Title: A Tender Roughness (Impressions #2)
Author: Talia Carmichael
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 87 PDF pages
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: This is basically a PWP.
Book two in the Impressions Series. Book one reviewed here.
Will the stubborn biker be able to resist the lure of the persuasive businessman, who could match him in all ways?
Kincaid Vaughn knows what he likes in a man. And the redheaded cowboy is so far from his usual type. When passion between them explodes, he goes with it. But he wakes to find that the man has left with no word, and that he is not just any cowboy, but Alistair James—brother to Kincaid’s good friend. Kincaid is pissed. In his opinion, Alistair puts money above family, which is something Kincaid cannot accept.
He decides he is only mildly annoyed, or at least that’s what he tells himself. The return of Alistair and his declaration that he is back to make Kincaid his is baffling. Kincaid decides that a fling with the sexy man is fine, but no emotion or getting attached. But Alistair’s determined pursuit may change his mind…eventually.
Alistair James knows from the time he lays eyes on the sensual biker that he will make him his…every ornery, stubborn, and arrogant inch of him. Kincaid might say it was just sex, but with his every touch, the things he did and the way he treated him, Alistair knew the truth. The hard-headed man wanted him now and forever. Alistair will just have to use his considerable skills of persuasion and orneriness. And if that doesn’t work, then doing what he wants to bring Kincaid around to his way of thinking. It will take A Tender Roughness to get the man that was made only for him…each and every edible inch.
I wish I could say that the second book in this series is an improvement from the first. It isn’t. Unfortunately, A Tender Roughness doesn’t offer up anything much of substance in the plot besides sex. I was looking forward to Kincaid’s story; he was the brother of the main character in the first book, but his characterization falls flat, as does pretty much everyone else in the novella.
First there is no real conflict in the story. Two guys meet, have sex (one bottoms for the first time) and second guy (Alistair) runs off for three months on a business trip. When he comes back, he immediately goes to Kincaid’s to have sex again – Kincaid resists for all of two seconds – then they continue to have sex and bicker that they aren’t in a relationship until the end of the book when they finally figure out they are.
Second, like the first book, there was a huge introduction of new characters that did not serve any purpose but to take up space on the page. I had no idea why they were there, nor was I interested. (Although I am still waiting for Niall’s book, because so far he’s been the only thing in the series that I like.)
Lastly, because there is little to no plot development in the book, most of the novel is sex scenes. I also had to stretch my mind to get around the fact that two grown gay men who had been sexually active for awhile were both virgins to being on the bottom for anal sex. Hey, I like virgin!boys as much as the next girl, but I had to really suspend disbelief on that one.
I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I cannot in good faith recommend this book. Even for a novella, the lack of plot really hurts the book. However if you are in the mood for a PWP, then this might be the perfect escape for you.