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.
Yesterday L.A. Witt popped in for a chat to tell us all about how their collaboration worked and we will also have another treat for you as the lovely Marie Sexton will be stopping by later in the week for a visit too…
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Second Hand (Tucker Springs #2) by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Authors ~ Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Released ~ 10th September 2012
Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she's left him with a house he can't afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he's not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic. El Rozal doesn't do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn't apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself. Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There's no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El's line of work, one man's junk is another man's treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that second hand doesn't mean second best. This title is part of the Tucker Springs universe.
Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton are fabulous authors in their own right, but the culmination of their talents in this book have notched it up a whole new level! Amazing… could not put it down until it was finished!
I love my dark novels and I love plenty of smut and angst! But, you know what… Sometimes you just need a comfort read and Second Hand delivers just that. Don’t get me wrong, the sex is still HAWT and tummy tinglingley good, but this is a slow burner and our two MC’s, although drawn to each other are firmly cemented in friendship before we get to the naughties!
Paul Hannan is a Veterinary Receptionist in the town of Tucker Springs. He moved there with his girlfriend to help her establish herself within the art community, only now Stacey has left him for another man and he finds himself alone with no money, and desperate to have her back in his life. In a last ditch attempt to win her back he decides to buy her a gift for her birthday and ends up in the Local Pawn Shop where he meets the enigmatic Emanuel Mariano Rozal.
These two characters, although very different are so well developed you feel you know all about them. Both men are lonely and want more from life, something neither of them are aware of until they meet each other, become friends and see what they are actually missing!
El has friends, and also a large and extremely volatile Latino family… yet his cynicism keeps him from having relationships, preferring to throw himself into his business, thinking himself lucky that he is not attached. However, this dark, intense and extremely handsome man finds himself intrigued by Paul, knowing he is straight yet he is still attracted to him and finds his mind drifting to the man with red hair and freckles, his face is an open book of emotions and somehow he has found a way into his heart and instead of running away... El wants more!
Paul is such a likeable character, kind considerate and totally unselfish, he has put all his dreams and aspirations to one side, dedicated to giving Stacey the life she wanted by buying stuff that she simply must have! Totally neglecting himself and all to no avail. Stacey is a selfish, self centred Bitch! and yet Paul still lives in hope she will come back to him, partly because she keeps messing with his head!
“I just want to be the first choice for someone for once, just once”I love the relationship between these two characters, watching them grow and develop into their relationship had me feeling warm all over. El see’s the vulnerability in Paul his lack of confidence in himself and just how innocent he is, Paul is thoughtful and caring without a deceptive bone in his body, they are all qualities he adores and cherishes, all the qualities that have previously been stomped on and taken for granted, and all the qualities that were now chipping away at his hardened heart dispelling his disillusionment. Paul, apart from with Stacey has no experience with relationships and doesn't even know he is gay and can’t for the life of him figure out how someone like El, so confident and absolutely drop dead gorgeous could want him! So when they do get together I had the biggest smile on my face with all kinds of happy dances going on and the passion and intensity of it all was just sizzling!
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Tucker Springs and not only do we have two great MC’s, but there are a whole host of well developed secondary characters each with great personalities of their own. I loved the crazy Rozal Clan and the link up between El’s sister and her babysitter. The Friday night Laundry meet with Denver had some hysterical dialog going on, the nutty neighbour Bill, Paul’s Mother again, what a woman! her comments regarding Gay Porn, she had me in hysterics and not forgetting the adorable and cute MoJo who stole my heart. There is not a minute wasted in this book, it is packed with funny and heart warming dialogue and character's, humour and a romance that will have you melting. Loved it!
"You got a dog" Denver shook his head in disbelief. "And you are carrying it in a baby sling. Who are you, and what have you done with El"
"Here hold this. I need to put her down so I can have a cigarette"
"Seems like it'd be easier with her all tucked cozy like that"
"Yes, but I don't want to give her that close a dose of secondhand smoke"
Denver's eyes went wide and he held up his hands as he backed away. "Now you're freaking me out"
Onto Dirty Laundry and it's about Denver, WooHoo! Would I recommend this series… Hell Yes!
TINA ~ 3.5 STARS, MACKY ~ 5 STARS
The Tucker Springs Universe
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.
About Marie Sexton
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.
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