Monday, September 28, 2015

ARC Review: Rough Road by Vanessa North

Rough Road (Lake Lovelace, #2)From the 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.

Heather's rating:

I don't want to own you or master you or any of that Dom shit. I'm not looking for a waxed body to push around and call mine. I want to watch a grown man take a goddamned beating and thrive on it.

Woah, Vanessa North, pain sluts are SO not my kink, but you made pain sexy and you OWNED this book!

I solemnly swear that Vanessa North is the ONLY author that can make me like first person, present tense. When other authors fail and make this format painful to read, this author thrives. She has skills, ladies and gentlemen. I am a HUGE fan of this author and Rough Road just confirmed why that is, yet again.

I was interested in Kinky Eddie from Double Up and I LOVED him in this story. Eddie is amazing. Rich, flamboyant, loyal, and knows what he wants, I fell in love with every swishy ounce of him. While his pain kink made me a wee bit uncomfortable at times (some of the scenes made me want to run for an ice pack!), I recognize that it turned the MCs on, so, in turn, it turned me on. Despite the kink thing, I just loved being inside his head, and I loved his interactions with Wish.

Wish. I adored him, too. First of all, I LOVE me an age gap, and I really liked how Wish didn't care one iota about the pretty sizable difference in age between him and Eddie. He was sexy, self-confident, and kinky as hell.

The tension in the story was pretty much the perfect amount. Everything felt effortless and flowed naturally. Sure, I could have used a bit more length (heh), but overall, this author didn't make a misstep. While this isn't a gushy romance, it was romantic enough for me for sure, and I think it reflected accurately on the characters.

For all fans of this author, get excited for this one. It's a winner.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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