4 stars adult - 18+ Beth Jumper Book class difference coming of age Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Enemies to Lovers Gay Gay Homophobia lawyer m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Misunderstanding Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Purchased Standalone

Enemies to Lovers: Rough Edges by Cardeno C.

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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.


I really liked this story. It follows the old adage of “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Kyle knows what he wants out of life and is willing to work hard to get it. Brent doesn’t have a job and doesn’t need one because he grew up with money and then inherited more than enough to live on. All Kyle can see is someone spoiled and entitled.

The author takes us on the journey of the 2 getting to know each other after Brent opens his home to a homeless Kyle. Misconceptions are corrected and the real people are discovered and it all leads to a HEA ending. One of the things I loved most about this story was Brent knew exactly what Kyle thought of him, yet he never changed, or bragged or boasted of who he was or what he did with his time to correct it. He just kept being himself and let Kyle see him for who he was.

Rating 4 of 5 stars


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