Saturday, April 13, 2013

REVIEW: "Second Hand" by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

Second Hand (Tucker Springs, #2)
Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
(Tucker Springs #2)

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For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- September 10, 2012
Ebook, 194 pages
Received from Netgalley

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 secondhand doesn't mean second best. This title is part of the Tucker Springs universe.

I will begin by admitting that I read Second Hand after finishing the third book in the Tucker Springs series, Dirty Laundry.  I was fascinated by El and Paul's characters in that book and knew I had to check out their story.

I really fell for El and all his crazy issues.  His devotion to his family is very admirable and it was nice to see that trait transfer to Paul as the story moved along.  Paul was a bit harder to connect with due to his annoying obsession with his ex-girlfriend, Stacey.  But, I thought his situation was difficult and provided some decent drama.  Speaking of Stacey, she was a very appropriate "villain" with all her snobby demands and unfeeling actions towards Paul.

Also, I loved the dog, MoJo, who is adorable on the cover, BTW.  I am a sucker for animals in books and MoJo had a great little personality that really added to the overall storyline.  Can't wait to read more in the Tucker Springs world!

Thanks 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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