Archive | September 27, 2015

Rough Road, Lake Lovelace 2, Vanessa North





Rough Road, Lake Lovelace 2,  Vanessa North


Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA.

Who didn’t fall in love with Eddie in Double Up? He’s such a flamboyant, out and proud guy, and yet inside he’s a heart of gold. He’s loyal to his family and friends, and still carrying a torch for Ben even though he knows they don’t work together, and Ben has a solid relationship with his partner. Somehow common sense doesn’t apply to the heart – we can tell ourselves all we like that we don’t have a hope but the heart doesn’t stop it’s yearnings.

Then Eddie meets Wish. He’s all the things Eddie loves, sexy and attracted, and the icing is he loves to do the kink Eddie craves, something most people, Ben included, just can’t cope with. They’ve a hot and heavy evening, but their connection runs too deep for just a one nighter – the problem for Eddie is the huge age gap. Wish says its fine with him, and TBH he’s an adult so should know how he feels, but I can see Eddie’s point. He thinks maybe he’s taking advantage and he’s such an honourable man that he doesn’t want Wish to be trapped in the future. They’ve a bigger problem though – Eddie doesn’t want a new road to be built, primarily because it affects his business and thus affects Ben, and we know already he’d move mountains for him. Now though there’s Wish to consider, he’s works on road crews and the new roads means he’ll be staying here, otherwise he’s going to have to move. Its not just him and the job, his family need his help and moral support, and if he moves away they suffer too. Of course it’s also going to affect him and Eddie, long distance relationships are tough, and could he stay with someone who put loyalty to a friend ahead of their relationship? Its a tough decision and it was hard seeing it slowly build up to the point where Eddie needed to choose. Until then things had been going so well, but this could be an unbreachable gap between them.

I could feel for Eddie, he’s been the mainstay for Ben for so long, given up so much for him and its only because of him Ben is alive and doing so well. Now though time has passed, Ben is well and has a new love, and Eddie isn’t needed in the same way, but he doesn’t seem able to let go. Its that feeling of responsibility, that love and care for his friends that makes Eddie the man he is and he finds it hard to stop. In an ideal world he and Ben would have made it together but they don’t suit, they want and need different things and Ben has now found someone he loves. Is Wish the one for Eddie, and can Eddie put him ahead of Ben? I understood poor Wish, he’s been fighting Eddie’s age paranoia and succeeded but this – this could be one thing that fails them. Like all lovers, he needs to come first, but he can see that Eddie is so used to dropping everything for Ben that it’s going to be a hard decision.

I loved this, more Eddie – who wouldn’t? ; –) Wish is perfect for him, they match in what they both want from a relationship and the sticking points were very real.  Its the kind of issue that often crops up in some variety. I wanted the sad part to last longer though – I need to really feel heartbreak, to think they may not make it, but here, well – it was really upsetting but just didn’t last long enough for a five star from me.

Stars: Four, a great story I really enjoyed.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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