Saturday, February 25, 2017

ARC Review: Rough Edges by Cardeno C.

Rough Edges (It Was Always You)
Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Todd's rating:

This one was a cute, short story, but it didn't totally blow me away.

was an early-30's, snarky and uptight LA attorney, desperate to escape his poor, white trash Alabama past and work his way to a future of which he can be proud.

Brent was a mid-30's, laid-back, privileged trust fund guy, who doesn't have an actual job, which has made Kyle loathe him and his easy life for the past two years.

Then Kyle loses his job when a scandal involving the partners at his law firm is revealed, leaving him broke and on the brink of homelessness.

But when Brent offered his spare room up to help Kyle when he was down and out, Kyle's feelings about the man began to slowly change for the better. Much better.

There was some talking, some sex and the beginnings of some feelings; however, I would have liked several more pages to develop the level of feels that I'm normally used to seeing in Cardeno's stories.

This just felt really abbreviated, especially at the end, when everything wrapped up in maybe two pages, with a totally left-field and premature reference to marriage. When they'd only just discussed dating. I was more than a bit confused.

I suppose I'd rate this one around 3 stars, mainly because of Brent's extreme likability and extreme optimism.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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