A Bit Of Rough

A Bit Of Rough

by Laura Baumbach

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ISBN-13: 9780979311017
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication date: 03/29/2007
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Another murmur of high spirits erupted from the group of men clustered around the end of the table, and James' curious eyes found the source of the low, pleasant voice. Standing between two T-shirted, leather vested, ponytailed bikers was a tall, broad-shouldered, sandy-haired man dressed in denim and cowboy boots. Even from his seat at the bar, James could see the jeans, denim jacket and faded, blue shirt all matched the pale blue of the big man's eyes. James' jeans got a little bit tighter.

The cowboy chalked the end of his cue and moved into place at the end of the table, leaning down to take his shot. Sinking the five-ball in the middle pocket, the man smiled, and glanced up from his conquest, laser blue eyes locking unerringly on James' hungry, unprepared stare. He took his time standing back up, holding James in his sights the entire time, his expression unreadable.

Unable to break away from the mesmerizing stare, James blushed, squirming a little on his stool. Eyes still locked with the stranger's, James watched as the man snagged his beer off the edge of the table and took a drink, arching his neck and swallowing in long, drawn out gulps that made his throat move in an all too-seductive fashion for James' rising libido. After lowering the bottle, the stranger smiled at him, breaking the stare.

James gulped down half his beer and got up to move closer. Taking up a spot by a rough wooden post, he leaned against the support and took another sip of his beer, playing the part of just another interested spectator in the room.

The cowboy rounded the table, studying the lie of the balls, intent on his next move. Picking a tight angle from James' side of the table,the large man bent over to line up his shot, his hip making contact with James as he suddenly pulled back for the shot. James shifted to one side, startled by the unexpected touch. The stranger held the shot, straightened up and stepped in close to him, inhaling deeply.

James' breath turned to soft, little pants at the stranger's abrupt nearness. The man smelt of sweat and leather, a faint, pleasant scent that made James harden against the rough fabric of his jeans. The slight, abrasive rub of the front seam was a relief to the portion of his body seeking more immediate attention.

"Sorry."

James stepped back to give the man room and found himself brought up short against the support beam. The stranger stepped closer, trapping James between himself and the post, a position James wouldn't have minded if they hadn't been in a room full of people. Likely, no one was close enough to overhear any conversation that might take place. The big man was free to flirt or threaten, as the mood struck him. James wasn't sure which, if either, would happen, but he was definitely interested in the tall, hard body currently blocking his view of the room.

James looked up from under his lashes to see an amused, self-assured smile on the man's handsome face. He dropped his gaze, feeling self-conscious and nervous. Did the guy know what he'd been thinking? Could he see the lust in his face, read the willingness in his eyes? Was the smile genuine or just a preamble to punching him out? The same pleasant rumble from earlier drew his gaze back up to the tanned and weathered face in front of him.

"Excuse me. Need a little room to make my move." The cowboy swayed his weight from one foot to the other, his thigh grazing James' hip on the forward motion. He slid the pool cue through his hands, drawing James' gaze down to watch as the cowboy's long fingers stroked over the rod.

James glanced at the few poorly placed balls left on the table. "Doesn't look like you've got much of a shot left."

The big man smiled and glanced over his shoulder at the set up. "Seven ball center pocket." His gaze narrowed, appraising James from head to toe, settling on his clean-face. "After I win, how about I buy you a beer?"

"That's impossible."

Cowboy snorted a dry chuckle. "Which? The shot or buying you a drink?"

James swallowed and huffed out a shaky breath. His nervous habit of biting at his lower lip made the man's eyes flicker down to look at his mouth. James released his lip and licked over the abused flesh, his mouth suddenly dry.

"The shot. No way you can sink the seven-ball in the center pocket. You can't get the angle right." James shook his head, regretting the fact the man was going to lose the game and he would lose the opening for a drink with him. "I know about angles. It's part of my job."

"I like a challenge." One blue eye winked at him. "Decide what kind of beer you want."

There was something possessive and demanding in the soft, gravel tones that made James shiver. He covered his reaction by shrugging his shoulders and relaxing onto the uneven surface of the post at his back.

He nodded. "Okay. If you want to." The stranger held his gaze for a moment longer before smiling and stepping away.

"Oh, I want to." His voice was pitched low, rich and filled with a seductive promise. "This'll just take a minute."

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Bit of Rough 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Spoilers in the review: Young and pretty goes to the bar, looking for older and rough. He finds a man who suits and they go and have wild sex in the alley. Less than a week later, they are declaring their enduring love for each other. I have a problem with anyone falling in love over 48 hours. The potential can be there, but for men to use the word love having known each other less than a week - it doesn't work for me. My other problem - if you have earth shattering amazing, life changing sex, well, then you should need some recovery time. They were having so much sex, so ecstatically, so often, I got bored with that too. While the sex scenes individually are hot, their combination actually makes you doubt it. If it was that amazing, how can you be hungry again 30 mins later? And how come you aren't sore? and what's going on here? Too much kept jarring me out of this book, it didn't work for me.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 7 months ago
It was supposed to be a steamy one night stand. James and Bram come together in an explosive sex scene in the alley behind a club. That scene practically sets the page on fire, it is so hot. But it turns into so much more when they decide to hook up together for dinner the next night. This story has frequent graphic sex, definitely more erotica than romance, but once the romance begins to build the story takes on a new dimension. Excellent.
DianeYu on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Laura Baumbach never disappoints me, and I find her writing a dream to read no matter what she writes. This is my fourth book by her and it is the "sweetest" romance I've read of hers to date, which in this case worked well for the characters.Jamie, who is short and wiry with a head full of curls, meets his "caveman" Bram at a biker bar. Bram is so tall and beefy he had to search for a bed to fit him comfortably. Though this book is tagged BDSM, it really is more a case of a dominant male who occasionally likes to restrain his partner by tying his hands. Just the same, Bram is secure enough to allow Jamie to take a turn at topping, for a while anyway.Both characters are extremely likable, and you don't mind that passion takes over from the start. There are issues they need to work through though: Bram being overprotective (with reason) and Jamie who doesn't hide he is gay except with his employer, who he fears will think less of him and thus hurt his career at a prestigious architectural firm. Jamie too has his reasons for being insecure about how people will treat him if he is out completely.Expect an abundance of hot sex in this one, as neither character can seem to get enough of the other. Bram is intent on "claiming" Jamie, so he will never leave (which is where the "rough" comes in), and Jamie wants to christen every room in the house, then the truck and maybe the cabin,,,,you get the idea. Lots of sex. :)
Mendoza on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really really liked Bram. And that is sort of my problem with him - he is absolutely too perfect. And his situation is a little too perfect for me. Granted, he is a very sucessful business owner and that shows that he is obviously very confidant with himself and his surroundings. But I found it stretching reality a bit too far to have every one around him to be over the top okay with his homosexuality. I live in a very liberal atmosphere myself - but nothing I've seen comes close to having everyone comfortable with the lifestyle. I mean, come on - he practically has sex with Jamie in the resturant to the point that the waiter lets the owner know what's going on that all the owner (a good acquaintance) does is make their dinner to go and gives Bram the big seal of approval.I know I am sounding negative here but overall I don't mean to be. As a contemporary romance it is tops to me. Bram is to die for. Jamie a little to much of the helpless girl at times but mostly a fine compliment to Bram. I enjoyed the book immensely. What I didn't care for was the too perfect world these guys inhabited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just happened upon this book by referral from another author. I am so glad that I did! It is a great book and perfect love story? Well worth being found by other readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this story. I just re-read it, the first being about 2 years ago and I am sure I will read it again in the future. It is a lovely romance with interesting, sexy characters and plenty of really hot sex. This book has it all. I am glad there is a 2nd in the series (Roughhousing) that takes up where this story ends, although you do not need to buy it unless you enjoyed this book as this one has a very good ending itself. I am glad the series continues because I really enjoyed these characters and did not want to say goodbye to them.
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Light bondage but very romantic
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