Gabbi Reviews: Rough Edges by Cardeno C.

Title: Rough Edges
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Pages: 46
Characters: Kyle Potter, Brent Haralson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5


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.


Any time I read a story written by Cardeno C., I know that I’m in for a delicious treat. There is something special about her stories that keeps this reader highly satisfied and coming back to them time and time again.

To say that Kyle hates Brent is almost an understatement. Almost from the first day they meet and anytime they are around each other, Kyle does NOTHING to hide his emense dislike for him. Between the snarky comments, body language and down and out rudeness toward Brent, I truly wondered two things.

The first thing I wondered was if Kyle would ever soften up to Brent. Sure, Brent was born into money and though Kyle thinks he is a waste of human life because he does not work, Brent is kind-hearted and extremely likeable. Even though Brent allows Kyle’s snarky comments roll off of his shoulders, Brent is no push-over. He can be sarcastic and very witty and most of the time was able to keep Kyle in his place. Through half of the story, Kyle hates Brent and honestly searches for reasons to almost be mean to him.

The second thing I wondered was if I was ever really going to like Kyle. While reading this story, I liked and admired Brent and honestly didn’t care for Kyle’s stubbornness when it came to deliberately hating Brent…no matter how nice Brent was or how much Brent set out to help him. His insistence to find fault with Brent’s whole life began to grate my nerves badly and at one point in the story, I truly began to hope that Brent would tell Kyle to kiss his ass and find someone else to obviously like and admire.

I shouldn’t have worried because this is a Cardeno C. story. Trust me when I say that this author knows how to write relationships and romance. Even when you wonder if the chips will be down and there is no hope for this couple, Cardeno C. is always able to somehow turn things around and make these characters not only likeable but made for each other.

The thing is…even though Kyle could be a jackass there was an interesting backstory as to why he felt the way he did and why he was a stubborn and sometimes too serious for his own good. I liked how Brent was able to see through Kyle’s hard outer shell and into the softness Kyle had deep inside. Kyle and Brent both are complex and interesting characters and I ended up loving them both.

If you are looking for a well-written story and you enjoy a good sarcastic hero with more bark than bite, then Rough Edges is definitely the story for you! I wish the story had been longer. Just when it was getting so good, boom, it was over. Ugh! But the happy ending still left a smile on my face and I know I’ll revisit these characters soon when I’m in the mood for a quick and very satisfying read.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase Rough Edges by Cardeno C.

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