REVIEW: Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton

IMG_20140213_131709360Title: Second Hand
Author: Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton
Year of Publication: 2012
Genre: LGBT
Format: Ebook
Length: 194 pages
First Line: “Going into the pawnshop was a mistake.”

Summary: 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. This title is part of the Tucker Springs universe.

Review: This is the second book in the Tucker Springs series and it is pretty brilliant.

Paul and El are so perfect for each other that is rots your teeth. Paul is accident prone and adorable while El is a toned down bad boy. It’s just…

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They chemistry is amazing from the get-go. OMG, Mojo the dog. Mojo!

And Paul’s mom is pretty fantastic. Even though El’s family is a bit dysfunctional, I love them as well. Jason from WHERE THE NERVES END makes a cameo while Denver, a secondary character, will get his own novel in the third Tucker Springs book DIRTY LAUNDRY.

My problems with this book:
-Gay for you trope.
-The bitchy ex for no-good reason.
-Paul and El seriously had no conflicts in this novel.

Gay for you. I’m sick of it. Everyone, please stop writing it.

The only obstacle for Paul and El to overcome in this novel is that Paul is slightly hung up on his ex-girlfriend. But not really, because once he meets El that kind of flies out the window. While reading the book, it never felt like she was ever in the way of their budding relationship because Paul was crushing so hard on El and out of love with the ex.

The ex returns occasionally. Storming into Paul’s home, wanting to get back together, etc. She is the stereotypical bitchy ex for no-good reason. And cheating ex, too. She is only in the plot to shake things up and as a way for Paul and El to meet in the first place.

At the end of the day, SECOND HAND is a cute fluffy read. Stay away if you want angst-filled because it’s not here. This can be easily be read in a day or so.

Worst part: Little or no conflicts

Best part: Nice fluffy read with characters who have great chemistry.

Grade: B

Recommend For: Want some interracial|multicultural m/m romance or want a fluffy read

Other Books by This Author: Never A Hero by Marie Sexton and Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan


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