Reviews ~~ Rough Edges and Jumping In by Cardeno C


Rough Edges

by Cardeno C.  Author)
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.

Word count: 17,127
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.



GAHHHHHH. Cardeno C got me again with Rough Edges. Two more boys to add to my list of favorites. I’m a sucker for a friend/enemy story. Rich pretty boy Brent and brooding hard working Kyle. Talk about polar opposites, but you can’t always judge a book by its cover especially when it comes to these boys. They are so much more then what they want us to see…..

I loved the dialogue and banter between the two. Kyle is so mean to Brent!! He tries to knock him down every chance he gets… But trust me, Brent can hold his own. See Kyle’s problem is he has no respect for Brent’s lazy lifestyle. Brent was born with a silver spoon, while Kyle had to do everything to not only survive but to be successful. He’s also mad at himself for being so attracted to such a person! So, when Kyle’s life hits rock bottom, the one person who is there for him is none other than Brent! Could he have been wrong about Brent all along? Could pretty boy Brent be just what Kyle needs and vice versa???

I really enjoyed getting to know the guys and seeing their relationship mature and grow. It’s amazing how much information and character development CC can put in a short story. Definitely a fun, flirty and hot read….

Available on Amazon: and FREE in KU


Jumping In (ALPHAS #6)

An ARe Alphas Release!

When love’s on the line, the brave jump in with both feet…

Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home.

Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes. After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving.

Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk. With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.


Jumping in by Cardeno C is a bite-sized morsel packed with a juicy punch. Savory and sweet. Such a great short story. It had me craving more right from the start.

I’m usually not a fan of insta-love or stalkerish behavior but it totally works with this story….
I loved Clint & Hawk. I found them to be interesting, intense and oh so yummy. CC was able to give us quite a bit about them in a short amount of time. Down on his luck, Clint is sweet and vulnerable. While confident Hawk is a take-charge alpha male. When Hawk finally gets his chance with Clint, he’s a man on a mission! He will do whatever it take to make Clint his (and I mean whatever it takes!) Since the feeling is completely mutual it didn’t take much convincing. The chemistry and heat between these guys is sizzling… Add that to the over the top declarations of love and I was completely enamored! It all just worked for me. It made me smile, swoon and laugh. I would love Jumping In to be made into a full-size novel!!
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