Friday, April 14, 2017

Rough Edges by Cardeno C. Blog Tour

Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Author’s Note: This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Whilst this is a short story, we get much more than just the bare bones of a satisfying romance.

For me, there was a strong message being subtly delivered. Don't judge a man by his bank account, and certainly don't make assumptions without asking first. Funny thing is that Kyle just doesn't get that his opinions could be reversed by Brent, but he is nothing but friendly. I loved how consistency and caring won through in the end. Along with some serious hotness, of course, these two elements come hand in hand with this talented author.

I find it difficult to be objective about a story when I really dislike the main character/narrator. And I pretty much hated Kyle from start to finish. A working class boy who worked hard to become successful in finance, Kyle has an irrational hatred for Brent – a trust fund kid who doesn’t need to work.

Kyle’s behaviour towards Brent is awful for most of the story. In turn, Brent is only ever kind to Kyle. As a result, I still don’t understand why Brent put up with Kyle and I certainly didn’t feel any sort of connection between the two.

Romance doesn’t often work well in a short story format. Here, there just isn’t enough character or plot development to make a connection between Kyle and Brent feel plausible. I usually love this author’s novels, so I was surprised by the flat characters and simple storyline.

Short story fans may enjoy this more than I did. Personally, I much prefer the complexity of this author’s novels.

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rough Edges by Cardeno C. to read and review for this tour.

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