Rough Road by Vanessa North ~ Book Review by Feliz

roughroadTitle: Rough Road

Author: Vanessa North

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/28/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance


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.

My View:

So basically anyone who ever read “Double Up”, the first book in this series, fell in love with Eddie Russell. He’s Ben from Double Up’s best friend, he’s born rich, and he is, in his own words, a “sassy old queen” (never mind he’s only forty-four.) He also is a masochist, though not at all submissive; he gets off on fighting back. And he’s still holding a candle for Ben (without acknowledging it even to himself, though it’s obvious to anyone with eyes) which makes finding his match even more difficult.

Until he meets Aloysius Carver—Wish for short—a twenty-four year old, smart-mouthed, sexy road crew worker with self-confidence enough to challenge Eddie on his own turf and with a 100% compatible kink. A match made in heaven, you’d think, particularly since they click outside the bedroom just as well as between the sheets. If age difference and money issues don’t get between them, not to mention Eddie’s split loyalties…

Double Up was a hard act to follow, but I liked Rough Road even better, mainly because it had considerably less wakeboard-ese and a lot more Eddie.

I really, really loved how Eddie’s character evolved over the course of the story. It’s mainly his growth the reader is privy to, since Eddie is the 1st person POV narrator, but Wish makes progress too (and I loved the fact that it was the older, supposedly more mature character who had to learn the most).

Add to that lots of sassy, snarky banter, steaming hot and deliciously kinky sex scenes, heartbreaking emotions and flawless writing, and you’ve got a most enjoyable read I can only warmly recommend. A great continuation to the series!

(Rough Road is written in present tense, by the way, which I normally don’t like at all. But just like with Double Up, the writing is so fabulous I stopped noticing the tense right after the first few sentences.)


Rough Road on Goodreads
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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