- File Size: 2827 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC; 2 edition (January 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NC0XCVI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Rough Edges: A Contemporary Gay Romance Kindle Edition
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This book is about two things: unconditional love and empathy.
Most readers probably disliked Kyle, but I didn't. The old adage of "walk a mile in my shoes" screams loudly. Kyle would take two steps forward and get shoved five steps back. Brent was born into privilege and never had to fight for anything.
I enjoyed the banter between the two. It made the falling in love part so much more real. Neither could understand the other's situation and it takes a setback to push the two together. They start to understand each other and it is beautiful.
Call me soft or listening to "Helium" by Sia on repeat, but this book really hit home for me. I identified with Kyle and the struggle was real. Brent and Kyle together was magical. This is a must read. 5 stars
Kyle has struggled for everything in his life. He's a bit resentful of the fact that Brent hasn't had to work for anything. But Kyle does a bit of assuming and he doesn't really have Brent pegged like he thinks he does. Brent accepts Kyle's assessments of him as factual and doesn't get too bothered. What he does, though, is continue to try to be a friend to Kyle. When Kyle is put into a position where he has to accept some help from Brent, the story becomes so incredibly cute and sweet. I love how Kyle allowed himself to become a little vulnerable with Brent and how Brent let his nurturing side take care of Kyle. Sweetest little HEA. So glad I found this book!
Kyle and Brent are basically frenemies who have harbored a crush on one another for 2+ years, though the “enemy” part is a little lopsided because Brent is that all around good guy. I had a difficult time liking Kyle initially. He had a guarded, judgmental persona that came out in full force when Brent was around. It was off-putting, particularly because there wasn’t really a good reason for his disdain. As the story progresses, his character develops and Brent and he discuss the root of his animosity. While these discussions explained his feelings more, I wasn’t completely convinced. This may be the one and only time I wished main characters were younger, because at least then I could dismiss his pettiness for immaturity. To a large degree I understood Kyle’s snap assumptions about Brent’s silver spoon privileged life, perhaps because I grew up as the scholarship student going to a private, college prep academy. That said, it did seem like Kyle had a mighty big chip on his shoulder for being over thirty and a self-made success.
Honestly, had there been a more believable reason for the bad blood or if these men were in their early 20’s, this probably would have been a five star read for me. It really was a nice little story that ticked all the boxes. I liked the scenario that thrust the two men together to work out their differences and the development of the relationship was spread out enough to be believable. It included sweet moments, character development, and the start of a solid relationship wrapped up with good dialogue and brisk pacing. The narrator fit the story and tone well. His enunciation was clean and pauses/speed had a natural flow that made for an enjoyable listen. It’s always nice when the couple just fits together and it’s a fairly straight forward romance with just enough drama to keep my interest.
*Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
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