Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/10/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
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 story was so well done. These writers worked very well together. There was nothing in the writing itself to distinguish which author wrote which part. It was seemless, something that is difficult for many writing pairs to accomplish. I have enjoyed each author individually, and the things I love about each was very evident in their collaboration.
This story was all about the characters. It was all about El, who was jaded and in serious need of love. It was about Paul, who was so determined to be normal he forgot how to be himself. It was about El who watched his mother’s collapse into a mental illness and because of her issues, didn’t believe relationships could ever work. It was about Paul, who was so determined that he wasn’t good enough that he clueless as to his appeal. These men were so well fleshed out and well represented. They were not stagnant caricatures. They were flawed and ripe for growth.
I enjoyed the way this story unfolded. It had emotion and depth while being balanced with humor and hope. It had two MCs that I loved and supporting characters who had purpose and who highlighted key aspects of both Paul and El. I loved watching Paul being clueless and watching El secretly throw his rules out the window for Paul. I loved the way their lives were so mundane and full of seemingly trivial things that were actually not trivial at all. Each “normal” everyday activity was used to give the reader insight into the men and their budding relationship. Each interaction and though was designed to flow easily within the story while delivering pertinent information about the character’s mental state, attitude, history, etc. Everything melded together to be this one story full of good things, instead of being a story with characters and plot alongside each other. If that makes sense.
I am loving Tucker Springs. I enjoyed book one and book two was just as fantastic. I will be investing my time in the rest of this series as well as rereading old favorites by two authors.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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