Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Dirty Laundry
Author: Heidi Cullinan
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Tucker Springs #3
Main Characters: Adam and Denver
Release Date: January 2013
ISBN: 978-1937551797
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
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 title is part of the Tucker Springs universe.

My Review:

You know, the great thing about this series are the unlikely heroes. These guys are not the epitome of masculinity and beauty that most heroes are, but that seems to make their stories that much more real, sweet, and romantic. I loved this story about Adam and Denver finding love.

Adam is a mess. He has crippling OCD, but over the years has figured out how to *almost* manage it. He can at least leave the house now. But recently he's been issued a setback after breaking up with his longtime boyfriend, Brad, which also meant he needed to find a new place to live. Any change in Adam's life is a big stressor and takes a lot of adjustment for him. He's in the middle of that when he's attacked by a group of drunk frat boys at the laundry-mat.

Denver is a huge guy. He works out a couple of hours a day and that shows. He's not one for relationships. He hooks up with guys and that's it, but when he saves Adam and subsequently hooks up with him, there's enough different about Adam (yes, that's his OCD showing) that it intrigues Denver.

Both of these guys have big flaws and it takes a while for them to come clean about those flaws with each other, but I loved the way that their relationship developed. At first, for both of them, it's all about the sex, but then it grows. I like that it grew more for Denver at first than Adam. You would think that it would be Adam who would become clingy/attached first, but it's not... And I really love the way that Denver recognizes and helps to control Adam's issues. Denver truly sees Adam and cares that he's comfortable (which isn't an easy thing for him to be). That made Denver's character such an amazing guy to me. I just loved how he was with Adam.

There are several little sub-stories to this book that just enhanced how good it was. There was Louisa, Adam's new friend. She was AWESOME, especially when she got all up in Denver's face. Adam needed her and her voice of reason. I like how Denver found to control Adam's issues in the bedroom...some great scenes here. Then there was Brad, Adam's ex...a necessary evil to help push the story forward. You aren't supposed to like him, but I thought he added some great levels to the story. 

Overall this was another great installment to the series and I loved getting to see glimpses of El from Second Hand.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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