Title: Rough Edges
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Release Date: 1/31/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 64
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Another fun light short story by Cardeno C. to help chase the end of winter blues away. This is a wonderful story to snuggle up on your comfy couch and escape for a couple of hours. I always enjoy Cardeno’s short stories to help me get back to my happy place. Rough Edges, I am happy to say did the trick. Set in sunny Los Angeles this story is about two men, pride, and an undeniable attraction. The plot takes us to a place in Kyle’s life where everything is finally coming together. After putting himself through college he has his perfect job and making decent money. Enough to be able to put a down payment on a place of his own. A far cry from the trailer park that he grew up in. So what if he works so much that he has no social life. With friends like Brent, who needs friendships. Brent is well off. Born with that silver spoon in his mouth. That isn’t the worst part. Brent is lazy. He doesn’t work, he does nothing worthwhile, but he is damn attractive. Like water and oil, they just don’t mix. Brent, on the other hand, sees something in Kyle worth pushing for. When Kyle’s life starts to implode, Brent is the one to help him pick up the pieces. Slowly Kyle sees a different side of Brent and he can’t stop the attraction from taking off. The chemistry starts off icy but builds to a hard and fast burn. This is a short story that moves quickly. I think I finished this story in less than an hour. I didn’t want to stop reading until I got what I came for. A fabulous happy ever after ending. Even though this is a short story there was strong character development letting us share the story with the characters and growing attached with both of them.