Review: Rough Road (Lake Lovelace, book 2) by Vanessa North

The Blurb:

cover-RoughRoad-VanessaNorthEddie 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.

The Stats:

Septemer 26, 2015
Riptide Publishing
Contemporary, M/M, GLBT+, BDSM
161 e-book pages
1st person
Series, book 2
Dates I read this:
Edition I read:
November 18, 2015
Kindle Edition
See the book on GoodReads.

The Review:

4.5StarI dove into the first book of the series without any due diligence, other than the first bit of the blurb, not realizing it was a series until I sat down to write my review. Toward the end of the draft of my review of Double Up I was all I want Eddie to have a book. Please let Eddie get a book. Gimme, gimme, gimme Eddie.

Then I thought to myself…ya know, I should probably go check Vanessa North’s author page before I post such a demanding little rant and make an ass of myself.

Low and behold my wish was granted before I knew I needed to make one.

Like the first book, this was so much fun.

There were elements that were more serious explorations that have given me some food for thought—mainly about my hangups of age gaps in respect to power dynamics.

Aaaaannnd…I sat and wrote this whole long thing for this review working through my thoughts on age gaps and trust where the power is placed in the hands of a much younger partner, and class/fiscal imbalance, and blah, blah, blah. I bored myself senseless. Not that those things aren’t worth exploration. I’m just not in the mood to go there for this review because the fun and sweetness so largely outweighed the serious stuff. For a novella, it explored these elements and more in beautiful, complete ways and that’s good enough for me.

I loved how we got Eddie, not the comedic side-kick that was so much fun in the first book, but someone nuanced and real who’s unapologetic, loving, lovable, hilarious, strong in his sassiness. I loved how the sass and  brass wasn’t armor shielding something painful—instead it was just him being so completely comfortable in his skin and with his kinky needs.

I adored Eddie and Wish together, the sex was smoking hot while a tad outside of my comfort zone. Sort of. I like reading about edgy sex and pain sex and power dynamics—especially when it’s a need and not kink for the sake of kink. Then the intimacy between them was also beautifully done. I am a big, sappy sucker for quiet intimacy. I didn’t picture Eddie as a cuddler…but he cuddles! All night long!

I love the kind of friend Eddie is to everyone he loves—even though it’s in the extreme sometimes. But, wow, what a friend to have.

Wish was…wise and capable beyond his years. And jeeeezus. Ummm. yeah. I caught myself drooling over him. I’m still drooling over him. While he’s sexy and capable, he had some growing up to do in the ways of handling confrontation and conflict resolution. But whatever, I think that’s all part and parcel of maturing—learning how to argue productively instead of stomping off to pout and brood.

I was so glad to touch base with Ben and Davis from the first book and get an update on Ben’s health.

Also, I LOVED the moms—both Eddie’s & Wish’s. And Tina. And the dogs. And the sappy sweet ending had me in tears for all the sweetness.

There was just so much to love about this book.

So…after proper due diligence, I’m gonna close by declaring I WANT MORE AROUND LAKE LOVELACE! Maybe Tina? A sexy newcomer? Anybody? Gimme.

This review also posted on GoodReads and Amazon.

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