Book Reviews

Second Hand (Tucker Springs 2) by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 09-January-2019

Book Blurb

Paul Hannon flunked out of vet school. His fiancée left him. He can barely afford his rent, and he hates his house. About the only things he has left are a pantry full of his ex’s kitchen gadgets and a lot of emotional baggage. He could really use a win—and that’s when he meets El.


Pawnbroker El Rozal is a cynic. His own family’s dysfunction has taught him that love and relationships lead to misery. Despite that belief, he keeps making up excuses to see Paul again. Paul, who doesn’t seem to realize that he’s talented and kind and worthy. Paul, who’s not over his ex-fiancée and is probably straight anyway. Paul, who’s so blind to El’s growing attraction, even asking him out on dates doesn’t seem to tip him off.


El may not do relationships, but something has to give. If he wants to keep Paul, he’ll have to convince him he’s worthy of love—and he’ll have to admit that attachment might not be so bad after all.



First edition published by Riptide Publishing, September 2012.

Book Review

I was excited to read this second book in the Tucker Springs series as I have always enjoyed these two authors and could only imagine how good the story would be with both of them writing it. I was so glad my instincts were dead-on as 'Second Hand' is a great book that I enjoyed immensely.

Paul Hannon is having a rough time of it. He moved to the very expensive Tucker Springs, buying a house with his girlfriend who up and dumped him, leaving him with an astronomical mortgage and appliances out the yin yang. Some of them he has no clue what they are. He just wants her back but with money so tight he can only afford to go looking at the pawn shop for a gift to get her interest.

Enter El Rozal, pawn shop owner and serious cigarette smoker. He's got a past full of disappointments and nothing but his business. He isn't interested in a relationship, certainly not with the clueless, whipped, straight kid.

I really liked both of these characters. They are so different but still managed to fall in love despite that, or maybe because of it. Once again in the town of Tucker Springs, there is angst but nothing drowning me. There is a hot love story, smexy scenes, a cute rescue dog, and a lot of nicotine gum. A truly good read!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/51650 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-January-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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