Monday, April 15, 2013

REVIEW: "Dirty Laundry" by Heidi Cullinan

Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs, #3)Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan
(Tucker Springs #3)

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For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- January 28, 2013
Ebook, 265 pages
Received from Netgalley

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.

This was such a sweet and sexy story!  I love when opposites attract and this book is a great example of how much fun it can be.

Both heroes were admirable and had clear moments of vulnerability.  The way that Cullinan handled Adam's OCD and anxiety issues was really well-done and it helped me understand his character more.  It was also great that his mental state never completely defined his character.  I always like it when a character goes beyond a first impression and that definitely happened with Denver.  At first, he appeared to just be a simple-minded muscle man, but he quickly showed how sweet and devoted he could be.

The love scenes were pretty hot and always perfectly suited to Adam and Denver's relationship.  I am not usually a fan of D/s relationships, but I think it worked well for this book.  Adam's issues paired with this type of dynamic made sense plus it was developed extremely well by the author. 

When I first read Dirty Laundry I hadn't read the previous books in the Tucker Springs series, but this book inspired me to try them all out.  The interactions that Adam and Denver had with the other couples were some of the highlights for me!

Thank you to Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

***4 stars***

1. Where Nerves End
2. Second Hand
3. Dirty Laundry
4. Covet Thy Neighbor
5. Never a Hero


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