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Tough Guy

(Cocky Hero Club)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A Hero Club Novel.

My sister lives to ruin my life.

That isn’t fair.  It’s not her fault our dance instructor called me fat and awkward, and our parents funded Lisa’s training because I had a better head for business.

So when Lisa went off the rails after her injury, it naturally came to me to track her down. The trail starts at the Spearmint Rhino —an upscale gentlemen’s
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published February 21st 2021 by Cocky Hero Club, Inc.
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Jessica Alcazar
Ya’ll … shenanigans! That’s probably not the correct word to use because it might give you the wrong impression but that’s the first thing that came to mind when I finished. This story was one thing after another but not in a dragging/dram for drama way. It was expertly unfolded! There are multiple storylines going on yet it was one seamless journey. I’m struggling on giving you details because it was all so frikking amazing that I want every plot point to be experienced without a single hint! I ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

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Jackie's sister has gone off the grid. At least to her mother and sister, so naturally their mother guilts Jackie into heading to Vegas to find her. What she finds instead is hot bad boy, club owner of Dalton's, Miles. There's sizzling chemistry between them instantly, and soon Jackie finds herself involved a man she's known for a second. She doesn't know everything about him or his questionable past, questionable ties. Will that past come back to haunt them and t
Pelusa Rivera
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it!! and it was hott! It has been a while since I have done a cocky hero review but I am glad that I chose to do this one, So we meet Jackie who goes to Las Vegas looking for her sister who due to an injury goes to Las Vegas to get away from her controlling mother and to find herself and seems to disappear. Her mother guilts and orders Jackie to go even though she is a grown woman but this mother is one of those mothers. When Jackie gets there she is finding out that that maybe her mo ...more
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
I like the take on this Cocky Hero story and how it happens before Cocky Hero and Chance. We do get to see him so that was fun to witness. Jackie and Miles have amazing chemistry and I was sucked in from the beginning. It's fun and sexy with an air of danger. ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

After reading the blurb, you may know what your next read is going to be. Or a re-read – depending on which applies to you.

The author starts her tale off with the reader feeling sorry for Jackie. Had me wanting to grab the phone she was holding and tell the person on the other end to hire a professional. She did a good job in getting me to feel very protective of Jackie – could picture myself in her shoes. I started hoping that she created the perfect man that would be just wh
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After being guilted by her mother to go looking for her "missing" sister, Jackie Mitchell is resentful, but determined. Meeting Miles Carvello is an unexpected yet not unwelcome bonus of her Las Vegas trip. As her sister's trail hopscotches all over Vegas, Jackie begins learning things about herself that, for the first time, make her hope for a fuller life than the one she currently has. Will she get to keep dancing AND Miles?

Miles Carvello's driving force in life is justice for his uncle while
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jackie has been living in her sister's shadow her whole life, to the point that her mother backed her sister in everything since said mother was sure Lisa (Jackie's sister) was the star of the family. Lisa is a dancer on Broadway when she's injured, and it's not long after that she goes off the rails & disappears. Guess who ends up with a guilt trip from her family to find Lisa?! Yep, Jackie is so off to Vegas she goes to find her sister. I was so outraged for Jackie that it wasn't even funny be ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First, I gotta say if I was Jackie Mitchell I would have told her parents to kick rocks. But being as I am an older sister I understand why she feels the need to make sure her younger sister is okay. But her mom is a piece of work and I wanted to slap her silly. So she travels to Vegas to find her sister, what she doesn't realize it the goose chase she is about to go on and the man that makes her heartbeat extra time. Miles has worked his butt off for his life and the foundation of his club. He ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.6 stars
This is the first book I have read by the author and I look forward to reading more. Jackie is an aspiring dancer who was always in her sister’s shadow. Finally, she is on the right track to getting her career started when it is blown out of the water again when her mother tasked her with finding her sister. Miles is the Vegas strip club owner who has a strict code with how he runs his business and is adamant about keeping a certain element out. However, sometimes the past has a way of
Ms Cats World
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grit 'N Sweet

Tough Guy takes place one year before the events of the series Cocky Bastard.

The book starts us off with business savvy Jackie Mitchell being sent to Sin City to track down her wayward dancer sister, Lisa, after a career ending injury. There, she ends up interviewing with Miles Carvello, world-famous bouncer and owner of an exotic dance club, Dalton's, as she continues to look into where her sister disappeared to.

As the mystery surrounding not only her disappearance but, other empl
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!

Jackie has been in her sister’s shadow since her sister was born. Even when an injury may end her sister’s career, Jackie’s mother expects her to take care of her. Now that her sister seems to have disappeared, Mommy Dearest is expecting Jackie to sideline her own career and drop everything to fly to Vegas and find her. Can Jackie fight her way out of her sister’s shadow?

Miles wants to know who killed his uncle, the man that raised him. Miles was out of the country when everything
Jess Lawson
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tough Guy by Jamie K. Schimdt is a cocky hero club novel. Jackie let's her entire family walk all over her. If her mother says jump she basically says how high. She takes care of her sister's every need till her sister vanishes without a trace and of course it's up to Jackie to find her and bring her home.

Miles is a strip club owner trying to take care of his club, find the source of drugs ruining his place, and find the person who killed his uncle. He literally has a full plate so when this ho
Wendy Livingstone
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is a perfect addition to this amazing series. Jackie has always had to put her ambitions on the back burner, as her mother has always favoured her shining star of a sister, and when Lisa is injured and becomes unobtainable Jackie is convinced by her mother to go look for her which takes her to Vegas and the last place her sister was seen and that is Dalton’s which is owned by Miles. There is an instant attraction between these two, and he helps her to look for Lisa. These two may be f ...more
Kari Hansen
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jackie has always known what her place in her family is and that is to ensure that her sister Lisa is the shining star she was destined to be. When an injury not only puts her dancing career on hold but she disappears as well it is up to Jackie to head to Vegas and bring her back in the fold.

Miles owns a gentleman’s club however he is dealing with his own family issues. When Jackie’s search bring her to his club she calls to him like no other and they might just find what they both were looking
Sahar Husseini
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Wild Ride and an Endless Chase

When Jackie goes to Vegas to search for her sister, she has no idea how her life is about to change. She goes on an endless chase, but her sister is nowhere to be found. Will Vegas give up its secrets? One benefit Jackie gets from her search is Miles, a man with mystery and sex appeal. Miles has trouble shadowing his footsteps, but will trouble find Jackie, too? I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to those who enjoy steamy romance with mystery and suspense.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tough Guy was my first read by this author and I loved it!! Jackie is convinced by her mother to go to Vegas to look for her sister who they are worried about because they haven't heard from her, she won't answer her phone when they call. Jackie gets to Vegas and begins her search, only she seems to be a little behind because every place she is directed to Lisa has already left, or been fired. Then she goes into a place called Dalton's and she meets Miles who owns Dalton's. There is some immedia ...more
Steph (A Brunette and Her Books)
This was an interesting read for me in the CHC world, but I definitely enjoyed the ride this new to me author took me on for these characters.

Jackie is trying to track down her sister, while Miles seeks revenge on the one who killed his father.

This was a suspenseful romance, which while normally not my genre of choice, was definitely one that kept me captivated from the start, and I was thoroughly invested to see how the characters would fair out in the end.

I feel this was another good addition
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Sin city baby!

Great short read with some drama, some irresponsible, annoying, family, some heat and hot hot hot men! I really liked Miles and Jackie, I liked Chance but I hate literally hated Jackie' s mom!! I didn't like Lisa, but then tolerated her once I understood her reasons. Only Jackie's dad had her back and then even be turned to alcohol to escape his wife! Free with K.U.
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
When in Vegas... the dancing Queen of Broadway shows and the tough guy owner of a Strip Club. Jackie's star shines when she takes all of her courage and dreams and lays them on the line. Tracking her sister down may have been her reason, but with Chance and Miles' encouragement she dances her heart out. Can she have it all? Will she find her sister? Will her relationship with Miles withstand the glittering lights? The chemistry between the H and H is scorching. The danger is immense. The challen ...more
Clara Martinez Turco
Love discovering new authors and falling in love with their writing. This is precisely the reason why I keep reading the Cocky Hero Club books! And what a discovery Tough Guy by Jamie K. Schmidt was!

It's a swoony and sexy read, which kept me entertained from the first chapter where Jackie's mom guilt trip hers into flying to Las Vegas to find her sister Lisa. While looking for her sister, Jackie meets Miles, the owner of a club off the Strip. Their chemistry is combustible, with lots of fun in b
Amy Miller
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jackie & Miles....
At first I did not like Jackie. I understood her frustration with her sister and the whole situation. However thru her search in looking for her sister she found herself and of course Miles.
The story was filled with drama, excitement and some really amazing characters. I can't wait for more from the author
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, road-trip
Jackie & Miles love story starts with a pole dancing audition. My screen burned with their chemistry. Miles & Chance help Jackie find her sister Lisa. I smiled when I read this book and there is some suspense that involves a gang (is not linked with Lisa)...

STEAMY SCENES & a search for a sister Lisa
Donna Foster
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was very good!

Love the characters the dialogue the little bit of mystery you were hoping that those two would have everything they were wanted. Underline message I felt was trust you have to have it!
Sandie Chraponski
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this sexy story!!! Jamie K Schmidt did a great job with this one!! It’s got everything you could ever ask for plus lots of Chance Bateman!!!

Jackie has always watched over her sister, so when her overbearing mom asks her to go find her in Vegas, Jackie packs a bag and goes. In her quest to find her sister she meets club owner Miles and to say he rocked her world would be an understatement. Miles is the epitome of everything sexy and you are going to love him.

This was such a fun way to spend
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
There’s mystery in this book, where is she and also who done it. There’s chemistry between the two of them, miles who is hot and tough guy and Jackie who has lived in her sisters shadow. I thoroughly enjoyed this read
Donna Purcell Zappone
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another great book from the cocky hero series.
The chemistry between Miles and Jackie is off the charts.
It’s super steamy.
Holy crap it’s sexy.
I really liked this book.
I read it I one sitting... it’s a quick read and very enjoyable ( winky eye)
I recommend it to everyone.
Karina Gabriela
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nice story. Weird family. Original for sure.
I recommend this book
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok

I could not get into this one and gave up after only reading a few chapters.
I did not finish.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
High heat

Oh yeah, steamy, but a very enjoyable read. Plenty of action, interesting characters, and a peek behind the Las Vegas neon lights.
Beyond The Covers Blog
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
Tough Guy did not go completely the way I expected and that is a good thing. Jackie is gone to Vegas to find her sister whose gone AWOL, and Miles is a former bouncer/current strip club owner who has his own issues but tries to help out. I was expecting this to be a dark, moody story but that’s not what I got at all. In between what I would call the more serious aspects, it’s just fun, hot and light and completely entertaining.
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