Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

I’ll tell you what, I really need to start reading the blurbs of these books. I mean really. I had no idea Special Delivery was kinky when I agreed to read it for the blog. Serendipity, I tell ya. It was also my first experience with Ms. Cullinan and a most pleasant experience it was.

18043684Title:  Special Delivery (Special Delivery #1)

Author:  Heidi Cullinan

Publisher:  Samhain

Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent, long-haul trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to a fling, and when Mitch offers to take him on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure. Mitch is sexy, funny and friendly, but once they embark on their journey, something changes. One minute he’s the star of Sam’s every x-rated fantasy, the next he’s almost too much a perfect gentleman. And when they hit the Las Vegas city limit, Sam has a name to pin on Mitch’s malady: Randy.

For better or for worse, Sam grapples with the meaning of friendship, letting go, growing up—even the meaning of love—because no matter how far he travels, eventually all roads lead home.

My View

Special Delivery starts off with a bang. Literally. Sam and Mitch wend up in the trailer of his 18-wheeler. Yaow! Quite the attention grabber indeed. Sam is turned on by being used. I know this sounds odd to some, but it is what it is and what it was was HOT! Unfortunately, Sam has been giving himself to a couple of asshats who don’t appreciate him.

Sam struggles with his self-image as much as any other twentysomething. He’s had some misfortune in his life which has led him to the basement of his aunt and uncle’s house and into their pharmacy as a stock boy and totally reliant upon them for… everything. To make matters worse, his Aunt Delia is the anti-christ. The only bright spot in Sam’s life is his best friend, Emma, but he can’t confide everything in her. All of which makes his rendezvous with Mitch more like a Godsend.

Mitch is a long haul truck driver with a checkered past. He’s a bit taciturn and he’s got a penchant for twinks and kink. Historically, he’s been a one trick pony but Sam has left an indelible mark and, coincidentally, his iPhone. One thing leads to another and Sam wends up running away for a few days with Mitch to have an adventure and to get away from the anti-christ.

WOW! What a few days they are. In case there is any confusion, Special Delivery is smokin’ hot. Sam gets quite the education from Mitch. Everything from spanking to vibrating thongs to exhibitionism to a threesome or two. Best escapist 10 days EVAR! Randy, Mitch’s friend and ex, definitely made things interesting, but more than that he plays an integral role in the relationship development of Mitch and Sam.

He was Sam. He was Sunshine. He was Peaches. He was a hot twink fucked by two men at once. He was a male nursing student. He was gay. He was his mother’s son. He was a fatherless boy. He was his aunt and uncle’s awkward yoke to bear. He was Emma’s friend. He was everything, simply, and with no more complications.

I don’t want to leave you with the impression that Special Delivery is all about the sex. It’s not. There’s a great deal of angst from both characters and quite a bit of heartfelt moments. Quite simply it’s one of the most poignant books I’ve read lately. The relationship that these two develop is truly a thing of beauty. They both accept each other for who and what they are without judgment, and they open up to each other in ways that neither has before. Special Delivery is a journey of self-discovery and Sam becomes fully realized by the end.

I want to say Special Delivery was too long and at times it did feel long, but in all honesty, I can’t think of where it could’ve been edited down. The writing and imagery are wonderful. The characters are fully developed. The story was exquisite. It hit me right in the feels and I want more. I’m giddy with anticipation to read Double Blind. Highly recommend to those who love angst with their kink.

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