ARC Review: Second Hand by Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan

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ARC Review: Second Hand by Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan
Second Hand

4 Stars


Book Info

Released: September 10, 2012
Series: Tucker Springs #2
Pages: 194
Format: ARC
 

 

SECOND HAND had me going through ups and downs.  Starts out a bit strange for me, with Paul’s girlfriend breaking up with him for another guy.  Stacey was living with Paul and they were pretty serious (at least Paul thought so, since he was thinking of proposing and even had a ring picked out).  But their relationship seemed to be odd to say the least.  Paul is an odd guy.

He meets El at Tucker Pawn (El’s business) while he’s on a sad trip to buy his ex-girlfriend Stacey a birthday present.  Jewelry should definitely get him the girl back, right?  El thinks Paul is cute from the very first time.  They slowly develop a friendship, awkward at best, while Paul is still having his own pity party because of his failed relationship with Stacey.

Now here’s the thing…Paul has never really considered that he is gay.  Of course that one time that his friend and neighbor was playing with him apparently didn’t clue him in to his own tendencies.  But here’s my issue, which was a down for the story.  I felt that Paul “used” El for quite the majority of the story.  El was there for him, and to pick up the pieces of Paul’s sorry self, whenever Paul needed him to be.

That being said though, when Paul and El are together, whether it’s as friends or lovers, they are the cutest and hottest.  Cute coming from Paul because he’s a bit awkward and innocent.  Hot because El is just HOT.  When El actually tells him everything he wants to do to him… *THUD* yeah that was me falling off my chair.

I really think that Stacey should’ve gotten more of a bad deal because she was a total bitch but at least it makes me happy to see that Paul is now with someone that cares about him, respects him and would do anything for him.  And you could feel all that through just a short story and the short period of time that they knew each other.

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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.

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 also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Sophia Rose

It’s amazing what you’ll find at a second hand store- apparently love. I liked the other book I read by Marie Sexton so I’ll have to give this one a try.

Nice review!

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