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.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.
“Hey. You been here long?”
Shifting in the slightly off-balance chair, Kyle Potter looked up from his phone. He was in a bar, surrounded by laughing, drinking, dancing men, but all he could focus on was the too-long to-do list he had left at the office. He blinked at his friend, his brain struggling to change gears from emails to what was supposed to be a fun night out, his first in over a month.
Shaking his head, he said, “No, I just got here.”
“Cool.” Matthew sat and darted his gaze from side to side. “Is anyone using those chairs?” He pointed to another table.
“Uh. I have no idea.” Kyle had walked into the bar, found an empty spot, and started checking his messages. He hadn’t had time to get a drink let alone scope out his surroundings.
“Table looks empty. I’m grabbing them.” Matthew pushed…
On this whole this is a good story because Brent was the hero and he carried the story for me. I loved him, his compassion and his determination to break down Kyle's walls. I was sighing happily in the end because he was happy at last after two years of waiting patiently.
I loved seeing both of these characters interact. Even though Kyle is constantly trading barbs with Brent there doesn’t seem to be too much fight behind them. Kyle is amazed when he does finally open his eyes to really see Brent. I loved Brent’s attitude towards Kyle, knowing that he uses is attitude as a defense mechanism he slowly begins to break down his walls until they crumble. Both of these characters are sweet deep down and really just want someone to love them.
I am a big fan of this author’s work. Cardeno C creates characters that stay with you and the romances are sweet and sometimes hard fought for. Rough Edges is a perfect example of the fight for the happy ever after. This romance is a story of real perseverance, especially on Brent’s part.
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.