All this week we are hosting the Take it Back to the Beginning, Where Nerves End Blog Tour featuring the re-release and publication by Riptide Publishing of the first book in the series Where Nerves End. Re-visiting our reviews and bringing you guest posts from these fabulous authors. You will probably have noticed that L.A. Witt, Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton are huge favourites of ours here at SSBR, so combine that with a series they have all collaborated on and you’ll find we have all read and loved the men of Tucker Springs over the last couple of years.
Day three and we catch up with two of my favourite guys, Adam and Denver in Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan.
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Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs #3) by Heidi Cullinan
Author ~ Heidi Cillinan
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary, Mild BDSM
Published ~ 28th January 2013
The course of true love doesn’t always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.
Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.
Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.
OMG… Excellent! Impeccable writing yet again from Heidi Cullinan, with two characters I absolutely adored… both with damaged souls, yet they find a love so selfless it leaves your heart full, with a warm and a happy glow all over! This starts off hot and steamy, so get ready with the fan and mister cause it only gets more interesting as you go through the book - with some very kinky and inventive al fesco smexyness!
Adam and Denver are very different, but both very complex characters and yet somehow they compliment each other perfectly, each dealing with their own issues the best way they know how. Heidi Cullinan takes us on a journey with them… delving deep, to peel away at their layers of trauma and insecurities, and we watch them evolve through understanding and grow through love. Is this a sweet romance? yes it is, but not without it’s crosses to bear.
Adam Ellery is a walking text book on neurosis… if it exists he suffers from it, awake or asleep he lives in fear, his life is ruled by paranoia and an obsessive compulsive disorder, even on medication he is never without the oppressive cloak of anxiety. That is, until one night at the local laundromat he is bullied and ridiculed by a bunch of frat boys, high on alcohol and nothing better to do with there time than mind fuck the nerdy faggot with glasses.
This time he is saved from humiliation by a giant of a cowboy who dismisses his tormentors with ease and confidence… cool as you like! This man he desires. This man who is a complete stranger, yet he gives himself to freely, loosing all inhibitions and anxiety with no fear and for the first time, someone had taken control of it all and just let him feel.
We met Denver the giant of a cowboy in Second Hand, he is El’s best friend and doorman at Lights out the local gay bar, where Denver makes it his mission to fuck his way through all the twinks that come through the door, never giving them a second thought… and he never seems to get enough! …Cue *fan* That is until he rescues the cute blond twink who practically throws himself at him and he ain’t saying no even in the middle of the laundromat! Adam the Entropologist intrigues Denver, yes, he has quirks and is different from the norm, which Denver puts down to being bullied or mistreated in someway… however, he has his own understandings of fears and abuse and with Adam he just wants to wrap him up in his arms and make it all better.
Adam has an ex boyfriend… Brad, with whom he shared a dorm, along with the rest of The Bug Boys as they were know. Only Brad enabled him, smothered him with smug kindness to the point of stifling… taking away what little confidence he had by constantly reminding him of his illness. Only Brad can’t seem to get it into his head that Adam doesn’t want him any more… and yes, he is a character I wanted to slap around a few times.
Denver is the opposite, he understands Adam and doesn't see his quirks as strange, neither does he ridicule him and he certainly doesn’t see them as an illness. They are just the lovable and endearing qualities of a man he is totally smitten with… Adam is unable to comprehend this and his anxiety and frustrations render him incapable of articulating himself. So with Denver lacking in confidence, thinking himself a brainless muscle man who to Adam is a caring and loveable gentle giant that makes him forget! Phew… they stop! Finding the solution to all this through patience, trust, baring their souls and purging their hang ups… Oh! and lets Not forget the sex! Adam may have OCD and have phobias, but when it comes to sex… it becomes a cathartic experience, they all disappear and he becomes insatiable!
On the back of a good book like Second Hand and with this being the next in the series, you never quite know what to expect. But OMG… Heidi Cullinan, how could I ever doubt you, another one of your books I have read, being unable to put it down until the wee hours. The characters were alive and so well developed I was mirroring their emotions and together, they were just adorable even if a little kinky!… But hey! I do love my smut, especially when it’s so very well done. The characters disabilities were dealt with in a very touching and heartfelt way which was believable, I don't even begin to understand it all but I could see how all this could work and I loved how they dealt with it individually and together. We also met a new character Louisa, she is a trans but a hell cat if someone upsets her friend Adam. The other characters from the previous book don't play a large role in this one, however we do catch glimpses.
I highly recommend this book, I loved it and if you haven't read Second Hand yet, I would certainly give that a go first before you get to this one, and there are elements of BDSM in this book, but I would call it mild!
TINA ~ 3 STARS, MACKY ~ 4 STARS
Tucker Springs Series Reading Order
Welcome to Tucker Springs, population 75,000 + you! This collaborative story world is brought to you by three award-winning LGBTQ authors: Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton, and L.A. Witt.
The fictional town of Tucker Springs is located on the western slope of Colorado, in between Grand Junction and Silverton. One of the themes of Tucker Springs is that what you see is not what you get. Take, for example, the “springs.” Although many neighboring towns have actual hot springs, the spring here is more of a bubbling mud puddle. Locals like to trick newbies by sending them in search of it.
The Tucker Springs stories are a series of loosely-connected, standalone novels. Most of them take place in the Light District, a.k.a. Hacktown, a district known for its theaters, galleries, intimate nightspots, and music.
About Heidi Cullinan
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first midwestern state with full marriage equality.
Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
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