genre is only icing on the cake.

It's not perfect, it co
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of review for this book. So I'm just going to sum it up in one GIF.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this as slowly as I could manage, but according to my stats I didn't finish another of the books I'm reading before I was too caught up in emotional floodwaters to stop, clinging desperately from word to word, trusting I'd land somewhere good. Trust paid off; though my heart's battered and overfull, I'm grateful for the experience. I've never read a more personal, intensely sweet love story. Brand and Ash define what they want and need from each other as they go, as we all do in reality w ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

Not a book without faults but still one I enjoyed a lot. Insta love, check. Suspension of disbelief, check. Somewhat purplish prose, check.

But it was different and fresh and the relationship dynamics unlike anything I have ever read. I'd read something else by this author, for sure.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, age-difference
Rating this was hard because I had quite a few issues with it and I can’t say I would recommend it but it wasn’t so horrible that it deserved a 2 star rating. I liked to concept of the storyline a lot but the execution fell Short.

The timeline bugged me a bit. Its not that these men coming to care for each other felt instant. I could see why they found a kindred spirit in each other. I understood what Ash was going through and why he needed Brand and his type of control. But it kept being reiter
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
I really enjoyed this ! Ash was falling apart and spiraling out of control. Along come Brand - the arrogant “cocky” valet who helps him put his world back into order. This was a fun, easy read with a very strong message from the author at the end 😊 very enjoyable
♡ cal ♡
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I kinda enjoyed this as a whole but McCade's writing style makes me want to sleep of several times. This author's writing is not for me... ...more
S.J. Himes
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Broke me. Turned me on. Made me cry and rage and laugh and smile. I have a new fav author. Well done.
Lollie Plantagenet
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unlike Brand Forsythe, this novel is not perfect.

But the thing is, I don't even care.

I don't even care much about the medical inaccuracies or unrealistic depictions of corporate empires (seriously, how essential is a CEO to day-to-day operations? How much do billionaires actually work, amirite?) or the broad brush strokes painting all things "British," (is there really such thing as a British accent?) or the possibility that this is actually a slightly altered Black Butler fanfic (hey, if Fifty
3.5 stars

As I said in my comment, I've been wanting to read books by Cole McCade but none of the previous books have blurbs that appeal to me until now. ALTHOUGH, this also ended up as a (nice) surprise.

I guess, when I read the "warning" in the book, I was expecting a story that fell into the D/s trope. But this definitely has MORE FEELS than usual ... as Ash struggles with his new job as the CEO of his father's empire, finding out his Dad has cancer, and not knowing where he stands in the whol
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
(DNF at 33%)

just not feeling it, lads... it was as though the author attempted to put regency british dynamics into modern-day america and it just did not work At All. brand’s name also really irritates me, because it’s just so incredibly american even though he’s supposed to be British™™™™
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jun 03, 2018 marked it as i-m-a-quitter
Shelves: male-action

Didn't work for me. *shrugs*

But still worth the investment #cockygate
Monica Vidal
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I always feel bad when I DNF something, mostly because it makes me feel like a failure. Specially when a book has so many 5 stars review, like this one. I bought it manly because of the #cockygate scandal and also because I was genuinely surprised that the author could write a full length book in pretty much a week!

Yeah that didn’t go well for me tho. Thing is, I’m not a native English speaker tho I consider myself very fluent in the language. I’ve been reading books in English for the past 10
Kaje Harper
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, kink
3.5 stars, rounded up for the on-point anti-cockygate statement. This is an instant-attraction story, about a young wealthy playboy suddenly thrust into the top position of power in his desperately-ill father's company. A friend refers a valet to him, a man twice his age who is good at everything, and whose kink is a kind of caretaker Dom taken to extremes. Ash hasn't really had anyone who cared about his needs since he was quite young, and the temptation to let Brand Forsythe take a huge amount ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, age-gap
This was different.

It started out quite good (harmless) fun and a bit tongue-in-cheek, but then in the second half of the book, it suddenly became clear what this book was all about.

A very particular kind of relationship.
One I found really hard to get my head around. It is not a taboo theme or anything really kinky (Well, there is a little bit of kink but that was more fun than anything else!) and it is not horrible or anything else off-putting.

In many ways I enjoyed the interactions between 4
3.5 stars, rounded up. I did enjoy this. I love Cole McCade's writing, I loved that he wrote this off the cuff to give the middle finger to an author I refuse to give recognition to *ridiculous person*. I enjoyed the wonderful Joel Leslie's narration and I liked Brand pretty well. And I understood Ash, his upbringing, the underlying reasons for his behavior, his pain over his dad. But I STG, I wanted to just whack Ash upside his head a major portion of the time for being such a whiny, complainin ...more
didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I did but it wasn't bad ...more
Aug 18, 2020 added it
Dnf for now. I think?
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