Title: Tough Love (Special Delivery #3)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: April 8th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Erotic BDSM Romance
Page Count: 312 Pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Crescencio “Chenco” Ortiz pulled himself up by his garter straps after his father’s will yanked the financial rug from under his spank-me pumps. He doesn’t need anyone, yet when Steve Vance steps into his life, the prospect of having a sexy leather daddy on tap begins to take on a certain appeal.
There’s a hitch when he learns Steve is friends with Mitch Tedsoe—the half-brother Chenco never knew except through his father’s twisted lies. Despite his reservations, soon Chenco is living his dreams, including a performing gig in Vegas. Now if only he could get Steve to see him as more than just a boy in need of saving.
Steve’s attraction to Chenco is overshadowed by too many demons, ones he knows his would-be lover is too young to slay. Yet as he gets to know the bright, determined young man whose drag act redefines fierce, Steve’s inner sadist trembles with need. He begins to realize Chenco’s relentless tough love might be the only thing that will finally set him free.
Warning: This story contains glamorous drag queens, exhibitionist secondary characters, and no-holds-barred BDSM play, including watersports. Readers advised they may well leave this novel feeling uncharacteristically fierce.
Wow. I find it strange how much I loved this book considering I was SO far outside my comfort zone for more than half of it.
Are you looking for a hot, dirty (in the best way), sexy, yet surprisingly sweet novel with BDSM? For a leather daddy and hot twink who also happens to be a sassy cross-dressing drag Queen? For healing and hurt and comfort and love? This has it all, baby!
Even better? Sam, Mitch, Randy & Ethan are all back! Fans of the characters will not be disappointed with their page time.
I have no idea how accurate the BDSM, edge play, etc. was beyond the fact that for only the second time ever, in all the novels I have read that dealt with BDSM did the descriptions and actual playtime seem to depict the root of “safe, sane and consensual.” all the time.
- The other book was Tex (Burnout, #2) by Dahlia West, a M/F novel heavy on the BDSM elements.)
BDSM is not always a comfortable subject for me. Though, I love certain kinks, I hate humiliation and I’ll admit the “heavier” stuff like edge play, needle play, waterworks, blood play…they all, honestly, (pardon my English) creep me the fuck out. That being said, I can understand why people like it, and why they need it…so I have literally no judgment for the people who do like/love it. Every aspect of play in this book just worked.
The way Cullinan dealt with Steve’s vulnerability, even when he was being so dominant, and with Chenco’s strength, even at his most submissive was beautiful.
There were a couple of little niggly things that I didn’t really like.
- The almost blind refusal of Steve to see how manipulative and damaging Gordy was really being or had become. The way Chenco, even knowing something was wrong, didn’t openly communicate with Steve. The way they both knew they were in love with each other, but didn’t say anything for so fucking long all drove me a little crazy.
BUT I got my super-hot sexy scenes that Heidi Cullinan writes so well. And just….damn. Well, it makes me happy!
Excellent, Ms. Cullinan! Thank you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Series in reading order:
Special Delivery (Special Delivery, #1)
Hooch & Cake (Special Delivery, #1.5)
Double Blind (Special Delivery, #2)
The Twelve Days of Randy (Special Delivery, #2.5)
Tough Love (Special Delivery, #3)