REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Rough Edges
AUTHOR: Cardeno C
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors LLC
LENGTH: 64 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 31st, 2017
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.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.
Kyle and Brent are two men from completely different worlds and Kyle has a hard time forgetting it. They meet through mutual friends and Kyle is combative and rude to Brent most of the time, to say the least.
But Brent likes Kyle and when an unexpected opening to help pops up, he takes advantage of the time it provides for them to spend together to get to know Kyle and show him that being from different sides of the tracks doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way for them to find some common ground.
Watching these two circle around each other is painful at times. You just want to shake them both, although mostly Kyle and tell them to get their heads out of their asses. It takes some times and a lot of conversation for them to finally figure out how to meet in the middle.
Kyle is kind a jerk a lot, but Brent seems to be the person who can see through his charade and find the patience needed to deal with him. Sometimes I wasn’t sure who I felt sorrier for. Kyle isn’t always proud of his behaviour but he has a hard time changing it. Brent wants to badly to get Kyle to see the real him and when they start to finally reach each other, it’s very sweet.
Of course, there’s the sex. It’s hot and very well written and I could have read about 25 more chapters of it.
I just wish it could have slowed down a little bit. It’s a short story though and while I liked it, it was missing a little something because it lacked anticipation.
But it’s sweet with a lovely ending and if you need a smile to brighten your day, this story will definitely do it.