Title: Rough Road (Lake Lovelace #2)
Author: Vanessa North
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Page Count: 185
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
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.
What a great follow-up from Double Up, which I adored! Eddie and Wish meet when Eddie crashed his car during a tire blow out. Wish (short for Aloysius) is 24 to Eddie’s 44, and Eddie is pretty wary of that. Who wouldn’t be? But Wish plows right on through and won’t let him make it into a big deal.
“‘Is that gonna be a thing? You’re going to say I’m too young and you’ll stop flirting and feel all guilty”
Damn it. ‘I was thinking something along those lines,’ I admit.
‘Don’t.’ He points. ‘I don’t need or want a daddy, and the only person who decides what’s best for me is me.'”
This story was very well-written. I really felt everything unfold right along with our boys. And Eddie lived up to every kink he mentioned in the first book and then some!!
I have to say I enjoyed the fights (not that there were a lot) the most in this book. I don’t like a story with zero angst. It showed their faults, their vulnerabilities, and we got the feelz!
Great second story in the series!