Review Post : Rough Road by Vanessa North (4 Stars)

Posted January 20, 2016 by Nix in review / 0 Comments

Rough Road by Vanessa North
Series: Lake Lovelace #2
Published by Riptide Publishing on 2015-09-28
Genres: BDSM, Male-Male
Pages: 164
Format: eBook

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.

FTC : I got this from Netgalley

Why I read it : I actually love Vanessa North’s stuff and, with this being a Masochism book, it intrigued me. Now, reading first person MM written from the POV of a Masochist was a little bit like taking a leap into the unknown for me but I really wanted to give it a try

Genre Tags

MM, Masochism, Sadism, SM, rough sex, First POV, Older Man-Younger Man Romance

One Sentence Round-Up

An older masochist with commitment issues meets a (much) younger sadist and they fall into a relationship with rough sex and plenty of angst…

Quick Scores

  • Plot – 4/5
  • Romance – 5/5
  • Characters – 4/5
  • Heat Level – 5/5

What I liked

I actually liked a whole lot about this book. I have a love/hate relationship with first person POV books, and I thought that I would struggle with the lead being a masochistic man, but I found this so easy to read. The chatty, informal style of writing engaged me right away and I fell straight into this lovely lust-filled relationship that I really wanted to read about.

loved the dynamic between the two of them, the way they accepted each others faults but tried to address the ones that caused conflict between them like adults. It was refreshing to read about and, even when there were blips, I felt like I was reading about something real. 

I think that I need a whole separate section for Wish. I loved Wish. He is everything I want in a hero; empathetic to his partners needs, strong enough to stand up for himself within a relationship and sexy as hell. I adored him.

What didn’t work for me

Some of the angst was slightly irritating. No relationship is plain sailing but the situations that caused the conflict within this just made me slightly annoyed rather than kept me engaged. Luckily all these situations passed briefly 🙂

Favourite Quote

“He sighs. “I don’t know how to say this except – I don’t know if you can fix it. But I know I can’t be with you when I feel this way. It’s different from the riling each other up for play. Because we play rough, it’s important to be clear where the lines are and not risk bringing genuine anger to our play. If I ever hurt you for real, I’d hate myself”

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