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Rogue Affair

(Cedarwood Beach #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  51 reviews
MrRomantic: I kissed my bully. And I liked it.

Sweet_Peaches: And? How was it?

MrRomantic: It was hot. So hot. But...

Sweet_Peaches: But?

MrRomantic: I think I’m in love with someone else.

Sweet_Peaches: Who?

MrRomantic: I think I’m in love with you.

Sweet_Peaches: But you haven’t even met me. You should give your bully a chance.

MrRomantic: Why?

Sweet_Peaches: Because he has feeli
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published August 16th 2020 by Rhys Writes Romance (first published August 12th 2020)
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Ed Davis
Jan 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
3 and 1/2 stars rounded up. I really liked this story, but I had a hard time with Nathan. He wasn’t a very likable character for most of the book. I couldn’t really understand how Hudson continued to love him . He just strung him along. I realize Hudson had been a bully in high school, but you either get over such things or you stay away from the person you can’t forgive. Oh, well, I still love the way Rhys writes so I couldn’t give the book less than 4 stars.
Rogue Affair
By Rhys Everly

I thought this would be a fun and romantic story and it was a little bit. The characters just weren't intriguing or endearing enough to hold my interest. A real shame.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, I did not expect THAT! Not only is the book full of fun and entertaining characters, not only is the plot drawing you in the further you go, but we also get a bully redeemed and a hurt boy being the savior! I loved the emotions between the guys and loved how it wasn’t all roses and sunshine from the get go. The story felt genuine and that’s all you can really ask for. Bring on the next one!
Fernanda Parente
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of 2020 so far.
Great book, great characters

This is the last book in this series and I'll have to go after to read everything at first

Loved it!

Dec 31, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Amy Stauffer
So. Many. Things. This book has me feeling so many things, all at once. I don’t even know where to start, but I’m gonna pull myself together and give it a try. I’ve enjoyed this series before reading this addition to it. This book may be the best one yet. I will have THE worst book hangover the day this series ends. RHYS EVERLY! That day IS NOT today, ya hear me? We...I...need more. I’m not ready to say goodbye. I feel like I’ve already moved in with Yaya. This is my family.

Nathan and Hudson ha
Karolina Cebula
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Rogue Affair" is the third volume in the very interesting and lovable series "Cedarwood Beach" written by Rhys Everly. Well, what can I say about this installment in the series? Let's start with the most basic fact, which is that the novel is simply fantastic. In this story, the author touches on many important and deep problems that perfectly match the theme of love, and thus the one that is, in a way, the axis of the entire book. It is worth noting, however, that "Rogue Affair" is largely a s ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A 👬friendship knocked off the rails: can it be righted?

Hudson and Nathan, the one-time good friends separated by bullying and prejudice. Their romance was a good one, enhanced by Hudson's sad family situation and a malevolent wannabe mayor and her son. Good steam but balanced with emotion and an interesting storyline.

Hudson was my favorite of the two leads. Despite his actions that hurt Nathan in high school, he's trying his utmost to build a new life. From his first appearance in the story, Hu
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Enemies to lovers are not always my favourite trope, but this one was so well written, I read it in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down!
Also, this in not only an enemies-to-lovers story: it’s a lifelong relationship! Nathan and Hudson are best friends since childhood, thick as thieves, always together. Then Hudson turned his back on Nathan when he came out and became one of his high school bullies. But things aren’t always what they seem and Hudson is not that boy anymore.
Nathan is so conf
Amber Antus
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love bully redemption stories and this one was really good. While I don't believe in excuses for bullying, like Nathan, I kind of understand why Hudson did what he did, though I don't condone it. I loved the way that the two of them connected to each other even after so long and so much bad history. Hudson's background brought tears to my eyes and of course I loved Nathan's family. I liked that this book takes place at the same time as Kyle and Andy's since it gives the insight of what Nathan ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two friends turned into enemies because of bullying brought on by peer pressure. Hudson and Nathan grew up together and were close until Nathan took an ounce of courage and came out in high school. He believed Hudson would still be his friend (though Nathan wanted more) but Hudson stayed with his clique, turned his back on Nathan and has learned to regret his actions. Now Hudson desperately needs brainiac Nathan's help as his tutor so Hudson can leave his homophobic father and make something of ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemp
Rating : 4.5 stars. At times I was so heart sore on behalf of Hudson. He worked so hard to improve himself, to overcome undeserved obstacles, so he could get out of the life that was leading him nowhere. He’s positivity was tested but he would pick himself up and continue on.
Nathan had no time for Hudson after being bullied in high school but he changed his opinions once he began to see who Hudson was in spite of his circumstances.
The chemistry between these wonderful former best friends was s
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Like all the books I’ve read by this author before, Rogue Affair pulled me into the story from the beginning and never let go until the satisfying end. Nathan and Hudson were childhood best friends turned enemies in high school d/t Hudson’s bullying. However, things changed when Hudson needed a tutor to get his GED and Nathan was the tutor offering his services. What started out grudgingly ended up with them becoming friends then lovers. There is some angst they both need to deal with over the p ...more
Janet Hunt
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off, it is not necessary to read the books in order, but it does help somewhat. I really like Kyle, although I thought he was a bit wishy washy at times. Hudson’s story broke me, big ugly tears!! They were childhood best friend until high school, until Hudson started bulling Kyle. Hudson had changed so much since high school, but Kyle could not see it. I loved these characters!! So many steamy times with a lot of emotion. The sexting was a great addition to the story line, really helped to ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book of small town, second chances, old friends turned enemies who reconnected and then became more.

The author gave Hudson and Nathan the time to try healing old wounds, and I appreciate that. For them it wasn't a rush of falling into love, because both had struggles to overcome, deep set fears and pain, anger and hurt ... I mean they had a lot of healing to do first, but they had a real connection neither could dismiss. I cheered when they were finally ready to move forwa
Mary Ellen
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Rhys Everly. Yes, I did notice it was book 3 in the series...and most of you know I prefer to read them in order, even if they can be read as stand-alones. Sooo let's blame the blurb. First of all, I am a sucker for a good bully redemption book and second, online chatting? Double sold.

I was looking forward to a light fluffy read...and even though there is a sweet romance here, there is also so much more to this book. Hudson, the previous bully has such a sad and heartbre
Kendra T
Jul 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, borrowed
I liked this as an overall book, and was glad to see these two get together. It did take a while, though, and I was relieved when it all finally happened. Hudson was part of the bully crowd back in high school and made Nathan's life a living hell. When we meet Hudson later, he is still dealing with traumas and challenges in his life that no one knew about. Nathan was a hesitant jerk at first, but fortunately he was able to see through to the real Hudson. They were also unknowingly (at first) com ...more
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a major book hangover I have now! The lovely bonus scenes help with that.

I might not be objective because by the 3rd book I love this series and I love this family. I particularly enjoyed this one and the first one. I loved Nathan's character from the beginning of the series and I couldn't wait to read his story, however I have to say that Hudson was the special one here. I loved discovering bits of him each chapter, all his insecurities and perfect imperfections, and it's amazing that he h
Apr 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
So good!

Hudson had been both Nathan’s former best friend as well as his former High School bully. By the end of this romance, Hudson has transformed himself and he has transitioned into someone winning at life! He has discovered the love of his life in Nathan, acquired family, is working a job as well as working to fulfill his dreams! He learns to let go past transgressions against him and move forward into happiness and success! We both Nathan and Hudson motivate one another and grow! I could n
Tammy Jones
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book got so hot, I'm surprised my Kindle didn't short circuit! These characters were so loveable. Nathan has a heart of gold and just wishes he could find somebody to check all the boxes on his "date list". Hudson just made me want to cry. He's been through so much in the past few years and just wants to move on with his life. When these two cross paths after their troubled past, a series of events occur which lead to redemption, healing, and the possibility of true love. This series c ...more
Audrey Pott
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rhys did an amazing character maturity of Hudson and Nathan, both had so much to learn and progress. At times I cried for Hudson, he had an homophobic dad a real douche., also had a loveable dog in Romeo. This was a roller coaster ride of emotions, I cried and laughed throughout. Nathan and his damned list, I wanted to throw it out. I definitely loved the both of them, so hot together and lots of amazing side characters.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for my honest opinions of which
Noel A-W
Jan 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Best friend to school bully to HEA

Some very angsty moments, at times you can’t see a solution to Hudson’s problems, the list seems crushing. Nathan’s problem is Nathan. There are several intertwined story lines which make for an interesting read, with some late but well deserved justice served to a couple of horrible characters. A mix of sweet, homophobic, loving, racist, funny, sad, steamy, hatred and downright confusing. I really liked this one, only made me get something in my eye a couple o
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a decent former-friend-who-becomes-a-bully-then-lover story. It kept my attention from the start and had good chemistry between the two MCs. As the bully, Hudson, has surprisingly good emotional depth to his character and not only was I was able to sympathise with him, but I found it pretty easy to do so. There is some angst as they both grapple with the past, some incredibly steamy and tender moments, and a solid redemption story that gives Nathan and Hudson their heartfelt HEA.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming story about atoning for having been a bully.

A well written story about an ex-bully seeking to right his past wrongs, and finding a wonderful reward. To me Hudson's and Nathan's story is very credible. Hudson seems to have gotten his head on straight (pun intended) before the story starts. It takes Nathan a while to wake up and smell the coffee. The rationale why Hudson behaved as he did in the past is realistic. IMHO, this is the best book in the series so far.
Jacquie Stewart
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Redemption arc

It was easy to forgive Hudson for his past when we are given dual pov and can get into his head. He really was just a sweet guy that had been held back by circumstance.
Nathan I didn't actually like for some of it but that's what's so great about these books.
Told at the same time as the events of book 2 and can be read as a standalone but I wouldn't recommend it as the secondary characters are so good
Autumn Breeze
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it

I didn't not enjoy this book. It was just . . . okay.

It felt like Nate got attached to Sweet Peaches way to fast. They barely had any on page interaction that would lead to an emotional attachment. Nate was just suddenly so in love with him and it was a little left field.

Hudson was a sweetheart even if his negative self image was over done. He had a hard knock life though so it is expected for him to be so down in the dumps.
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet bully redemption story. The story starts out with Nathan running into his former best friend and high school bully Hudson. Being the better person, Nathan decides to tutor a desperate Hudson. As the two reconnect we learn about both their pasts. You can't help but feel for poor Hudson. His back story is heartbreaking as well as what he has to deal with in his every day life. There was tons of humor and tears (mine lol) plus plenty of heat. ...more
Mrs C
Jan 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What an amazing story. Full to the brim with drama and rollercoaster emotions. I love a good redeeming character and Hudson fits the bill. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to find out what was going to happen next. I think also that the author knew enough was enough on Hudson's bad luck, otherwise I would have got really frustrated with the story. I'll definitely be reading more from this series. I started with book 3 and can be read as a standalone.
May 25, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2022, dnf, free
I'm only giving it two stars because I didn't finish it. This was pretty awful. Every sentence was often its own paragraph. Maybe that was a stylistic choice but it made reading it unpleasant. Then you add in that everything was seriously OTT and I just couldn't do it anymore. I mean ... years later the other bullies' mother decides to go on a campaign against the guy? Why? I just didn't care enough to find out.

Not my book and I suspect definitely not my author.
Lyndsay TC
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nathan and Hudson were definitely my favorite couple of the series. This friends turned enemies turned lovers was heavy on the dislike from Nathan at the beginning but as Nathan saw more of Hudson's life, his feelings changed drastically. Their happily ever after was sweet and much deserved for both men. Absolutely a must read! ...more
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Rhys Everly-Lawless is a hopeless romantic who loves happily-ever-afters.
Which would explain why he loves writing them.

When he's not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.

He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal rom

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