Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she’s left him with a house he can’t afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he’s not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic.
El Rozal doesn’t do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn’t apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself.
Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There’s no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El’s line of work, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that secondhand doesn’t mean second best.
Poor clueless Paul. He seems so sweet. I had read about El before in “Dirty Laundry” and he appears to be the perfect foil for sweet Paul. El is given much more depth in this book compared to that. El is also clueless in that he doesn’t seem to believe that he needs someone. Paul knows but can’t figure out how to get someone. Perfect!
I’ve always enjoyed these two authors. Individually they are good writers and together they mess well. The story has a solid plot line and good build. Now the overall crisis you could see coming a mile away but that didn’t ruin what was a very “pretty” love story. The characters were well drawn. I really loved the two of them and very easily connected to them.
There was one niggle for me though and it’s that there was no real “drama” to me. It’s just a sweet story. I expected a little more with these two authors and didn’t get it so it was a bit of a letdown. If you’ve read these two women’s books before it has a little bit of a different feel to it. If this was an unknown author to me it may not have been as big a letdown. Still it was a…okay story, nothing huge and not terrible. One of those stories that are just like a warm read for a rainy, cold day.
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Heidi Cullinan, M/M Romance, Marie Sexton, Novel, Riptide Publishing, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.