Title: Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs #3)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 29, 2019 (Second Edition)
Genre(s): Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Tucker Springs Novel
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.
If you are a fan of Heidi Cullinan, as am I, you will welcome the opportunity to read and enjoy the reissue of this entertaining book, well-seeded with hot sex and personal angst, all leading to that inevitable HEA. The reader will not to be disappointed.
The story promptly opens with an exciting sexual episode – a really nice appetizer for the erotic literary meal to come. [Please forgive the pun!] As the plot smoothly unfolds, our leads enjoy lots of excitingly descriptive sex, usually lightly but nicely spiced with some BDSM.
The reader soon learns just how flawed our heroes are, but also, against all odds, how their flaws are so complimentary to each other’s. Start with the physically diminutive and cerebral Adam, trapped with OCD and well-described as having a “rap sheet of neurosis” . Perhaps he may be neither visually nor socially the man one would seek out as a long- term erotic partner, but you are sure to fall under the spell of this sweet and needy soul. Just recovering from an abusive relationship, Adam is “afraid of the uncertainty that went with absolutely everything about the planet Earth.” Denver is Adam’s polar opposite – big and muscular, this is a man almost always by defined by his massive physicality. But, he too, is damaged goods: “For the record, just because I’m big outside doesn’t mean I feel small inside sometimes”. They are a pair, so oddly but somehow properly matched.
And off we go. We get the chance to joyfully witness the growth of a relationship between two men who might not be the Yin and Yang of each other but, nonetheless, they actually fit wonderfully and sexually. Though broken, they make each other whole.
Ms Cullinan succinctly states the book’s underlying philosophy: “Everybody’s got dirty laundry they don’t want other people to see. The trick is figuring out how to not care about it. Make peace with it, accept it as part of who you are.”