Monday, September 28, 2015

ARC Review: Rough Road by Vanessa North


Blurb:
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.

Dani's rating:




Predictably, I LOVED this book.

I say predictably because:

  1. I love Vanessa North's writing. 
  2. I gave 5 stars to the first book in this series: Double Up (Lake Lovelace 1)
  3. I adored Eddie in the first book and wanted more ... more Eddie, more sass, just MORE.

I am so fucking happy this book didn't disappoint. Eddie is still a big queen, but reading a story from his POV was a big eye opener. Eddie isn't all flip and sass. I mean, he IS that, but he's also a little insecure, insanely kind, and truly has no fucks left to give.

When Eddie runs off the road in his S-Class Benz, a man with the bluest eyes and a hard hat comes to the rescue. Eddie realizes that A. Angels wear hard hats and B. HOT DAMN, his angel's hot.

But Wish (short for Aloysius, which I think is crazy hot in that dirty-boy-hiding-behind-a-prim-name way) is 20 years Eddie's junior.

He's also a sadist.

Mmmhhh ... have I mentioned that Eddie craves pain? He loves being bitten and whipped and slapped around. But Eddie's not a submissive. Oh, no. Eddie gets off on fighting back. And Wish doesn't want a submissive. He wants a masochist. Wish loves to inflict pain, and marking is his biggest kink.

A match made in heaven, you see?




There is so much to love about this story. The relationship isn't dumbed-down, nor is it too easy.

Wish and Eddie are on the opposite sides of a political fight. Eddie has all kinds of money, and Wish still has roommates. Eddie owns half the town, and Wish moved and is hanging on to be near his mom and brother.

Wish calls Eddie on his shit. That weird codependent thing Eddie has going on with his best friend Ben (of Ben and Davis, from book 1)? Yeah, that's not going to fly with Wish.

The men like their sex rough and dirty and plentiful. And it's SIZZLING, I tell you.

But there are also wonderful moments of tenderness and lightness, which made me believe that despite a big age gap, these two would make it through the rough road and come out ahead.

In case you haven't guessed, it's not just sex for Eddie and Wish.

But let's not get maudlin. Two words: NIPPLE. PIERCING. (Plus, a Prince Albert and guiche piercing, but who's counting?)

All that and a nice dose of Ben and Davis too!

But the very best thing was the lovely (sweet, sexy, and EARNED!) HEA for Eddie and Wish, who deserve it and will fuck all night to celebrate.

HUZZAH!



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