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Smug Bastard

(Cocky Hero Club)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  614 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
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"Do you know why I didn't kiss you the other night?"
I shook my head, my locks tugging in his grip, forming a moan in the back of my throat.
"Because I knew if I did, I would never stop. I shouldn't want you. I can't have you...but I crave you like a fucking drug."

4.5 stars!

Holy hell. SMB never fails to deliver a story with a surly asshole hero, a fiesty and strong heroine, and surprising-as-hell twists that will blow your mind and completely derail the budding romance between the two MCs. But
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SMUG BASTARD is a fantastic addition to the CHC world. If you love “older brothers best-friend” romance then you will love Kinsley and Smith’s story! Taking a toad trip together across America makes for some very interesting shenanigans, and it was as funny as it was steamy. Smith is so swoon worthy and I absolutely adored him. He fought so hard with his feelings for Kins, partly because he was holding a lot of information back from her and he didn’t think he was good enough. I adored how she pu ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
Contemporary romance road trip

This was an easy contemporary romance read. There’s a road trip, older brother’s best friend, and older sister’s ex. So many a trope, but enjoyable as all get out. If you’ve read and enjoyed Cocky Bastard, then you’ll enjoy this book. It’s in the same world as that, and it kind of follows a similar plot with the road trip. I will say that this one has a lot of push and pull between the hero and heroine. I was just ready for them to make the leap. All in all a good r
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Smug Bastard is another standalone novel in the Cocky Hero world by Stacie Marie Brown.

Damn, this author never fails to deliver an absolutely swoon-worthy hero and a spitfire heroine. This time too she has done it!!!

I absolutely loved Smug Bastard. It was everything you can expect from this author ,it was full of love, passion and angst. The main leads of the book were just amazing.

In this book we meet Kinsley , who is used to being in her
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
4.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

I had so much fun reading this book! This book had it all. It was humorous, sexy, and entertaining. I was so taken with this book.

Stacey Marie Brown tells a darn good story. I have read the majority of her backlist titles and she always sucks me right into the story. Her writing style is kind of magical. She has such an ease with words that makes the reader feel r
***4 ‘Goat’ Stars***

I have to say that this was a fun read. An eye roll inducing, laugh out loud, growl in frustration, smexy read that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen between Kinsley and Smith next.

I loved Kinsley and Smith. Kinsley is sassy, snarky, determined, organized and has a huge heart. She’s one of those people who doesn’t see herself the way others do and I loved watching as her perception of not only her world, but herself shifted as the book progressed. Smith i
Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
What can I say other than I loved this book! It has it all with an entertaining storyline, humor, a bit of drama, lots of steam, and enthralling characters. This is an enemies-to-lovers, big brother’s best friend romance so pretty much two of my favorite tropes. It is also a bit of forbidden romance as Kinsley’s sister dated Smith several years prior.

The blurb and cover of the book are what initially captured my attention, but it was the way this author told the story that kept me engaged. Retu
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Smug Bastard was a fabulous addition to the Cocky Hero Club, one that sucked me in from the very first page and ensured I devoured it in a single sitting.

There were many things with Smug Bastard that pulled me right in, with the details pulling me in deeper and deeper the more I read. The characters were so much fun, their chemistry was amazing, the storyline kept me hooked, and there were plenty of emotions to be felt throughout. I could not put it down, hooked on everything.

Without a doubt, th
Kari Hansen
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Now that Kinsley has graduated from college she is ready to forge her own path away from the shadow of her older sister and brother who are twins. She is looking forward to the road trip to her hometown for her brother’s wedding but having his best friend, who also dated her sister, as a travel companion was not part of her plans.

Smith is a man with hidden depths who wears his arrogance and bravado like a shield and guards his secrets closely. Travelling with Kinsley was just supposed to be a wa
Jessica Alcazar
Cross country road trip for the WIN!! Everything from the sexual tension and passion to the firework sparks these two gave off each other was ridiculously well done! I was glued to this story from the beginning until the very last word. The story-line unfolded so brilliantly that I was in awe of it. I don’t know you guys, but it was just so frikking easy to read and I just couldn’t wait to the next moment in the story but I also didn’t want it to end. With secrets and twist and all manor of shen ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. LIKE, really enjoyed it. I appreciated Kinsley needing to break out of the shadow of her twin siblings, especially, Kasey. I really struggled with her until a certain scene and then I wanted a book about her because of that scene. If anyone can help this former prom queen write a story about her getting a happily ever after and the journey to get there it would be this author. Now, back to Kinsley and Smith.

These characters were great. I loved watching these
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SB by Stacey Marie Brown is a stand-alone novel and part of the CHero Club.
Meet Kinsley. She's on a road trip home to attend her brothers wedding, when she has to pick up a passenger.
Smith Blackburn is an alpha like they come. He's rude, blunt, and a glutaeus maximus in general. But it takes him not long to fall for Rachel, but his past isn't finished with him - he's still an itsy bitsy, ha no spoilers here.
SB is an unputdownable made me read the book in one sitting read. I loved the storyline,
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jenifer Briggs
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book so much!!! This is my first read by the author, and I'm kicking myself for not reading her sooner!! Everything about this book was pure magic: older brothers best friend, sisters ex-boyfriend forbidden trope with ALL the feels!

Kinsley has lived a quiet, structured life and has always been in the background compared to her twin siblings. She has just from college and is planning on doing an extravagant road trip to celebrate before attending her brothers wedding, when her trip i
Sunny Shelly Reads
Smug Bastard is a perfect enemies-to-lovers addition to the Cocky Bastard universe. I adored Smith and Kinsley so so much! The hate and heat between these two was off the charts. Meanwhile, the love affair between Kinsley's dog, Goat, and Smith was absolutely adorable!

Stacey Marie Brown did a fantastic job with these characters. I loved how torn Kinsley felt about the feelings she was fighting toward Smith. He'd dated her sister, and her sister was still hung up on the guy. He is a moody, cocky
Ga Books LoverX
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Y'all, this book was pretty freaking awesome. I loved reading about Smith and Kinsley and their structured but unstructured road trip to get to her brother's wedding. These two are like fire and ice and do not mix, but somehow also mix SO WELL! The story was entertaining and fun and so unbelievably hot! I LOVE the Cocky Hero Club books and this one will hit you like a gut punch to the heart.

All in all this book has amazing characters and an even better story line. Though, there are a lot of ques
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I totally loved this story. From start to finish I couldn’t get enough of Smith and Kinsleys story.

The chemistry, the banter, great storyline- this story has it all. I read this in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this story. It’s so so good.
Melissa Mendoza
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"My need to be near her to do what she asked overrode every warning, every intelligent reason not to."

5 Smug Stars!!! I loved it!! The angst, the heat, the passion... amazing!

Smith is the epitome of an Alpha, he's rude, blunt and you guessed it smug. He's been the best friend of Kinsley's brother and he's always looked at Kinsley as the little sister. Nothing more nothing less. Kinsley, tired of being in her families shadow, decides she's ready to live her life and go on a once in
Janet Taggart Baldwin
Another Cocky Hero Club book that blew me away! Another new-to-me author that I found and now adore! Where have I been that I did not know of this amazing author? So many little time.

Kinsley is just the fiestiest ever! She has just graduated college and ready to find her niche. Driving across country to her brother's wedding with her dog named "Goat", she is coerced at the last minute to bring her brother's best friend, Smith, who was her childhood nemesis, with her. She was the only
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So. Much. Heat.

Where do I begin??

Smith is trying to pick up the pieces of his life. He needs a distraction like he needs a hole in the head, but he gets one in the form of Kinsley, his best friend's baby sister. Forced to take a road trip together across the country, he's conflicted by the new feelings she rouses in him. But he's not good enough for her, anyway.

Kinsley has never liked Smith aka Smug Bastard, a fact she was never shy of revealing. But nine years later, she's struggling to remembe
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I loved this book from page one to the very last page.
Stacey Marie has a way with bad boys. So bad yet so delicious! This guy Smith reminded me of a certain Viking from one of stacey’s previous books.
I know I say it every time I read one of her books but it’s true no matter if it’s a romance novel or a paranormal book your attention is grabbed right from the beginning.
Angst is at its finest with these two who think that they don’t have the right to be happy and depraving themselves of an epic
Gwen Shafer
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the Cocky Hero collection. But this one has become my top favorite. I loved each page turning moment of Smug Bastard. I loved the journey, the adventure and everything in between. Stacey did one amazing job with these two characters. Not only were the characters amazing but Stacey takes you on an adventure that you will remember long after reading the book. Kinsley just graduated from college and really doesn't know what to do with her life. So she decides to take an ad ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Marie Brown is a new to me author, and I'm totally in love! Smug Bastard hit the ground running from the jump, and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. I'm a person who has gone on many hilarious road trips so I was completely on board for all of Kinsley & Smith's shenanigans on the road together. He's her older brother's best friend so he's always just seen her as Baby K growing up. Now, he's definitely noticed that she's all grown up & the chemistry is filling the car up with all t ...more
Janet Taggart Baldwin
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Cocky Hero Club book that blew me away! Another new-to-me author that I found and now adore! Where have I been that I did not know of this amazing author? So many little time.

Kinsley is just the fiestiest ever! She has just graduated college and ready to find her niche. Driving across country to her brother's wedding with her dog named "Goat", she is coerced at the last minute to bring her brother's best friend, Smith, who was her childhood nemesis, with her. She was the only
Lisa Stinson
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great enemies to friends to lovers story. Smith and Kinsley both tried very hard to dislike the other. They tried to see each other as they had 9 years prior. But spending so much time together on a cross country road trip proved to help them see each other in a different and more grown up way.

I was worried a couple of times that these two were going to go too far with someone else but that didn't happen and I was very relieved of that. Kinsley tried so hard to not want Smith bu
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying these CHC series and how this is introducing me to new authors . This is the first time I am reading Stacey's work and I literally went in blindly , I was surprisingly impressed with the writing style and how much I enjoyed this story. It was fresh , sweet and fun. The writing was crisp and the characters were so relatable . I loved Smith and Kinsley's chemistry and the whole cross country road trip plot . The story was full of love, passion and angst. The main leads of the ...more
Steph (A Brunette and Her Books)
Wow wow wow! This 5 star review needs more stars, for sure! This older brother's best friend novel was a total page-turner for me. Kinsley and Smith were off the charts with their chemistry, and I was loving every interaction they had on their little road trip back to her hometown to attend her brother's wedding. Age definitely doesn't matter in this novel, because Kinsley was ready to stand toe to toe against Smith with every word or barb he threw her way.

She may always be known as the "little
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Smug Bastard by Stacey Marie Brown was an older brother’s best friend romance that captivated me from start to finish. Kingsley has always felt she lived in the shadow of her older siblings. When she is headed to her brother’s wedding the last thing she wants is to take Smith with her because they want him there. He is her brother’s best friend and has a lot of history with her sister. However, during their time together, they slowly stopped seeing each other as expected, but can they
I am on a roll with 5 star reads lately. Smug Bastard earns the 5 stars whole heartedly. Stacey Marie Brown has quickly won my heart with her writing. Smug Bastard was no exception. Smug Bastard has the witty elements that I love, a sassy strong female character, and a hot alpha damaged male character. Mix those two together and you get a fabulous story. Oh, and a dog named Goat. What is there not to love about this book?! I found myself laughing out loud at parts. I found myself smiling at part ...more
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Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

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