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REVIEW: “Rough Road” by Vanessa North


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.



RoughRoadTitle: Rough Road

Author: Vanessa North
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 164
Release Date: 09/28/2015
Purchase Links: Riptide, Amazon


This book had everything I’d normally dislike in a book, or at at least would make me double guess myself before picking it up:

  • A 20 year old age gap
  • BDSM/Bondage
  • An extremely co-dependent friendship
  • Told in first person, present tense (that one is hard, my friends)

All of this was beautifully mastered by Vanessa, who practically went and crushed my fears and made me love this. And she is the reason I picked up this book. I simply knew I couldn’t be disappointed.

This is an extremely enjoyable book. I loved Eddie in the first book, and reading this I remembered why, and loved him even more. He’s a 44 year old queen, and he’s the best. I love how much he loves his friends, and I love how proud he is of being him. 

Wish was just as amazing. Yes, Wish is a guy. And I adored him. I loved how understanding, and mature he is. I love how he never second guessed himself and was always super honest with Eddie.

Their relationship is lovely. It’s not often that you find a couple in a book that goes so well. I loved how they complemented each other in a way that was just natural, perfect. I loved how they brought the best in each other, and how much they realized they could learn of the other. 

These two are hot together, and I feel like I must say this because it took me completely by surprise. If I’m entirely honest I expected not to get it.. Them. But they way they were written… Gosh, it was just impossible not to love how they loved each other, not to feel how they felt each other. I just got caught in he story and the characters, and it was amazing.

The only thing I’m torn about – loved it but hated it at the same time- , was Ben and Eddie’s friendship, and Eddie’s very strong co-dependence. I thought it was brilliant because it was awfully realistic, but every time I read that Eddie was about to put Wish on hold for Ben I cringed. That being said, there was a point to it. And it needed to happen. But I love my MCs and hate to see their hearts breaking. 

Luckily, Wish and Eddie always found a way to work things out, and go back to each other. They both were aware that their differences could be their biggest strength or their most terrible flaw. It was nice, and refreshing to see them choose strength. Always. 

This was a great read, and I absolutely recommend it. 


About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Rough Road” by Vanessa North

  1. Kristie
    November 5, 2015

    Yay! I loved this book.


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