Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Book review - Rough Road by Vanessa North (BDSM romance) 4/5 stars

Rough Road by Vanessa North
M/M BDSM romance 
4/5 stars 


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.

Word count: 48,000; page count: 164

Rough Road is a fun, but sometimes intense, story that I really enjoyed. The heroes are a sadist and a machochist who enjoy rough sex, so obviously the sex scenes are fairly heavy on the S & M parts of BDSM. Personally I loved it and found the scenes to be very sexy, but not everyone will be comfortable reading them. The more intense scenes are balanced out with some great humour throughout the book, it worked really well for me. This is book two in the series, but it also works as a standalone. This is the first Vanessa North book that I've read, but I really enjoyed it so I'll definitely look out for more of her books in the future.

Eddie is rich, rather flamboyant and an incorrigible flirt. When he has a car accident he meets road worker Wish, and there is obviously great chemistry between them. However there is also a big age gap, which is a big problem for Eddie. When then do fall into bed together things are explosive, with Wish providing Eddie with the pain he craves. But when Eddie and Wish are on opposite sides of a local planning issue things start to fall apart.

I loved both Wish and Eddie, they are both totally adorable and they are so good together. I really enjoyed their story, it was fun, sexy and a bit addictive. Four stars.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

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