I Love It Rough is the second installment in the N’awlins Exotica series. The continuity and flow of this book was much smoother than I Like ‘Em Pretty, the first book in the series. I must definitely recommend that these books be read in order and not as independent, individual reads. One important point I must state up front: while this book is considered to be an erotic gay romance, this story contains a rather disturbing, violent scene that the reader is not prepared for based upon the blurb.
In this installment Frankie is going through an emotional crisis. He must decide if he has what it takes to be a homicide detective. His love for Kajika has caused him to question his career choice, while Kajika must deal with the possessiveness of Frankie and Frankie’s desire to control his life in the name of protecting him.
In this book, I have come to dislike Frankie as a character. Two events take place that lead me to question his morals and integrity. The introduction of Ryder and Ryland in this book explained a few of the parts of the first book that were confusing. Their introduction also introduced a paranormal element to the book, that unless you are aware of the parallel series, N’awlins Exotica Paranormal, you will find this insertion strange. Further, just as when I read the first installment in the series, there are too many subplots in the book. This time the subplots do not all converge on Frankie and most are not resolved by the end of the book.
-Reviewed by Selina