Friday, March 29, 2019

Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Sometimes you have to get dirty to come clean.

When muscle-bound Denver Rogers effortlessly dispatches the frat boys harassing grad student Adam Ellery at the Tucker Springs laundromat, Adam’s thank-you turns into impromptu sex over the laundry table. The problem comes when they exchange numbers. What if Adam wants to meet again and discovers Denver is a high-school dropout with a learning disability who works as a bouncer at a local gay bar? Or what if Denver calls Adam only to learn while he might be brilliant in the lab, outside of it he has crippling social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Either way, neither of them can shake the memory of their laundromat encounter. Despite their fears of what the other might think, they can only remember how good the other one feels. The more they get together, the kinkier things become. They’re both a little bent, but in just the right ways.

Maybe the secret to staying together isn’t to keep things clean and proper. Maybe it’s best to keep their laundry just a little bit dirty.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, January 2013.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book really worked for me. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy the book because there are several pages in a row without dialogue and I HATE that. It worked in this book though. I loved Denver right from the start, how can you not? Adam was so sweet but has so many things that make him feel like he isn't worth anything. I love how Denver comforts and calms Adam without making Adam feel like he is a freak for his OCD and his anxiety. There is a lot of hot sex in this book and normally you would think it was a lot but, in this case, it helps and calms Adam. The BDSM is what Adam needs that he never knew how to ask for before but with Denver it just comes naturally. The dirty talk really got Adam going. Adam and Denver are polar opposites who both have issues they are trying to overcome but they are so perfect together. So perfect. Highly recommend this book.

Oh. My. Gawd. I forgot how much I love Heidi Cullinan’s kinky side! I read an earlier edition of this story a few years ago and I loved it just as much the second time. Geeky scientist Adam and muscle-bound bouncer Denver may seem like an unlikely couple but Denver manages to get Adam out of his head in a way no one has done before. And Adam gives Denver some much needed confidence.

In style, this book feels quite similar to Cullinan’s Special Delivery books which are one of my go-to comfort re-reads. I love the way Denver learns Adam’s quirks and cares for him. Adam and Denver are almost a twink/Daddy pairing but I love that they feel very balanced. The sex in this book is deliciously filthy, fun, and incredibly hot. I’m not usually a fan of D/s BDSM writing but Cullinan keeps the kink feeling natural and playful even when scenes get pretty intense.

I love the balance between beautifully complex characters, intimate relationship building, and pure erotic smut in this book. Very few writers could craft a book with this much sex without losing the heart in the story. And very few writers could make a book about serious mental health problems quite as sexy as this one.

I’ve been a huge Heidi Cullinan fangirl for a very long time and it was a pleasure to reread this book for Wicked Reads. This one remains one of my favourites and I hope it finds new fans with the rerelease.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance
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Adam is living a life he doesn't particularly love. He loves his job, but hates his personal life and issues that he has to live with. While he knows that he can live with them, he is lonely and his ex isn't helping matters by constantly telling Adam what a screw up he is.

Denver has never really felt all that worthy. He works as a bouncer at a club and knows that while he would love to be a trainer, he has always been told he's dumb and stupid. Given that he has a complex about that, he doesn't believe that Adam will give him a second look.

These two have to figure out a way to love themselves for who they are. Both of them have mental health issues to overcome, but because they want their relationship to work, they will compromise where necessary and learn to adapt.

I did like how both Denver and Adam learned to accommodate each other. It was sweet and gave their relationship a very real feel. And while this is a sweet story about finding someone who loves you for you, it also felt a little flat. I wanted more of a conclusion with Adam's ex, as well as more of a story when it came to Denver. Also, the ending felt rushed. This was the only book in this series that I've read, but never felt that I was missing anything.

HEIDI CULLINAN has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi on her website.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs #3) by Heidi Cullinan to read and review.

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