Review: Cardeno C. – Rough Edges

51+7+rR1v+LAuthor: Cardeno C.
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 


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.


What a great way to spend my afternoon—better than a sweet bite of rich, creamy chocolate. I just couldn’t put this down.

Kyle is a character I loved to hate. The poor guy is so miserable and resentful of anyone who seems to flaunt their wealth that it’s quite evident he’s had to struggle to get where he is. He’s not so abrasive, however, that I didn’t like him, and I think that can only be attributed to how well Cardeno C. portrayed him. It would have been very easy to hate his character so much that I wouldn’t have even wanted to see him with a happy ending, but that didn’t happen here.

So it’s not surprising that two years before, when he met Brent, he took an immediate dislike to Brent when he found out he was wealthy and didn’t work for a living. Their friends can’t understand how Kyle can continue to be so hostile, and how Brent can continue to be so nice after all this time, but it isn’t until Kyle’s employer, a financial company, falls apart and he’s laid off that he finds out just how nice Brent can be.

Brent offers him a place to stay, and a desperate Kyle accepts, but he gets more than a roof over his head—he gets a friend, and ultimately a lover, as he discovers that what makes a person who they are is not necessarily predetermined by how hard they work.

The story is not as simple as my description, though. There’s true depth of character development, a spark that ignites to set off a virtual heat wave, and a decidedly sweet happy ever after. You have to read it to get the details. I’m not revealing spoilers, but I will say it is very much worth the read.

Kudos to the author—this one is shorter, but right up there with my favorite, Perfect Imperfections. Definitely highly recommended.



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