Review: Rough Road by Vanessa North

 Series: Lake Lovelace (book 2), Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m, trans* character), Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Cover: Fitting.

Goodreads: add

Trigger warnings: addiction

Description: Eddie Russell is many things: A wealthy pillar of the community. An outrageous flirt. A doting best friend. A masochist with a kink for brawling with his bedmates. But he is definitely not a man who invites intimacy. His friends are close but few, his lovers rarer still.

When Eddie runs his Mercedes off the road on a hot July afternoon, Wish Carver comes to his aid—and leaves his number in Eddie’s phone. Wish, a road crew worker half Eddie’s age and sexy as sin, seems fascinated by Eddie’s different sides. Mutual attraction and compatible kinks ignite the sheets, but it’s their connection outside the bedroom that Eddie begins to crave.

When the two come down on opposite sides of a local issue, Eddie finds his growing feelings for Wish at odds with his business interests and his devotion to his best friend, local wakeboarding legend Ben Warren. Torn between old loyalties and his new love, Eddie is reluctant to make a choice. But he knows he can’t make Wish wait too long to make up his mind.

Review: This is a very fun read!

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but now I definitely will (as well as the ones which follow).  The story is nicely paced and I enjoyed Eddie and Wish’s relationship very much. There is some drama in this, but it’s realistic and mirrors their dynamics very well.

I was unsure if I should read this, because the description tells its readers that Eddie’s ‘a masochist with a kink for brawling with his bedmates‘. I expected some really violent scenes. I didn’t get them. Either my memory and my notes delude me or the violence isn’t that bad and not really present as well.


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