Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday M/M Review: Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan
Published by Riptide Publishing in January 2013
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.
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Series: Tucker Springs #3

Another winner in the Tucker Springs series!!

I love geeky heroes. Throw in a little OCD and Adam Ellery makes me very happy.  Throw in a muscle-bound tenderhearted Dom and I'm very very happy.

Adam is doing his laundry one Friday night when some frat boys decide to tease him.  He's a slim guy on the smallish side so he knows he can't defend himself, but his usual tactics of ignoring the bullies isn't working.  He's starting to get desperate when this huge cowboy with muscles popping out all over the place (slight exaggeration lol) saves the day.  Adam thanks his rescuer and something about the big guy draws him, so he tries to strike up a conversation.  Somehow it leads to Adam bent over a table!  That was hot.  LOL

Denver, our stalwart knight, can't stop thinking about Adam.  He's the bouncer at a local gay bar so he's used to his choice of twink.  He's definitely a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy.  But Adam is different.  He thought he was really cute and definitely sexy.

Adam, who has OCD and anxiety, loves how he can just give it up to Denver.  Something about Denver quiets the anxiety and allows him to feel safe enough to let go.  I loved that aspect of their relationship.

But things aren't so easy between the two of them.  First of all, Adam tries to hide his OCD and anxiety from Denver at first, and for Adam, a big trigger for him is having people in his space or going into theirs (apartments, houses, offices, etc) so how can he have a relationship with a guy when he can't even go to his house?  Let's just say Denver is creative.  :P  Then Denver has some issues to deal with as well, there's a big reason why he's never been a relationship kind of guy.  Can two men with their kind of baggage make things work?

*sigh*  This book definitely put me in my happy place.  LOL  Loved loved loved the characters!  We even got to see El from Second Hand!  I did not like Brad.  Blech.  I wish that dude got the comeuppance he deserved (that's my only niggle really).  The bdsm stuff wasn't really delved into (which was good because I'm not that into it).  Like there was tying up and some spanking, but the way that worked was more on an emotional level for Adam than a physical thing.  I think that distinction is very important for me.  Overall, I enjoyed the heck out of this one!!  B+  Definitely recommended.



  1. I loved this one! Her choice of words- just brilliant. Went back & read the first one. Want to read book 2 before book 4 comes out mid-March.

    1. You'll enjoy book 2. That one was my favorite of the series so far but it's been bumped to second place. LOL Dirty Laundry is my fave now.