Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2) by Heidi Cullinan ~ Blog Tour with Release Day Review, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway


Are you ready for the brand of kinky fuckery, that can only be achieved by Heidi Cullinan… Well hold onto you hats friends, because this book delivers that and So. Much. More!!! I read Sleigh Ride and for me (Monique)… it’s a FIVE bright, twinkling, heart warming, erotically charged, grab for the tissues and get ready to clutch your kindle to your chest…. fabulously excellent, beautiful Christmas Stars read. Check out our Macky’s amazing review for a more coherent clarification on why you NEED to read this book and if that doesn’t tempt you, the exclusive excerpt will have you one clicking in no time! And the giveaway… you definitely don’t want to miss out on that!

Because we loved this book so much, leave a comment, with your contact details, telling us what you are most looking forward to this Christmas and we will gift one lucky reader with a Kindle e-copy of Book One in the Minnesota Christmas series… Let it Snow OR Sleigh Ride. Giveaway ends Midnight GMT 15th November, 7pm EST 14th November.


Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2) by Heidi Cullinan


Title ~ Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2)

Author ~ Heidi Cullinan

Publisher ~ Samhain Publishing

Published ~ 11th November 2014

Genre ~ M/M Erotic Romance



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Minnesota Christmas, Book 2
Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.
It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.
As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.


Macky’s Review

Sleigh Ride

It's that time of year again. Christmas is on the horizon and so are all the seasonal offerings from our favourite authors. A couple have made their way onto my Kindle already and if they're as delightful as Arthur and Gabriel's story then bring 'em on because this was just an absolute treat. I was totally entranced from start to finish.

Apart from Gabe, who's new to the mix, I met and fell in love with all these guys last year in Let It Snow, another huge Xmas fave of mine, and the first in the Minnesota Christmas series. If you haven't read book one yet then I highly recommend you go get it and read the two together because you'll have a much rounder, more satisfying experience overall, as you get to meet, know and experience the dynamics between 'The Three Bears'— Marcus, Arthur and Paul—before romance entered their domain in the form of sweet, gorgeous Frankie, an effeminate, twinky, stylist who breezed into their lives when he got stranded in Logan because of a snowstorm and ended up stealing the heart of 'Papa Bear' Marcus; leaving Arthur and Paul to continue their own unsettled relationship, if you can call being best friends with benefits and fuck buddies, a relationship! Words like 'Boyfriend', 'Love' and 'commitment' aren't even in Arthur's vocabulary, which is why when this opens, Paul has had enough. He wants more than Arthur is prepared to give...more than just their kinky sex sessions but trying to get Arthur to commit is a no go area, so he ups and go's, leaving Arthur in the cabin alone, grumpy and if he'd admit it...miserable and feeling sorry for himself!

Like most mothers, all Corrina Anderson (loved her!!) wants is to see her son happy and by hook or by crook she's going to get him a man; it's just that the one who she's trying to hook him up with couldn't be further off Arthur's radar if he tried!

'Gabriel. The Logan librarian, openly gay. A sweater-clad stick figure complete with plastic-rimmed glasses. A nice boy if ever there was one, and so far from Arthur's type he'd need GPS to get home to bear country.'

The same goes for geeky librarian: Gabriel Higgins. He couldn't be less interested in Arthur Anderson because as far as he's concerned, he can't stand the man.

'Arthur was horrible. He was rough and rude—and short. He was cute if one was into ruddy, roguish bears. Gabriel was not.'

But beware match making, well intentioned, manipulative (in a good way) mothers!!!

Unfortunately, neither of them can escape the force that is Corrina and before they know it, she has them both agreeing (reluctantly) to help in her library fundraising scheme. She persuades Arthur to refurbish his grandfathers old sleigh, and has a hesitant Gabe agreeing to play elf to Arthur's Santa; putting the two of them in a position where they can't avoid each other and setting the story in motion as they begin a sexually charged, but still sweet, unconventional romance that held me captivated. This was a genius pairing and one of the best Christmas stories I've read. It's smart, witty, sexy as hell and emotionally fulfilling to the point where I laughed and physically cried in equal amounts as the funny stuff had me giggling out loud while the parts that touched me—touched me deeply. I only have to think about the sub plot featuring precious, six year old Thomas and his baby doll 'Soupy' and I feel like filling up again. What a sweetie! I loved how Heidi slotted that into the story, with its lovely, moving message that in itself was thought provoking without being 'preachy'. Tears did flow!

In appearance and character, these two lovable, complex men are as opposite as you could ever get on paper and shouldn't work together at all, but as we get to know them better, it becomes obvious they have a lot more in common than they think. Arthur might present himself as a complete commitment-phobe but the things he really wants in life don't necessarily mirror that...as his sense of family and his ease around children belie his constant need to shy away from becoming involved in anything even faintly resembling a meaningful relationship. Without Paul and Marcus in his life now, he's lonely, the same for Gabe who although he appears to be 'buttoned-up', also craves emotional connections in his life, because his own experience of family has not been a happy one. He hides his fear of being rejected behind a slightly standoffish persona that makes it easier to distance himself from making friends outside of the library. He loves his job, especially his interaction with the towns children at 'story time' but he's lonely too. When, after a couple of irate brushes at the start, they come together in an explosive, sizzlingly hot encounter: Arthur, who's sexual proclivities lean towards some pretty full on kinky fuckery, awakens needs in Gabe that he's been repressing for a long time. Needs that excite but shame him at the same time. However with Arthur's reassurance and unexpected tenderness he begins to wonder if this dominating, but surprisingly gentle bear of a man, and his family, could turn out to be the safe, emotional haven he's been searching for. Meanwhile Arthur finds himself falling hard and fast for for the first time in his life, as the vulnerable librarian, his insecurities and his eagerness to submit to Arthur, begin to crawl under his skin and into his heart. Of course it's not always a smooth path to love and I found myself becoming deeply moved yet again when Gabe is forced to confront truths about himself that strip away the carefully constructed guards he hides behind, leaving him emotionally raw and exposed. I just loved, loved, loved them together...the contradiction of the hotness of the sex, which with its BDSM elements was outright down and dirty and the emotional vulnerability shown outside of it, just made them more endearing as a couple and I rooted SO hard for them to make it through together!

This was exactly my type of Christmas story. Just the right amount of seasonal content to make it feel Christmassy but not too much that it became twee and sickly. There's no doubt Arthur and Gabe have stolen my heart but every supporting character brought something special to the story that enriched it all more.The sex was off the charts steamy...OMG!!! The dirty talk alone had me tingling from the tips of my fingers to the tips of my toes and the ending had me grinning like a sappy fool. I adore the way Heidi writes and now I'm sort of wishing the next twelve months away because I can't wait to see Paul get his Happy Ever After. It's an old chestnut, but I honestly didn't want this book to end. I knew that this was going to be a five star read for me within minutes of starting it. Whatever month of the year I'd happily read this all over again.


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Exclusive Excerpt

Arthur churned his hips in slow, heavy circles, counterpoint to Gabriel’s struggles, but he leaned in, nuzzling Gabriel’s cheek. “Need to make sure this is okay, baby.”

Gabriel jerked, angry at him for talking.

With a shushing sound, Arthur gentled him, still not letting go. “I know, but this is important. You just gotta do this once, let me know you’re playing the same game I am and I’m not about to actually rape you on your own couch. I’m pretty sure you’re willing, but I’m not interested in guessing wrong. You want to keep playing this, want to play hellcat fighting me while I hold you down and make you come, I’m all for that game.”

Game? Gabriel wanted to tell Arthur how stupid this was, but Arthur’s body was heavy, and he smelled good. Wood smoke and sweat and cold. Play hellcat fighting me while I hold you down and make you come. Gabriel swallowed, trying to dislodge the image from his mind, but it wouldn’t budge.

Arthur kept talking, his voice rumbly and delicious. “I won’t make you use words. I’m gonna put my finger on your lips. You want this? You suck the tip of my finger in. After that you can say no all you want, yell at me—but if you take my finger in, I know you want it, no matter what you say during the game.” He nuzzled Gabriel’s cheek. “Unless you say red. You say anything else, I won’t stop—not until you come like a motherfucker. But you decide this was a bad idea, you keep your lips shut, don’t do or say anything, and I’ll go. Won’t bother you again. Your call.”

Gabriel held still, staring at Arthur as he processed this. Obviously he wasn’t playing some weird sex game, but…well, he wasn’t sure he wanted this to stop entirely.

Certainly he wasn’t sucking someone’s finger. Dear God, the very idea.

Arthur stared down at him, hazel eyes dark with promise.

Hold you down and make you come. Saliva pooled in Gabriel’s mouth, and his lips parted slightly,

Arthur shifted, lifting his index finger, arcing it toward Gabriel’s face. “Okay? Get ready. Here we go. Your call, hon. Yes or no.”

Gabriel shut his eyes, mortified, and when Arthur’s finger pressed lightly on his sealed lips, he shivered. Do nothing, and he’ll go. That was what Gabriel wanted. Obviously. Except the thought made Gabriel ache. Not because he liked Arthur—Gabriel still wanted to deck him. He ached because this was the first sexual anything he’d had in a gazillion years. Because this moment was ripped right out of his deepest, darkest fantasies.

Come like a motherfucker. Yes. God yes.

Hold you down.

Mother of God, yes.

Mouth now dry, whole body shaking, Gabriel opened his lips, tentatively, terrified, and licked the tip of Arthur’s finger.


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Series Reading Order

Book One
Let It Snow

Book Two
Sleigh Ride



Meet 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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Because we loved this book so much, we have an extra giveaway… leave a comment, with your contact details, telling us what you are most looking forward to this Christmas and we will gift one lucky reader with a Kindle e-copy of Book One in the Minnesota Christmas series… Let it Snow OR Sleigh Ride. Giveaway ends Midnight GMT 15th November, 7pm EST 14th November.

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  1. I enjoyed reading the exclusive excerpt and the cover look so good together. I can't wait to read the book.


  2. I'm looking forward to the extra 4 days off with pay and using that time to read.


  3. wow this is hot jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

  4. Looking forward to visiting my granddaughter. She has always been deployed for the holidays bit this year I am having holiday time with her! Can't wait.


  5. I'm hosting Christmas eve at my house this year. What I am looking forward to the most is having all of my family there. It's the one holiday when we are all able to spend time together. Seeing the new additions to the family are always a treat too. :) May run out of room if my cousins keep having babies...lol.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love Heidi's books!

    1. Congratulations Lisa, you are our lucky winner. Email coming your way :-)

  6. The baking, the decorating, the time with family, the Christmas stories I'll read - I look forward to just about everything about Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm really looking forward to reading this book. amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Such a short excerpt, but it got me panting!

  8. I love Heidi's books! My favorite things about Christmas are the lights and other decorations. Aahickmanathotmaildotcom

  9. What an awesome excerpt! Must read the book for that alone ^_^

    I look forward to all the glitter, sounds and smells of Christmas. Especially the lights and decorations, those make me happy :)


  10. Huge fan of Heidi Cullinan!! Although I do not celebrate Christmas, I am looking forward to spending time with my family during the holidays in Colorado. They will be snowboarding, and I will be reading!!!!

  11. I loved Let It Snow and am excited to read Sleigh Ride.

    This year my family is traveling for Christmas for the first time, so I am most looking forward to that trip.

    Thanks for the post and contest.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  12. Started reading Sleigh Ride this morning. Loving it!

  13. It sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks for the chance!

  14. Sounds awesome, thanks for the chance! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

  15. love the excerpt book sounds great

  16. I look forward to my daughter getting all excited about decorating and getting ready even though she has hit the teenage years. debdeege (at) optonline (dot) net

  17. I'm looking forward to watching my son have a blast opening Christmas presents.

  18. I'm looking forward to watching all the holiday themed movies on The Hallmark Channel!
    Thanks for the extra giveaway!


  20. The more I read about the story, the more it appeals to me!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(dot)com

  21. It looks good!!

  22. Looks like a great read for the holidays =)

  23. looking good jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

  24. Holy crap, that excerpt was good! Heidi always brings me into her stories to become part of the scenes; that's one of the things I love the most about her storytelling. Congrats, on your newest release and I wish you lots of great success!