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 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The course of true love doesn’t always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.
Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.
Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.
Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.
This was a very good read. I really enjoyed this book. This book does have a BDSM theme to it but it is more of the Master/Sub context I believe. One of the main characters has severe anxiety and OCD. The other has his own issues as well by they do not affect him in the same way Adam’s illness does. Denver finds the way he can help Adam is by taking control in order to help him to take some control over the situation that Adam feels no control over. So that is why I believe it to be a Master/Sub situation for these two men.
Adam has lived in fear of his OCD and anxiety for as long as he can remember. Though in some ways he has a better handle on it now, that does not mean his illness is under control. As a matter of fact, it pretty much controls most aspects of Adam’s life. It is not a fun way to live but Adam has come to accept this is just how it is for him. So when Adam is at the laundry mat and a group of frat boys decide to bully him for his sexuality, Adam starts to have a meltdown. But in swoops the sexy cowboy type that was at the laundry mat when Adam arrived.
When Denver sees the frat boys harassing Adam he steps in and saves the day. Never did he expect this shy looking guy to end up being so forward with the attraction he felt towards Denver. Adam is not the normal type of person Denver goes for in some ways but in others he is. But Adam is different. Denver realizes this about him from their first interaction together. So after everything about that first time is all said and done and Denver gives Adam his number in case he wants to meet up again, Denver cannot quit thinking about him.
This is extremely unusual for Denver and it leaves him questioning why and what makes Adam so special. But after not hearing from Adam immediately, when he finally does he does not question it. He just knows he has to get to know Adam better.
Things are not going to be easy for these two. They have to figure out if they can work around everything going on inside of them mentally and the way they feel about the other. Can they make things work? Can Adam figure out how to control his disorders? Can Denver deal with his personal demons without it affecting Adam?
This was a really good read. I enjoyed following these two men journey through pretty much hell and back again. Heidi Cullinan did a great on this book. Look forward to more in the future.